Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 119, January 2011
Welcome to another credit card-quivvering installment of brand spanking, our section where you can feast your eyes on a selection of the finest shred gear for making your time on the hill mo’ betta.
151, 154, 157, 160 WIDES 156, 159, 162
This skate-inspired, eco-friendly shred sled boasts K2’s all new Bambooyah core to give it unrivalled pop, response and toughness. In fact, they’re so confi dent in the board’s indestructibility they’ve given it a 5-year warranty against all core breaks. Being jacked up on Jib Rocker – a versatile twin rocker engineered to dominate park riding – means it’s loose enough, yet still has epic pop, and the Carbon Matrix II torsion forks add even more with stellar response to boot. It’s got killer graphics and also comes in wide. Welcome to the future.
The eye-popping Crack jacket uses the renowned Gore-Tex fabric to guarantee you’ll stay dry, and the renowned Volcom design slickness to guarantee you’ll look the bomb. You get the neat-o stowaway Face Tech facemask, Lycra wristgaiters and Ziptech jacket-to-pant interface for keeping you comfortable on pow days, while pit vents can be used to dump heat when it’s toasty. Recco’s built in, there’s all the pockets you need and everything’s designed for ease of use with gloves on. A banger.
The favoured boot of our photo ed, the Ultralight has to be worn to believed – it really is just unbelievably ultrafrickin’- light. This is all great and that but it means bugger all if the boot feels like a medieval torture device to ride with. Happily this isn’t the case with the Ultralight – the fit is spot on, comfy as hell and there’s heaps of cushioning to take the sting out of stomps. Mid flex, grippy and durable sole and standard laces round out the package perfectly.
In the quest for the perfect kit for getting on the gnar, it’s often that the humble sock is overlooked. Sure, you can slip on any old one from C&A but chances are you’ll sweat like MJ at a kindergarden and they’ll bunch up and cause your feet to beg for mercy. These shred specific socks from Pull-In, however, are not only designed to wick sweat away as best as possible, they have padding in all the right places and an articulated snowboard specific fi t to cling to your plates as you wang out the Ingemar nosebone.
5. Lib tech
Travis rice C2 BTX horsepower
153, 157, 161.5, 164.5
“The beauty of C2 is that is combines the best of both worlds,” Travis says, before tearing snowboarding a new exit hole. C2 combines reverse camber ‘Banana’ between the feet with regular camber under the bindings to the nose and tail to give you the float and fun of Banana with the pop and power of camber. The Horsepower bit? It’s all eco-tech to give sustainable performance. This all-mountain true twin is Trice’s baby for hairball AK, mega Jackson booters, powder days and X-Games assaults.
155, 158, 159W, 161, 163W, 164, 167, 168W, 172W
When Jake Blauvelt jumped aboard the good ship Ride, this was the board he immediately took a shine to – that should tell you all you need to know about the Highlife. But if you’ve spanked your head and forgot that Blauvelt’s one of the best natural terrain freestylers in the game, it’s an all-mountain directional twin built for fun cruising or warp speed macking. With the all-new LowPro rocker shape (LowRize in the tip and tail for fun versatility and ProRize in the tail for grip) you can chill or charge depending on your mood. As they say, “You’re destined to cover more mountain on the HighLife. Enjoy!” We’d say, “The mountain is your funpark with this bad boy.”
Favoured by the team for its knack of holding it down whatever’s thrown at it, the Zed is also the model DCP chose for the DCP/YES colab goggle. The tough unibody construction takes durability to the max while the patanted Scoop ventilation system ensures moisture doesn’t hang about bringing the chances of fogging up way down. Dual density face foam makes them comfy to wear, and of course the cylindrical lens keeps the death rays at bay. Comes with a free bonus lens too.
Vans’ outerwear range not only looks banging, it’s bombproof and teched out too, and the Etienne’s a good example of what they do best. With a design targeting the axe-wielding lumberjack it’s got the classic padded shirt vibe about it, but the 10K waterproof/breathable yarn dye fabric will perform in crappy mountain weather to keep you shred happy. With critically taped seams, a fi xed hood, pit vents and a removable powder skirt, it’s ready to keep you rocking both on and off the hill.
Salaryman aka Powder sucks
149, 152, 152 MW, 155, 155 MW, 158
This true twin is built to dominate the park and pipe, but it’ll handle a couple of powder stompers too. A medium fl ex tipto-tail wood core wrapped in biax glass means the Salaryman is easy to handle, and that it’s available in both regular and reverse camber incarnations (152, 152MW, 155, 155MW) means whichever side of that fence you fall you’ll be happy. It’s one of Stepchild’s most popular boards, and for good reason. Get the
Salaryman out the offi ce and on the hill!
Just like our gal Kjersti’s riding, her jacket’s got mad steeze. Zips and studs allow you to unleash your inner S&M fantasies, but gags aside this is one slick looking shred cloak for discerning radicalistas. It’ll do the business, too – 10/10k waterproof protection takes care of the elements and keeps you comfortable, while Lycra hand gaiters, pant-to-jacket connecting system, removeable hood, powder skirt and vents are just some of the features. It looks good, fi ts good, rides good, is good.
Park varmints looking for a super light binder that’s Chuck Norris tough better check out the FLITE. “F***ing Light!” is how Union describe ‘em, and they achieve it with the hollowed out freestyle-focussed highback sat on the new FLITE base with EVA dampening for impact absorption. These are all about tricked out freestyle performance and even boast a lifetime warranty on the baseplates so you know these’ll take your stomps.
Being made of softshell fabric means the Helmington is super comfy and easy to move around in, yet it still gives you all the waterproof protection and breathability (8K) that you need to shred happy for the whole season. There are pit vents for regulating your temperature, a powder skirt, zip-off hood and an array of pockets too, but we’re also digging the long cut – not only good for a bit of extra coverage on pow days, we’re reckoning chicks will look smokin’ in it to boot.
13. Santa Cruz
This steezy number from the Brand of the Screaming Hand, though dubbed the ‘Hand’, steers clear of the inyour-face-ness the name might suggest for an altogether more subtle look. It’s a fully insulated, fully taped 5/5K beastie too, so unless you’re wanting camp in the BC this’ll look after you on park sessions and bluebird pow days. Things like a microfl eece chin liner, handwarmer pockets, brushed tricot lining and a shred-specific cut look after your comfort, while removable snow skirt, Lycra wrist gaiters and a one-cinch hood seal you in. Vents and a heap of pockets for all your clobber wrap up this neat-o jacket.
This true twin-shaped stick is aimed at freestylers who have dominating the park and pipe in their sights. Laced with Rossi’s Freestyle AmpTek, shredding is made more easy thanks to AmpTek’s combined cambers that give a stable, yet poppy, ride with awesome edge grip too. The core’s light and bolstered by carbon and Kevlar, and comes in on the stiffer end of the spectrum, plus there’s a highdensity sintered base to get you hauling ass.
This is what our man Eero Ettala was rocking when he pulled out that insane run to win last season’s X-Games slopestyle gold. While it ain’t gonna help you with your double cork 9s or switch double backies, Eero’s designed the Entire to perform whether you’re jibbing downtown, lapping the park or getting heli drops in the BC. 15/20K waterproof/breathable fabric, welded seams, wrist gaiters, powder skirt and a fi xed hood takes care of the elements, while 80g of Thinsulate will keep you nicely toasted.