Top Picks Snowboard Gear March 2011

Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 121, March 2011

1. Forum


148, 152, 154, 155W, 156, 157W

This softer-fl exing true twin is built for stepping your game up. The Youngblood team are the kids pushing the limits and the board refl ects this, being perfect for spinning on and off rails, cranking that spin round an extra 180 or stomping your fi rst dub. Lightweight, responsive, and with graphics that say ‘Yo, check me out!’ these are bang on for freestylers wanting to up the ante. Also available with Chillydog Rocker.


2. Skullcandy

Icon 2

Skullcandy’s colorful team favorite – Halldor Helgason is particularly down with these ear cans – just got even better. The Icon 2 headphones are super durable, ultra light and the 30mm speakers ensure that they can easily go to 11. Basically these are all you need from a good pair of headphones for shredding the hill or for every-day use, and now you can even control your iThingy with the on-cord microphone and control switch.


3. Transform

The Figurines

Transform have been holding the glove game down for a couple of seasons, bringing their unique euro fl avour to the hand shoe game, and if you’re looking for a tasty bit of spring session fi nger fun then check these bad boys. The Figurines have an über low-profile shape, stretch fingers and a fully loved-up grippy silicon palm and are just what you need for slushy funtimes.


4. APO


154, 157, 160, 158W, 161W, 164W, 166W

As we all know, we could tell what great tech a board has an you’ll still not buy it if you weren’t feeling the graphic. But what could be better than a board that looks like a bottle of Jägermeister? That’s right, not much. If you’re a beginner or intermediate rider wanting to push your riding all over the hill it’ll ride as good as it looks: it’s a directional twin with rocker with a forgiving flex but enough in the tank to step it up when you want to. And at 300 bucks the price is killer.


5. Electric


The little brother of the awesome EG2, the 2.5 packs the same goodness into a more compact package for those with smaller faces. If you’re looking for maximum fi eld of vision and epic comfort, then look no further. Less frames and more goldfi sh bowl-like spherical lens give you awesomem peripheral vision and offer 100% UV protection. The triple-density foam also makes them super comfy to wear and they fi t with a helmet easily too. As they say: these are your widescreen HDTV for the mountains.

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6. Protest


Mobility is a key feature in snowboard clothing. That’s why using flexible soft shell fabric, as Protest have done with the Hopton, is a great idea. You get the good looks, you get the waterproofness (8K) but you also get better breathability and a better range of motion. So your on-hill dance moves will be like Travolta. Lycra wrist gaiters, pow skirt, fixed hood and pit vents make sure your body can break dance too.


7. Horsefeathers


Top-of-the-line tech from the Horsefeathers crew – jackets don’t come much more complete than the Pictor. This lightweight shell has a 20/20K waterproof/breathability rating and, of course, has fully taped seams. As you’d expect there are pit vents and, to keep you Fonzy cool, a back vent
to, and then there is also all the pockets, zip-out pow skirt, Lycra cuffs and other dope features that are par for the course. We’re backing the waspish colourway too.


8. SP


One of the quickest bindings to get in and out of thanks to the fold-down highback ‘Fastec’ system, you’ll be spending time lapping not strapping with the Brotherhood. The aerospace aluminium ‘sLab’ baseplate is super light and gives electric response with some cushioning built in to take
the sting out of landings while the new anatomical ankle straps are more comfortable than ever.


9. eleven


This bit of outerwear was born and bred in Switzerland but is good to go no matter where you strap in. The 15/10K shell boasts fully-taped seams and is characterised by subtle styling, a good selection of pockets, the SPS ventilation (for optimum airfl ow), and the ability to be zipped together with Eleven pants for perfect sealing. Eugenics may be frowned upon these days but for outerwear it’s all good – thankfully, as this is most certainly a pure breed.


10. Celtek


If you’re after a glove with minimum bulk, maximum warmth and some eye-popping style, Celtek’s Faded should be top of your list. The perfect choice for sessions any time of the year, the 10K fabric will keep your pinkies dry, budded fl eece will keep ‘em warm and the abundance of silicon on the palm will have you hanging onto grabs like a limpet.


11. Zimtstern


“I love it when a plan comes together!” We don’t know if they said that when they designed this marvelous women’s jacket at Zimstern, but they should have. This fashion piece is loaded with different technical features, 10/10k of waterproof/breathable and fully taped seams to name a few. The A-team is also kinder to the environment. And best of all you don’t have to have a mohawk to wear ‘em.

10/10, par insulation, fully taped


12. Icon



Icon’s Movement is a true slay-it-all board. Anything from powder to park will be your playground with this directional, classic camber  powerhouse. The snappy and responsive fusion 2.0 core combined with V-shaped carbon reinforcements in the nose and tail will guarantee that you’re never short of pop. This mid-flex board’s ideal master is someone who knows what’s up and wants to lay it down everywhere. Movement for the masses!


13. analog

Danny’s Sig

Danny Davis has to be one of our favourite riders to watch, and this is his signature cloak from the AG crew. Featuring the patented Analog steeze bolstered by a print made up of photography from his close buddy and über lensman Cole Barash, this has the bang in the looks department and in terms of tech it’s got what it takes: 10/10k protection, fully-taped seams, waxcoated canvas and full insulation.


14. Coal

The Frena

Righto, let’s be honest there’s no 21st century scientific Frankenstein technology in the Frena, it’s a fine-knit ribbed beanie and a damned fine one at that. Three colours with a baggy fi t, but turn it up and you can go full Cousteau.


15. deeluxe

ID Coin Coin

Making an awesome boot isn’t as easy as you might think, but Deeluxe has nailed it with this killer pair of Gerome Mathieu pro model boots. Single section control lacing (a speedlace that allows you to independently adjust 3 sections with a single pull) and a powerstrap make sure that your feet stay locked in the boot and design created by Nicolas Thomas gives your feet the ‘interested ducklings’ look. Random, until you realise Gerome’s
nickname, ‘Coin Coin’, is the sound French ducks make…


16. vans

Sedgewick Insulated

Sedgewick is a small town in the middle of Canada. Like the Vans Sedgewick jacket it is safe, vibrant and affordable. Vans has loaded this jacket with an incredible amount of technical features for a decent bit o’ dollar: 10/8K waterproof/breathability, insulation, pit vents and powderskirt with jacket-to-pant interface are there to keep you warm and dry. Did you know that Sedgewick has the best water in Alberta, Canada? Now you know.



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