The most environmentally friendly boards have arrived at Wiredsport thanks to ISPO Award winning Niche Snowboards. In an industry that so heavily depends on mother nature and cold snowy winters Niche decided to carve out a role in the snowboard world. They build boards in a way that protect and preserve the snow capped mountains we shred all winter. Oh and did we mention that the products and methods they use to do so actually make many of their boards more durable and responsive than traditional boards? They also just so happen to have the license to Mervin Manufacturing's gift to the snowboard world: Magnetraction! So just what is it that makes Niche one of the most interesting and environmentally conscious snowboard companies on the market? Here's a breakdown of some of the tech they use.
Digi Print Top Sheets: Most snowboard makers cover their topsheets in a thick, toxic lacquer to add shine. This is not only toxic to the environment; it’s unhealthy for people working in the factory. Digi-Print uses a lacquer-free topsheet material that’s also thinner than most snowboard topsheets. This cuts down on excess material and makes your board lighter. Niche digitally prints directly onto the topsheet, cutting up to 60% of the material and 75% of the energy wasted during alternate printing processes.
Snappy Sap Bio Resin: Traditional resins can be extremely toxic to people and the environment. Niche snowboards partnered with Entropy Resins to create a one-of-a-kind, Snappy Sap™ Bio-Resin. As opposed to traditional epoxies made primarily of petroleum-based materials, Snappy Sap™ Bio-Resin is composed of bio-renewable materials from the industrial waste streams of the paper pulp and bio-fuels industry.This adds more pop and spring to the board, and provides super high adhesion properties to help keep your board from delaminating!
Magma Fiber: The majority of the snowboard industry uses fiberglass in board construction. Niche has eliminated fiberglass, replacing it with Magma Fiber™ crafted from basalt. Basalt is the product of volcanic activity. The fiberization process is more environmentally safe than that of glass fiber; the greenhouse gases that might otherwise be released during fiber processing were released eons ago during the magma eruption. Basalt is also 100% inert, which means it has no toxic reaction with air or water, and is noncombustible. Plus it is far lighter weight, provides increased tensile strength and doesn't absorb water. This leaves the board lighter, stronger and longer lasting.
Hemphop Stringers: Most boards use carbon stringer to add extra pop to a board. Carbon uses lots of energy to process and releases half of its weight in CO2 and other pollutants when manufactured. Hemp is an awesome eco-substitute, as it is one of the most versatile, fastest growing crops in existence, requiring very little pesticides and no herbicides! It is so similar in characteristics, durability, and strength to carbon that companies including BMW and Mercedes are using it to replace carbon in their cars! It also provides extra dampening to reduce board chatter while you ride.
Niche also uses recycled materials in almost every other part of the snowboard construction. The results are some of the strongest, longest lasting, and highest performing boards on the market. And all while winning a prestigious ISPO award in Eco Responsibility. So if you are looking to ride one of the best boards on the market, and help protect the winters we all love, then Niche may just be the next snowboard for you.