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2015 Hyperlite Wake Is In!

March 4, 2015 2:58:00 PM PST

2015 Hyperlite wakeboards have arrived! Pictured from right to left are the Marek Bio, Vapor, Kruz and Murray Bio. Despite being one of the best looking lines Hyperlite Wakeboards have ever produced these are set up to be the best performing boards as well! From cable parks to open lakes, Hyperlite's 2015 line has a wakeboard for everyone!

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Snowboard Binding Adjustment - Get Your Tweak On

February 6, 2015 8:27:00 AM PST

Anyone ever tell you that your snowboard bindings are as important as your board when it comes to performance? Uhh huh, uhh huh, thought so. Pretty good info actually. Bindings are your link to the board and if they're not working for you, that new Shawn Kass pro model won't make a bit of difference. That said, bindings have come a long way in the last 5 years, and these days even many basic binding models have great adjustability and the potential for a highly customized fit. But are you using the adjustability that is available, and if so, are you using it correctly? Dialing in your bindings with that extra little bit of tweaking can entirely change your riding experience and can unlock a level of comfort and performance that you may have been missing before.

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Grayne Helmets: Protecting Your Head and Wallet!

December 12, 2014 2:09:00 PM PST

Grayne has long been protecting snowboarders and skiiers wallets with insanely low pricing on their top of the line snowboard and ski accessories. Well they are now ready to protect your head as well! With a mid season release Grayne now offers the MTN Ski and Snowboard Helmet! Featuring dual safety certifications, the EPS foam and revolutionary shell design provide maximum protection from even the hardest falls!

The MTN Snowboard Helmet is no bare bones head protection though, this thing is loaded with tech! Adjustable slide venting lets your head breath on warm sunny days but keeps you dry and warm in the coldest conditions. The audio ready liner and earflaps easily accomodate most any headphones or audio chips for all your tunage needs! Grayne's Twist-to-Fit Dial system in the back of the helmet makes finding the perfect fit a breeze. The MTN simply has everything you could ask for in a helmet, including a sub $50 starting price!

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Wake Surfing: The Next Big Thing

November 12, 2014 12:42:00 PM PST

Wake Surfing is blowing up and now's the time to get on board! For those who don't know abut it yet wakesurfing is a crossover between wakeboarding and surfing. Done behind a boat wake surfing uses a special hybrid looking surfboard designed specifically to turn the wake of a boat in to a never ending wave. Beginners will often use a rope to find the sweet spot in the wake and keep them there but as riders progress you will be able to control the board on your own and will be able to stay right behind the boat without being attached. You can literally surf a never ending wave!

Sure you won't have deep barrels, but there are huge advantages to wake surfing over traditional surfing. Not only is the wave endless allowing for an unending ride compared to the often 10 second ride of an ocean wave, but it is also a perfect and designable wave! Simply use your boat to create the exact wave you want, no picking out your wave in a set, dealing with changing wave conditions or worrying about flat days! A never ending perfect wave, if that doesn't sound like heaven what does?

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Snowboard Flex, Feel, and Ride Ratings - Oh, No!

October 11, 2014 7:14:00 AM PDT

Trying to get an accurate idea of how a specific board will flex in comparison to others? Watch out! There is more marketing misinformation and straight out nonsense published about flexibility than about most other elements of snowboard fit. Finding the correct flex (stiffness and feel) is crucial, but it won't be found in a single number printed on a fit chart.

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Longboard Bushings: The Forgotten Necessity

September 2, 2014 2:10:00 PM PDT

When picking out and setting up a longboard it's easy to focus on the largest pieces. Start with the deck, then pick a truck color, select your wheel size and duro, load it with what bearing you prefer and you're set! However, one of the most overlooked parts of a longboard setup is also one of the most crucial. Inside your trucks is the magical longboard bushing. This bushing does more to affect the ride and feel of your longboard than nearly every other part of the setup! And we aren't talking about simply cranking down or loosening the nut, bushings are a science! So get ready to learn, because this article is here to teach!

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New Grayne Goggle Lenses!

August 9, 2014 1:04:00 PM PDT

Grayne has announced two new styles of lenses for their popular MTN and Canyon frames! The Eldorado lens sports a metallic blue hue and a 23% VLT. The new Icefall lens with its blue and turquoise coloring comes in with a VLT of 18%. Combined with their already existing Pyro, Goldrush, Yellow, Polorized and Photochromic lenses Grayne now has the entire VLT spectrum covered! While what we like most is their quaility and performance, it certainly doesn't hurt that they look incredible as well!

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Important Moments in Snowboarding History

July 17, 2014 12:27:00 PM PDT

Ready for a history lesson? Check out this cool Smithsonian piece on important moments in snowboarding history. Though a bit dated, it offers some insight towards how snowboarding grew to become the sport and the industry that it is today.

"Though snowboarding’s roots go back several centuries, its modern development began in the 1960s. In chronological order, here are the top ten moments of snowboarding’s short, radical history … subject to debate of course"

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Goggle Condensation and Lens Care

June 21, 2014 6:01:00 PM PDT

Let's put this right out there.  The two most common complaints about Snowboard and Ski goggles are fogging and scratching.  While it is not possible to entirely eliminate either it is hugely beneficial to understand the factors and the technologies that are in place to fight each, how those technologies interact with design, and how your usage can maximize the effectiveness of both.

Goggle Fogging, Anti-fog, Condensation, Airflow - The Battle

To best understand anti-fog and airflow design it is worthwhile to consider fog. We call it fog but it is really condensation that is most vexing in the instance of snowboard and ski goggles.  Fog refers to water droplets that are suspended in air. Goggle condensation forms when warm, moist air comes in contact with a cooler lens surface.   The lens cools the air and water droplets form on the lens surface(s).

So, in terms of snowboard and ski goggles, how does the warm moist air get introduced to form these droplets?

1. Breath.  No suggestion here that you stop breathing. It is, however, important to know that balaclavas, gaiters and facemasks all can direct breath upwards into your lower goggle venting.  Breath moisture alone is typically easily dispersed by good goggle design elements, but it can become an issue when other fogging elements are also at work.  More on compound effects below.

2. Sweat.  It ain't pleasant to consider, but faces and heads sweat...and some sweat a lot more than others.  The facial foam (even the excellent, less absorptive foams that are currently in use) will trap some of this moisture right where it is wanted the least (surrounding the free-air inner lens chamber).

3. Helmet, Beanie, and Hat Moisture.  Let's keep this category separate from Snow, Rain and Ice because this one is avoidable.  Put your dry goggles up on your wet helmet, beanie or hat and you have just given your facial foam a good soaking.  When returned to your face the water you have introduced warms and vaporizes...you know the rest - the potential for lens condensation.

4. Snow, Rain and Ice.  We can't change the elements we ride in.  These factors all introduce moisture, some of which will enter your goggle system.  While there is no avoiding the weather, it is worth considering on those days when extra moisture is going to be an issue.

Anti-Fog films, coatings and treatments all essentially work in the same manner.  They are designed to reduce the surface tension that allows condensation to form.

It would be terrific if "Anti-Fog" could hold back all condensation that you will encounter.  It cannot.  This does not refer to one anti-fog vs. another.  This is true of all of them.  In fact, of the three common weapons that goggles have to fight condensation (peripheral venting, through-lens venting, and anti-fog films, coatings and treatments) anti-fog is by far the least potent.  Also worthy to consider, as an increasing amount of warm, moist air is introduced the less effective the anti-fog becomes.  At a certain point it simply becomes overwhelmed and cannot perform its function.  So, while anti-fog alone may be adequate to hold back condensation introduced by breath directed upwards by a

balaclava, it may later fail if newly soaked facial foam is added to the mix.

Airflow.  It is your friend and is by far the most effective means of keeping goggles free of condensation.  While this will vary by design, Airflow should be considered 90% of your "fog" reduction scenario with anti-fog being a mere 10%.  Well designed goggles allow external air to flow through peripheral vents (and in many cases lens vents) to exhaust the moist air that has formed and and to reduce condensation that may already be in place.  The more air that is circulating freely through the system, the less of a condensation issue you will have.  Is this a good argument for selecting the largest goggles that will fit your face?  In most instances, peripheral venting (the largest and most important venting structures) do increase proportionally with goggle size, and yes - that is great.  But, A very common pitfall is to select a huge goggle, pair it with a helmet that fits too snugly to the goggle and block much of the valuable venting that you have gained.  Add in a Balaclava and some wet facial foam and you will have an unpleasant day coming your way.

This brings us to compound issues.  No goggle is fog proof.  Any system can be overwhelmed if too much moisture / moist air is introduced without adequate venting.  It should be understood that not all factors are equal.  Breath for instance is relatively easy to combat, while wet facial foam is much more difficult.  Combine both and your goggle will struggle.  Block the venting as well and it will fail.

Goggle Depth. This is the distance between the face and the outer lens. It is important because deeper goggles will almost always increase venting and will often position a portion of the venting where it will protrude far enough outward to allow clearance over helmets and face gear.  This can allow the use of a larger goggle at a size that might otherwise block venting.  The downsides of such deep designs are increased noise, and a greater susceptibility to scratching and damage as the goggle becomes more of the "point of first contact".

No one goggle is correct for every rider.  What remains fog free for one user may create issues for another.  The specifics of your face shape and dimensions, other accessory gear, and usage preferences will all impact how well any specific design will work for you.

Scratching, Anti-Scratch, Films, Coatings and Treatments - NASA SHMASA

Snowboard and ski lenses are made of plastic.  The plastics used are technically very impressive, but they remain plastic.  These plastics are (relatively) very soft materials and on their own can be very easily scratched.  To minimize this highly aggravating trait the goggle industry has utilized anti-scratch technologies that are largely derivative of designs that were initially developed by NASA to reduce scratching on their helmet visors (hey, they also did the early work on anti-fog for the same helmets).

NASA?  That sounds awesome!  These things must be scratch proof.   Uhhmmmmm.  Let's go back to plastic is very soft.  Regardless of what it is coated with, goggle lenses are very easily scratched.  Not some of them.  All of them. Whew! Glad to have that out there.  The newest multi-layer films and coatings are far better than untreated plastics and will serve to protect your lenses somewhat.  They can also help to reduce that appearance of some small scratches that might form. That said, your goggles are not definitively scratch proof. To the contrary, anything harder than the lens itself will scratch them if sufficient contact is made.  Even mildly abrasive surfaces such as common paper towels will degrade goggle lenses.

That said, many riders can use a current lens for 3-5 years with exceptional clarity but it does take some planning and care.  A microfiber bag (once the lens is dry) in a contact free area is the best practice for transport and storage.  Cleaning with light pressure and no solvents using a microfiber cloth is advised.

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Landyachtz Longboards 2014 Preview

May 3, 2014 12:20:00 PM PDT

Landyachtz has a heap of awesome board graphics coming our way for the 2014 season! Crowd favorites the Wolf Shark, Drop Speed, and Switch return alongside new decks like the Canyon Arrow. Check out some of our favorites from the 2014 SIA Snowshow:

 

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Smith IO7 - Wiredsport Innovation Watch

April 26, 2014 11:54:00 AM PDT

Smith continues to push great looking goggles on their frame-less io platform. Get a preview of the newest Smith goggle, the IO7 right here on the Wiredsport innovation watch!

 

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New Woodstock Line

April 12, 2014 4:04:00 PM PDT

Woodstock has released their line of longboards for the season and there's some awesome additions as well as the continuation of some of their treasured classics! Woodstock lovers will be excited to see the Tune In continues to be a staple with its super stiff dropped platform for bombing even the most aggressive terrain. Those looking to add to their line may be excited to check out the W concave of the Landshark, or the kicktails and versatility of the new 8-Track! Regardless of your riding, this new line is bound to have something right up your alley!

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Grayne Expands!

March 29, 2014 2:49:00 PM PDT

Grayne long known for producing high quality yet affordable goggles and stomp pads has stepped up their game! We are excited to announce that Grayne has added a complete set of ski and snowboard tuning equipment to their product line! The tuning kit sold on its own comes with all the basics you need to keep your board in tip top shape all season long. From wax and a scraper to an edge sharpener and P-Tex, you'll never need to go to a shop for repairs again!

The tuning kit is only half the story though. Grayne also debuted a top of the line premium wax specific iron! This thing is everything you could dream of in an iron. With dual voltage options, temperature dial, ultra thick baseplate, and even a special designed handle to ensure the heating plate never touches your table, it's not your mother's iron! Sold on it's own or bundle with their tuning kit, you'll be able to tune your snowboard for seasons to come, and all for less than one trip to a shop!

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Stomp Pad: A Necessity?

March 15, 2014 12:18:00 PM PDT

Surprisingly enough a common question we get asked is whether or not you need a stomp pad with your snowboard. To start off we should say as it can be viewed as an aid and kind of safety device, yes we always suggest riding with a stomp pad. Interestingly one of the most injury prone areas of a mountain is the chairlift exit ramp, with people packed tightly next to one another combined with only being partially strapped in to your equipment it does make sense though. A stomp pad allows you to maximize control of your equipment and we always suggest having as much control as possible!

That being said plenty of people successfully ride without stomp pads. Whether it be that they don't want to obscure the graphic of the board, they feel confident enough in their abilities to not need one, or simply don't want to spend an extra $7, it is doable. The decision really comes down to you. But with there being no real negatives to having a stomp pad and their low cost, if you ask us if you should get one our answer will always be a simple and resounding yes!

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Rayne Longboards

March 8, 2014 3:42:40 PM PST

We're stoked to welcome Rayne Longboards to Wiredsport! Rayne is killing it by packing some truly unique and cutting-edge tech into their boards. Get a taste of what Rayne has to offer:

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Arbor Longboards 2014

February 15, 2014 6:01:00 PM PST

Take a look at Arbor's 2014 longboard lineup, featuring new and improved versions of Arbor classics like the Timeless, the Axis, and the Fish, among others. Plus learn about Arbor's transition to Caliber Trucks for all their completes!


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Rome is doing big things with their flagship 2015 binding, the Katana. Get a preview of the upgrades on the Wiredsport innovation watch!

 


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Be sure to get a sneak peek of Flow's 2015 binding lineup with the Wiredsport innovation watch!


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2014 Boards and Gear

January 11, 2014 1:01:00 PM PST

We recently had a chance to feast our eyes on some new gear that will be hitting stores for the 2014/2015 season. We're loving the Gnu Billy Goat and Arbor Shreddy Krueger graphics as well as the fresh Flux Bindings look. What are you most excited about for next season?

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Mervin Manufacturing Factory Tour

January 4, 2014 1:01:00 PM PST

Ever wonder how Mervin cranks out such epic Gnu and Roxy boards? Mervin's Jeff Kempf walks us through the whole process in this video tour of the Mervin Manufacturing HQ in Sequim, WA.

Mervin Mfg. Factory Tour from Mervin Mfg. on Vimeo.

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