For the fourth straight year Burton was tasked with creating the uniforms for the US Olympic snowboarding team. From the distressed denim snowboard pants of the Vancouver Olympics to the quilted flag pattern in 2014, Burton's outfits always seem to create quite a buzz. The 2018 PyeongChang outfit is no different. In what is an obvious homage to NASA, Burton debuted a space themed uniform hoping that they will help riders fly higher and to places unknown. The real question is how will these NASA themed snowboarding uniforms be received?
System is proud to announce the release of their all new line of rear entry, step in style snowboard bindings! Debuting with three seperate models, the System line will include the men's LTX and MTN models, while the women's line sees the introduction of the LUX. Each of these models feature their state of the art rear entry design that allows riders to simply slip the hiback down, slide their foot in, and ride away! Whether you \want to skip sitting down to strap in, don't like messing with straps and buckles, or simply want to fly past your friends, there's a million reasons to try out the all new System binding line!
The 2017 snowboarding season brings a pair of all new bindings from Flux. The Flux XF anf Flux XV bindings are Flux's new top of the line binders and offer some incredible tech! With both bindings priding themselves on weight reduction, you won't believe how light your ride will feel. The XV is definitely the lighter of the two with it's carbon Fiber construction which creats a stiff bomber binding that will destroy the gnarliest lines on the mountain. The XF utilizes a super tough nylno base that remains leightweight but offers more flex and forgiveness for those looking to spend more time free riding and in the parks. Both have all new hi-backs and a plethora of other features that combine for a ride so comfy and fun that you'll be wondering how you ever rode anything else!
Mervin Manufacturing has been putting out rider favorite snowboards under Lib Tech and Gnu for years! What some people don't know is they quietly we're building up their tech knowledge in the snowboard binding world and 2017 is the year they are revamping and releasing their completely redesigned Bent Metal Line of binding. Focused around their composit disc footbed the stiffens or frees up your ride depending on the model, these are sure to be the must have binding of the year. Check out the Bent Metal Logic, Bent Metal Transfer, and Bent Metal Solution snowboard bindings here!
The sun is out, the weather is warmer, and the smell of grass is overwhelming. That means spring is here! It's time to get out and take advantage of the long sun filled days. Arbor's 2016 line of longboards will have you doing just that. Whether you're in to cruising down boardwalks or charging steep hills, Arbor has you covered. Their 2016 line is their best yet and will have you hoping this summer never ends!
Gnu has so many things to be excited about with their 2017 snowboard line, but at the top very well might be the new Carbon Credit. For the first time in the storied history of their best selling board, there will now be an asymmetrical option! Creating a more natural feel and allowing your toe and heel edge to mimic eachother, the Asym option of the 2017 Carbon Credit is sure to be a game changer!
The Wiredsport snowboarding family just got a little bigger with 13 month old Carsons first day on the slopes. Despite a near edge catch he had a blast and can't wait to get out there again!
Flow has made some serious upgrades to their 2017 line of bindings. New straps all the way down the Fuse and NX2 line utilize extremely plush padding maximizing comfort and response. Add in some new leightweight and bomber ratchets and 2017 Flow Snowboard Bindings will be your go to for comfort and performance!
The 2017 Gnu Billy Goat just screams for you to pay attention to it. A sintered base, camber dominant profile, and dampening like no other, once again the Goat will be a must have snowboard for the aggresive big line chargers!
Flux has redesigned their top of the line binding. Removing the DM and DL and replacing them with the XV and XF, these new designs are incredible. Maximizing weight reduction while enhancing durability and performance, the New Flux line is sure to blow you away!
Salomon has redesigned their high end boot line for 2017 and are introducing the Hi Fi. A super smoth flexing boot with a TPU support back. Of particular interest to those with a larger foot, the Hi Fi will be offered in a wide! The Hi Fi will also feature a specially designed high end footbed eliminating any possible need for an aftermarket insole.
Arbor was kind enough to show us the upcoming 2017 Arbor Coda Rocker at WWSRA. She's a real beauty, and with a new, high performance core for the 2017 season, it's sure to be a must own!
The 2017 Rome Targa binding debuted at the WWSRA show in Portland! New hiback, new straps, an articulating arm on the ankle strap, and oh so much lighter! 2017 is a huge step up for the Targa!
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!
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!
It's getting into summer which means boating season. We are debuting our new lines of Connely and HO tubes for your summer sun enjoyment to celebrate. Tubing is the perfect all family water activity, enjoyable by people of all ages. Want a casual float tube or are you looking for an adrenalin pumping ride being towed behind a boat? Either way our line of tubes has you covered. Try being out on the water, in the sun, being pulled around by a boat and not having a smile on your face. Whether you're 6 or 60, it's impossible.
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!
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.
The days are getting longer, weather sunnier and the water’s warming up. That means it’s wakeboard season. And to celebrate the final summer according to the Myans, we used our strategic partnership with Hyperlite to create some boards specifically for Wiredsport. We worked with Hyperlite day and night for months and poured all we had into these boards. Finally, after some final touches and inspired by the pro line from Shaun Murray and Rusty Malinoski’s “Marek” pro line, the Hyperlite Machete, Agent and Destroyer were born.
Wiredsport is proud to debut one of the best deals in the snowboard and ski goggle market! Grayne Goggles are high performance goggles designed for performance, comfort and style. Every Grayne lens features 5x Military grade Anti-fog and Anti-scratch coatings. A cylindrical lens to bend light more naturally to your eye and full venting on every frame mean you'll stay fog free in most any conditions. And when they start at just $49.95 you'd think that's where it ends, but you'd think wrong! Grayne also includes a free bonus yellow lens and microfiber bag with every order. With 4 frames to choose from, a polarized lens option as well as their Pyro and Goldrush lenses, Grayne has a goggle and lens combination to fit every rider's needs. Simply put, we cannot suggest any goggle more than the new line from Grayne!
Interested in a pair? You can check out their full line here
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.
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?
Be sure to get a sneak peek of Flow's 2015 binding lineup with the Wiredsport innovation watch!
Rome is doing big things with their flagship 2015 binding, the Katana. Get a preview of the upgrades on the Wiredsport innovation watch!
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!
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:
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
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?
Flow Maverick Dampening Pad: This round of Innovation Watch provides a look at something that truly is beyond innovative. The 2013 Flow Maverick snowboard features a dampening pad in the center of the board. What, you ask, does that mean? Well Flow took their board and injected a silicone dampening pad into the core of the board. This creates a slightly lifted pad underneath the (sintered) base of the snowboard. Designed to dampen your ride, reduce board chatter and make riding just that much more fun and comfortable, there is one thing we can say about this board. The 2013 Flow Maverick takes innovation to a new level from design to look and even feel. Check out the sneak peak photo!
Ride Slimeback 2013 Snowboard Binding: Ride is officially making our Innovation Watch for 2013. Ride is going all out with a feature they have deemed their "Slimeback." Basically this is a binding featuring a full urethane highback. This allows for a super flexy and soft highback. A park riders dream binding, the Ride Slimebacks are only part of Ride Snowboards 2013 innovations. They are also featuring a "slimewall" sidewall and "pop rods" in some of their 2013 snowboards. Below is a photo of the Ride Slimebacks, you'll have to check back later for more info on the Nitro Slimewalls.
Gnu A.S.S. Impossible 2013 Snowboard: As Gnu and the people at Mervin have been driving innovation more than almost any company it almost seems silly for us to have to mention them on our Innovation Watch but we just can't help ourselves. They continue to simply put out unbelievable products. 2013 will see Gnu releasing the Asym Sym Sync, aka Impossible aka A.S.S. Pickle. The 2013 Gnu Impossible is a truly asymmetrical board designed with how riders move in mind. The board features an elongated toe side edge and shortened heel side edge along with deeper heelside sidecut and a mellower toeside sidecut. These features make edge transitions a breeze. This board is designed to practically steer for you. Check this video from WWSRA.
Gnu Mutant 2013 Snowboard Binding: We realize it would have made sense to put all our Gnu Innovation Watch posts together but getting a new blog every day is just so much more exciting. Here we have the 2013 model of the Gnu Mutant Snowboard Binding. Featuring a two strap system with a toe cap while keeping rear-entry functionality, these bindings are sick. They have full ratchets allowing you to use the binding however you want. The toe strap also received some modifications making it more conforming and comfortable to ride. It's the 2013 Gnu Mutant binding and here's a video!
Gnu Metal Guru and Velvet Guru: Here is yet another Gnu innovation Watch. These guys just keep killing it year after year so we're gonna keep exploring their new product lines. These boards are the Gnu 2013 Metal Guru and the Gnu 2013 Velvet Guru. We could tell you all about their hybrid camber and Gnu's EC2, how they make riding them a dream and how you would be crazy to not check them out. But instead, we'll let you watch a video from one of the Gnu reps.
Rome Targe 2013 Snowboard Binding: Time for an Innovation Watch on the 2013 version of the Rome Targa Bindings, a perennial favorite in the snowboard binding world. This year they are all about the cant. These bindings actually have three canting options in three different degrees including a pre-installed cant. Even their footbed is pumping out the cant sporting their motto "yes I cant". If puns aren't enough to make you like a binding, how about one of the only bindings around that actually pays attention to the little things like your straps being in the way when you try and put your boot into the binding. Rome once again has rubber straps to pull the ankle strap out and away from the binding leaving nothing in your way to quickly throw your boot in and tighten the straps back down. Oh and of course they come with ankle strap inserts to adjust stiffness. The tech on these bindings just doesn't seem to stop. Lots of photos inside the blog, take a look!
Flow M9 and Flow M11 2013 Snowboard Binding: It's time for another Innovation Watch with Flow. Here we are looking at the 2013 Flow M9, M9 se, and M11 bindings. The 2013 Flow M9 se will feature the new two strap system with toe cap which is an absolute killer design, the 2013 Flow M9 and Flow M11 will feature the traditional strap design by Flow with a few marked improvements. Check out the video, it covers the differences between the highbacks, baseplate construction and strap design on the Flow M9, M9 se and the Flow M11. Needless to say we are very excited about the 2013 Flow binding line!
We got to see so many different and exciting products coming out in 2013 that we decided we should simply put out a collage of some of the most exciting stuff we saw. In this photo you'll spot things like the 2013 Flow Maverick with ABT, 2013 Lib Tech Horsepower, 2013 Flow NX2 geaturing their new strap design, 2013 Rome Hammerhead and so much more. It's looking like 2013 is going to be an exciting year for the snowboard industry!
Rome is debuting The Shank 2013 snowboard this coming year and this thing is loaded with new tech. That means it's time for an Innovation Watch. This board will keep you killing the park and streets all day and night. Highlighting Rome's new "No Hang Ups Rocker" design, this board is a scary fun new combination of flat rock with an odd twist on rockered contact points. Get the full break down of Rome's 2013 Shank snowboard here!
As part of the Wiredsport team I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 2013 SIA Show in Denver, CO and Winter Park, CO at the end of January. This is where companies debut all of their new products for next season and allow retailers to demo the gear and decide what they would like to carry for next year. As a huge supporter of Mervin Manufacturing I dedicated a fair amount of my time to their tent. Let me just say this was time well spent. Check out a review on a couple of their new products in this blog.
Landyachtz has been defining longboarding since their inception in the fall of 1997. Sparing no expense in design and development throughout the past 14 and a half years, it comes as no surprise that they now produce the most competitive longboards on the market. Lanyachtz boards have won more races in the past five years than any other company, and three of those were World Cup Championships! To put it simply Landyachtz longboards and cruisers are the proverbial "bees knees" and we at Wiredsport.com are proud to announce that their 2012 line is now available at both our retail location and at wiredsport.com.
Wether you're looking to simply get around town or power sliding your way down mountain roads, you will not find a better longboard than those put out by Landyachtz. We carry a full line from their cruisers to their minis to the most decorated and accomplished competition longboard in history, the Evo. And the best part of all is, like always, we guarantee the lowest price anywhere. Check these guys out, you won't regret it!
Wakeboard Bindings, a product that has been the subject of an explosion in technological advancements in recent years. One of these is the rise of the closed toed boot. But what's the advantage of these, or is there even an advantage to them? Just like with most alternate designs there are indeed positives to the closed toed boots, but there are also positives to the traditional opened toed boots as well. This will quickly break down a couple of the main advantages and disadvantages of each.
We know we've had the Dragon APX goggles for a few weeks now and that they are already selling themselves but we just couldn't resist talking about them. These things are the cream of the crop, the bees knees and a few more ridiculous metaphores and expressions. If you don't already know the fine details of these pieces of eyewear magic or you just want to drool some then check out this post.
Arbor longboards, what better way to spend a sunny summer day than cruising down hills and sidewalks on one of these? A guaranteed way to enjoy the sun and wind in your hair. Whether trying to commute or just kicking back with friends, longboards and cruisers are the ultimate summer toy. And this year Arbor's line of longboards and cruisers is out of this world. With everything from competition downhill boards to pocket size cruisers, Arbor has proven once again that they are one of the names to beat in the longboard world. We just got our shipment in and here's a little view of what you can expect.
Anon M1 Magnetic Lens Goggles: Wiredsport is dedicated to folowing all the latest innovations in the snowboarding world and bringing them to your attention. Here we have the Anon Optics 2013 M1 Snowboard Goggle. This goggle features what they are calling "Mage-Tech", a technology that will leave must of you thinking "why did it take someone so long to think of this?" Well Anon finally did and now we have a goggle with a magnetic lens. Welcome to the fastest lens change in history, a lens change so simple you don't even have to take your goggles off your face. Watch the video to see just how simple and awesome this new technology is!
Flow NX2 2013 Snowboard Binding: You asked for it and Flow delivered. With a complete redesign and huge advancements starting in 2013, Flow has outdone themselves with changes to their line of bindings. Improvements include advanced ratchets, multiple entry options for all conditions, a release sytem that offers far more room to fit your boot into while providing a more snug fit, and yes they even added a toe strap! Watch the video for a full tour of the 2013 Flow NX2 line.
Rome 3D Snowboard Deck: This round of Innovation Watch is looking at what appears to be an innovation taking place in multiple companies, 3 dimensional decks. This model is the 2013 deck from Rome. Essentially what this is is a snowboard with a flat center in the tip and tail with the edges rolled up. This lifts up the contact points very slightly to allow for that loose feel while still keeping a traditionally cambered board (Rome is also going to be offering this on their flat rocker as well in 2013). No longer do you have to ride a reverse camber board to get the loose feel and catch free riding that has become so popular. You can kind of see the technology in the picture if you focus on the nose of the board. You can see two lines that run on each side of the Rome logo coming to a point towards the nose of the board. The center part between those lines is flat and those lines are where the board starts to curve up, elevating the contact points slightly.
Never Summer Snowboard Line 2013: The 2013 lines of equipment are debuting at shows all over. We managed to snap some photos of Never Summer's 2013 line up. Give em a peak and let us know what you think! Featured below are 2013 Never Summer Raptor, Cobra and Heritage. More designs inside the blog, take a look!
Lib Tech's Snowboard Line 2013: Keeping with our goal of giving all of you a sneak peak at what to expect in 2013 we have photos of a few of Lib Tech's 2013 snowboard line including the Travis Rice pictured below. Killer graphics and some of the best technology available on these boards, the 2013 Lib Tech Snowboard Line isn't one to pass up!
Flow The Five SE 2013: We have an Innovation Watch with yet another 2013 Flow binding. The 2013 Flow The Five binding is probably the most upgraded binding in the Flow line. Featuring Flow's new strap design with a toe cap and both front and rear entry options this binding is sick. Improved ratchets and highbacks make the 2013 Flow The Five binding one of the best in their line.
A few days back we posted an Innovation Watch for the 2013 Flow Maverick with a dampening pad. Well we got more info and a video. They are calling this their ABT base. Flow will be featuring their ABT dampening pad on three of their 2013 snowboards. Watch the video for an exclusive preview of what this is and what you can expect from it when it comes out this fall!
Check out team riders Logan and Matt getting some ealry season turns up at the Timberline Park on Mt. Hood. They're riding the 2012 Camp Seven Peacepipe and the 2012 Camp Seven Roots, getting some product testing in on our latest line. Initial reports could not be better!
It's the 5th of November which means A. There will be no shortage of V for Vendetta quotes flying around and B. Our Wiredsport retail shop in Portland is now open for business. Today we open the doors to one of the largest snowboard stores around. With thousands of snowboards on location and full lines of outerwear, apparel, bindings and boots There is no shortage of merchandise to check out.
We also have a full tuning featuring brand new state of the art equipment from Wintersteiger. Wether you need a simple wax and sharpen, or your board looks like you threw it off a cliff, we can take care of it. So stop by, check out the store, and explore the largest selection of gear with guarenteed lowest prices.
That's right, Wiredsport now has Lakai shoes. We're not sure if you like stylish suede and canvas shoes but if you don't there may be something wrong with you. Lakai has been pumping out some of the best skate shoes on the market and as a result they have been blowing up. That meant one thing, we needed to get our hands on some for the shop (and for ourselves). We finally succeeded and after all of us at the shop spent a few hours debating over which pair we wanted to buy ourselves it's now your turn. Check out the Lakai page here!
Temps are falling, leaves are changing and the snowpack is ever so slowly starting to build on top of the mountains. That means its about time for the season to start. t's just in time to because we are finishing up the final touches on our new retail location in Gresham, OR. Tentative opening date is the first week of November, just early enough to swing by and grab some stuff on your way out to the mountain for the first time. For a behind the scenes early look at what to expect check out the full blog post and leave a comment! We love hearing from you.
We are excited to announce the arrival of Matix clothing to our store. We now have denim, tons of hoodies, tees, tanks and more. Stop by to check out the selection as our clothing amount has nearly doubled in the past two days. We're starting to get the softgoods to match the largest selection of hardgoods that any store in Portland has to offer.
There's the smell of wax and p-tex in the shop. That's because we now have our brand new state of the art Wintersteiger equipment up and running. This stuff is unbelievable and makes tuning so easy a monkey could do it. But when it gets in the hands of a professional like the ones in our shop this stuff is like having a magic wand for your snowboard. Whether you need a quick sharpen, some temperature appropriate wax, a small base repair or your board has so many core shots it looks like someone took a shotgun to it, our guys will make it good as new!
These days flex is a big point of discussion in the snowboard world. Everybody has their opinion on how to rate flex and a number system to use etc. etc. (this includes us, see our flex rating blog here). However, most of these flex ratings deal with the flex of the board from tip to tail, also called Longitudinal flex. What many people don't know is that a snowboard flexes two ways, tip to tail via longitudinal flex, and it also has torsional flex which is the flex across the width of a snowboard. It is crucial that people are aware of torsional flex, especially beginners as it is what actually allows you to turn and transition from edge to edge. All the knowledge you need can be found inside this post.
The Wiredsport store build has made some huge steps over the past week. We're almost set up to open and and people are getting stoked. Here's a breakdown and photos of some of the store. We hope you're at least half as stoked as we are, and if not, enter our Facebook Stoker Snowboard Giveaway for a chance to win a free snowboard. If that's not enough to do it for you I guess we could try to bribe you, but seriously what more could you ask for?
Some of us eagerly wait each year for the new board line ups to come out, ready to pour through the new technology of the year and see just what we can get to improve our ride for the year. However, some of the more casual riders are unaware that despite nearly 20 years of little to no advancement in snowboard technology, the past 5 years or so have brought around improvements at a speed only equaled by electronics.
Here we will discuss my favorite advancement, Magne-Traction. If you dont know what this is yet be sure to read this. It will change your snowboarding life, we guarentee it.
We are nearly two months into Wiredsport's annual Stoker Snowboard Giveaway. Averaging giving out about three free boards a week, we have stoked out riders with mens, womens and even kids snowboards. The results have been sick with riders from all over the country getting to help us share the stoke. With so much success and so much help from everybody we decided it was time to boost it like Travis Rice in the backcountry or Shaun White when theres a medal on the line. The Sickest stoker yet is running now, November 29th and for the next two weeks at our facebook page. Here's a picture to spoil the surprise, read on to find some out more!
Opening day for the shop is closing in. That means that merchandise is starting to roll through the door. Today's goodies come to us from 686. Check 'em out, and let us know what you think!