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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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Grayne Ski and Snowboard Goggles

October 2, 2013 1:01:00 PM PDT


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

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Tubing Time

May 20, 2012 1:01:39 PM PDT


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.

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Splitboarding, is it for you?

May 20, 2012 1:01:39 PM PDT


By now many of those engrained in the snowboard culture have come across the newest form of the sport: splitboarding. Designed for those hiking for their turns and constantly searching for fresh lines, splitboarding has been taking the industry by storm. The concept is fairly simple. Take a snowboard, cut it down the middle, add a metal edge, install clips to hold the board together, and suddenly you have both a set of skis and a snowboard. Putting the board to use is a little more interesting. When you un-clip the board you are left with essentially two skis. A skin is then placed on each "ski" allowing the ski to grip to the snow rather than slide. You can now use your grippy skis to start hiking to whatever terrain your heart desires, no snow shoes needed. When you reach your desired drop in point take the skins off the skis, clip them back together to make your snowboard and you're almost set. All you have to do now is set the bindings up. Splitboards use a special binding that allows it to swivel and work as a ski binding when hiking and then pivot so they can be used as snowboard bindings when you're ready to take off down the mountain. This allows you to bring less gear, more quickly switch from hiking mode to riding mode and even makes for easier hiking.

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Wiredsport Pro Model Inspired Line

May 11, 2012 12:27:36 PM PDT

     

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.

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Wakeboard Boots: Open Vs Closed Toe

April 28, 2012 4:04:58 PM PDT

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.

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Arbor Longboards, Let's Ride

April 15, 2012 1:33:20 PM PDT

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.

X-mas Stoker Snowboard Giveaway

 

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Landyachtz Now Available At Wiredsport.com

April 1, 2012 12:23:36 PM PDT

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!

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