Another year at ISPO and the snowboard industry has once again invented another million ways of calling a spade a spade; for this feature on the coming season’s gear we’ll toe the line.
Nose shaping is the new reverse camber. Blunted, pointy, asymmetric… whatever, as long as it’s not round its in-Vogue for next winter. It’s not all about aesthetics, a number of brands are increasing nose length and kick radius to increase surface area and improve floatation and following the lead of last year’s K2 Ultradream, which undoubtedly borrowed the concept from 5D ski shaping. The Nitro Uberspoon and Lib Tech Speedodeeps Travis Rice are good examples of snowboards where effective edge has been sacrificed for surface area. These boards make a lot of sense for those riders who want to get freestyle in the backcountry. Of course Slash continues to push the double mini swallow-tail introduced by the CAPiTA Unorthodox a good few years ago, Head has also jumped on the bandwagon with Alex Tank’s new pro-model. We liked the nose shape on the Salomon Assassin a new all-mountain twin which replaces the long serving Grip.
Continue reading Snowboard-Review 2014 Gear Preview
On the first week of May for the last five years the Snowboard-Review.com team has made the pilgrimage to the annual UK Snowboard Test. in Kaunertal , Austria Usually an industry saturated event this year the event is being opened-up for the general public. So if you can afford a week of holiday in May why not make use of the tests ridiculously low price and get yourself some late season glacier action?
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Competition breeds innovation, fact. So while the snowboard industry might be having a bit of a hard time off the back of a terrible winter season for snow in the States and a global recession that the world economy just can’t shake, increased competition for board sales is driving innovation in Snowboard design and construction. It’s a pretty good time to be a consumer right now, with brands taking the brunt of materials, logistic and labour cost inflation but having to pump more and more revenue into RnD to keep their products desirable.
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In the last three years Splitboarding has become a hit with snowboarders tired of dodging the crowds; missing freshies after a dump because of work or family commitments and bored of riding the same terrain year after year. With Jeremy Jones’ documented splitboard adventures to exotic locations like Svalbrad and Antarctica in TGR’s movies Futher and Deeper, the growth in the number of people getting on a split each year has been phenominal. In February this year I was able to jump on the bandwagon and give my home-made Voile Split Decision splitboard a whirl.
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Colorado based freeride snowboard manufacturer Venture Snowboards’ recently announced “Shape Shack” appears to be off to a good start with its craziest shape to date, the Euphoria, taking an award in Backcountry Magazine’s annual test. Developed by Venture’s co-founder Klemens Branner and snowboarding uber legend Johan Olofsson, the Euphoria has such a surf-board inspired shape with almost 100% reverse sidecut that you can bet that conditions during the test were deep and fresh. Anyway, here’s the press release:
Continue reading Venture Euphoria Wins Backcountry Mag Award
For the last two to three seasons the uncrowned king of Colorado snowboard manufacture Never Summer has been scooping more industry and magazine awards than you can throw a tree trunk sized stick at. At the forefront of the hybrid camber revolution the brand has certainly had its fair share of imitators all panning for the same Rocky Mountains gold dust which makes Never Summer decks sell like hot cakes. This year NS releases the Cobra, another addition to its now famous Carbonium series, ruggedly constructed snowboards with a braided carbon composite topsheet that packs great pop and unmatched dampening into classic NS shapes. The Cobra takes its design from the extremely popular SL’s set-back, directional, all-mountain shape and its upgraded materials spec from the Proto CT.
Continue reading Sh*t is Hot - 2013 Never Summer Preview
With more tools than Batman’s utility belt, an endless supply of materials ranging from the conventional to the downright ludicrous and a crew of riders and craftsmen hell-bent on creating snowboards that will never in a million years see production, if anything Signal Snowboards’ Every Third Thursday makes for addictive watching. We’re certain that Dave Lee and his band of merry men (and lady) make snowboards like Willy Wonka makes chocolate bars, under the influence of mind altering substances. If you missed the last series fear not, Signal have put together a medley jam packed with all of last season’s episodes in a six minute and thirty second edit.
Continue reading Signal ETT Best of Season 2
A trip to ISPO is never complete without a catch-up with K2’s UK SNowboard rep Pat. While we chowed-down on free Beef Jerky, Pat took us through K2 snowboards’ the new line designed for backcountry and sidecountry riding. The Peacekeeper, Ultradream and Highlife all feature K2’s new heavily blunted nose shapes with very gradual rocker in the nose and tail, they’ve labelled the new shape Tweekends. The idea behind the mellow rocker is that by reducing the sharpness of the transition area at the nose the board when layed into a carve is more likely to retain the turn shape you intended instead of becoming dive-y. The large blunted nose and tail shape allows for plenty of reverse sidecut at the nose and tail which should allow the rider to drift turns through the tail and nose without carving… it’s an idea pinched from the 5D ski shapes that have been on the market for the last couple of years. It’s an exciting line and we can’t wait to try them in Kaunertal in the next month.
Continue reading Sh*t is Hot - 2013 K2 Snowboards Preview
2012 hasn’t been a great year for the snowboard industry at large. A record low for snowfalls in the US and a very late start to the season in Europe has been compounded by the global financial crisis rearing its ugly head once again. It has been the perfect recipe for a terrible season in the industry. They say every cloud has a silver lining, and as a consumer the good news is that this year’s sales are ridiculous. Prices on boards have been cut so deep you wonder if the shops are making a loss, and there are still tons of boards on the racks to choose from. With that in mind SB-RV’s Tom Ewbank has put a list together of our favourite snowboards of 2012 to help you snag a bargain.
Continue reading Retrospective - 10 Best Park Snowboards 2012
Rossignol Snowboards has always had its roots in freeriding even if it has had its fair share of big name all-mountain freestylers on the team in the past… Mathieu Crepel, Travis Rice, John Jackson and Chad Otterstrom to name a few. Jeremy Jones and Xavier De Le Rue started something very special when they released the first Magtek Jones Experience which a year later became the Experience. Now about to enter its fifth year of production the Experience has been joined by the Krypto Magtek, a toned down sibling designed for Freeriders who don’t need the ruthless performance of the Experience and prefer something a little easier going and a touch more soulful. For those interested, the Krypto and Experience are joined this year by the Experience binding. Having ridden them, I can vouch that the ex-Cobra binding highback, new contoured straps and canted foot beds make for very comfortable and supportive mid flexing bindings and the gel pads take a bit of the sting out of choppy terrain.
The famous Rossignol One which has changed shape more times than I care to remember also has a little brother this year, the Templar. With a mellower flex and less aggressive five bump Mag edges instead of the usual seven bump Magnetraction, but with the directional twin shape and All-Mountain Amptek hybrid camber of the One Magtek, the Templar is an intermediates dream machine.
On the jib front, the Trickstick returns for another year with its jelly like flex, 80% rocker profile and customisable tips, which can be cut-down with a Jigsaw to any shape. This is the go to board for Jason Dubois, a rider that you might not have heard of, but will definitely hear about over the next 12 months, this kids got every rail trick you can think of on lock and the Trickstick is his weapon for getting the job done!
Continue reading Sh*t is Hot - 2013 Rossignol Preview
Snowboard-Review 2014 Gear Preview Posted May 21, 2013 by Rich Ewbank
Spring Break - Test for Yourself Posted March 28, 2013 by Rich Ewbank
The Endeavor Archetype Lab Posted December 21, 2012 by Rich Ewbank
Voile Split Decision Review Posted November 18, 2012 by Rich Ewbank
Venture Euphoria Wins Backcountry Mag Award Posted August 29, 2012 by Rich Ewbank
Sh*t is Hot - 2013 Never Summer Preview Posted August 09, 2012 by Rich Ewbank
Signal ETT Best of Season 2 Posted July 19, 2012 by Rich Ewbank
Sh*t is Hot - 2013 K2 Snowboards Preview Posted April 23, 2012 by Rich Ewbank
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