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TLo’s Picks For Holiday 2018

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Vans

Linerless boot that flexes like no other!

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Thrasher

Core shop exclusive green on blue!

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thirtytwo

Pants that sinch so you don’t get them caught in your bindings or drag them across the lot.

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Stance

Misfits… no more description necessary.

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Ride

War Pig, designed for powder but destroyer of all terrain.

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Dragon

PXV, more peripheral degrees than your eyes can handle.

Stop Buying Used Snowboards From Swaps

Snowboard equipment is expensive, i get it. But snowboarding has inherent risks involved in its participation and you NEED to make sure you are participating on safe equipment. This year in particular i have seen a rash of unsafe equipment brought into the shop that people have purchased at local swaps. Equipment that never should have been sold in the first place, and that paying any amount of money for would have been too expensive.

If you have a child interested in snowboarding but are not ready to spend the money on a new snowboard set-up i highly recommend renting at first. All the mountains have rental shops and renting when you go up that few times for the first season to see if your child enjoys it and will stick with it is a safe and affordable way of assessing their interest. If after a season they are still excited about snowboarding, then go to your local shop and have them help you pick out a set-up that will work for your rider. There are plenty of well priced options, but dipping below a certain point is done at the expense of safety.

Here’s just a sampling of the horrors i’ve seen come out of swaps and used gear, just this year alone:

-Ancient Burton 3-hole bindings “forced” onto an industry standard 2x4 pattern board (which also was at least 10 years old) with 2 bolts, heavily slanted and barely grabbing any threads (would surely have come out mid-ride)

-Board that in addition to being over 10 years old (a GNU without magne-traction is how old this was) that looked like someone tried to wax it with their mom’s Yankee Candle - that snowboard wasn’t going to go ANYWHERE on the snow.

- Countless “over the foot” toe-strap bindings. This toe-strap style has been out of product lines for much of this millennium and is a sure sign of a set-up you shouldn’t pay any money for. Even more than the tech being old is that the gear itself is now outside of it’s lifespan and the plastic recipes used in that era are now at a age that is likely to crack and break in cold situations.

- Franken-bindings! It’s never a good sign to see mis-matched pieces on bindings. It means that stuff has broken on them before and you can only assume that things will continue to break on them. A sure sign they are passed their usable lifespan and are now a safety concern.

-Grossly incorrectly sized gear. Those of us who own snowboard shop do so because we love snowboarding and we genuinely want to see others participating and enjoying this activity. Beyond the safety concerns of riding improperly sized equipment is the worry that frustration will end up turning someone excited about snowboarding away from the board forever. The wrong gear makes learning and riding more difficult. A low priced set-up at the swap may not be the right size for your rider and add to the difficulty of entry into the activity.

-Brand WHAT?!?! i’ve been snowboarding since before they let us at the resorts. Even if i haven’t ridden them all, i’ve at least heard of most every brand to have entered the realm of snowboarding. Well this year i saw a complete board and binding set-up made by a company i’ve never heard of before. This was an old set-up, mind you, not some brand new company that may have been a start-up. There were all kinds red flags on that thing.

Snowboard is fun. That’s it. Anything that gets in the way of that one goal is a problem. Spending $250-300 getting a board, boots, and bindings at a swap that will lead to rider frustration and safety issues is not worth it, especially when there’s the possibility of getting into entry level new gear at reputable snowboard shops between $500-$700 that will last and be safe for years to come.

Black Friday& Small Business Saturday 2018

Well, it’s that time of year for the annual running of the…

This year’s 2 - day sale celebrating Black Friday and Small Business Saturday will be: 25% off snowboard outerwear, goggles, mittens, and skate shoes. When you’re done knocking the turkey and cranberry sauce out of your fellow Mainers for that TV deal at the local box store, come here and relax to snowboard videos and the calming effect of a punk soundtrack as you save money on your snowboarding and skateboarding needs.

Just like in the pit, remember to pick up the fallen. No one needs to spend the holidays crushed.

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Dinosaurs Will Die

We are happy to announce the addition of Dinosaurs Will Die to our menu of snowboard offerings. You’ve seen many of the boards from this creative and impressive brand under the feet of rippers from Loon’s parks to magazine pages, consistently winning Good Wood awards in recent years.

It’s a brand i’ve been personally excited by for a few years now and this was the right time to bring them in to the shop in our constant efforts to provide the best quality snowboard options for customers no matter your riding style. With DWD joining GNU, Lib Tech, Ride, Rome, and Winterstick in our shop we’ve got the board to make your day on the snow the most fun possible. Because really, that’s what it’s all about!

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Vans Hi-Standard LL DX

OK… so i’ve been super excited about this boot ever since trying it on last January at the trade show in CA, but i wanted to actually get some riding in on them before writing about them. This boot is great!

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Vans made the decision to try out a liner-less snowboard boot and man, did they nail it. I’m not going to pretend this boot is for everyone, but this boot does hit a lot of important attributes that just aren’t being hit in the boot market right now, making it the perfect boot for those it’s perfect for (see what i did there). Who’s that person, besides me? I’ll tell you.

i belong to the school of thought that if i wanted to wear stiff boots i’d become a skier. Maybe the fact that when i started snowboarding, there were NO snowboarding boots, has an influence on this. Compared to learning to ride wearing Sorels and duck boots EVERY boot is stiffer. My bindings do more than enough to give me the stiffness i need getting toe and heel-side for fast hardpack conditions or deep powder. But if you want to tweak out that grab (as you should) there is no substitute for boot flexibility.

My toes don’t come to a point. They remain the same width as my foot, so i don’t like wearing boots that tapper and thin as they get to your toes. These babies have a beautiful wide radius to their toe-box. My feet rarely get cold, in fact i usually just wear everyday socks instead of snowboard specific warm socks. These 1-piece boots are more than warm enough for me. Lastly, they threw a gum sole on it! You had me at gum.

Sure they’re softer than my other boots, but i still felt fully locked in by my bindings without any pressure points or pinching. i didn’t experience more of a heal slip than in any other properly fitting boot with a liner. i had good response and control from my board and when hitting little pre-season kickers, that extra flex was great for loading my ollie and bending to grab.

Off the board - it was like walking in slippers! So comfortable! They make walking up stairs passed other snowboarders look like snowboarders usually make skiers look. Later Frankenstein, i’m getting lunch!

PS - i think these would be perfect for lifties: you can wear the same boot to load up the chairs and then sneak in runs without a swap.