LBS turns 6! Come join us on Sunday April 22nd to celebrate and also to participate in Element's Earth Day event. We'll have the ramps set up in the parking lot, run a sidewalk sale on stuff (including some shoes), and have our new collaboration deck with Element available (which will be contributing to kids getting to skate camp) (and use vegan friendly glues). Big thanks to everyone who's been a part of the shop over these last 6 years and to all those continuing to support us. We love what we do!
Save up your cash! Sunday November 8th from 1-4 pm we're having an Element "No Board Left Behind" event here in our parking lot. Buy a new Element deck and Donny Barley will be here to cut your old deck into a cruiser. Element will be providing trucks and wheels for your new cruiser! Can't beat that. We'll also have stuff set up out in the lot to skate so come have fun, meet a New England skate legend, and get set up with a great cruiser for the price of a deck.
Two racks of snowboards from Ride, Rome, Gnu, and Lib Tech with more on the way. The season has begun with Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Wildcat and others now open. Whether picking out something new or just needing a tune-up for the start of the season we've got you covered.
$30 tune-ups with a quick turn around time. i've become almost evangelical about the wax we've been using: good for the environment, good for our waxers, and GREAT for your board (best i've ever used in over 30 years of riding). Get out there! -tom
As we ride past the mid-point of our snowboard season i wanted to check in with some commentary on a bit the gear and products i've fallen for (and on) this season to date. First i'll get the enviro-geek in me out of the way. WAX! To be honest i have never found a huge difference in wax quality from one company to another. As long as you ride the right wax for the right conditions they all seem to work very well with just subtle differences in ride from one to another. All made my board ride better after a tune-up and good 'ol New England ice was equally good at scraping them all off on me... until this season. Being the eco-nut vegan that i am i have always had concerns with waxes both from what me and our tuners inhale when we heat it and apply it to what happens to all those chemicals when they mix with our snow and eventually melt off into our brooks, streams, and water sources. After selling through all of our One Ball Jay's Biogreen Soy Bean Shredwax last season before i could try it out i kept a few aside this season to use for our tune-up and my own boards. This stuff is incredible on all fronts!
The shop smells like a soy latte when tuning (unlike that chemical wax smell we have all fallen in love with but is likely killing our brain cells... if we had any to begin with) probably reminiscent of the coffee shop that once inhabited the retail space we now call our own. It goes on well and HOLY SHITE does it ride well. Not only better than the factory wax job of the first time i rode the board but the best the board has EVER RIDDEN! i've had quite a few people come back after tune-ups to say just that same thing.
Next comes gloves. This winter i have now had to get into the habit of packing two sets of gloves because my Grenade gloves are just SOOO warm that sometimes after lunch i'm switching to a lighter pair. We're not talking Colorado or Utah winter temps, we're talking New England COLD! Too Warm? Yup. If you are someone who typically has issues keeping your digits warm enough i recommend a pair of Grenade mittens.
Lastly, the old school curmudgeon in me has been holding pretty hard-fast to classic laces on my boots throughout all the fads that have come and gone over the years. But after selling 50/50 Boa to laces last season and closer to 90/10 Boa to laces this season combined with Boa's lifetime guarantee i gave them a try (Vans Encore - i like lots of flex)... holy shite is BOA awesome! Sure they're super fast and easy to get in and out of, blah blah blah. Not having hockey-skate-lace-hands that hurt all day from your excessive lace tightening: luxury. Loosening up you boots for lunch and tightening then back up for the hill in a few twists: luxury. Tightening/loosening up right on mountain depending on what you're about to charge: luxury. Having to just deal all day with whatever tightening job you did on you laces that morning is a first world hardship that you no longer need to suffer from.
Snowboarding - you are starting to spoil me. Next i'll be be going out for manicures... alright, that's never going to happen but you are turning me soft in my old age.
PS - BTW - Grenade mitten w/ skeleton hands are vegan friendly (other models have leather), Vans Encore boots are vegan friendly non -leather as well.
We at Long's Board Shop are happy this winter to welcome Gnu and Lib Tech snowboards to our line of premium snow companies, adding to our Ride and Rome selections. Mervin products are innovators in the industry with their banana shape completely changing snowboarding as we know it, their Magne-traction to help grip ice like it's powder, and their rear-entry binding system.
What i didn't know prior to carrying them is just how enviroMENTAL a company they are. As we've posted about before, as an environmental scientist i have done what i can to make our shop as sustainable as possible. From wood selection to the dyes and materials used, to their recycling practices you just can't beat their record. Add to that the fact that they are made in the USA (near Canada) by snowboarders... we are quite glad to have them join or other great brands.