Snowboard Gear

October 5th, 2013 – Jackson Hole, WY

There’s been a buzz in the air about how Winter 2013/14 promises colder than normal temps and above average snowfall. Although we can’t speak on the validity of these predictions, there’s a lot of evidence on the internet backing up this claim. Just peep this GoPro video from splitboarder Bryan Iguchi. The preseason struggle is over in Jackson Hole and Iguchi & his Pomeranian are in good shape.

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How to Choose the Right Snowboard Boots (5 Steps)

Boots are the most important part of your snowboard setup.  They keep your feet warm, are the main point of power transfer to your snowboard, and protect your feet, ankles, and shins.  In a nutshell, comfort on the slopes is synonymous with the right pair of boots with the right fit.   Here’s what we recommend for getting the right fitting snowboard boots.

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Step 1: Choose the correct amount of flex for your demands.  All snowboard boots have flex rating usually based on a one-to-ten scale with ten being the stiffest.  Generally, stiffer boots meet the demands for aggressive riders that are  larger in stature.  These types of riders are typically powerful enough to flex these boots without the boot fighting back.  Freeriders and Big Mountain riders typically prefer boots with a stiffer flex.  Park and novice riders tend to prefer softer flexing boots that are generally more comfortable and forgiving.  Here at, we like to match rider’s boot flex pattern with their board’s flex pattern.  This is a good rule of thumb to always consider when shopping for snowboard boots (some might say that it is the most important rule of thumb).  If you have not yet selected a board or are new to the concept of flex patterns, here’s are chart that will guide you in the right direction.

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Step 2: Evaluate the boot’s length compared to your foot.  From heel to toe, length matters!  Snowboard boots should fit tighter than your sneakers.  Believe it or not, in a correct fitting snowboard boot, it’s not uncommon for your longest toe to be grazing the edge.  Keep in mind that your toes should never be crammed or uncomfortable, just have a snug fit around your toes keeps your foot from sliding forward and aft when edging. This is your front line in preventing nasty heel blisters that sometimes arise when renting equipment that’s not sized correctly.  If it’s happened to you, then you can attest to how annoying and painful it is.

Step 3: Lace your boots to minimize heel lift.  Keeping heel lift to a minimum is another way to prevent blisters and maximize response.  The fact is, ALL boots have some heel lift.  The important thing is keeping it to a minimum.  Seek out boots that have heel anchors that keep the liner to the shell.  This ensures that your liner and heel stay in place inside the shell of the boot.  It is also imperative to be seated when lacing your boot. This keeps your heel back in the boot so that when you lace your boots you eliminate all unnecessary space.

Snowboard Boot Lacing 101


Step 4: Assessing your fit for pressure points.  Make sure when your boot is laced up correctly that there are no parts of the boot harshly pressing against your foot.  Pressure points not only grow painful after a while, but they can also prevent blood from circulating, thus making your feet cold.  Pressure points can kill a good day of riding.  When you get your new boots, wear them around the house while watching TV or eating dinner.  This is a great way to forecast how your feet will feel after hours of riding on the mountain. If there is no cramping or pain, then you’re set.  If your boots give you problems while you’re wearing them around the house, you should evaluate a size change or try another boot altogether.

Step 5: Custom fit if necessary.  Some boots offer the ability to be custom fitted by way of heat molding.  Usually one can find out if a boot is heat-moldable in its product listing.  Or…you can talk to an expert who can fill you in.  Heat-molding takes approximately 15 minutes and, in almost all cases will make the boots slightly bigger.  Think of heat molding as a way to break in your boots quickly – not a solution to a bad fit or pressure points.  For heat molding specifics and instructions, consult the instructions provided by the brand.

Heat Molding Snowboard Boots


Liner – the inner removable boot that makes direct contact with your foot and ankle. The liner’s purpose is to keep your feet and lower legs supported while simultaneously keeping them warm and comfortable. Liners are made from various foams, the most common being EVA. They can include plastic supports for added stiffness, ergonomic heel kidneys, thermal fabric, laces, and the ability to be heat molded.

Outer Shell – the outer and most visible portion of the boot. The outer shell functions as the boots main support structure, source of protection, and main cosmetic design. The cuff, or portion of the shell where the lower and upper parts parts combine, is a huge contributor to flex and support. An articulating cuff (pictured) allows the upper and lower parts off the shell to overlap when flexing together. This makes the boot softer flexing and adds life to the shell. A straight cuffed boot will often be stiffer since it lacks a flex zone, but this is preferred by riders who desire a great deal of support.

Outsole – The outsole is a durable piece of flat, treaded rubber or foam attached to the bottom of the boot. It is the main contact point between your foot and the ground when walking or your foot and the binding when riding. In the past, these were often made of rubber but due to recent advances in technology, they are now predominately made of injected foam allowing for a lighter end-product.

Tongue – The tongue is the elongated front of the boot that rests under the laces. Tongues sometimes feature webbing under them that keep snow out of your boot.

Toe Box – The toe box is the frontal part of the boot that guards your toes. This part of the boot takes a lot of abuse from walking and regular wear. Good boots feature double or triple stitched seams and dimensions that are true to size.

Snowboard Boot Features


Contact us at [email protected] or call 866.268.7669 with any lingering questions you have about snowboard boot fit.  Happy feet = happy snowboarding!



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All 2013 Goggles Are On Sale

It’s that time of year. “The perfect time to buy,” some say.  The sales start snowballing and next thing you know it’s 60 degrees outside. It’s a bittersweet symphony.

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Oakley 2013 Tanner Hall Canopy Goggle (Rasta Mane/Fire Iridium) - $114.99

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Win a Volcom Snowboard!

We’re half way done with the Volcom snowboard giveaway. Only two more weeks until we pick the winner. Act now and you could still win this super exclusive Volcom snowboard usually reserved exclusively for team riders. Just click the link below and sign up for a chance to win. Good Luck!

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Transworld Snowboard Mag recently released their highly anticipated “Good Wood” Snowboard Test results.  The crew reviewed and tested over 400 boards at Mt. Bachelor and narrowed them down to the best thirty.  These remaining boards represent the best in the industry for 2013.  Here are five of our favorite boards to make the list:

TRS Good Wood


K2 – Happy Hour$480

“Don’t let the simple graphics fool you. There’s more than meets the eye in this pointy pick. A pre-curved carbon Ollie Bar between the feet helps you load up on Ollies, and carbon stringers toward the tips add pop and stability. The new Tweakend tip shape creates longer rockered zones to float, press, and land on. With a straight-up flat board profile, you get a smooth feel that’s neither too loose nor too catchy.”


“Your chariot de shred. The Rook is built with a flat camber profile that’s easy to press, float, pop, and still hold an edge when you have to dig in. Those edges are also 50 percent thicker than the standard, so they can take hits without cracking. New this year is thinner core profiling between the feet for better board feel and flex, and thicker zones outside the feet for ollie and landing power. Another additive for 2013 is a tip-to-tail slab of fiberglass for added pop.”

CapitaDefenders of Awesome$380

“New to Capita’s line, this is your all-mountain destroyer. You’ve got good ol’ camber beneath your feet extending five centimeters past the outer inserts, flat camber out to the end of the effective edge, then a light rise of reverse camber into Capita’s Flat Kick nose and tail. With the kinky twin tip shape and that black metal graphic, you’ll be murdering it from the highest peaks to the lowliest of jibs.”

Lib TechTRS C2BTX$560

“A total ripper—nothing less. One of the winningest Good Wood boards in history is back again. The stiffer flex and C2 Power Banana camber combo give this Lib team-favorite solid-edge feel and pop when and where you need it. The serrated Magne-Traction edges grip and grab in the most bulletproof of ice. Add in the top-shelf wood core, basalt blended fiberglass, and twin geometry, and you’re ready to send this thing anywhere.”

K2 – Raygun – $360

“An all-mountain maniac. It hacks it down steeps, through trees, and it can slay it in the park. It has a mellow reverse camber—flat under your feet to the outer inserts, with a smooth early rise in the tip and more flat in the tail—great for float in pow and quick, effortless turns. With its slightly tapered shape and setback stance, you’ll be making carves a ski racer would envy.”


*For questions concerning the purchase or availability of the aforementioned boards, please visit our homepage or contact us at:

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2013 Deck Specs Cont.

The 2012/13 season is right around the corner. Here are three more, highly anticipated boards from our favorite brands including Lib Tech, Never Summer, and GNU. All of these boards can currently be found on and are ready to ship today. Be sure to hit us up with any questions concerning binding compatibility, features, or shipping.


2013 Travis Rice Pro ModelLib Tech – T. Rice Pro C2BTX

Art of Flight tested, King of the Hill winning, valley leaping, Alaska ripping, Jackson Hole freeride & jib sticks. 100% shredtassium for sliding in and out of tricky situations with ease in all types of riding conditions: hardpack, park, pipe, pow, rails, and even ice. For psychoLOGICAL shredding advantages, Travis continues to have two shapes: a pow-specific pointy 161.5 & 164.5 and a park/jib-specific blunt 150, 153 & 157. And of course, factory de-tuned to Travis’ specs!


2013 Never Summer Proto CT SnowboardNever Summer – Proto CT

The 2012/13 Proto will continue to dominate! We’ve taken the powerful flex of the time tested SL, and blended it with the responsive dampening of the Evo to create the ultimate all mountain true twin. This board has the versatility of Never Summer’s patented Rocker & Camber Technology, our new Superlight wood core, graphite impregnated Sintered 5501 base and added a whole new element into the proven Never Summer Carbonium Series of boards.


GNU Park  Pickle SnowboardGNU- Park Pickle

The Park Pickle takes the next step in snowboard specific geometries. Banana between your feet for easy riding, catch-free park freestyle performance, and unreal float in powder. Magne-Traction for unreal edge-hold everywhere. Asymmetric sidecuts and construction to balance the different turning mechanics required for heel side turns and toe side turns. Your body is asymmetric, your snowboard should be asymmetric. Park Pickles with a deeper heel side sidecut and unique asym core, are designed around progressive riding and modern freestyle duck stances in all terrain.


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2013 Deck Specs

The 2012/13 season is right around the corner. These are our top three, highly anticipated boards from our favorite manufacturers including Burton, Ride, and K2. Next week we’re featuring three more boards from three different brands. All of these boards can currently be found on and are ready to ship today.


2013 Burton Preview
Burton – 2013 Custom Flying V
Juiced up and ready for lift-off, the Custom Flying V™ continues as the benchmark all other boards are compared to. The one-board answer for all terrain, its proven design improves power, pop, and handling with evolutions like Squeezebox and Lightning Bolts to energize the ride. Available in two versions, riders like Mikkel Bang can get the best of both worlds with the hybrid Flying V, or be like Nicolas Müller and stick with the precise control of camber.

All mountain freestyle chargers will benefit from the new versatile Hybrid LowRizeTM shape designed with the playful LowRizeTM rocker in the tip and tail, and the responsive level micro-camber zone under foot. By moving the carbon to the outside edge of the board they are maximizing the response, grip and stability, making this twin ideal for going big while maintaining an all around playful feel.


2013 K2 Happy Hour 161


K2 – Happy Hour 161

The 2012/2013 K2 Happy Hour is the result of K2 leaving their team alone to do what they want with each and every element of this all-new deck. A bit scary really. We are lucky no one was hurt. But, the end result is the most bizarro, genius fun board the K2 team has ever ridden.    



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