1987 Burton Elite Snowboards

Burton Elite Snowboards

Burton Elite Snowboards

1987 was a monumental year; Guns n Roses released Appetite for Destruction, The Simpsons aired for the first time, and the Burton Elite Series launched.  We can all agree that ’87 rocked; now take a look back and reminisce on the golden era of snowboarding with everything that is the Burton Elite Snowboard.

The House Boardshop will be displaying these Burton Elite Snowboards in shop December, 25th – 31st 2016.  Stop by to get a glimpse at these beauties.  Share your Burton Elite stories below in the comment section.

1987 Burton Elite Snowboard Catalog

Words by Burton:

Burton Elite Series Snowboards

The Elite Series is designed for the beginner to low intermediate snowboard who is looking to learn and improve on a quality board. The reduced bevel (now 1.25mm) and new variable flex pattern of the Elite make it an wasy board to turn and learn the basics on.  The Elites also feature our new core and outside laminates which decrease vibration and increase binding strength by as much as 400% over last year’s models. Now available with Fastex or buckle bindings.


Burton Elite 140 Snowboard

Burton Elite 140 Snowboard

The Burton Elite 140 Snowboard is now designed specifically for the rider under 130 pounds (60 kilos). We have tightened the stance and significantly loosened the flex pattern on these board to make it ideal for smaller and lighter riders.  The addition of a swallow tail and forward placement of the bindings also contribute towards making the new Elite 140 the ultimate performing snowboard for its rider profile.

Rider Profile – Beginner to low intermediate, lightweight rider who wants a high performance snowboard for the use on a variety of snow conditions from hardpack and ice to fresh powder.

Burton Elite 140 Snowboard Specifications on bottom of page.

Shop Burton Boards HERE.



Burton Elite 150 Snowboard

Burton Elite 150 Snowboard

The Burton Elite 150 Snowboard is now a snowboard that entry level riders over 130 pounds (60 kilos) can both learn and excel on.  With the increased flexibility, especially in the nose of the board, the 150 can now handle bumps and powder with ease.  The board is still beefy enough, however, to carve solid turns on bulletproof hardpack. The responsiveness and versatility of the Elite 150 are what made it ideal for the inexperienced rider.

Rider Profile – Beginner to low intermediate snowboarder who wants a board that will not only be easy to learn on, but will be capable of handling difficult terrain in any snow condition once the rider has learned the fundamentals.

Burton Elite 150 Snowboard Specifications on bottom of page

Shop Burton Boards HERE.


1987 Burton Elite Snowboard Specs


steve-bayer-heroThanks to Steven Bayer for donating his boards for the photoshoot and to be displayed temporarily at The House Boardshop.



Black Friday Sale

Yeah, yeah, The House is known for great deals, and for good reason.  We’re rolling out the savings now with our  Black Friday Sale where you SAVE UP TO 80% OFF!  Below are a few of our top favorite picks that won’t last long.  Make sure to select the link HERE for your chance to get the greatest gear discounts before Black Friday.  With over 55,000 items on sale, you’ll be able to find gifts for all of your loved ones and more than a few for yourself.  Take a look now, the gear won’t last long!


Nixon Mod Watch | Purchase HERE


Framed Impact BMX Bike | Purchase HERE


Patagonia Go To Shirt | Purchase HERE


The North Face Thermoball Pullover Jacket | Purchase HERE


Oakley Lineminer Goggles | Purchase HERE

FAQ: Fat Bikes


FAQ: Fat bikes

Q:What is a Fat Bike?
A: Most simply stated, it’s a mountain bike on steroids. The tires are thick and big! Also known as “snow bikes,” “All-Terrain Bikes,” Or “ATBs,’ fat bikes have a wider fork, bottom bracket and rear triangle to accommodate the big tires. They can handle rims over 100mm and tires over 5″ wide. When ridden at low tire pressures, the beefy tires give these bikes the stability to ride at very low speeds, and the ability to float over sand and snow and and almost anything, while minimally impacting the trail.

Q: What tire pressure should I use?
A: For riding on snow, usually 5-10 psi is best, although you can go all the way down to 3psi.  The general rule of thumb is, “when in doubt, let some air out.”  The softer the conditions, the lower the pressure.  If you’re riding on harder dirt or mountain bike trails during the summer, usually 15 psi is a good starting point.

Q: What are the best snow conditions for fat bikes?bacon on fat
A: Firm and packed snow is best with grooming creating the perfect conditions. Snow that has been packed by snowmobile,  snowshoe, or other means can also be rideable and a ton of fun. A few inches of new snow gives you that feeling of making fresh tracks, but too much snow can make for an unpleasant uphill climb. If it’s difficult to maintain a straight line in the snow, grab your snowboard, skiis or snowshoes instead. When the temps start to rise, the top layer of snow can get slushy, slippery and inhibit traction. That being said, cold places like the Midwest, New England and Canada are meccas for bat biking!

Q: Aren’t they too heavy, slow and hard to pedal?
A: You’d be surprised at how easy a fat bike is to pedal. Sure, they might take a little bit more effort, but think of the calories you’ll burn. With the right snow conditions, they just roll. Race ready fat bikes can be as light as 20 pounds, and even steel frame versions are comparable to an average mountain bike. The huge tires, puffed with air replace the need for heavy suspension forks.

Q: What sort of clothing should I wear fat biking?
A: It depends. If your riding in warmer months, dress as you normally would for a bike ride. In the Winter and colder months. that’s when things get interesting. Layering is the way to go! Long underwear top and bottom is a good start. You will also find that cross country gear, like ski pants and jackets keep you warm and dry, and they allow you to have a great range of motion.  Since it’s quite aerobic, breathable clothing is key. On the coldest days, a Gore-Tex jacket will be your best friend since their wind and waterproof. Last, a good pair of gloves and helmet are key. You’ll need to wear a tight fitting hat under your helmet to stay warm!

Q: Should I use clipless or platform pedals?
A: Platform pedals are the most popular. They allow you to use a variety of boots, giving you more options for warmth.  If you go clipless, it’s best to have cycling winter boots or winter booties over your shoes.15533

Q: Why not use a mountain bike to ride in sand or snow?
A: Mountain bikes tend to dig in and become more of a hassle than an enjoyable ride.  Fat bikes, on the other hand, seem to just float. This is really the main point. Most areas around the country that allow fat bikes on groomed trails do not allow mountain bikes for these reasons.

Q: Can I put huge fat bike tires on my mountain bike frame?
A: No. They are way too fat and require a fat bike specific frame to fit the tires and wheels.

Shop our online store for fat bikes.

Top Five Paddle Board Brands


Continuing to clime the popularity ladder, stand up paddle boarding is becoming a regular site across the country. From oceans to rivers to city lakes, the sport is accessible, fun, a good workout and perfect for any level of fitness. Keeping you afloat in watersports since 1982, we’ve put together a list of our top paddle board brands.

But before you start shopping, consider the type of SUP that best fits your needs. Would you use your board more for family recreation, a one-size-fits-all board, or use it for something more specific, like yoga, fishing, or fitness? Also consider the type of water that you might use it the most — river, lake or ocean.

  1. BICBIC Sport has become the leading expert for water sports. A benchmark manufacturer in the demanding surf market, it was only natural for BIC to enter the world of stand up paddle boards (SUP). They’ve done a killer job of offering a broad range of SUPs for various styles – recreation, racing, surfing and touring. Simplicity and accessibility are the driving forces behind stand up paddle boarding’s success – and BIC has mastered products for all paddle boarding endeavors.
  2. Starboard – A tiki is the iconic symbol on every Starboard stand up paddle board. It stems from the ancient, fun-loving godking of water and waves – the legendary Inca sun god Tiki Vichara. Starboard is always on the cutting edge of technology making some of the lightest and strongest boards on the market. They’re also into color and fun, which is apparent on their SUPs.
  3. Surftech –  Randy French, surfboard and sailboard shaper, founded Surftech in 1989. He developed a revolutionary way of building surfboards and offered his new technology to some of the best shapers and surfers on earth. Surftech has a true, personal connection to their years of experience, development and feedback. Not too long after the birth of Surftech, they locked in a brand changing, world class international factory. It matched Surftec’s commitment to excellent, providing unparalleled capabilities, strong environmental awareness and unmatched craftsmanship.
  4. Imagine – Since 2006, Imagine has been building a balanced line of versatile, affordable, durable and great performance boards. Founded by a passionate group of paddlers and surfers, Imagine is all about exploring on the MBK178_01water, having fun and increasing paddle boarding’s accessibility. Heck, their moto is “We make paddle boarders.”
  5. JP Austraila – Named after Jason Palakow, the former wave surfing world champion and the figurehead of the brand, JP Australia is a first-class, high-performance brand for windsurfing boards. Stand up paddle boards became a natural extension of the brand and allows JP Austraila to build boards for various waterman. Palakow is decorated with medals including two world titles and has been the driving force behind his brand since 1997. The boards are legit!

Still undecided? Shop our full list of paddle boards.

Fly Men’s Spring Fashion

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Fly Men’s Spring Fashion

Stepping out into the light looking fresh in Fly Men’s Spring Fashion is a sign of renewal and rebirth.  The heavy Winter layers are shed as the ground unthaws – allowing you to stretch into the the current you.  Correct colors bloom with Fly Men’s Spring Fashion as you grow into new skin.

1 - HatPatagonia Pinstripe Flying Fish Corduroy Cap
 | Setting the hook with 98% organic cotton this robust oxblood red corduroy hat is what you need.    [Purchase]

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1 - SweatshirtBillabong Surfplus Thermal
 | Hand printed graphics are a perfect touch for this soft waffle knit thermal.  Premium quality is just the start to falling in love with the Surfplus.  [Purchase]

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1 - JacketAnalog Generator Jacket
 | Cool nights and dew laden mornings are no match for the 60g of quilted poly fill.  Ribbed cuffs provide comfort and stop the breeze.  [Purchase]

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1 - WatchNixon Sentry 38 Leather Watch
  | Life should be simple and so should your watch.  Follow Japanese movement into the future with a 38mm stainless steel crown and hardened mineral crystal. [Purchase]

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1 - PantsBurton Carpenter Pants
 | Updating a classic 5 pocket denim piece with a slim fit and dark ash wash is good for your soul.  [Purchase]

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1 - ShoesVans Authentic Shoes
 | Celebrate 50 years and everlasting style with an authentic piece of skate culture.  The more you wear them the better they get.  [Purchase]

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Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent Review

Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent

1 - KeltyGetting more than what you paid for is great.  The Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent gives you that feeling because it won’t break the bank and it’s outstanding durability.  For long backpacking excursions or backyard slumber parties, the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent gets the job down in a small package that weighs less than 5 lbs.

Convenience is key, and the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tentt has it.  The ultra lightweight sturdy aluminum poles x-cross frame locks easily in place, it’s almost too simple and can be assembled by one person.  A single door located on the tent’s end allows for the users to freely enter and exit without having to crawl over the top of each other.

Fully taped seams can be found throughout the poly floor, fly, and No-See-Um Mesh stitching.  The 68D Polyester, 1800 mm material is softer and lighter to the touch than ever imagined.  The thin fly sets securely in place with corner buckles and hook-loop fasteners that hold great in strong winds and storms. The Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent breathes with ventilation that’s unmatched and makes condensation virtually nonexistent.

A spacious 30 sqft of floor space along with 6 sqft vestibule is perfect for anyone on a solo mission.  Add in another person and roominess is slightly reduced, but the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent still has adequate space. It’s no wonder why the Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent is one of the best in the two person tent class.  Get one before they’re gone, because they won’t be in stock for long.



Key Features of Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Tent
– Backpack friendly compact folding poles
– Roll top cube carry bag
– Easy set up
– Free standing
– Kelty hug clip
– Easy entry D door
– Color coded clip and fly attachment
– Fully seam taped construction
– Internal storage pockets
– Gearloft loops
– No-see-um tent body
– Fly vent

Seasons: 3
Number of doors: 1
Number of vestibules: 1
Capacity: 2
Number of poles: 2
Minimum weight: 4 lbs 1 oz / 1.84 kg
Packaged weight: 4 lbs 12 oz / 2.15 kg
Floor area: 30 ft2 / 2.79 m2
Vestibule area: 6 ft2 / .56 m2
Dimensions (L x W x H): 85 x 57/44 x 43 in // 216 x 145/112 x 109 cm
Packed size: 12 x 15 in / 30 x 38 cm




Big Agnes Lost Ranger Sleeping Bag Review


Lost Ranger Sleeping Bag

For campers and backpackers who value a good night’s sleep and recognize that weather forecasts aren’t always right, the Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag is here! Made with a rectangular shape for more room in the foot box and the shoulders, the Lost Ranger is stuffed full of DownTek water repellent down insulation for big warmth even when it gets wet and features an integrated pad sleeve so you never have to worry about rolling off your pad again. The Isotect Flow system is a flow-optimized insulation system is engineered for efficient heat-distribution and natural body contouring, and the built-in pillow pocket is perfect for stuffing in a fleece or puffy coat to make a pillow. Sawing logs isn’t just for firewood when you have the Big Agnes Lost Ranger Sleeping Bag!


Key Features of the Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Long Left Sleeping Bag:

  • Integrated full pad sleeve
  • DownTek water repellent down insulation
  • Rectangular shape offers more room in foot box and shoulders
  • Mesh storage sack and nylon stuff sack included
  • Built-in pillow pocket holds a fleece or Big Agnes pillow
  • Interior fabric loops for sleeping bag liners
  • 70″ YKK #8 Left Sided Zipper. Mate together our left and right zip bags with same size zipper
  • No-draft collar seals around neck to keep cold air from sneaking in
  • No-draft wedge insulates the connection between the bag and pad
  • No-draft zipper tube insulates along the length of the zipper
  • Shell fabric: Down proof, nylon microfiber rip-stop. WR surface treatment to repel water
  • Lining: Soft and breathable, down proof nylon microfiber with stain resistant finish
  • Pad sleeve fabric: Nylon rip-stop. WR surface treatment to repel water
  • Flow Construction: Insotect Flow is a flow-optimized insulation system that delivers uniform heat distribution and natural body contouring through its revolutionary baffle design. Flow Construction eliminates lateral and vertical down shifting by using vertical chambers with Flow Gates to regulate fill positioning and density. Strategically placed Flow Gates minimize vertical down shifting while vertical chambers minimize lateral shifting. With continuous vertical Flow chambers in place of traditional side seams, Flow bags eliminate potential cold spots which can occur with side seams. Vertical baffles now flow with your body for more rapid and uniform body heat distribution
  • Long – Fits up to 6’6″/ 198cm


Men’s Hiking Style Guide

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Function and fashion are important.  When exploring the world function is the most important.  If someone says that fashion doesn’t matter, it can be assumed they probably wears crocs to weddings and have no real say on the topic.  Get outside and look good exploring this beautiful world of ours.

3 - Down Jacket v2Arc’teryx Cerium SL Jacket

Perfect for layering on those blustery days, the Arc’teryx Cerium SL Jacket for men is the piece your wardrobe has been missing. Outstanding in its warmth to weight ratio, this cozy jacket will keep you going through plummeting temperatures and blustery conditions.  [PURCHASE]


3 - Rain Jacket v2Helly Hansen Loke Jacket

The Helly Hansen Loke Jacket is an essential light weight shell. Practical for a variety of weather conditions with full water and windproof yet breathable construction. With front storm flap to keep out wind and rain, and with vents to prevent overheating.  [PURCHASE]


3 - Hat v2Columbia Trail Dryer Cap

The Trail Dryer Cap has a sweat-activated, super cooling headband, offers UPF 50 protection from the sun and has a hook-and-loop back adjustment. Sometime the future is so bright you ahve to block it out with a brim.  [PURCHASE]


3 - Shoes v2Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX Hiking Shoes

For lightweight performance on and off the trail, lace up the Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX Hiking Shoes for men and get outside this season! Designed to be as comfortable as they are effective in wet and slippery conditions, the Terrex Fast X hiking shoes are made with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex liner to keep your feet dry and happy no matter where the trail takes you.  [PURCHASE]


1 - WatchFreestyle Navigator 2.0 Watch

The Freestyle Navigator 2.0 Watch has a built in digital compass with 1° of resolution and declination adjustment to help make navigating a breeze. The Navigator 2.0 also features three alarms, a calendar, and a timer useful for many outdoor activities including hiking and running.  [PURCHASE]


1 - pantsMountain Hardwear Warlow Hybrid Pants

The perfect alpine spring climbing pant designed in collaboration with Mountain Hardwear’s athletes. Minimal design with maximum stretch and superior fit make the Mountain Hardwear Warlow Hybrid Pants the most versatile and well rounded outdoor pants know to man.  [PURCHASE]




Oakley Tour De France Eyeshade Sunglasses

Oakley Eyeshades Hero

1 - oakley-logo-120-07Oakley is proud to stand above the title of being the first optics company to create the world’s first sport performance specific sunglasses.  31 years ago Oakley introduced the Eyeshades Sunglasses and invented a category that brought to fruition a global market for sporting enthusiasts.  Celebrating it’s 30th anniversary from their 1984 release Oakley cracked open the vault to reintroduce the Oakley Eyeshade Sunglasses.

The Oakley Tour De France Eyeshades retro heritage collection includes length adjustability, interchangeable hook temples, updated nose bridge, a black iridium lens (Oakley’s most popular lens), and Tour De France insignia throughout.  

Lasting the test of time through stages, altitude, wins and losses, the Oakley Tour De France Eyeshades are here to stay.  Get your piece of history now because it may soon pedal past you.


2015 Burton Custom Snowboard Review


The World’s Best All Mountain Freestyle Snowboard



burton-logo-120-07The Burton Custom Snowboard is consistently the go to board for all of Burton’s top pro riders – from pow slashers, jump jocks, to pipe rippers, the Custom does it all.  With over two decades of innovation and the introduction of new technology, the 2015 Burton Custom Snowboard is by for the best model to date.

The classic camber profile provides pop and quick energy transfer along with it’s supportive Squeezebox Core Profile that allows for an even smoother power transfer.  Torsionally stiffer than those of years past, the 2015 Burton Custom Snowboard‘s 45° Carbon Highlights reduces weight and gives the board a race car type response.


1 - 2015 Burton Custom Snowboard



1 - Burton Custom Snowboard Flex


2015 Burton Custom Snowboard Key Features

User: Intermediate – Advanced
Terrain: All Mountain Freestyle
Size: 146, 151, 154, 156, 158, 160, 163
Shape: Directional Twin
Profile: Camber
Stance: Set Back 1cm
Flex: 5ish/10 Medium
Core: Super Fly II with Dualzone EGD & Squeezebox Core Profiling
Fiberglass: 45° Carbon Highlights
Laminates: Lightening Bolts
Base: Sintered WFO
Edge: Frostbite 360° Wrap Stainless Steel



Burton Custom Dimensions