2013 Thirtytwo – 32 DGK Collection

2013 DGK x 32 Collection

How in the world did Thirtytwo and DGK come together for a collaboration?  Through the love of skating that’s how.  Everyone has a different style, or at least should have.  For the hesh dudes Thirtytwo offers the Joe Sexton Signature Series and for the thugs they offer the DGK Collection.  The DGK gear fits a lot bigger than the average pant and jacket combos, but when you’re a Dirty Ghetto Kid, that’s all that you need.  The DGK branding is top notch, the functionality is perfect, and the tech is right on the dial.

DGK Shiloh 2 Jackets

What is big, baggy, and full of features?  The Shiloh 2 Jacket.  The long length keeps your seat dry on crash landings and on long chair rides.  It’s the idea piece of the DGK Collection and screams for respect.

 

 

DGK Blahzay Pants

Shoe string isn’t a very wise supportive device, but make you look cool like the dudes at the local skatepark.  If the shoe string doesn’t keep your Blahzay Pants up, no worries, there is belt loops too.

 

 

 

DGK TM-Two Boots

Thirtytwo riders have a team boot favorite; it’s called the TM-Two.  One thing that could make the TM-Two better is a collaberation with DGK.  Not very many companies put as much detailed effort into their product, but Thirtytwo does.  DGK for live.

 

2013 Thirtytwo – 32 Joe Sexton Signature Series

 

2012 Thirtytwo Joe Sexton Signature Series

How in the world could a kid from Minnesota get as good as Joe Sexton?  With tons a dedication and the willingness to always have fun.  Joe got picked up a few years back by Thirtytwo and has gradually worked his way to the top of the snowboard industry.  His exposure meter is off the charts, he rides for some great companies, and Thirtytwo let him design his out kit.  That’s right, Joe has pro-model boots, jackets, and pants.

If the Joe Sexton Signature Series feels a little to hesh for you, check out the DGK Collection, it’s pretty big.

 Joe Sexton Unleaded Jackets

The Unleaded Jacket is pretty straight forward and simple.  This 50’s gas station employee inspired thick canvas jacket helps you do it all – shred, school, chill.  STI Repel keeps the water out and the quilted liner keep you warm.

 

Joe Sexton Kermit Pants

With a classic 5 pocket denim fit how can you go wrong with the Kermit Pant?  You can’t.  Medial leg cuffs slide easily over your boots and with gloves on the zipper fly opens with a blink of an eye.  Be warned, there is no insulation in these babies, think about adding a baselayer underneath.

 

 

 

Joe Sexton The Maven Boots

So you thought the 2012 86 FTs were skate inspired?  Wait until you ride the The Maven Boots!  The cuff is low and soft, the outsole is thin, and Thirtytwo laced them up.  The first person to Treflip with these gets an internet high five.

Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker – Trail Running Apparel

 


Trail Running Jacket: Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker

Everyone loves a perfect windbreaker.  Some people like looking sporty running errands, commuting, and charging through Moab.  The Salomon Fast Wing III is the ultimate light weight (150 grams), packable (armband stow pocket), and wind resistant windbreaker available to trail runners and the general public. The Salomon Fast Wing III is so light you’ll hardly notice wearing it.  The Media Pocket securely holds your valuables and the Wearable Stow Pocket is a genius idea.  The actiLITE™ Stretch Mesh breathability in the arm pit area is unbelievable!  If you’re looking for an active fitting jaw dropping windbreaker, check out the Salomon Fast Wing III.

Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker Features

Smartskin™/Climawind™ Light Ripstop

Smartskin provides two different soft shell components – where movement and ventilation is needed (arms, pits, back, and shoulders) there is a light material and on the front is a Climawind Light Ripstop fabric that blocks the wind for the days you wish you hadn’t stepped outside.

 

actiLITE™ Stretch Mesh

If pit sweat was an evil villain, the Salomon Fast Wing III actiLITE Stretch Mesh panels would be a super hero.  actiLITE stops the disastrous plans of sweat and lets you ventilate freely.  Viva La actiLITE!

 

 

Media Pocket

Carry your keys, cellphone, Stow Pocket, or MP3 Player in the secured zipper chest pocket.  The internal headphone slit allows freedom of exterior movements without the worry of tangled cords.

 

 

Reflective Logos & Panels

Be seen at night with reflective Salomon logos and panels.  Be safe and have fun.

 

 

Thumb Loop

The Thumb Loops provide hand coverage and an immune feeling to nature’s elements.  How will you decide whether or not to use the Thumb Loops?  You can wear one loop and one traditional cuff, and then you could be the LL Cool J of the trail running world….just a thought.

 

Wearable Stow Pocket with Arm Attachment

The Stow Pocket might be one of the best features of the Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker.  It Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker packs small and comes with its own Wearable Stow Pocket.  The pocket can be slipped around your upper arm while wearing the jacket or it can also be tucked away in the Media Pocket with a minimal amount of bulk.

Active Fit

The Salomon Fast Wing III Windbreaker has a precise fit for your active needs.  It’s not too snug, and not too loose.  The arm length seems a touch longer than the average windbreaker because of the optional Thumb Loops.

 

 

Outdoor Research Swift Hat


Outdoor Research Swift Hat

Word on the trails is that you need a hat that does it all – a hat the ventilates, blocks the sun, and absorbs sweat.  The Outdoor Research Swift Hat does it all with ease.  This is the chief hat of trail runners across the country.  Walk your dog, catch some bass, or blaze a trail like a boss with the Outdoor Research Swift Hat on your head.

Outdoor Research Swift Hats Specs

  • Quick Dry Nylon Supplex® Fabric Upper
  • Front and Top Panels
  • Mesh Liner Crown Aids Ventilation
  • Shaped Plastic Stiffened Bill
  • TransAction™ Headband
  • Quick Release Buckle Adjustment

History of Skullcandy

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Check out all Skullcandy productsOne of the coolest things about Skullcandy is just that it was founded by Rick Alden, on a chairlift in Park City, Utah. He was taking a phone call. He’s got his music on one side, he’s gotta turn that off. He’s gotta find his phone and dig out that on the other side, and he figured out how can I pull all this together. So Rick figured out how to splice those two things together seven years ago on a chairlift and that’s how Skullcandy was founded. One of the most awesome names of a brand ever because you know what it means. We don’t need a tag line, it’s Skullcandy.

History of Skullcandy

Rick started this company by bringing on other innovations like the Skullcrusher. It was about five years ago, the Skullcrusher was a headphone we introduced with two speakers in each headphone cup. One is a subwoofer. It’s got a bass boost on it that’s battery operated, so you can turn that thing up super loud. It vibrates like a car on Main Street on Saturday night. This thing is awesome, we still sell thousands of those, one of our favorite favorite headphones. If you haven’t put your head inside of a Skullcrusher make sure you get crushed very soon. We go from there to other innovations and kind of really leading the forefront on the mic technology and I’m going to get into that in just a second. But the mic technology is super important because all the things you can do with your phone now. Rick comes up with all these other innovations.

We’re a preferred partner with Apple so we continue to work with them on innovating new things and make sure we’re right at the forefront with what’s going on in terms of the technology. But we always bring it back to our roots, which is the mountains – snowboarding, mountain biking, a little bit of fly fishing. You know, we live in Park City. That’s where our company is based out of, and so it’s a pretty awesome place to work, pretty awesome brand to be associated with. And we continue to bring all kinds of new innovations out in the headphone space. So whatever you’re doing from city to urban, to travel, to dorm room, to whatever, we’ve got something for you to take your music to the next level.

2013 Ride Buckwild Snowboard Review

2013 Ride Buckwild Snowboard

The 2013 Ride Buckwild Snowboard is the go to deck for the 2012 Winter Dew Tour Slopestyle Champion, Sebastien Toutant.  The Pop Rods® 2.0, Slimewalls®, and Carbon Array 3 combination adds a smooth feel and unreal pop.  The Ride Buckwild creates fluid lines and has massive pop that you’ll never forget.

2013 Ride Buckwild Snowboard Test Review

Location: Afton Alps, MN

Conditions: 31° F, Soft Groomers

Size: 156 cm

Flex Rating: 5 – The Ride Buckwild felt a little softer than what Ride considers it to be.  I did ride the Ride Buckwild a few centimeters shorter than I normally would, and that may have made the board feel softer.

Pop Rating: 6 – The Pop Rods 2.0™ added a huge amount of pop flat off the nose and tail.  The Ride Buckwild has tons of snap and cranks out some massive ollies.

Responsiveness Rating: 5 – As expected from a freestyle board, the Ride Buckwild wasn’t too sluggish or quick edge to edge.  It had a good blend to do it all e.g. jibs, jumps, and pipe.

Stability Rating: 4 – I pushed the Ride Buckwild to its limits, and I found it to be a little unstable at high speeds, which is rather odd because Seb rides this thing at a million miles an hour.

Maneuverability Rating: 8 – Even though I rated the Ride Buckwild’s responsiveness at a 5, it can make mini carves and large carves with ease.  Some boards either make large, medium, or small radius turns, but the Ride Buckwild makes them all.

Overall Rating: 7 – High up on the overall ranking is where I found the Ride Buckwild.  The board is a slopestyle killer and can slay the whole mountain.  It might actually be a quiver of one type board which says a lot.  It felt a little softer because a rode a smaller size, but made a wide variety of radius turns, and had tons of pop.  If you like jumping off of everything, you’ll like the Ride Buckwild.

2013 Ride Buckwild Snowboard Specs

Ride Buckwild Snowboard Consruction Features:

Thin Con – Tapered tips and tails, reduced swing weight, enhanced tip flex and the sidewall runs past the effective edge.

Twin Rocker – A Hook-free twin shape featuring micro rocker combined with a long, stable flat zone that extends well beyond the inserts into the tip and tail.  Dialed for hitting features from big booters to rails, and everything in between.

Slimewalls® – Ride’s responsive and smooth sidewall technologies level terrain input for consistent filtered feedback.

Carbon Array 3™ – This powerful distribution technology provides total board control in every stance location.  Widespread carbon stringers placed at the binding zones gather input from any stance width and all pressure angles.  Rider input is then channeled to the opposing contact point for maxim board control.

Pop Rods® 2.0 – Ride’s Pop Rods give already fun and playful boards the added liveliness to set them apart from the competition.  Using strategic placement in the boards tip and/or tail, this technology adds pop without the stiffness generally associated with snappy boards.  Made up of flat carbon rods that wrap a urethane slime-core, Pop Rods have carbon for massive pop and a slime-core to smooth out the landing.

Cleave Edge™ – Nearlt 50% more steel, delivers unmatched resistance to edge cracking and can be detuned to larger radii.

Hybrid Glass – Triaxial on top, biaxial on base, balanced torsion and stiffness for a better response with speed.

Fusion 4000 Base – More durable, harder, and faster than extruded and is the fastest base material known (sintered).

2×4 Inserts – Dial in your stance for the option that feels best.

32 Snowboard Boots – 86 FT – 2012 Review

99.9% of snowboarders skate.  Why let your snowboard boots reduce your skate influence?  Don’t.  Skateboard shoes are great because the soles are thin for board control; the Thirtytwo 86 FT ran with that idea and now you won’t find a better board feel in a boot anywhere, period.

If you didn’t know, the FT in 86 FT means Fast Track…named after Thirtytwo’s Fast Track lacing system.  The 86 FT lacing system is quick, smooth, and simple.  The 86 FT lacing system has mid-foot anchor points for the upper and lower zones and a convenient tongue stash spot for the lace pull handles.  Skate shoes are comfortable and so are the 86 FT boots because of the Level F footbed that your feet rest on.

Joe Sexton‘s 86 FT colorway comes from JP Walker making fun of Joe’s style saying “He rides like a frog.”  Joe loves the boot and so will you.  The fully heat moldable Level 2 Liner and 3D Molded Tongue offer enough lateral and medial support with the freedom to Tail Press into next week.

Do yourself a favor and start riding the way you were meant to with the Thirtytwo 86 FT.

 

Thirtytwo -32 86 FT Joe Sexton Boot Specs

Flex Level: 4/10

Fast Track Lacing System

3D Molded Tongue

Internal Lacing System

Liner:  Level 2 Liner

Boot Bed:  Level F

DC Snowboard Technology Explained

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2012 DC Snowboard Technology

There are a lot of important technology and features that go into making DC Snowboards. This is what makes DC Snowboards unique and superior compared to alot of other boards on the market.

What is the Feel-O-Meter? The Feel-O-Meter is our board reference in DC catalog. Several key ingredients go into making the perfect snowboard. And in the end, it’s the overall feel that matters the most. By using the Feel-O-Meter, you can get an overall idea of what your board will feel like. You can the Feel-O-Meter guide for the flex, maneuverability and camber. Moving along to the flex. With the flex, we move from “less drive” to “more drive.” Less drive being softer, and more drive being a more stiffer board. Maneuverability is based on the camber. Either anti-camber or traditional camber, combined with the side cut, giving you longer turns or shorter turns. Camber, which will go from the -6 anti-camber, to the +6 traditional camber. Which makes the board more responsive, or more playful.

“I’m riding my board  again, the DC Devun Walsh and it’s awesome! I’m loving it. Just goes where I want it to go. It’s super easy to ride.” – Devun Walsh

Sounds like Devun likes the anti-camber that’s featured on his board. With the anti-camber, you have a flat surface in between your feet, which gives your board it’s life popping drive. As you move out to the tips and the tail, they gradually come up off the snow. The levels of anti-camber go anywhere from Devun’s board, which is a -2 mm of anti-camber, all the way up to DC PBJ, which is a -6 mm of anti-camber. The anti-camber just makes your board a lot more loose and playful. And it brings your contact points off the snow, which keeps you from catching your edges. “I rode the DC Tone in the backcountry, it has super good floaty and awesome pop, love the way it’s shaped, the way it turned. Like he said, it’s soft, but still poppy.” Ryan Tiene

The secret ingredient to DC anti-camber board is the Camber Core. This unique feature help DC win several awards, including three Transworld Good Wood Awards. The Camber Core is a little bit thinner in between your feet for foot steering in coarse or softness. And then it gets a little bit thicker underneath your feet to give you a solid platform. Then right outside your feet, we rise up the core even more to make it thicker. And this is what we call the Camber Core. This creates a stiffer section outside your feet so when you are airing, or land a trick, you have a stiffer platform. One of the things we found when making an anti-Camber core is when the fiberglass pushes out away from the snow it has no tension, and tension tends to wash away. That weight we put in the Camber Core gives you snap and pop.

“Really easy to ride, super good for jibbing and has a nice float in the powder. Has minus four reverse camber on the tips but flat in the middle. And it turns nicely between your feet. You almost get the surfboard/skateboard feel.” Lauri made front sevens and switchbacks like nines look easy to land in powder right? It probably has something to do with Radius to Flat that’s featured in all DC boards.

Traditional snowboards have a radius that roll up to the tip to tail. To give our boards more float in powder, we use the a Radius2Flat. And what does that mean? The flat section works like the hull of a boat, where the board will rise in deep powder and will help you stick in deep landings. Structurn is a dimpled stretch at the base of your board and is exclusive to DC manufacturing partner GST. This is just another feature that helps the DC team do what they do.

“I ride the MLF 158. Sometimes I ride a 54. It’s a twin tip and it holds the edge so good. The shape is so nice when you are looking down – it’s definitely my favorite board I’ve ever ridden.”- Iikka Backstrom

“This year I got the MLF 58 and it’s just a sick board because you can pretty much shred anything with it. It shreds anything from the big lines to the big kickers. It’s a regular camber. It’s kind of the way I like it. I have tried some other ones, but this is definitely the board that I have shredded all season. And the shape of it, the nose kind of cuts the pow pretty easy, you don’t have to do so much work. That’s definitely what I like about it.” – Lonnie Kauk

Iikko and Lonnie killed it on the MLF this past season on all types of terrain and he really liked the traditional camber that the DC MLF features.

The DC Ply features a lock and load camber and the idea behind this board came from Torstein and Aaron and how they wanted a board to feel like. The lock and load is what really separates the DC Ply from other boards. With the lock and load camber instead of having a single contact point, it features a contact zone.

“The DC Ply is awesome. It’s a new board in our lineup. Its what Torstein and I both have our pro models in now and bringing back some camber doing a real good job with the pop and the flex. Represents a middle ground between the PBJ and the MLF. If you need a camber board, this is the one.” Aaron Bittner

“We were missing another camber board in the line. so we came up with the PLY with the whole development crew. It has all different lengths; some in-betweeners, some .5 and .75s. It’s a little different and it’s still a camber board and has a lot of power and it’s super fun to jib around and cruise around. I usually ride around with the 50.5, which is my board. But right now, it’s summer shredding and I’m trying the 147, which is super fun too. Ride a longer board for slopes out contests. And I use the same board in powder too. So it’s got a lot of power and good pop. All around, it’s a sick snowboard.” – Torstein Horgmo

Video: History of Bond Outerwear


Bond Outerwear is not in the business of making tuxedos for James, but more like some of the most debonair outerwear in the snow softgoods market. Sustainability is the name of their game, as they operate as a carbon-neutral company—and balancing out their minimal carbon footprint is hardly an ordeal for them. They use only materials that have been recycled, or can be recycled. Their list of ingredients contains bamboo, coconut, and recycled bottles.

Proud Partner of Bond

Launched in 2008, Bond Outerwear boasts a team made up of three of snowboarding’s most unique personalities and distinguished resumes in Eddie Wall, Heikki Sorsa, and TJ Schneider. Having such different tastes and needs on the testing end of the product culminates in a line that has something for everyone down to the last detail and the most refined tastes. Right down to the buttons and zippers, which are made from scrap metal leftover from various industries, so let your imagination decide what your pocket snaps are made of.

2013 TWC Standard Wide Snowboard

2013 TWC Standard Wide Snowboard