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

Snowboard Edge Test – Ice Breakers

Almost every board company advertises that their boards work on firm snow, hard-pack, and ice.  The House Boardshop decided to create a board test, called Ice Breakers, to determine which profile shapes and edge technology actually work on ice.  Who knew if the slalom and stop test would work?  No one.  There was a sense of panic when we realized that this test could be a total flop; all the companies involved could lose a piece of their market credibility, someone could die, and we’d be wasting our time.  What we found out surprised us…


Test Results

If your board’s edges are sharp (90º) it will ride on ice, no matter what edge technology the board has.  The board’s flex and profile shape plays a huge part on how well the edge will hold on ice depending on how fast you go, but over all if you have sharp edges you’ll be able to ride on firm snow, hard-pack and even ice.  Boards with fully detuned edges did no grip on ice very well.  If you are an all mountain rider who keeps your edges sharp, you’ll have an easy time cruising around on any type of conditions, but if you ride a board with fully detuned edges stay in the streets and anywhere that carving is not involved.

Boards Tested


CompanyModelProfile ShapeEdge Technology
ArborCodaTrue RockerGrip Tech
BurtonCustomFlying VFrostbite (Detuned)
BurtonProcessFlying VFrostbite
BurtonSuper HeroFlat TopFrostbite
GnuBilly GoatC2BTXMagne Traction
GnuPark PickleBTXMagne Traction
Lib TechSkate BananaBTXMange Traction (Detuned)
RomePostermaniaRocker CamberQuickrip (Detuned)
RossignolOne Mag-TekAmp-Tek All Mountain RockerMagne Traction



Gravis Fulton Shoes – Product of the Week


Gravis Fulton



Every once and a while you’ll find a hidden gem like the Gravis Fulton on The House Boardshop’s website.  It’s a 50% skate 50% casual winter stomper with a cushioned lycra sock cuff and great tread.  The Gravis Fulton’s price point is unbeatable and there are multiple colorways to choose from.

The Gravis Fulton ties together a great outfit by giving you an edgy skate look without looking like a kid.  From the cubicle to the park the Gravis Fulton’s premium quality leather, lycra sock lining, cushioned footbed, phylon midsole, and textured outsole will keep you well styled like the man you want to be.

Gravis Fulton Colorway Options:

Black Coffee

Bracken Jellybean

Black Leather

Black Liberty

Bracken Cream


Rider Bio: Joe Sexton

Joe sign ever single Stepchild Joe Sexton Snowboard we had in stock.

When the news broke out that Joe Sexton was stopping by the shop everyone’s faces lit up like it was Christmas morning. The interns were peaking between clothes racks and from under tables just to get a glimpse of the home town hero.  With a travel schedule that would make any Fortune 500 exec envious, he still found time to to stop by to shoot a couple of vids.

The House blasted Facebook saying that Joe Sexton was stopping by; immediately questions started flying in, and there were chat requests (actually demands) wanting to know when he’d be here.  Joe has stocker issues.  Arriving 10 minutes early sporting some fresh Asbury shades and a Pressed Carmel Apple Mocha Berry Iced Americano Latte Joe was ready to shake hands, autograph all his in-stock pro model boards, shoot, and do what he does best, be himself.

Joe started riding with a neighborhood kid he didn’t care much for.  From his first day on snow until now, Joe’s mind has been completely consumed by thoughts and dreams of snowboarding.  Growing up,  Joe’s parents gave him and his twin brother Dan the opportunity to try every sport know to man – eventually Dan chose hockey (Anaheim Ducks) and Joe chose snowboarding.  He didn’t plan steps to succeed in snowboarding, he focused on having fun and enjoying the ride.

Close knit friends from The House of 1817 and Scott from Cal Surf have always supported Joe to the fullest.  Imagine growing up with kids like Marben, the Michilots, and Jake O.E…yeah, you’re bound to get really good.  In 2010 Stepchild Snowboards produced Joe’s first pro model snowboard and this year they’re doing it again.  The 2011 Stepchild Joe Sexton Snowboard was actually the staff top tips a week back…  32 Boots also released signature Joe Sexton item, a special colorway for the 86 FT boot.  By the looks of Joe’s current path, it won’t be the last pro models you’ll see with his name on them.

The greatest thing about Joe being here, was right before he sat down to shoot the vids, he wanted to check and see if anyone else sent in Facebook questions.  “If someone makes an effort to ask me a question, I want to make sure to answer it.”  said Joe.  If you support Joe, you support a good moral stand.  Joe Sexton will continue to make industry breaking video parts and products, so keep note of this guy and the wake he’s leaving.


1. Stepchild Snowboards – Joe Sexton Pro Model

2. Thirty Two Boots – 86 FT Sexton Green



Joe Sexton’s Sponsors:

Snowboards: Stepchild

Footwear: 32 & Etnies

Bindings: Union

Eyewear: Ashbury

Mountain: Bear Mountain

Wax: Magical Go-Go

Shop: Cal Surf

Stepchild Joe Sexton Snowboard – Product of the Week

Stepchild Joe Sexton Pro Model Snowboard


The 2011 the Stepchild Joe Sexton Pro Model Snowboard is back and graphically louder than ever.  The high contrast graphics by Ryan Jones, a.k.a. Humanbuger, pop with so much vibrance you won’t need to jazz up your board with stickers.  The House has Joe Sexton pro model boards that are a little different that what other shops carry…16 of them are autographed by Joe!

Like ugly girlfriends, what really matters most, is on the inside.  The slightly cambered shape (almost flat) and medium flex rating offer enough pop to ollie onto down rails without the need of a wedge and proper support to keep you over the nose or tail without bucking yourself out of a press.

If you ride like Joe Sexton or want to be Joe Sexton this board is for you.  Now stop reading this and go Backside 3 the hardway onto a 30 stair triple kink.  Oh, and remember to get 5 angles for that double page spread while you’re at it.

Stepchild Joe Sexton Pro Model Snowboard Specs

Type:  Freestyle

Shape:  Twin

Profile:  Rocker

Flex:  Medium 4.5

Stance:  Centered 25″ Maximun

Sidewall:  Park Formula

Edge:   Radial

Core:  Kicker I (Poplar)

Fiberglass:  Biax

Additional Laminates:  Armadillo Plate

Base:  Snag Free  – Screened – Smooth “Soft Belt” Finish – Pre Waxed

Topsheet:  Non Stick UV Lacquer Coating

Art:  Ryan Jones “Humanburger”


Rome Mod Giveaway

Enter to win a 156 Rome Bjorn Mod Snowboard and Rome Targa Snowboard Bindings in Bjorn Black.

Sorry but this contest has ended.

Additional contest details:
Winner must be 18 year of age or older have parents consent.
To enter without making a purchase or entering your email address please mail a postcard to:
Rome Mod Giveaway, 200 S Owasso Blvd E, St Paul, MN 55117.
Winner will be selected from all eligible entries received in a random drawing on 12/23/11. The contest is open to legal residents of all 50 states.
Contest Rules. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Some restrictions apply.

One winner (plus guest). You need not be present to win.
The contest: From 11/21/11 through 12/23/11, Rome and The-House.com will promote, by means of print, email, social and TV and at the House Board Shop the opportunity to submit entries to win a grand prize as detailed below.

Eligibility: In order to submit entries, contestants must be 18 years of age. Any individuals (including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six months, performed services for The-House.com and Rome or any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the contest or supplying the prize, and/or their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or play. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, siblings, step siblings, or spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months in one calendar year.

How to enter: (1) Buy any Rome product from The-House.com between November 1st and December 23, 2011 and all eligible customers will automatically be entered into the drawing. (2) Customers can also enter the contest by sending a postcard with their name, address, zip code, area code and phone number to: The Rome Giveaway 200 S. Owasso Blvd. E St. Paul, MN 55117. All contestants must be 18 years of age or older to enter and win. All sweepstakes entries become the property of The-House.com and Rome and will not be returned and may be used by The-House.com and Rome for any purpose and in any media in perpetuity.

How to win: The Grand Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing conducted from all qualified entries on Dec 29, 2012. In the event that the original Grand Prize winner does not meet Official Rules or eligibility requirements, or he/she or parent or legal guardian forfeits the Grand Prize, The-House.com and Rome will award prize to first alternate. Process will continue until Grand Prize is awarded.

All entries must be received on or before midnight, 12/23/11. The selection will be held on Tuesday, December 29th, 2011. Decision of the judges, Rome and The-House.com are final. The grand Prize winner will be notified by phone and/or mail and must meet all eligibility requirements.
By entering, each contestant agrees to be bound by these rules. Rome and The-House.com, its promotional agents and sweepstakes co-sponsors are not responsible for illegible, lost, delayed or misdirected mail, errors in faxes or shipments, busy phone signals, or incomplete entries. The Grand Prize is non-transferable. There may be no cash or other substitutions of prizes by winner. Winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes with respect to entire prize.


Prize will not be released until The-House.com and Rome receive all required documents. Failure of winner to return the form within the required time frame will result in automatic forfeiture of any prizes and all such prizes shall be awarded to an alternate winner.
Unforeseen Events: The-House.com and Rome reserve the right to change this sweepstakes at its sole discretion at any time that The-House.com and Rome become aware of any circumstances or occurrence which would materially affect the sweepstakes security or fairness. The-House.com and Rome reserve the right to announce any sweepstakes rules changes over the air, in print or posters. The-House.com and Rome is not responsible for the inability of the winner to accept the prize for any reason.

Fast Wax Superfine Steel Brush – Product of the Week




Dan Meyer, the Chemical Engineer behind Fast Wax, has perfected something many snowboarders and skiers should use more, the steel wax brush.  Steel brushes are generally used to clean out and prepare snowboard and ski bases for waxing.  In the process of removing wax and debris steel brushes can damage the base, structure, and create unwanted structure patterns if applied in an incorrect manner.  After years of prototyping Dan has designed a flawless steel brush with long length microscopic diameter bristles named simply, the Superfine Steel Brush.

Our Board Technician Guf has put the Fast Wax Superfine Steel Brush to use and is amazed at its versatility.  The Fast Wax brush can remove wax without worries of damaging the base and it can be used as the first finishing brush after scraping.

Don’t be surprised when you see your favorite pro’s Wax Technician using the Fast Wax Superfine Steel Brush in the starting area at the X Games, Grand Prix, and Olympics.  Once the word spreads about the Fast Wax Superfine Steel Brush everyone will be fighting to get one.


Industry Insider: Ride Snowboards

Mike Oelkers recently made a transition to Ride Snowboards 2 years ago and has loved every part of it.  Being in the industry for 21 years Mike knows the ins and outs of staying on top of his game.  Mike is one of the guys that makes the Midwest scene so great.  We wouldn’t be surprised if Mike wrote a novel because of the way he chooses his words and tells stories.

Although the Midwest doesn’t offer much more than 500 ft. of vertical terrain Mike charges hard daily at Hyland Hills Ski and Snowboard Area like it’s Mammoth Mountain.  Mike’s big grin and likable laugh are a joy to be around and he’s always pumped about the new gear Ride Snowboards is tossing into the market.  If you’re looking for a sponsor, keep pushing it, Mike is out there looking for you.

1.  Ride Snowboards – Buckwild Snowboard

2.  Ride Snowboards – Flight Boot

3.  Ride Snowboards – Capo Binding


Industry Insider: Burton Snowboards


Jayson Henderson started snowboarding 26 years ago and still loves it as much now as he did back then.  Technology has changed for the better, and Jayson doesn’t have to ride a Burton Elite with Sorrel Boots anymore.

Jayson has been a Sales Rep for Burton Snowboards for 9 years and it shows in his clinic presentation.  Jayson is beyond well spoken and can can guide you through the Burton Snowboards product line like the breeze.  Working closely with Matt Hoffman and Keith Lipski, also Burton Snowboards Midwest Reps, Jayson travels a 9 state region throughout the year.  When he’s not blasting around on his skateboard or cruising the hill Jayson is laying down turns racing his motorcycle.

I’m sure Jayson feels blessed to work with Burton Snowboards, one of the oldest companies in the industry.  Burton Snowboards, a garage startup company established in 1977, has always been rider owned and operated.  Burton Snowboards has done tremendous things for the industry; built the Chill program  a community based program designed to give underprivileged children the opportunity to ride, created the world’s best rider focused snowboard contest the  Burton Global Open Series, started the Learn To Ride program that assists new riders in learning new skills, and of course has been the leading innovator in snowboard technology with the help of the new Craig’s Proto Facility.

It’s always great to have Jayson at the shop.  His positive energy and enthusiasm about new Burton Snowboards product are always running on high.  When you see him riding, try to stump him with a snowboard tech question, watch his face lightup, and you’ll get a perfect answer.

1.  Burton Snowboards – Imperial Boot

2.  Burton Snowboards – Process Snowboard

3.  Burton Snowboards – Barracuda Snowboard

4.  Burton Snowboards – Diode Binding


Product of the Week: Santa Cruz PBC PBR Cold One

Santa Cruz PBC PBR Cold One Pintail Cruzer

The Santa Cruz and Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) collaboration might be the best thing in the universe. Pabst Brewing Company of Milwaukee, WI intends for it’s products to be purchased and enjoyed by people of legal purchase age, but not this one!

Inlaid Bottle Opener

The Santa Cruz PBC PBR Cold One Pintail Cruzer rides like a dream and makes onlookers drunk with envy.  Glide with style on the Bullet B120 Cutback trucks, 68mm Road Rider “Eights” wheels, and clear grip tape the classic PBR logo metallic ink logo flows through.  Be the first on your block to cruise with grace on this 9.9″x43.5″ beauty!  When you’re done thrashing, flip the board over and pry off a cap of PBR with the inlaid bottle opener.  Remember to ride this board with the same amount of pride you fly Old Glory with. s