Review: Burton Dominant Snowboard

Dave here at The House. Talking shop about the Burton Dominant snowboard. Super cool snowboard they’ve had on the line for quite a few years now. Definitely going to be a really, really affordable, kill it all, freestyle snowboard. It’s got the channel system this year so you can rock the EST snowboard bindings with it. It’s going to give you a really smooth snowboard flex, no dead spots underneath or traditional snowboard binding. It has got massive stance options, you can really bang out your stance on this one. Then from there, increase cushioning on landing, better snowboard on metal feel. It’s all over the place craziness, I’ll tell you.

From there, we’ve got P-Rocker, another new thing on the snowboard this year. It’s going to be flat though the snowboard binding and then have just ever so slight rocker in the nose and the tail. What that does is it keeps the contact points off the ground. So if you’re coming around a little short on the landing, you’ll be able to scooch it around to roll away. Also pressing, it’s already going to be predispositioned to press a little bit easier that way too. Definitely a really, really cool rocker that you can find on the Dominant, and a couple other ones.

From there, we’ve got an extruded base, very easy to take care of. Doesn’t require as much waxing. Easy to repair if you got a rock or a kink from the handrail to gouge it out. Other than that, 10:45 side wall, it’s pretty much straight up, right off the edge, and then goes into a slant wall on top. Slant wall saves weight, where as the meat over it is definitely going to make it a little bit more durable, make it hold an edge better on icy hard pack terrain.

From there, snowboard will have the Infinite ride process built into it. They’re going to over build the snowboard, then stick it in a machine that simulates about three to four years of usage. This ensures that the flex is the same as it did when you get it out of the box as it does three years down the road. So definitely even increasing the durability of the snowboard.

Finally you’ve got pro tip, meaty side wall through the center. Nice slender nose and tail, reduces the swing weight. Makes the snowboard torsionally more forgiving. Comes with the Get Lifted program, free lift ticket when you buy the snowboard. Super awesome happy fun time madness, Burton Dominant snowboard.

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Review: Nitro Magnum Snowboard

Dave here at The House. Talking about hands down the best selling wide snowboard of all time. Nitro Magnum snowboard has been in their line since I started here a good 8 or 9 years ago. So long I don’t even remember when it started. What you’re looking at here, definitely for guys who have a little more girth going on, to their foot. Definitely gonna work good for the 12 to 15 crowd. Of the wide snowboards that they carry this is pretty much the widest, so maybe even say the 13 to 16 crowd is gonna be best off on this snowboard.

As with any of the Nitro boards, it’s gonna be super durable. It’s got a 2 year warranty to back it up. You’re looking at directional twin construction on this one. Can be rocked as a twin for the park and be ridden for a directional snowboard for the rest of the mountain. Basically you got nice flat sidewall construction, they don’t put a lot of material directly over it to save weight, but it does have very good bite going through any icy hard pack trim. It’s gonna be much more durable than any other traditional cap construction would be.

From there moving into the base, you’ve got a really nice extruded base. Very easy to take care of, you don’t have to wax it quite as much, it’s gonna be easier to repair of you get a gouge from a rock or rail onto it. It’s got their tried and true power core, very light weight, very powerful as far as carving and stuff like that goes.

One of the reasons why this Magnum has always been a good seller for us, and for me personally, is the weight of it. It is definitely lighter than most of the other wide snowboards out there, which is good for any snowboard when you start adding the width you’re increasing the surface area exponentially. Definitely good to have a snowboard with lighter weight. Nitro Magnum snowboard, can’t say enough good things about it. Sweet turning snowboard, really just any kind of rider can get on this thing when they got the bigger foot and they’ll have a dream with it.

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Review: Nitro Haze Snowboard

Dave McCaul here at The House talking about one of my favorite Nitro Boards the brand is making new in for ‘em. It’s called the Nitro Haze snowboard. What you’re looking at here is more affordable twin-tip, extremely soft flexing snowboard, but not an entry level deck like you normally would have. It definitely has some durability built into it as well.

You’ve got radial sidecut on this one. It’s really mellow, easy to predict, going to be really stable rolling flat base as well too. Really beefy sidewall and edge to this one. They are definitely thinking this one is going to be hitting up some metal, so they put the technology into deal with that. From there, sintered base, easy to take care, easy to repair, requires lots of waxing. And this one, it’s got a low camber to it. So very little rise to the center, almost flat, kind of like you’d see on some of the other snowboards around. Not quite a full-on camber, not a rocker snowboard either.

But like I said before, name of the game on this one is definitely the soft flex, but with durability. So, I mean you might see those entry-level decks that are super soft noodles, but you go to nose press and the nose folds up on you. This one definitely is going to be extremely durable. If I was rocking a lot of city rails in my older age, the Nitro Haze snowboard is the one of the top three contenders I would be on for sure.

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Review: Burton X8 ICS Snowboard

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Dave McCaul here, talking about Burton‘s best park snowboard they make, it’s the Burton X8 snowboard. What you’re looking at here is basically the highest end core they put into a park snowboard. It’s the Park Fly III core . They use lighter wood in the nose and the tail to lower the swing weight, and also make it press easier, and to lighten up the overall weight of the snowboard itself.

From there you’ve got the V-Rocker, which will have some rocker in between the snowboard bindings, and goes right to the pressure distribution edge which is a little bump out in the edge. It’s really hard to see with the naked eye. This gives you extra grip. Besides contacts at the nose and the tail we’ve got ones right underneath the snowboard bindings where all the pressure is, and it goes into a little more rocker right after the snowboard binding position. This one’s got the Channel. You’ve probably heard about that; if you’re rocking the snowboard you’ve got to do an EST snowboard binding, otherwise you’re only unlocking half the performance of the snowboard.

Moving into the sidewall, you’ve got the Pro-Tip construction. It’s really meaty through the center of the snowboard, and goes thinner around the nose and the tail. This one also will have elliptical nose and tail kicks; they kick up a little quicker than most of the other snowboards. This can help you power through the crud, allows you to get up and float on top of powder a little bit quicker, and gives it a little bit longer effective edge than you’d typically see in snowboards of this length. This one also has a scoop nose and tail going onto it, really good for flat ground and buttery madness and all sorts of mini biking and stuff like that.

Base on this one: you’re looking at Sintered N2O WFO, definitely the nicest base they put into their freestyle snowboards. Takes a lot of wax, only gets faster the more you wax it, and as it comes from the factory this thing’s ready to shred for a good five times out at least. Other than that, Infinite Ride built into most of the Burton boards, including this one: just puts it into a machine that simulates about three years of usage, so when you get it it flexes the same as it will three years down the road. Definitely the premier park snowboard: twin shape, twin flex, everything’s twin on this one. Super, super nice snowboard. If you’ve had experience riding park and are looking to step it up, this is a good one to take a look at. The Burton X8 snowboard.

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Review: Capita Green Machine FK Snowboard

Dave here at The House talking about the Capita Green Machine snowboard. (Hmmm!) What you’re looking at here is, basically, Capita’s most eco-friendly construction. What you’re going to have is a biodegradable bean topsheet, kind of somewhat what the Mervin guys are using. It’s not that really it’s not really that toxic, super glossy topsheet crap you see the other companies are pumping out, definitely, it’s got to be a little bit more eco-friendly.

From there, you’ve got beeswax in the base material. It’s a sintered base, so it’s going to endure a lot of wax I know it get a lot faster throughout the life of the snowboard. Super cool fleky sidewall stuff going on there. You got some sintered material, you got some ABS, just kind of old stuff they found in the factory floor crushed into a nice little sidewall there. What you’re looking at on this one is, basically, kind of kill-it-all freestlye snowboard. It’s going to work good in the park, it’s going to work good on the rest of the mountain, too, just a really nice twinned out, kill-it-all machine.

It’s got sustainable wood core running through the whole thing, so it definitely rounds out that eco-friendly construction. Die-cut base, Capita logo, Capita in-lay in the tail, a really good cosmetic finishing. Definitely, it’s going to kill it, pretty much any type of terrain. Flex wise, I’m rolling about a 5, 5.5 around this one on a 1 to 10 scale, just kind of tells you it’s going to be a really all-purpose, Swiss army knife type of snowboard. This is the one that our ex- employee Kyle Lunneborg rides. He doesn’t ride so much anymore cause he’s more like the rich and famous artist type now, but when he does ride, this is it. The Capita Green Machine snowboard.

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Review: Burton Jeremy Jones Snowboard

Dave McCaul talking about super awesome, happy, fun, madness,Burton Jeremy Jones snowboard. Jeremy Jones pro modeled for Burton. Starting off with the graphic, it’s pretty cool. You got the whole mini shreds, sponsor me video, getting some height, getting some product, jumping roofs, getting on the magazine cover, getting a check, blowing it on booze, diamonds and stuff like that, getting kicked off the team and homeless. Life of a Proshred, all in one top sheet, pretty sick.

What you’re looking at here, directional snowboard twin flex, pretty much is going to kill all types of terrain. Flex in this one is dead and center 5 out of 10. As you go shorter in these snowboards, they become more rail jib oriented. As you go up higher, it becomes more Utah backcountry friendly. This one has got the Channel, really good, paired up with an EST snowboard binding, going to give you revolutionary snowboard feel, snowboard flex, adjustability, dampening, everything is better with that.

From there, 10:45 sidewall, puts a lot of meat right over the edge, runs into a slant wall at the top to reduce weight. Super awesome base graphic. Kyle would appreciate this one for sure. Die-cut, sintered, lots of wax already from the factory, but the more you wax it the faster it goes. Super Fly II Core in this one. Definitely going to be a very light weight, very reactive core. They will run the grain direction out underneath the snowboard binding to transfer energy from the channel, from the snowboard binding to the edge of the snowboard. So, really, a versatile all-terrain, freestyle shred stick, the Burton Jeremy Jones snowboard.

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Review: Rossignol Myth Snowboard

I’m Dave here at the house talking about the Rossignal Myth women’s snowboard.

I always tell my customers over the phone that Rossignal is one of the best “bang for the bucks” we have in the shop. As a result of the sheer number of skis and snowboards they produce worldwide. Even at their full retail price they’re competing against snowboards that are priced higher with other companies.

It is an entry-level to intermediate-level, all mountain twin snowboard. It has a twin shape, which definitely can be ridden anywhere on the mountain. It’s very forgiving, very balanced, and very playful. The snowboard has a pretty nice 80’s inspired graphics which is hot right now within the snowboard community. It has a sidewall construction, which is something you should swear by. This protects the innards of the snowboard better. Gives it better edge grip on icy, hard-packed terrain. The sidewall wraps the whole way around the snowboard protecting the nose and tail along with the steel edge.

It has an extruded base, so it’s very easy to maintain. You don’t have to wax it quite as much. It is also easier to repair if you get a nick from a rock. The sidecut on this one is a progressive. This gives you a really good and easy turn initiation, but then powers you through to the next one very well. I really like the Rossi sidecuts. Flex on this one is going to be about a 3.5. Definitely good for a park snowboard or an entry to intermediate rider. Pretty versatile, pretty forgiving, fun snowboard to ride. Rossignal Myth snowboard.

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Review: Rossignol Scope Snowboard

Davie at the house, talking about the Rossignol Scope snowboard.

This is definitely one of my top sellers. Super good bang for the buck associated with this snowboard. Works good for probably 70% of the riders out there. What you’re looking at is intermediate, all mountain. Middle of the road flex, slightly directional shape, can be ridden out twin for sure.

This one, you’ve got the nice dark kind of affliction associated graphics on this one. Black, kind of with the gold death and dead animal scene going on there. Pretty hot right now.

Base-wise, you got a really cool base on this one. Die cut letters in the gold here, and they actually will sublimate the P-tex behind it and show the wood through that too. I don’t see this done on many other snowboards, only a couple that have come through the shop. Obviously, you can see, we’ve got a tip to tail wood core on this one. Definitely going to be light weight. It’s going to be really poppy. It’s going to maintain it’s flex over time.

Davie at the house, talking about the Rossignol Scope.

This is definitely one of my top sellers. Super good bang for the buck associated with this snowboard. Works good for probably 70% of the riders out there. What you’re looking at is intermediate, all mountain. Middle of the road flex, slightly directional shape, can be ridden out twin for sure.

This one, you’ve got the nice dark kind of affliction associated graphics on this one. Black, kind of with the gold death and dead animal scene going on there. Pretty hot right now.

Base-wise, you got a really cool base on this one. Die cut letters in the gold here, and they actually will sublimate the P-tex behind it and show the wood through that too. I don’t see this done on many other snowboards, only a couple that have come through the shop. Obviously, you can see, we’ve got a tip to tail wood core on this one. Definitely going to be light weight. It’s going to be really poppy. It’s going to maintain it’s flex over time.

From there you’ve got full wrapping metal edge, protects the snowboard really really well. On this one, it is a sintered base too, which is unusual for this price range. Definitely going to be a fast base, ready to rock from the factory. It’s going to hold more wax when you wax it, and it’s going to get faster throughout its life.

Trusted side wall construction, it’s going to hold really good on icy hard pack terrain. It’s going to resist more damage if you’re taking laps around the park, but like I said, it’s a really good, I would say, entry level to intermediate all mountain snowboard. It works for most of the people out there. Good price tag on this one, definitely leaves you a little money for your snowboard boots.

Rossignol Scope snowboard, highly recommend it.

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Review: Ride Lowride Snowboard

Dave here at The House talking about that Ride LowRide snowboard. One of our best selling kids snowboards of all time.

It is a super simple All Mountain Directional snowboard with a slightly set back stance. But you can still rock it twin if you set back your discs. Thin-con construction, super thin, there by allowing it to get a softer flex for the kids of lower weight can manipulate. Also makes it really cool for pressing on rails and boxes. Overall it will make a really nice forgiving snowboard and once again Ride has crushed the graphics on this one.

Base is an extruded die-cut base with very crisp poppy graphics. The extruded base will also make it very easy to repair and requires minimal waxing. Sidewall construction will lend to a durable snowboard with great edge hold. Pile on a full tip to tail wood core with a smooth flex and a sick price it definitely is not one to pass up.

Ride Lowride snowboard…

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Review: Capita Stairmaster Extreme Snowboard

Dave here at The House talking about the Capita Stairmaster Extreme snowboard. Basically, it’s a suped up hot-rod of the ever-popular Stairmaster snowboard. You have a true twin on this one. What we’re looking at, it’s going to have a core upgrade. It’s going to have a base upgrade. It’s going to have a dampening upgrade, definitely a lot of features that makes it a good one to take a look at.

Flex wides and stuff they upgraded from the original Stairmaster. Stairmasters are about a three or four on a 1 to 10 scale. This one is probably going to bump up to about a five or so. Definitely makes it a little better for riding everywhere on the mountain, not just the park. It also makes it a little bit better of a jumping snowboard, too. From there, you’ve got rubber dampening foil that runs above the edge with different densities of sidewalls here. Basically what that is going to do is that is going to make the snowboard have a little bit better suspension to it. It’s going to make it lock under rails better. It will just provide a better ride overall.

You’ll see the core and fiberglass upgraded on this one, so this one will be a hair lighter than the traditional Stairmaster snowboard. Graphically speaking, an upgrade as well, too. You’ve got the kind of scandalous National Enquirer type graphics going on here. Every one is different, but they are always trying to do something a little more risque with the extremes. Sintered base it’s definitely going to be really fast. It absorbs wax well. It will get faster as you ride it.

This is a super good snowboard. All Capita’s feature a two-year warranty. They really back their product. This stuff is coming out of Austria, which is synonymous with good ski and snowboard design for many, many years now. Capita Stairmaster Extreme snowboard, if you are going for a sick shred stick for the park, bang on.

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