Review: K2 WWW Snowboard

Dave here in The House talking about the K2 WWW snowboard, a.k.a. the World Wide Weapon. Comes in two different versions this year. We’ve got a cambered version which I’ve got right here, or you’ve got their Jib Rocker version. Differences between the two: camber will have a nifty little high spot like traditional snowboards do. You know all these other snowboards are coming out with their rockers and their combo camber-rocker designs. I mean, these snowboards still ride and function great! They’re going to be really really powerful turning snowboards. You’ve got some resistance to your carve so it really springs you into the next one, and they worked fine for many many years, so people shouldn’t get scared away if it’s just your traditional cambered snowboard.

From there, I’ll start off at the top of the snowboard. Something that’s really only found on this snowboard and on the women’s equivalent for K2, they’ve got a sintered P-Tex top sheet, super slick! You’ve got a die cut graphic. Basically snow will not stick to this just like it doesn’t stick to the base of the snowboard. It’s definitely going to be more resistant to scratches and damage and stuff like that; something cool that you will only find on this one. This one will have a slight rocker at the nose and the tail just to keep the edges from catching. Other than that, it does feature a nice durable construction. The Hybrid Tech goes from a full on side cut to a capped nose and tail. It’s just going to make it torsionally more forgiving but still give you edge bite through the center and reduce the swing weight as well too.

This one has a dual progressive side cut blending two different radiuses together. It’s going to make it a very responsive jump snowboard as well. It’s not just for the rail and box guys. Also would make a pretty good entry level deck. It’s going to have a softer flex to it; on a 1-10 scale, you’re probably looking at about a 3.5-4. It can handle some stuff at speed, but it’s definitely at home in the park or, you know, in the hands of a beginner to intermediate all-mountain rider. Definitely one of our best sellers year after year. Kids love this one and it’s for a good reason. Just a really low cost snowboard that kicks some major butt on the slopes. K2 WWW snowboard!

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Review: Burton Blender Snowboard

Dave here at the house. Burton Blender snowboard. Super, super sick snowboard for the women. What you are looking at, it’s got a slew of their new technologies going on in this snowboard. First off, you got the channel, definitely the biggest performance jump I’ve seen Burton make in my 22 years of riding. Got to partner this one up with EST snowboard binding to get the full effect. Once you do that, you get really smooth snowboard flex. No dead spots. So you get increased cushioning, better snowboard feel, easier adjustability, lighter weight set up. I mean, yeah, just buying the EST snowboard binding basically.

From there, you got the P-ocker, which is awesome. Also known as the party rocker. It’s flat through the middle portion, it’s got the kick through the nose and the tail. And on this one, they will actually have a spoon nose and tail. The nose and tail will curve ever so slightly like that. So really, the whole name of the game here is keeping this contact point that always causes you to catch your edge, off the ground. It makes the snowboards very forgiving. Definitely helps you scooch around a spin, if you didn’t quite make it all the way. Makes some track—really good on power. Makes them super fun for flat ground stuff. Just really, really fun, high-end playful snowboard from them.

On the base, here, you are looking at a sintered visioned base. Really good clarity– you can see right though to the ink. Really high-end as far as how much wax it will absorb. Definitely going to be fast. Only going to get faster through the life of the snowboard—the more you wax it too. Twin shape, twin flex on this one. Pretty symmetrical. Nothing really directional about it. It’s got the park fly core, which will put meatier, stronger woods through the center here, giving you impact protection. They will run the grain direction out from the track to give you better grip on the icy hard-pack terrain. And then on the nose and tail, they use lighter woods to reduce the wing weight. To make it a q quicker reacting snowboard, and definitely make it spin a little bit quicker.

Other than that, you’ve got triax glass running through it. It’s going to be nice, supportive, high-end glass that will allow you to run the core a little bit thinner, but still allow it to give a good support rating. I am putting this right about 3 out of 10. It’s going to be definitely good for intermediate to advance all mountain person or maybe entry level to intermediate freestyle. Maybe even advanced too. It really is a super versatile snowboard from them.

You got the infinite ride built into this snowboard. They are going to put in a machine that simulates three years of usage. Long story short, take out the baggy flex it, three years down the road, flex is the same. It really does work—I am backing the technology myself. Yeah super nice snowboard. Handmade in Austria. Tons of tech. Not too bad of a price tag. The Burton Blender snowboard.

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Review: Burton Poacher Snowboard Boots

Dave here at The House talking about the first snowboard boot in Burton’s park line. It’s the Burton Poacher snowboard boot. Very, very lightweight snowboard boot. Definitely got some cool skate style going on.

I’ll start with the outer. What you’re looking at here is the traditional lace. One seams got the nylon to simulate the skate-shoe look; perforated toe to do the same. It does have the new speedhook lacing system. It’s definitely going to be a little bit faster getting in and out of these, versus our older system. You got a 3D molded tongue, really, really nice at sucking into your shin, it’s already kinda molded, it doesn’t have to bunch or crimp at all. Bottom of this one’s got your basic rubber sole. Really good at cushioning. It does have the shrinkage tech, which takes what is a size-12 snowboard boot and shrinks the outer to what would be a size-11 snowboard boot in footprint. Still the same interior volume, but less toe-to-heel length means that a person with a size-12 foot might not have to go on a wideboard. So definitely good for those people with larger feet.

Flex on this one–you’re definitely looking at a softer flexing snowboard boot. Like I said, it’s their first snowboard boot in their park series. This snowboard boot will absolutely kill it for like rails, boxes, smaller jumps, stuff like that. Can ride them anywhere on the mountain, but probably definitely more like an entry-level to freestyle rider that’s going to be looking at these. Not quite the snowboard boot you’d probably take up to Alaska. From there, moving to the liner.

What you got is their Flex-1 liner. This is the entry-level liner within their Park snowboard boots. It is fully heat moldable. Usually I recommend just riding in these, that’s the best way to mold them. You get the natural pressure, natural heat; it’s really going to mold them the best way. Try them on when you get them. If you have like a certain pressure point, you can take them to a local shop to back that pressure point off, but typically the Burton boots fit really, really good right out of the box, as is. I got the lacing attached to the liner on this one. Burton’s liner lock is one of the best in the industry. Super durable, stays in place, super easy to disengage. Very very nice, long story short. On the interior of the liner, you do have a really, really comfortable fleece lining the whole interior of the liner. They have really good achilles grabbers in the back of the snowboard boot; really gives you a good heel hold with the snowboard boot. Very very lightweight, as any of the Burton liners go. Not too much spine support on this one. Just enough right around the heels to give you a good ankle hold. But you’ll definitely want to keep the overall weight of this snowboard boot down, being a Park snowboard boot.

In-sole is their basic level-1 in-sole. It does have really good 3D molding. It’s going to help keep the foot centered in the snowboard boot and it does have good arch-support to it as well. It kind of will form the contours of your foot with the heat moldable material being used in the bottom of the snowboard boot, too.

What we’re looking at here is a super-good freestyle snowboard boot, super-good price point. Burton Poacher snowboard boot.

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Review: Burton Custom X Snowboard

Dave here at The House, talking about one of the best snowboards we have in the shop. Brand spanking new Burton Custom X snowboard. They did add the channel to it which is really, really nice. Now you can use it with the EST snowboard bindings; which is definitely going to revolutionize your snowboard feel, the cushion, and also the weight of the entire setup too. Pretty much for every reason to attach a bind to a snowboard is better.

Other than that you’re looking at the very light Vapor Skin topsheet; it’s going to reduce the weight overall, it definitely will be very durable too. Moving into the sidewall, you’re going to have the pressure distribution edges, as well as the different compounded sidewall in these regions, and it’s going to help protect the snowboard from any kind of damage. It’s going to provide better grip on icy hard pack conditions with the pressure distribution edge, and this is going to kind of act as a suspension making the snowboard carve a lot smoother.

On the base, you’re looking at the Sintered WFO Vision base, the best base they make. It’s extremely fast! It will be the envy of your friends (unless they have the same snowboard). Definitely should require waxing about three to five times out, but the speed payoff versus an extruded will definitely be very, very good. The interior of the snowboard is going to be their Dragonfly Core, which is the nicest wood core they produce. It’s extremely lightweight, has tons of lamination, engineered grade direction to give you more power to those pressure distribution edges. All in all, pretty much with the channel system now, the Burton Custom X snowboard is the best wood core snowboard I have in the shop.

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Review: Ride DH Snowboard

Dave here talking about the Ride DH snowboard. Definitely one of my favorite snowboards in the Ride lineup. It has got a ton of features on this one. First of all, you got a true twin, radial sidecut. It’s going to be definitely well balanced for spinning, jibbing, and goof around the side of the runs. From there, radial sidecut, really, really predictable. It’s not going to ever be hokey or steer you wrong.

From there, we move into their sidewall. There is a lot going on here. First we got a Thin Con construction. It’s going to be really, really thin, obviously that’s going to reduce the weight with the slightly softer flex that the freestylers are looking for. You got their Slimewalls, which is basically the same urethane you will see in a skateboard wheel, very forgiving, doesn’t crack, locks on the rails really good, takes up a lot of icy hardpack junk we ride here in Minnesota, like on the East Coast too.

That moves into their Cleave Edge. You got an edge that has double the material to it. What that does for you is it is going to be more resistant to cracking. It’s going to be able to be rescued after you detune it. You can still get it back to get a sharp edge on it, so you are going from like a street rail to the halfpipe. You can change it up. It definitely gives you the extra material to do that.

From there, based on this one, nice and loud. You got a die-cut and sublimated graphic on this one. It is a sintered 4000, so very fast. Holds a lot of wax and will get faster throughout the life of it. They do what’s called the Carbon Array within their snowboards. From the insert position to the points of contact, they will inlay carbon to reduce the overall weight of the snowboard, but also to promote the pop of the snowboard. Ride snowboards are definitely known for their massive amounts of pop and that’s one of the way they do it.

Also you’re going to have Pop Stixs which are carbon rods running through the snowboard, another way they lightened it up and just make it definitely a really poppy snowboard for being a twin. The Ride DH snowboard, this thing will sell out before Christmas pretty much every single year. The reason for that is it is just one sweet snowboard at one sweet price. Definitely, definitely try it out.

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Review: Signal Vita Park Snowboard

Dave, here at The House, talking about the Signal Vita Snowboard. A really, really cool snowboard. Signal is definitely one of my favorite brands. We carry it in the shop for one simple fact.
On the base, it has written, a “by hand, hand-made in the USA by Russ.” So, these things are made in So-Cal. There’s only a couple of other companies that are making their stuff in the States, still. Super, super cool, ride, your own company. Hand-made in the States. Really good quality control. Definitely, the ability to pump out snowboards on a whims notice, so they get the most current tech, the quickest, to the riders.
What you’re looking at with this one, twin kill everything for the women. It is an all-mountain, freestyle snowboard. It can ride ice, it can ride powder. It can do beginner, it can do expert. It’s an amazingly versatile, quality, high end snowboard. On this one, obviously, you’re running a full, tip to tail, wood core. They use, pretty much, straight laminates all the way through. It gives it really, really true flex. It also allows them to lighten up, there’s less glue on their cores versus other ones, which will run little chunky cores, or what not. The sidewall construction is really, really tried and true. Very durable. Good edge hold on icy, hard-pack terrain. And, definitely, what you should be looking for in any snowboard nowadays. Before I move to the base, I’ve got to touch on the four-by-two insert pattern. Really good stance, width adjustment on this one. Also, you can, definitely, bang out a wider stance.
The graphic on this one just makes me smile, and all warm and tingly inside. So, it’s, definitely, going to be a solid seller, with that. Base. Got the super awesome Signal die-cut base they put on all their snowboards. Definitely, a really clean, crisp graphic with the die-cut. It’s got a really fast base on this one. Very nice, full-wrapping metal edge. Flex, in this bad girl, here, I would say is going to be a softer, probably, like, a three-and-a-half out of ten. Really good for park. You can ride anywhere on the mountain, but, if you’re just, like, a dedicated free-rider, you know, bombing shoots, going out of bounds, you might want to look at something a littler stiffer. Other than that, for the other ninety percent of the riders out there, this thing is going to crush it.
Definitely, one of my favorite women’s snowboards from one of my favorite companies – the Signal Vita Snowboard.

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Review: DC Journey Snowboard Boots

Right here is the DC Journey snowboard boot. This is the snowboard boot I would rock from them being that it is super awesome.
But seriously, things that make is so awesome: first off, you’ve got double lasted sole definitely got a few different components going on into it. It’s going to keep it light weight, but still keep it really really grippy. This one will have an air bag in the heel. Definitely good at absorbing those ice hardpack landings or just acting as a suspension anywhere else on the mountain. Really good grip on icy hardpack stuff. From there, moving to the back stay, which is pretty aggressive on this one, they use kind of a directional tooth pattern both on the back stay and on the toe. This is going to help it from moving up and down on the highback. It’s going to lock it in place really good, gives you really good response, really good heel hold within the snowboard binding. Same thing on the toe if you’re rocking the toe cap straps. Keeps it from slipping up and down on the snowboard boot.
Other than that, you’ve got an articulating cuff, really really good at flexing on itself, more like a hinge would do, but you don’t get the bunching or cripping that you typically get right underneath your ankle strap when the snowboard boot’s solid all the way through. That moves you into the 3D molded tongue. One again here, it’s not going to deform when you get the pressure of the laces on it. It’s going to suck in really good into your shin into the top of your foot. Just adds more comfort to it. On the interior, we have a lace harness, something I insist on my snowboard boots. It’s not only going to take your foot, and move it back into the liner, but it’s going to take the whole liner and put it back in the snowboard boot. Sometimes when you have the laces on the liner, the liner can move up and down a little bit in the snowboard boot. This definitely does not allow it to do so.
Moving into the liner itself, you’ve got the alpha liner, it’s the best liner they make. Super cush, very comfortable, rides good right out of the box. They’ve got power strap which is going to keep the 3D molded tongue centered throughout the day. It’s not going to want to twist or shift to the side of the liner. They have a lot of stiffening agents that they use on the outer part of the snowboard boot, going into a J-bar which holds your ankle bone very very well, one again, increasing the heel hold. Just like the Achilles grabber in back of the snowboard boot.  It’s really really good at holding your heel in place, not letting it move up and down. They do use a directional nap on that’s going to keep your heel down, but not allow your socks to be moving up and down throughout the day.
Finally, one of the coolest features of this, it actually does have outlast in it. This is something I’ve rocked in numerous snowboard boots now and it kind of sounds like some techie gizmo, but it actually does work. Outlast is a registered space technology. Basically what it does is if your foot is overheating and it’s sweating it will take that heat away, store it and then later on when your foot is cold it kicks it back to you. Super cool temperature regulation fabric that they only include in their high end liner. Then finally we’ve got the best insole they make. We’ve got gel in the forefront of the liner and then also the heel. Really soft foam runs into a stiffer plastic cage which is going to give really good arch support but also help it maintain its shape and keep your foot centered within the bottom of the snowboard boot.
Just a really really cool snowboard boot. Yeah, the DC Journey snowboard boot; if you are intermediate to an advance rider who pretty much shreds everything this is going to be definitely one to take a look at.

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Review: Capita The Quiver Killer Snowboard

Dave McCaul here at the House talking about the Capita Quiver Killer snowboard, this is one that hometown hero Dan Breezy rides when he’s in the back country. Definitely a firmer, more supportive, all terrain, back country, free style machine; definitely a work running laps through the park but not going to be the best thing for like rails, boxes, stuff like that. Jumps, powder, pipe, cheese wedges in the back country, that’s what this snowboard is all about.

From there you’re looking at super high end construction for Capita on this one. You’ve got one of their best fiber glass lay-ups; definitely going to be very lightweight but very responsive. From there you have one of their best wood cores; definitely got a lot of laminates within it; its going to reduce the weight, make it more responsive and just a more durable over all as well too.

You got a high end sintered base on this one, going to take a lot of wax, going to get faster over time; super good in that respect; numerous Good Wood award winners on this one. It comes in a pretty affordable price tag for its performance. It’s definitely competing directly with snowboards that cost a lot more than this one here. Other than that, made in Austria; Capita, completely rider owned, designed, and then manufactured in Austria. You can’t really say anything bad about that. Capita Quiver Killer snowboard, just like the name says.

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Review: Flow Venus Snowboard

 

Dave here at The House talking about the Flow Venus snowboard. This is an entry level to intermediate all mountain snowboard. It has a slightly directional shape, meaning that the nose is slightly longer than the tail – it’s pretty close to twin and you could definitely rock it twinned out.
The Flow’s flex is around a 3.5 to 4 out of 10 providing versatile if you don’t know how you want to ride, or are looking for one snowboard to do it all. Core profiling is even throughout, and sidewall construction so you get durability and good grip on icy or hard packed terrain. The base is sublimated, and extruded so the graphic is inked on the underside and the snowboard itself is easy to care for. The Flow Venus snowboard.

 

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Review: Burton Jussi Snowboard

Dave here at The House, talking about the Burton Jussi snowboard, definitely one of the longest running models in the industry as far as the pro model goes. This snowboard’s kind of got a cult following around it, definitely really, really popular. Things to note on this one, it got a Super Fly II wood core, very light, very responsive, tons of laminates going on, definitely more pieces of wood in this than most any other core out in the market. It’s got the energy grain direction which is running the grain from the channel right through the edge so it takes a lot of the input from the snowboard binding and puts it right to the snowboard edge quickly, ultimately makes it stronger in those positions.

From there, you got the Channel Mounting System, definitely going to be really, really good when paired up with an EST snowboard binding. It’s got the scoop in the nose and in the tail this year, which going to make it float and track a little bit better in powder, also make it good when you kind of flak around funny farm you got it going on. Base on this one, it’s going to be Sintered Vision, really crisp graphics, really good wax absorption, only gets faster throughout the life of the snowboard.

This one is going to be a twin shape, so symmetrical nose and tail, but a directional flex, except you got a little bit more pop, you know, a little bit stiffer flex in the tail of the snowboard. Other than that, it’s got the Infinite Ride stick in the machine, simulates three years of usage, it’s going to flex the same as it does around the box as it would three years down the road. 10:45 sidewalls on this one, they use a vertical sidewall right above the edge to put more meat above it, give it a better edge hold, and give it a better durability. But then they’d go to slant wall at the top for the 45-degree at the top, to give it a lighter weight versus the traditional straight up and down sidewall.

Really, really good snowboard. Flex wise, this puppy is going to be a little stiffer than some of the other snowboards. You’re looking at probably like 6 out of 10, not the best thing for rails and boxes, but if you’re riding all around the resort, riding with powder, pipe, back country, everything else besides rails and boxes, this snowboard is a super, super good shred stick, for sure. Elliptical nose and tail kick, too, this floats up on top of the good stuff a little bit better. Burton Jussi snowboard, you can’t go wrong.

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