Teacher – Hey Mark Sollars. Mark – What is Tech Apparel? Teacher – Tech Apparel is stylish streetwear, but designed with materials that are suitable for riding and outdoor life in general. Mark –So is this shirt I’m wearing “Tech Apparel?” Teacher – Sure is. In fact, that shirt is treated with Mystify. Mark –Mystify… Teacher – Yea, Mystify. It’s a water resistant coating Burton puts on select styles to make them even better for riding. Mark –I like riding Tech Apparel – on urban missions or hanging out after riding. It’s comfortable and keeps me dry, which is good. Teacher – It is good. For when you’re riding and lifestyle are cut from the same cloth.
Burton’s new Family Tree line is a free ride collection of boards influenced from various shapes dating back to the early days of snowboarding. Slight tweaks in the shape, from the tail shape to the tail length, have a huge impact on freeriding. It’s a unique and fun line that’s expected to continue to evolve in the coming years. Riders like Terje Haakenson and Jack Johnson have influenced the line’s direction and have played a big role of the final shape decisions. With an ever growing split boarding following across the globe, the demand is high for new shapes for making pow turns, dropping cliffs, traversing and making history. Join the Family Tree with Fish, Fishcuit and Juice Wagon.
Burton Family Tree:
Scott – Terije and Burton’s R& D team has been hard at work on this new Family Tree line. It’s a free base collection of boards that represents a lineage of fresh lines. My favorite is this women’s specific split board, Antisocial. For more on the line, check out this video. Terje – There are a lot of boards dating back, I mean all the way, to the beginnings of snowboarding/Burton that have influenced some of the boards you’re seeing – the Family Tree – this year. I mean we can trace all the way back to the Burton Back Hill. Those boards really kind of broke the crust if you will for what this free ride line has become for us. Terje – The thing when you make all the different boards, like a big quiver – like the Family Tree as we call it now. You know, it’s kind of where you live or where you’re gonna ride is where that board will fit in and you know a lot of different shapes will work and be fun on that day or on that terrainJG – Burton has always had these powder boards and the boards rode OK, but I used to think, man I just want to ride something smaller. And it was like a big step for Burton and snowboarding and the industry in saying, “Ok, now you’re powder boards are going to be smaller.” TK – Back in 2002 with the Fish, this was when we started building quiver boards. And basically JG, Jake grew up riding these early boards over here and these are the boards that have influenced the current line of Family Tree. Scott – If you look back at some of the videos from Stephan from the past 2, 3, 4 years he’s riding the Fish a lot. We’ve been watching him and wondering why he’s on such a directional board for these big booters that he’s throwin double backs and 10’s on a Fish. It kind of struck us as odd. Stephan – And then from there, they were like OK, we’re gonna do this new thing called the Family Tree. We’d like you to work on this one board. We already have a shape for it, so they sent me out a couple proto types. It ended being the Juice Wagon, we had a couple names for it. We could maybe spice it up a little bit with the tail and nose shape, you know how the old boards were with the pointy nose. They fit with the Family Tree. Even the graphics were inspired from those old Burton boards. Maja – The Con Artist is a lightweight board. The first idea was to create a short board that could perform well in powder. It’s a fat board, but has great balance when I’m riding powder. Scott – Terje for a while has been riding super high performance, very lightweight boards and being able to design a board for exactly what he does is not easy, but I think we really hit it with the Cheetah. JG – Obviously, Terje is a big influence on the Family Tree and he wanted just a little bit longer board, a little bit more stable, a little bit more tail and that’s where his Cheetah five nine came from. Terje – For this year’s Burton flick, I rode the Cheetah pretty much the whole time. It worked pretty well in the powder. It even had that little tail so I could still do some buttering. It’s a cruiser board. It has good speed and good for powder turns. Jack Johnson – This is the Freebird. Just kind of your classic split board. I mean there are so many advantages to this thing, it’s like you’re kind of creepin, checking out your line, checking out the terrain you know zip over here, zip over there. It’s one multifunctional piece of equipment that allows you tons of access and tons of fun. JG – The other option of splitting is the new Spliff, which is a directional Nug. We know it rides powder really well and do traversing and stuff is a lot easier to cross in front of your foot. That’s gonna change splitting for sure. Scott – I think the possibilities are endless. The concept Family Tree line is that it opens up so many possibilities for shape. Slight changes in tail length, tail shape, pin shape, swallow shape – very slight changes in shape make a noticeable difference for riders. I’m really excited to see what we’re going to come up with in the next couple of years.
Pair yourself up with the best snowboard for your riding level. It’s crucial for long term success, faster progression and more fun on those first few days of learning to stand sideways. Companies like Burton, Rossignol, K2, Rome, Gnu, Ride and Roxy have devoted extra attention and resources to build snowboards designed for beginners.
So, why makes a snowboard easier for newbies to learn? First off, the edges are forgiving – meaning it will take a lot to “catch an edge” and catapult your body into the snow. Most entry level snowboards have a rocker bend, making them easier to initiate and link turns. You’ll have the falling leaf turns down in no time. Beginner snowboards also have a nearly maintenance free base with wax that will stay in tact all season long. Higher performance snowboards have faster wax that requires regular applications. Last, newbie snowboards also boast a forgiving flex, which makes them easier to handle. Take a peak at our top selling entry level snowboards for 2016…
If you take a look at your old boot lines you are sure to find that they are stitched together. This Year Burton decided to change the status quo and build their new liner with a 3D molding process. The New Infinite Ride Liners provide a more consistent fit out of the box and and increased rebound and cushioning that wont break down or pack out. The new lines can be found exclusively on the 2014 SLX, ION, Rover, and Supreme.
2. New Rebounce / Sleeping Bag:
Rebounces is an added layer of PU within the shell of the boot. That enhances overall comfort by adding cushioning in all the right places. The new Sleeping Bag Technology is a foil layer beneath your feet that reflects heat to keep you warmer longer and in addition it keeps the PU layer nice and bouncy.
3. New Power Tongue:
Most of the new 2014 Burton boot has been upgraded to a New Dual Density Tongue. Which gives you more rebound and overall durability. like with all the thin profile 3D molded tongues it is available in three flex options based on the model of the boot. If you looking for the ultimate in response make sure to check out the new thermoplastic-reinforced Power Up Plus Tongue on the 2014 Driver X.
“The Burton EST Bindings are part of a complete system that Burton offers with their line of Infinite Channel System (ICS) snowboards. This Infinite Channel System isn’t something new, but it is something that’s been reintroduced by Burton that the EST bindings have been designed for. When you bring these two things together, you get a complete package that now has the ability to give a
Better flex pattern
Unlimited stance options
Easier adjustments and more.
By using the Infinite Channel Systems on some of Burton’s snowboards, the Burton EST Bindings are being used to their maximum potential and in a way that more traditional bindings can’t match up.
The EST, or Extra Sensory Technology, bindings are constructed with less in mind, which makes for a better and truer feel and flex while on a board.
The removal of the metal plate underneath the binding, giving it more cushion which reduces the weight of the board and ultimately adds increased possibilities for flex and stance options.
ICS snowboards have a channel that allows the EST bindings to be quickly adjusted for different stances because of the lack of a rigid plate, leading to the bindings having the infinite stance options.
The bolt heads that were located in old Burton bindings that have been replaced by a design feature that allows you to adjust your stance setback, the angle, toe and heel, all in a matter of seconds.
It’s because of all these features that the Burton EST Bindings are consider to be the best bindings on the planet.
After you have tried any Burton EST Binding, it is easy to see why they are considered to be among the best bindings made. Any system that puts more control and feel into the rider’s grasp will always prove to be beneficial. If you’re looking to upgrade from older bindings, but price is an issue, channels snowboards can still use with old Burton bindings with the help of aftermarket channels disc. To see all of our Burton bindings Click Here.
Do you want to become the next gold metal Olympic Freestyle Skier? Or maybe you just enjoy a bit of thrill in your skiing adventures, if so then maybe the hottest trend in skiing is for you. Twin Tips Skis are becoming popular with everyday skiers and aren’t just for daredevil jumpers anymore. If you haven’t tried Twin Tip Skis this might be the season for you to become part of a growing trend in skiing. The Twin Tip Skis are shorter than a regular ski, with an hourglass look and wider at each end; both ends have tips that turn up to allow for maximum maneuverability.
Twin Tips are no longer just for people who want to do tricks and stunts; they are now popular with all types of skiers. The twin tip ski has vivid graphics which make them feel fresh and the upturned tips and tails allow you to move forward and backwards on the ski. You need to consider what type of skiing you will be doing most before choosing the twin tip you want. Three general types are:
Backcountry: If you like skiing in the back country then an all mountain or powder would be the ski for you. The all mountain/powder twin can be used both in the park and outside in the back country, you might think that this ski is just used in deep powder but with the sidecut of today’s powder twin it is an excellent all mountain ski. Twins that are wider will now hold up at high speeds and will perform excellent on fresh snow.
Freestyle: Freestylers will want a twin ski that is smaller and more compact. Weight will be important to the jumper to allow high flying jumps and aerial flips. A true twin will give better handling on groomed surfaces and half pipe ramps. Tips and tails that are turned up will help to keep a rider from catching an edge in a backward jump. The twin tips are flexible, giving skiers the ability to spin, turn on a dime and do all kinds of skiing stunts.
Directional: Directional twins have a longer blade than true twins and a slightly wider tip than the tail. Directional twins can be excellent all-mountain skis performing well on most surfaces.
Each ski has its place and you should decide which works best for you. Twin tip skiing is a more aggressive type of skiing than the traditional flat ski. While the twin tip might be a bit more dangerous it gives an adrenalin rush for those who seek thrills in their skiing. Skiers find the twin tip to be a bit more like a snowboard because of the ability to do so stunts and high flying flips. Most people who have tried the twin tip enjoy the shorter ski; with less edge to catch you will have greater maneuverability. This ski is not only trendy but stylish with great graphics. The snowboard look of the twin tip appeals to all ages and is a dynamic and aggressive ski.
Stand up paddle boarding evolved form the Polynesians and migrated to the Hawaiian Islands thousands of years ago. Recently regaining popularity, Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs) can now be found all over the world – from the lakes and rivers of the Midwest, to the furthest reaches of Australia and New Zealand.
In the 1960’s, modern paddle boarding was first introduced by the Waikiki Beach Boys as Duke Kahanamoku and Rabbit Kekai, along with a few others, would use long boards and paddles to get out to the surf. As surfboards became lighter, smaller, and faster, the use of SUPs nearly disappeared. Thankfully, paddle boarding was re-introduced by surfing Instructors who wanted to keep an eye on their students and big wave riders who wanted to stay in shape when they were not dropping into 50 foot waves.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Is A Great Workout
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is fun as well as a great full body workout and SUPs are used as a cross-training tool by athletes around the world because stand up paddling works just about every muscle in your body. It is estimated that by paddleboarding for one hour, a male can burn anywhere from 800-1000 calories while females burn between 500-700 calories per hour. When compared with the 500-700 calories burned by men and 300-500 calories burned by women while running on a treadmill (not to mention the fun factor… honestly, would you rather be out on the water and in the sun,or plodding away inside on a machine?), its no wonder why Stand Up Paddle boarding has become so popular.
Another reason for the rise in popularity of stand up paddleboarding is that, unlike surfing, paddleboarding is very easy to learn. Within one hour you can become very comfortable in the water and on your board. Did we mention that stand up paddleboarding is most popular with women? Very often women of all ages are much more skilled at Paddleboarding than men. Basically, if you don’t have a SUP yet, pick one up and go take a lesson – you wont be disappointed.
It’s important to be able to distinguish binding hole patterns apart. There are four distinct styles of mounting patterns and each one will mount to a board differently. When you go buy your equipment you’re going to want to know what kind of hole pattern your board has and if your bindings actually have the correct disc to go onto your snowboard.
Types of Inserts
2×4 Hole Pattern
-The first and most common disk is the 2×4 pattern. The 2×4 refers to the amount of centimeters between the vertical and horizontal holes.
Most discs for this pattern look similar to this.
You can place the disc onto the bindings hold pattern like this. The biggest difference between the 2×4 and the 4×4 pattern is the number of inserts and the distance apart the inserts have. The 2×4 pattern has a 2 centimeter difference width while the 4×4 has a four centimeter difference width. There is also many more holes on the 2×4 than the 4×4. Out of all the different snowboard binding hold patterns the 2×4 and the 4×4 are the most compatible and the most similar.
4×4 Hole Pattern
This is the 4×4 pattern.
The disks can be arranged in the horizontal direction so you can go toward your heel or your toe side edge or it can be arranged vertically so you can go toward your nose or your tail giving you a lot of different options.
With so many different styles of riding, Burton meets the demand of every rider by offering a variety of board bends. From rocker to camber to springloaded, rest assured there’s a bend for every inch of the mountain. Getting back to the basics, the ‘bend’ of the board is determined by laying the board flat on a surface. A camber board like the Custom, Custom X or Easy Livin will have a slight arch giving the board immense precision, pop and speed. Up until a few years ago, all snowboards (and skis for that matter!) were camber. Rocker boards like the Blunt have a lifted tip and tail leaving the contact point between the bindings. Such boards literally rock from tip to tail making for a playful ride that’s perfect for park and a blast in powder. Springloaded boards are a combination of rocker and camber – rocker from tip to tail and between the bindings and camber beneath the bindings. Springloaded boards like the Custom Flying V and Feelgood Flying V are the ideal blend for all mountain fun wherever you take it .
Boarding School – Snowboard Bends
Mark – What are snowboard bebds? Teacher – A board’s bend from tip to tail determines how playful or precise the ride will be. Burton offers camber, rocker and springloaded boards. Mark – Yea, but how do you tell the difference? Teacher – Well, a camber board will arch when laying flat on the ground. And a rocker board will do the opposite and literally rock from tip to tail. Mark – And what about the hybrid ones? Teacher – The hybrid ones? Well, we call them springloaded boards. They use combinations of rocker and camber. Mark – Ok. Cool. I usually ride camber. It’s really precise, responsive and has a clean, crisp pop. Teacher – How about the rocker boards? Mark – They’re really cool, too. They’re very soft and forgiving and really fun to ride in powder. Teacher – I thought Mark McMorris only rode park. Mark –Listen man. Everyone’s looking for a different style of riding. That’s why we make all these boards.