Snowboard Boots

 

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Even more important than a limited edition graphic on your misty snowboard is a solid pair of snowboarding boots. They’re arguably the most critical component of your entire setup and can make or break your snowboarding experience. Brands like Burton, DC, K2, Ride, Thirty Two, Vans, Sapient and Salomon are constantly striving to make the most comfortable and highest performing boots boots at varying price points. Long gone are the days of aching, cramping feet with pressure points and hots spots after half a day of riding. If your boots hurt or are not comfortable, then it’s time to start shopping for a better fit.

What are Snowboarding Boots?

Snowboarding boots are considered soft boots with the exception of alpine snowboard boots which use a hard boot shell, similar to that of a ski boot. The primary purpose is to transfer the rider’s energy into the board, provide the rider with support and keep the rider’s feet warm. With direct contact to the rider’s feet, absolute comfort is paramount for maximum enjoyment on the mountain.

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When shopping for snowboard boots, look for a good fit, flex and of course, aesthetics. When you feel good, you’ll have more confidence to ride better! Boots have varying features such as lacing styles, heat moldable liners, gel padding and an articulating cuff. The flex of the boot is most often chosen solely on preference. Some riders swear by stiff boots, while others wouldn’t touch ’em with a 10 foot pole. Keep in mind, however, that the flex of the board is often mirrored by the flex of the boot. In other words it might be more challenging to ride an extremely stiff board with a super soft boot. Check out the flex break down…

  • Soft Flex – A soft flexing boot feels like a skate shoe on snow. Soft and forgiving, they have plenty of play for fine tuning.
  • Mid Flex – Boots with a medium or mid flex have a perfect balance of flex and instant response for an all-round, versatile feel.
  • Stiff Flex – Stiff boots have performance driven construction intended for maximum response and stability.

 

Mini Snowboards

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Tiny board? Why not! They’re an absolute blast to ride on groomers or in the terrain park. Mini snowboards are more of a second or third board to add to your quiver, so don’t go cracking your piggy bank if you only have enough coin for one board. Mini snowboards make surprisingly nice, clean turns. They’re born for little surf slashes and cutbacks. Bomb the hill? Sure! They’re stable enough for high speeds with high end construction just like their regular sized counterparts.

What is a Mini Snowboard?

Simply put, a mini snowboard is a shrunken down version of a regular sized snowboard – designed for adults, not kids! The wide version comes in at 123 centimeters, regular stands at 120 centimeters and the women’s version is 119 centimeters. A full twin, mini snowboards are identical in construction from tip to tail making switch riding, landings and take offs much smoother. They’re a fun alternative to a regular size board – think sevens instead of threes. With less board, it’s way easier to control these micro version snowboards, while holding like a real sized board.

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  • Spins Made Easy – With less board weight, it’s easier to spin the board in the air.
  • Novelty of Something Different – That’s right. Go out on a limb and try something else…just for fun. Heck, get one to share for your crew. At any rate, it’ll make for some fun filming.
  • Super Light – You won’t waste an ounce of energy carrying this pint sized snowboard up to the lift.

Who Should Ride Mini Snowboards?

Riders looking for something a little different will dig mini snowboards. Novice riders should definitely learn on a traditional board. Minis are designed for the pure fun aspect for intermediated to advanced riders. These insanely fun tiny shred sticks will certainly be a fun new challenge that might even give you the confidence to try try that Hardway 270 On. They’re not meant to replace you’re regular board, but rather serve as an extra to throw in the car. Bust it out after a spicy Bloody Mary that slipped it’s way into your lunch.

Burton Technology

Snowboarders of the mid-eighties, like Craig Kelly and Jake Burton for that matter, would have a hard time envisioning that a Double McTwist 1260 was only a few decades away. Professional snowboarders can’t possibly do the same tricks year after year – they wouldn’t be pro if they weren’t living to push the limits on their board. To keep riders on their toes, Burton puts an exuberant amount of passion driven energy and resources into research and development to keep snowboarding fun, fresh and  progressive. They’ve been doing this since 1977. Each and every year, new technologies hits the market. Just imagine what a game changer the first highback became. For the first time ever, riders were given the tools to effectively carve as we know it today. From Jumper Cables to Heel Hammocks to Dryride Mist-Defy, we’ve created a little library, complete with videos and text, that clarifies all things Burton Technology. Sit back, grab a snack and get ready to be inspired…

Burton AK Gore-Tex Technology

Do you like the best of the best? Do you like your purchase to deliver year after year? Look no further. Burton’s AK outerwear line is all that and more. Every piece is constructed with Gore-Tex®, the legendary fabric that’s guaranteed to keep you warm and dry. Before we dive in any deeper, let’s start with the acronym, ‘AK.’ What the heck is that? ALASKA, of course! Perhaps the best, untouched snowboarding is found way up north. Think thousands of acres of mountainous terrain with fluffy, white, perfect snow. You’ll need a sled, cat or heli to get to the goods. Lifts don’t exist in these parts. You’ll also need some solid snowboarding experience, a guide, beacon, avalanche safety equipment, some lungs and some kick a** snowboarding outerwear. If Burton’s AK outerwear line is tough enough for Alaska, it’s certainly lives up to being best in class.

Burton has devoted a ton of R & D to their AK line. It’s basically a test laboratory for new technologies that will eventually trickle down to the regular Burton line. Riders like Terije Haakonsen, Jussi Oksanen and John Jackson ride AK for comfort, style and the ultimate protection against the elements. Whether hiking the pipe or dipping out of bounds for freshies, you can be certain that AK outerwear will keep you warm and dry while allowing the garment to breath. Say good bye to sweaty and clammy days ripping some pow. Seriously, AK Gore-Tex really is all that. The most popular jackets for 2013 include the 2L Cyclic Jacket, 2L Stagger Jacket, 2L LZ Down Jacket, 3L Freebird Jacket and 3L Hover Jacket. For pants, dip into the 2L Stagger Pant, 2L Cyclic Pant or 3L Freebird Bib Pant. Whatever you choose, we promise you won’t be disappointed. AK is worth every penny.

We incorporate Gore-Tex® fabric into the entire AK outerwear line for riders seeking the ultimate in comfort and durable waterproof, breathable protection. Gore-tex® is so confident in their gear that they back every product with their guaranteed to keep you dry promise.

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Burton 3M Thinsulate Tech

Remember when Mom used to dress you in the thickest jacket for winter? The “Mom Test” really doesn’t hold true anymore. Whether waiting for the bus, walking to class or tearing through the trees, a warm, compressible winter jacket with less bulk is where it’s at these days. As far as snowboarding goes, what a drag it’d be to feel restricted when  launching a huge Japan Air. Burton came up with an incredible solution through a blend of 3M™  Thinsulate™, which is a high loft insulation made of compressible microfibers that keep you warm. Compared to any synthetic (non-down) insulation, it’s truly one of the best. Guys, pick your poison – Arctic Jacket, Breach JacketFaction Jacket, Groucho Jacket, Hackett Jacket2L Gore-Tex® Highland Jacket, Highlife AnorakPoacher Jacket, Squire Jacket. Ladies, have at it – Delerium Jacket, Elenor JacketJetset Jacket, Logan Jacket, Method Jacket, Penelope Jacket , Prism Gore-Tex Jacket or  Scarlet Jacket.

Burton team riders require ultimate mobility and comfort in all conditions. With 3M, Burton found a progressive solution through a blend of 3M™ Thinsulate™  , an insulation constructed from unique, hi-loft microfibers for increased warmth with less bulk. Breathable, water resistant and durable, it’s proving there’s substance to the cliche, “less is more.”

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2013 Burton Leg Lifts Technology

Burton prides itself on being a rider driven company. And for that very reason, they come up with the wackiest, craziest and smartest ideas in everything they design to make riding more practical, comfortable and FUN. The Burton team riders travel the globe following snow throughout the year and it’s a no wonder they demand outerwear that suits their every need and desire. One of our favorite features on Burton pants are the leg lifts. It’s simply a snap system where the back of the cuff can be tucked up to avoid stepping on it…and ruining your pants overtime. Many riders wear their pants a little big, so stepping on your pants will certainly wear them down much faster than the rest of the pant. The leg lifts are a quick and easy way to tack your pants up. Even better, it doesn’t look nerdy. The snap is only on the back, so it just looks like your pants are bunched up a bit. Leg lifts are incorporated into all Burton mens pants, womens pants, boys pants and girls pants.

Burton leg lifts eliminate the need to roll up each pant leg to steer clear of mud, rock salt, pavement or nasty restroom floors. Simply snap up each cuff and you’re set.

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2013 Burton DryRide Mist-Defy Technology

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If you’re like many savvy consumers of today, a purchase that serves several purposes and has a long life span is worth every penny. How about a flannel shirt that wicks moisture, breaths, adds a layer of warmth and looks clean enough to wear to a parent teacher conference? Burton has made this possible with their Tech Apparel line. Long are the days of wearing cotton hoodies to the mountain. Well, some people still do it. They’re easily recognizable with chunks of snow glued to their cotton snow magnet that hangs beneath the jacket. Wearing anything cotton while snowboarding is just plain silly. Because we’re snowboarders, we don’t want to look like a goof wearing a nerdy mock turtle neck base layer either. Snowboarding is all about style and individuality on the mountain…in the lodge and at happy hour!

This year, the designers at Burton bumped up a few pieces of their tech apparel line with Burton DryRide Mist-Defy. In addition to being quick drying and moisture wicking like the rest of the tech apparel line, DryRide Mist-Defy pieces also water repellent. They look and feel like street wear, but perform like a regular jacket. Take your pick from these mountain and street friendly killer pieces…

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Dags Flannel Jacket
Sabath Fleece
Tusk Jacket
Repel Flannel

WOMEN
Pick Up Fleece 

Select Burton Tech apparel styles have been enhanced with DryRide Mist-Defy. Water repellent, quick drying and moisture wicking, it performs on and off the mountain while maintaining soft, stretchy and comfortable benefits of cotton.  Read more about Burton DryRide Tech here.

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Burton Reflex Baseplate Technology

In simplest terms, Burton Reflex baseplates are designed to optimize board feel. It’s underfoot flex is 70% softer than a traditional baseplate, which naturally allows the board beneath the binding to flex more naturally. The baseplate is cored to dramatically reduce weight. A lighter weight binding allows for improved performance, reduces fatigue and just plain feels better. ReFlex technology combined with Living Hinge™ disc dramatically improves board flex and feel, reduces weight, and sets the stage for plenty of cushioning options. With plenty of Reflex Burton bindings to choose from, The House won’t let you down…

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Cobrashark
Diode
Malavita
Escapade (women’s)
Lexa (women’s)

Reflex offers more flex and feel than traditional disc bindings – all in a package that’s compatible with any platter including 4 x 4, 3D and The Channel. The refined styling of the minimized baseplate and hinge disc uses as little plastic as possible allowing for added flex where you want it and added strength where you need it. Less baseplate material also means more flexibility and cushioning materials and an overall lighter weight binding.

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Burton Gas Pedal Technology

Burton is the creator of the snowboard binding as we know it today. Back in the day, bindings didn’t even have a highback. Leave it to Burton to come up with revolutionary functions and features that make their bindings the best on the market. The adjustable gas pedal has been around for over a decade and makes a world of a difference. It wasn’t too long ago that the adjustable gas pedal was only offered in high end bindings. Guess what? Now it’s on every model of Men’s and Women’s bindings. Why? Because it makes the world of a difference for true comfort and performance.

The adjustable gas pedal allows the toe portion of the baseplate to extend outward, catering to larger feet.  If you’re toes are hanging off the edge of your binding too much, get ready for some serious toe drag, less power on your toe side turns and maybe a few face plants. Seriously, though. The adjustable gas pedal really does add to the “all that” factor on Burton bindings.

One of our team’s favorite adjustable features, Burton Gas Peddals, are extendable ramps that let you heighten toe/edge response while reducing the dreaded affects of toe drag.

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2013 Burton Kickback Hammock Technology

Bindings are a pivotal piece for your snowboard set up. Top of the line, high performance boards like the Custom, Custom Flying V, Custom X and Feelgood demand responsive bindings in order for the board to perform the way it is intended. In other words, don’t skim on the bindings if you’re throwin’ down on a higher end board! Comfort and response, mainly from the highback, are two key components of higher end bindings. New for 2013, the Kickback Hammock cradles your heel in complete suspension, heightening stamina and response while reducing vibration. It provides springloaded suspension for locked-in response. Trust us, it’s dope. If you’re looking for high-end performance bindings, you’ve come to the right place…

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Genesis EST
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A lighter weight upgrade to the Heel Hammock, the new two-piece  Kickback Hammock improves comfort with an open area design that’s literally suspension on a snowboard. Dynamic interaction between an internal spring and  rubberized hammock results in increased response and reduced vibration while your heel is cradled in complete suspension.

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