It comes as no surprise to hear “Beer and Skateboarding go together like PB&J,” or as a true “Millennial” might say, “Avocado and Toast.” Most of age skateboarders would probably agree with this. Responsibly sharing a couple of brews with the homies amid a mini ramp session is great and it’s no secret. It’s a trend made clearer when you see bigger brands like Brixton collaborate with Coors Original, 686 partner with Pabst Blue Ribbon, or the fact your favorite Street League pros will retire fruitfully off their windfall craft beer investments. More so, it wouldn’t be a stretch to draw parallels between the craft beer renascence of recent years to the boom in small, independent skateboard brands currently taking the industry by storm. Seemingly every time you blink a new skate brand is created. With this in mind, it makes total sense for me to pair my favorite local brews with my favorite independent skateboard brands. What’s not to love? Boards and Breweries.
Coming at you HOT with a little 1, 2, 3 punch of suggested snowboarding set ups for three of my favorite riding conditions. Check them out here and make sure you’re prepared!
- Snowboard: ’16 Lib Tech JL Phoenix C3 or ’16 Arbor Element
- Boot: ’16 ThirtyTwo Lashed
- Binding: ’16 Burton Cartel
- Outerwear: 686 Authentic Woodland Insulated Jacket w/ 686 Smarty Cargo Pant
- Gloves: Burton AK Guide
- Beanie: Coal Frena Solid
- Facemask: Airhole Airhood Polar
- Goggles: Oakley Flight Deck White w/ Prizm Rose Lens
- Accessory: SNORKLE
WHY – On days when it’s dumping or you’ve been blessed by the Powder Gods that reign supreme over each mountain range, speed and response win the game. Having a setup that is hard charging and able to carry speed through powder is key. Stiffer boots and bindings help with the transition of power edge to edge and also help with driving through turns as you navigate the mountain. Warmer outerwear, especially gloves, help in case you take a spill in the deep fluffy stuff and have to slowly inch worm your way back to the hard pack. Also, get a solid pair of goggles with a low-light lens…like the Oakley Flight Deck w/ Prizm Rose Lens. This will help with being able to see the terrain in front of you during low-light/grey sky riding conditions. Another item to think about is a hood, not the one attached to your jacket, but a secondary. Peep this one from Airhole above to keep the snow out as you get chest deep on such an epic day! Oh yeah, don’t forget your snorkel – haha.
Temperatures are slowly dropping. Football is back in full swing on the television. It’s time to start thinking about booking an epic snowboarding trip for you and your buddies to take this winter while airfare is still cheap. The mountain is calling. We know you’ve got the itch!
Here is our list of items we’ve got coming in that you should keep an eye out for this season as you start thinking about updating your gear. Consider this our version of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for slaying the mountain this year. Check it out:
- Stomp Pads
Let’s face it, nobody wants to be the Jabroni holding up the lift line because you just had a garage sale getting off at the top.
Save yourself the embarrassment and pick up a proper stomp pad. We have fresh ones from your favorite brands like Burton, Volcom, Lib Tech, and Dakine…or from your new favorite stomp pad brand – Crab Grab.
Well here we go again. It’s the beginning of August and we are already talking about snowboarding and what’s new in the snowboard game for 2015. Crazy to think that all the hot new gear starts arriving at the tail end of the summer, but that’s so we can have exactly what you’ve been looking for in time for the holidays and your snow trips. With some pretty profound advancements in snowboarding technology from Magne-Traction to tech outerwear, what do you think is the hot new thing this year is going to be? To get you in the mood here are some hand-selected items that we have coming that will only enhance your snowboarding experience.
Here are two boards you really want to keep in mind for this year.