MOUNTAIN INNOVATIONS: 2017 SNOWBOARD GEAR HIGHLIGHTS

27/12/16

MOUNTAIN INNOVATIONS: 2017 SNOWBOARD GEAR HIGHLIGHTS

The evolution and affordability of design and manufacturing techniques has seen some amazing tech being employed in snowboarding gear. Head snowboard buyer Jeremy Slayden brings us his favourite snowboard innovations for 2017.

NOW IPO



Now bindings

Key features:

  • Flushcup technology
  • Skate-Tech hanger baseplate 1.0
  • SIEVA ankle strap with 3D minimal toe
  • NOW tool-less adjuster straps
Now bindings

Why are you so excited about it?

Snowboarding and skateboarding have long shared similar cultures and clothes for years and now its time for technology. Inspired by skateboard trucks NOW IPO bindings use a revolutionary kingpin and hanger system (skate tech). This allows the binding to pivot from the middle of the base plate transferring weight to the edges, improving board control and edge hold. Another benefit is that the few degrees of movement help absorb vibrations reducing fatigue and board chatter.

Who is it designed for?

Catagorised as an all-mountain freestyle binding, the Now IPO is equally comfortable on the piste or in the park. It's the binding of choice for snowboard pro's Frank April and Nic Sauve offering plenty of support and performance yet it remains forgiving for beginners.

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Vans Aura



Vans Aura

Key Features:

  • V-Hex Outsole combines UltraCush in the midsole with rubber grip
  • Duel BOA system
  • Internal Wrap Harness steps up heel hold
  • V23D dual - density UltraCush footbed for improved comfort

Why are you so excited about it?

Offering support, control and comfort Vans' Aura boot is a great all-rounder which features a two dial BOA system and the UltraCush sole. One BOA dial tightens the foot area while the other controls the ankle and calf - this way you can customise the fit and avoid pressure points. Made from a lightweight injection-moulded foam the sole is great at absorbing heavy impacts and snowboard chatter.

Vans Aura

Who is it designed for?

The mid-flex of the Aura and secure BOA system make it the perfect boot for experienced all-terrain riders.

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Bataleon push up

Bataleon push up

Key features:

  • Soft/Mid flex
  • Camber 3BT
  • Basalt laminate

Why are you so excited about it?

The best of both worlds Bataleon’s 3BT technology combines camber between the feet (powerful ollies) and raised edges at the tip and tail (hook free ride). The Push Up breezes through varied terrain with its unique shape floating across powder, turning smoothly on the piste and cruising through the park.

bataleon 3bt

Who is it designed for?

The soft to mid flex combined with 3BT make this snowboard easy to manoeuvre especially if you're just starting out while the camber profile retains the performance and pop more experience riders require.

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YES Greats

YES Greats

Key features:

  • Mid/Stiff
  • Camrock
  • Sintered base
  • Asymmetrical shape

Why are you so excited about it?

Fusing the past and present YES use a time-honoured asymmetrical shape and original UnInc inspired graphics with a modern day carbon stringer on the heel side. The effect of this extra carbon stringer is a heel edge with extra pop that turns and responds the same as your toe edge.

YES Greats

Who is it designed for?

Aimed at intermediate and experienced snowboarders the Greats aggressive nature will suit those who like ride everything at speed.

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Burton Process Off Axis



Burton Process Off Axis

Key Features:

  • Mid flex
  • Camrock
  • Frostbite edges
  • Sintered base
  • Why are you so excited about it?

    Built for park riders the process has an off –axis geometry and sidecut which allows the board to perceptively flex and react to kickers, obstacles and rails. This geometry start with a core that has been CNC machined to different depths along the sides for a better weight distribution. Couple that with off-axis frost bite edges that ensure a solid edge hold and you have a board that is truly rider friendly.

    Burton process

    Who is it designed for?

    Any snowboarder who is on a budget and is looking a tech-packed freestyle orientated board.

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    Dragon X1 Flux Transitions Goggles

    Dragon X1 Flux Transitions Goggles

    Key Features:

    • Optically correct spherical lens
    • Triple foam lining
    • Super anti-fog
    • Transitions lens
    • Why are you so excited about it?

      Transitions lenses adapt to the conditions, darkening when the sun is out and becoming lighter under cloud cover. This improves your view of bumps and undulations allowing for quicker reactions and safer snowboarding.

      Who is it designed for?

      For anyone who doesn't want to carry a spare lens, the transition lens keeps your vision clear and sharp whatever the weather.

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About the Author:

Jeremy Sladen - Operations Manager/Snowboard Buyer

Jeremy has been involved in snowboarding since its infancy working closely with a multitude of worldwide brands and athletes. Having snowboarded for over 25 years, curated snowboard events and been an integral part of the UK snowboard scene Jeremy possesses unrivalled technical and hardware know-how.