Bur­ton, Launch, O’Neill, RIDE, Vans

Transworld Snowboarding - - CON­TENTS -

This past spring, Tran­sWorld SNOW­board­ing hosted the in­au­gu­ral STOMP Sum­mit. With Aspen Snow­mass as the venue, STOMP set out to pro­vide an en­gag­ing plat­form for brands, re­tail­ers, and me­dia to in­ter­act, of­fer­ing each the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence and un­der­stand this sea­son’s most sought af­ter gear first­hand, on the moun­tain. Each is­sue in this vol­ume of mag­a­zines will fea­ture prod­ucts from a se­lected set of at­tend­ing brands, ev­ery item within hav­ing re­ceived its chance to shine on-hill, as we took over one of the world’s most iconic re­sorts.

One of the most widely rid­den and ex­ten­sively praised boards of the past two decades, Bur­ton’s Cus­tom con­tin­u­ally demon­strates it­self as a true do-it-all deck ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing the test of time. Its age­less de­sign fea­tures pos­i­tive cam­ber be­neath a slightly di­rec­tional twin pro­file, giv­ing the Cus­tom its revered power, sta­bil­ity, and edge con­trol in any con­di­tions. Whether blast­ing side­hits, rail­ing high-speed carves on cor­duroy, or rip­ping through un­for­giv­ing chun­der, the Cus­tom is ready to per­form and proves it.

The new­est mem­ber of Bur­ton’s Fam­ily Tree line, the Speed Date has been com­monly re­ferred to as “the banked slalom board.” With a di­rec­tional cam­ber pro­file and 7mm of ta­per in con­junc­tion with an ag­gres­sive side­cut, the Speed Date quickly dis­played a knack for deep, pow­er­ful turns in high gear. It’s a board meant to be rid­den fast, from the banked course at Baker to the gully at your lo­cal re­sort, while al­low­ing surf-in­spired turns when you do de­cide to down­shift.

A clas­sic, true twin park board built for all-ter­rain de­struc­tion, Bur­ton’s Kil­roy Process is ca­pa­ble of tackling fea­tures big and small while also prov­ing pow­er­ful and sta­ble enough for the rest of the re­sort. Its ver­sa­til­ity is the re­sult of a medium-flex­ing, pos­i­tive cam­ber pro­file that in­cor­po­rates strate­gic core milling for a pre­cisely tuned flex. The re­sult is easy to ride with am­ple snap and sta­bil­ity, mak­ing the Kil­roy Process a vi­able freestyle op­tion for a spec­trum of abil­i­ties and styles.

A new­comer to the Bur­ton women’s line, the Yeasayer quickly proved to be a fa­vorite be­neath our testers’ feet— and not only be­cause of its sub­tle, aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing graph­ics. With a twin out­line, fea­tur­ing a flat pro­file be­tween the feet with early rise in the tip and tail, the Yeasayer pro­vides the catch-free, pow­der-float­ing ride of a rock­ered board with­out be­ing overly loose when you’re ready to charge steeps or hairy hard­pack. It’s a play­ful deck that aims to help its rider progress, whether in the park or pow­der.

Among the most en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly snow­boards made is the Launch Eco, con­structed of fast-grow­ing hard­woods that re­gen­er­ate in as lit­tle as eight years. And speak­ing of fast, with its sin­tered base, the Eco pro­vides plenty of speed when the throt­tle of this tra­di­tion­ally-cam­bered deck is opened up. With a flex pat­tern that falls on the stiffer end of the spec­trum, the Eco is a solid, sta­ble ride for the snow­boarder in search of clas­sic and re­li­able de­sign.

Brain­child of Nitro Cir­cus’ Bran­don Sch­midt, the World Trav­eler is a twin tip park-fo­cused deck uniquely con­structed with a hemp core. The re­sult is a skate-in­spired, play­ful and poppy ride de­signed to boost jumps and stomp land­ings, all while leav­ing a re­duced en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. And with its mel­low cam­ber pro­file, the World Trav­eler al­lowed for plenty of but­ter­abil­ity, while still re­tain­ing the per­for­mance that comes with a pos­i­tive pro­file. If nav­i­gat­ing through the park is your mis­sion, then the World Trav­eler is a trusty com­pan­ion.

Re­garded as the bread and but­ter of the Launch line, the Ses­sion is a board ca­pa­ble of any ses­sion, any­where. Fea­tur­ing a twin shape with di­rec­tional flex, the fully cam­bered Ses­sion al­lows for float on the deep days and pow­er­ful carves on ones that are less so. Its core uses a blend of bam­boo and po­plar that cre­ates a light and durable con­struc­tion, pro­vid­ing in­cred­i­ble re­sponse, whether hit­ting big boot­ers or just freerid­ing the re­sort.

With sim­i­lar tech to the Vice, the RC of­fers a more forgiving ride thanks to its re­verse cam­ber pro­file. This true twin, women’s spe­cific deck is de­signed for the rider who finds equal en­joy­ment in but­ter­ing fea­tures and slash­ing pow. With its core pro­fil­ing, the Vice RC is soft in the nose and tail and stiffer in the mid-sec­tion— mak­ing it a bal­anced ride that ex­cels in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. The Vice RC also fea­tures added con­tact points un­der the bind­ings that pro­vide ad­di­tional grip in firm con­di­tions.

Seb Toots’ sig­na­ture jacket from O’Neill is equal parts style, com­fort and per­for­mance. Fea­tur­ing unique in­su­la­tion and lin­ing in­spired by O’Neill’s long-re­spected wet­suit de­signs, this jacket is sure to stay toasty even when the tem­per­a­tures take a dive. And thanks to its 10K wa­ter­proof­ing and breatha­bil­ity rat­ing, it’s de­signed to keep you cozy and com­fort­able as the snow falls. Whether it’s a frigid pow day or a night on the town, the Hy­brid Seb Toots Ter­rain Jacket is down.

Bibs are func­tional, and thanks to O’Neill’s abun­dant color op­tions, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd in the Shred Bib. Fea­tur­ing a re­laxed fit in 2L -stretch con­struc­tion, these 10K pants pro­vide re­stric­tion­free com­fort sure to keep you warm all sea­son long. And thanks to a unique pant-to-jacket in­ter­face, you can pair the Shred Bibs with an O’Neill jacket for the ul­ti­mate pow­der pro­tec­tion pack­age when con­di­tions get deep.

Part of O’Neill’s Re-Is­sue Col­lec­tion, which blends styles from the past with tech built for the fu­ture, the Frozen Wave Anorak is a retro-in­spired, head-turn­ing women’s jacket that stands out both in aes­thetic and per­for­mance. Con­structed with O’Neill’s Fire­wall In­su­la­tion and Magma lin­ing to keep warmth where you need it most, this neon pullover per­forms on mid-win­ter pow days and shines dur­ing clos­ing day fes­tiv­i­ties.

Com­bin­ing throw­back styling with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, the women’s Shred Bib from O’Neill is the per­fect way to make a state­ment with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance. Fea­tur­ing a slim fit con­structed with 2L-stretch fab­ric, these bibs of­fer un­re­stricted move­ment while also re­tain­ing a fashion-for­ward aes­thetic. With a 10K wa­ter­proof­ing and breatha­bil­ity rat­ing, plus O’Neill’s spe­cific pant-to-jacket in­ter­face, these ba­bies are de­signed for plenty of pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments, es­pe­cially when paired with an O’Neill jacket.

It turns out RIDE’s widely pop­u­lar Warpig has a fra­ter­nal twin. Fea­tur­ing a sim­i­lar short and wide pro­file that al­lows rid­ers to size down three to six cen­time­ters, the softer, freestyle-fo­cused Twin Pig is built around an asym­met­ric pro­file and in­cor­po­rates pos­i­tive cam­ber be­tween the feet and rocker in the tips for a play­ful ride with plenty of pop and sta­bil­ity. Plus, with its deep side­cut the Twin Pig can be as much fun carv­ing around the rest of the re­sort as lap­ping the park.

Fus­ing clean lines, plenty of tech­ni­cal fea­tures, and a tra­di­tional shell lac­ing sys­tem, this aptly name boot is re­spon­sive and ideal for the freestyle-minded rider. Not an es­pe­cially soft boot, the Fuse pro­vides plenty of sup­port out­side of the park, while the heat-mold­able In­tu­ition liner of­fers op­ti­mal com­fort and a cus­tom­iz­a­ble fit. Plus, thanks to a full rub­ber toe cap and an up­dated Miche­lin sole, the durable Fuse is sure to meet the de­mands of hun­dred-plus day rid­ers.

Bet­ter watch out, be­cause this hog is ready to charge. The big­gest and bad­dest in RIDE’s sta­ble, the MT­NPIG is a mean method of all-moun­tain de­struc­tion. Fea­tur­ing a high speed sin­tered base and vi­bra­tion-damp­en­ing ure­thane side­walls, chun­der, pow­der, nor any­thing be­tween will slow this board down. With pre­dom­i­nantly pos­i­tive cam­ber and a ta­pered, di­rec­tional pro­file that fea­tures a mel­low side­cut built for large, arc­ing turns, the MT­NPIG is just as hun­gry for cor­duroy as pow­der.

LTD can stand for a num­ber of things, “lim­ited” be­ing the most com­mon trans­la­tion, but this highly ver­sa­tile bind­ing is far from re­stricted to any one style of snow­board­ing. Fea­tur­ing a Slime­back high­back that pro­vides re­sponse with the vi­bra­tion damp­en­ing prop­er­ties of ure­thane, the LTD proves to be a freestyle-spir­ited bind­ing built for all types of ter­rain. And with an alu­minum chas­sis that has a life­time guar­an­tee against bend­ing or break­ing, it may be a long time be­fore you want, let alone need, any­thing else to strap into.

Prov­ing it­self as the most re­spon­sive and sup­port­ive boot in the Vans line last sea­son, the Verse is back and ready to con­tinue its all-moun­tain and back­coun­try prow­ess. This year, Vans has col­lab­o­rated with the out­door in­no­va­tors at The North Face to of­fer a first-of-its-kind, mois­ture-wick­ing liner. Cou­pled with its ex­ist­ing dual-Boa de­sign, the Verse is the ul­ti­mate com­bi­na­tion of sup­port and com­fort that will with­stand the abuse of snow­board­ing’s most de­mand­ing rid­ers.

It’s no won­der the In­fuse is one of the most adapt­able boots on the mar­ket. Af­ter all, it was de­signed with one of snow­board­ing’s most ver­sa­tile rid­ers, Pat Moore. Con­structed with a hy­brid clo­sure sys­tem, which com­bines the clas­sic feel of laces with a heel-lock­ing in­ner Boa sys­tem, the In­fuse pro­vided un­matched com­fort and ad­justa­bil­ity. With a fully cus­tom­iz­a­ble flex, you can quite lit­er­ally dial the In­fuse in to your pre­ferred style of rid­ing, mak­ing it a re­li­able, high­per­form­ing boot in any ter­rain.

Softer than the In­fuse, but not too soft, this boot is packed with high-tech fea­tures for ver­sa­tile per­for­mance. With a hy­brid Boa clo­sure sys­tem, the Im­plant Pro of­fers the best of both worlds when it comes to keep­ing things snug and com­fort­able. Ex­cep­tional feel is fa­cil­i­tated by slide guides that pro­vide pre­cise ad­justa­bil­ity along the instep to fine-tune fit and heel hold. The re­sult is a mid-flex­ing boot that’s equally func­tional and fash­ion­able. Would you ex­pect any­thing else from Vans?

A brand new model this sea­son, the HiS­tan­dard Lin­er­less DX is an in­no­va­tive boot de­signed specif­i­cally for park and ur­ban rid­ers. Leave it to Vans to cre­ate a unique liner-free con­struc­tion al­low­ing un­matched flex and in­creased board-feel in a low-pro­file, skate shoe-in­spired pack­age. Along with its sig­nif­i­cantly min­i­mal foot­print, the Hi-Stan­dard Lin­er­less DX pos­sesses a su­per cushy footbed in­side and a re­verse waf­fle out­sole that of­fers plenty of grip with lit­tle bulk.

Ev­ery­thing at Bur­ton started in the moun­tains. From get­ting the most out of ev­ery jour­ney to chas­ing snow around the globe, the brand has charged ahead to in­no­vate and change the way peo­ple en­joy the out­doors since day one.

Start­ing as an idea on a chair­lift,Launch prides it­self on be­ing an in­de­pen­dently owned brand that pro­duces pre­mium per­for­mance prod­ucts.

O’Neill’s mis­sion has been to be the most au­then­tic, pro­gres­sive and dis­tinc­tive brand in the worlds of surf and snow.

RIDE makes boards, boots, and bind­ings for snow­board­ers.

Vans is the orig­i­nal ac­tion sports footwear brand.

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