Burton, Launch, O’Neill, RIDE, Vans
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.