Rocky Mountain On-Snow Demo 2008 Day 1

07 Feb, 2008

Today was the first day of the on-snow industry demo here at Keystone, Colorado.

I took out 6 boards, 5 bindings, 2 boots (plus mine) and 2 pairs of goggles. All 2008-2009 gear. The brands that I tried today were K2, Nitro, Raiden, Rome, Vans, Oakley, DC, Technine, and Burton. I’ll put up the complete list of setups as I start to put out the review for each of them.

Definitely hope to get on more companies tomorrow.

Here’s a shot of some Rome Snowboards

I tried out the Rome Vamps today which I was stoked on since they offer dual boa and a good fit to my foot. Definitely a softer flex than i’m used to…but still had some fun riding them.

Today each board/binding set up got 3 runs. Two runs devoted to free riding, trees and any powder I could find. One run devoted to riding half pipe which today was perfect because the pipe was icy…only spot on the mountain to see how well the boards grip on ice.

Conditions throughout the day were hard packed groomers to powder in the afternoon. It started out as a clear, good hard packed day. Eventually the storm came in with winds and snow and low visibility. Pretty cold out and definitely enjoyed the tents with heaters (Vans Rocks) to take breaks throughout the day to stay warm.

Runs to yourself

Bundled up

I haven’t really checked out Libs and GNU yet but stopped by to hang out with Jay who is a fellow forum member. He’s showing off the Phoenix which offers banana tech and magne traction this year. Here’s the shots of him…rubbing nipple

Overall an awesome day of riding. Definitely sweet to try out next years gear and really judge it by how it rides. Looking forward to tomorrow and getting on more gear.

I owe a big thanks to my boys: K and Jon for letting me crash at their place in Summit County.

Check back for the list of boards/bindings I rode and reviews.

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