End of Season Checkup
27 May, 2009
It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced or pro snowoarder…eventually your riding will put wear and tear on the products you use. Sometimes they can last years and sometimes just one year. You’ll rarely see old worn out gear on pro snowboarders but the best place to look is on your home mountain, with your friends to see how gear will hold up and last through a season, through weather and through your riding ability. Pros might beat up their gear faster but average riders beat up their gear over a longer period of time. As a rider you determine when the product is done and when it’s time to replace it.
This year I picked up 3 important products needed for my riding, they remained on me throughout this entire season (December to May). These products were the 686 Snaggletooth Jacket, Union Forces and Rome Vamp Boots. They were all purchased around December with the exception of the Forces which I traded my Contacts to get.
Normally I wait till these products have hit 100 days, but I wanted to show after one season what they looked like.
Union Force Bindings
The most noticeable wear and tear is on my right binding which is the foot that I skate with. The ankle strap has lost alot of the red fabric but the material underneath still keeps the padding in and I haven’t noticed it being an issue when riding. This started to occur during the last month of the season when a small tear in the red fabric became worse.
686 Snaggletooth Jacket
Rome Vamp Boots
First year riding the Rome boots and I was amped, my only concern from them came from the packing out quicker than I expected and the heel of the boot became an issue later during the season.
I noticed a couple months into the season that getting my boot on was taking longer and it was cause the heel and rear of the boot softened up so when I would put on my boot…it would bend and wouldn’t let me put my boot on easily. Any friends that have seen me put on my boots would vouch for the struggle to get them on and off.
Everything else on the vamps held up great and the boa worked fine for me all season.
Overall all 3 products made me happy this season, I expect some cosmetic blemishes as the season goes on and no product to remain perfect after 50 days of riding. The bindings and jacket remained rideable with no changes in how it rode, the boots softened up more than I was expecting and I just purchased new boots to replace them.