Loveland 11/18/09: Demo Day
18 Nov, 2009
In November each year there are two days where a range of companies come to Loveland to give shop employees the chance to try out the latest gear. Each year I attend the shop demo to get a better understanding of what boards you guys want to know more about. This year I drove down with Philip from the Click and Doug to attend the demos together.
Despite the economy there were still a good amount of snowboard companies on hand, this year we had Rome, K2, Nitro, Forum, Burton, Salomon, Arbor, Unity, Never Summer, Capita, Union, Flow, Ride, Head, LTD, Lamar, Lib Tech, Roxy, GNU, Bent Metal and I’m sure I’m forgetting some others that were there.
This year we had bluebird sunny skies and hardpacked snow on the mountain. By the end of the day we’d get icy spots but overall conditions were similiar for both days.
I ended up trying out these setups: Burton Custom V-rocker, Burton Lexa bindings, Forum Youngblood Chillydog, Forum Destroyer Chillydog, Forum Shaka bindings, Ride Machete, Ride Sigma Movement bindings, Rome Postermania 1985, and Union Contact bindings before calling it a day. All of those will be coming up in reviews soon as well!
Mike Lewis from Transworld Business was on snow to check out the event with interviews and business all while getting to snowboard in between and try out new gear.
Here’s a shot of me at the end of the day, I love demo days but they are also a tiring day since you are focusing on keeping the variables the same for every board.
Since it was a demo day I didn’t spend as much time taking photos since I was more interesting in how the gear rode. Here’s a couple shots throughout the day of riding with some of the boys.
Micah laying down his Never Summer carve
Gag’s playing on the C-box
Tomorrow is day 2 of the demos and more gear to try out for the blog. I’ll keep the reviews coming shortly after!