06 Feb, 2010
What a long week it’s been, SIA and then the on-snow, then the death cough…well I’m finally getting back to blog business and thinking about the on-snow demos, writing the reviews up and getting ready to post them starting next week.
SIA is really the time to see all the products but I always wait till I get to try them out in the element of the snow to determine if I like them or not. This year the on-snow was only 2 days long which wasn’t enough time, so I only ended up riding a couple boards & bindings each day.
From the two days, here’s what I learned:
-Union steps it up with the new toe straps and continues to be a very popular binding at the demos. I was able to take out the men’s flite and forces for next year.
-Riding with no-backs is an interesting test, skate feeling and I will say I didn’t hate it. I can see why some of the signal guys and old school guys rock the no-backs on the mountain. More to come in a blog post of course.
-The black snowboard of death is back and better than ever…good to see a revival that is worth reviving and makes it even better than previous years.
-Everytime I ride a stepchild I’m impressed and the Everything Sucks was another fun board that made my day better.
-Women get more C2 technology in Roxy boards and I can see why the Ollie Pop is so popular for women.
-Women’s bindings like the K2 Auto Agogo’s (still a favorite and better toe strap) and Ride Bandita’s (growing on me more and more) offer women super comfortable, lighter weight bindings.
-Biggest surprise of the demos was loving the technine re-enforcer, I’ve had some eh experiences riding technine but I’m back on the boat after riding the re-enforcer and just how it handled the mountain.
-Always a pleasure to end with the Never Summer Evo, mid way through the demo on day 2 I just wanted to ride a board that I knew I would enjoy without worrying about the ride…the evo is that board for me and it was like coming home.
-Rocked the Dragon goggles during the demos and Pashley hooked it up with some lenses that say Kevin on them. Stoked for the new gogs!
I’m still sick with the death cough so I’m taking the weekend off from riding to rest up and catch up on some blog work when I feel better. The reviews will start trickling in slowly so stay tuned for those!