Reviews

Shayboarder's 2012 Top Picks

Hundreds of snowboard products have been reviewed on Shayboarder.com but how do you give recognition to those that stand out from the rest of the pack? It was easy, I listened to your input on the recent survey for improvements and worked to create a way to showcase the gear that rank highest in reviews. This list of Top Picks will be constantly evolving and changing as the season progresses.  Some might keep their...

22 Aug 7:19 AM 16 Read More...

Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Drifter

Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow Drifter with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 159cm. First Impression: This is not the same board I rode at the SIA on-snow - which is a great thing! Weight: average Flex: Right in the middle of the board flex spectrum, not as stiff was the Infinite and not as a soft as th...

21 Aug 6:27 PM 1 Read More...

Glove Review: POW Verlot GTX

Intended Purpose: Women's glove designed for cold weather days and guaranteed to keep you dry with Gore-Tex. Location: I wore these gloves at the SIA On-Snow in Winter Park and throughout most of the winter at Mammoth and June Mountain. Conditions: I used these gloves in very cold temperature days (-20 in Winter Park) and anytime it was snowing at Mammoth or June Mountain. They are meant for cold winter days so...

17 Aug 7:00 AM 2 Read More...

Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Infinite

Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow Infinite with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 159cm. First Impression: Solid freeride board - just wish it wasn't spring conditions to ride this board. Weight: average Flex: Longitudinally the Infinite felt stiffer with a more forgiving torsional flex on the board.  The...

14 Aug 1:58 PM 2 Read More...

Review: Ride Messiah Backpack

Intended Purpose: The Messiah Backpack is designed to carry everything, go anywhere and pack everything kind of bag.  It's simplistic in design, functional without too many bells and whistles. Size: The Messiah backpack is 23L which makes it a good enough size for packing what you need.  I've used the pack to carry my spring gear to the mountain and for my mtn bike gear this summer. Appearance: I received th...

07 Aug 6:33 PM 0 Read More...

Snowboard Review: 11-12 Lib Tech T.Rice C2BTX

[singlepic id=12339 w=150 h=181 link="http://www.shayboarder.com/2011/08/shayboarders-2012-top-picks.html" float=right] Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomed runs. Setup: I rode the Lib Tech T.Rice with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 157cm. First Impression: Pop, check.  Stability, check. Charging, check.  Ride a little more like Trice in y...

03 Aug 6:31 AM 63 Read More...

Review: K2 Pilchuck Backside Kit

Intended Purpose: The Pilchuck backpack keeps it short and sweet and is designed for short hikes or sidecountry adventures.  It is ready for backcountry and comes with a aluminum probe and rescue shovel.  All you need is your beacon. Size: The Pilchuck kit is 11L, definitely a smaller backpack for only the essentials.  When I took the backpack splitboarding, I could fit in a shovel, probe, beacon, water, skins...

31 Jul 1:33 PM 0 Read More...

Snowboard Review: 11-12 Arbor Draft

[singlepic id=12333 w=150 h=181 link="http://www.shayboarder.com/2011/08/shayboarders-2012-top-picks.html" float=right] Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softpacked slush. Setup: I rode the Arbor Draft with Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Ideal for spring park laps. Weight: Average Flex: Definitely the softest men's board ...

30 Jul 12:36 PM 14 Read More...

Snowboard Review: 11-12 Never Summer Infinity

[singlepic id=12335 w=150 h=181 link="http://www.shayboarder.com/2011/08/shayboarders-2012-top-picks.html" float=right] Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked icy conditions to soft packed slushy conditions. Setup: I rode the Never Summer Infinity with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 154cm. First Impression: Continues to be the women's SL - ride anything b...

25 Jul 6:54 AM 58 Read More...

Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Verve

Location: Mammoth, CA Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs. Setup: I rode the Flow Verve with my Union Team and Vans Veil Boots size 8. Size: 155cm. First Impression: Freestyle fun - that's the Verve snowboard Weight: average Flex: The Verve has a softer freestyle flex to it.  Torsionally it's not as soft but that helps give it more stability on the mountain and handling on ca...

24 Jul 9:53 AM 0 Read More...