All My Gear is Here

Dec 18, 2009

Burton Customs 08
Burton Customs '08

All of my gear has finally arrived and I mounted my bindings this week. My setup looks pretty good even though I wanted the black bindings. I just could not find any black '08s that were on sale. Either way, the price was right, and it fits really well on the board and with the Moto boots. I am just worried about getting a little toe drag from my big boots.

I opted for the strap bindings over this sweet pair of Flows that I found online for just $20 more. The Flows I found were top of the line, but I read reviews of parts breaking and replacement parts being tough to find after 4-5 years. On a positive note, Flow will send you whatever you need for free (as long as they have it in stock). The reviews were generally good for the Flows, but I want my bindings to last for a while. Plus, I was a little worried about how I would like the Flow system. I hope to demo a pair at some point.

Specs:

All-mountain freestyle Custom bindings will leave a trail of smoldering rubble in your wakeóno matter what your skills, style or budget. Single-component, lightweight yet tough, polycarbonate baseplate creates moderate flex and consistent response for a versatile ride on all terrain. Precurved, padded, triple-axis, telescoping ankle Primostrap and Primostrap Capstrap™ with Grip Fit locks you in the binding. Ultra-lightweight highbacks with QuickFLAD™ (Forward Lean Adjustment) lets you quickly dial in support and flex. Highbacks rotate side-to side to follow the natural contours of your calves, optimizing power and comfort. Adjustable Gas Pedal™ heightens toe-edge response while reducing toe drag, for total carving enlightenment. Highbacks feature OTT™ (Over The Top) padding for extra cushioning that won't bite your calf. Easy-to-grab Smooth Glide™ buckles, with chrome-plated aluminum levers, close and release quickly Tool-free telescoping straps adjust in seconds. Gapless Baseplate Padding™ covers the entire baseplate and Gas Pedal to absorb impact and reduce high-speed vibrations.

  • Ratchets: Aluminum
  • Gender: Men's
  • Size: Large

All that is left is straping in and trying it out!


Board Arrived and Boots Ordered

Nov 25, 2009

Burton Moto 08
Burton Moto '08

I picked up my snowboard from REI yesterday and I cannot wait to get it in some pow. The board is black and looks similar to the picture that I posted earlier. I hope to have some pictures of me riding it soon. The calls from Mammoth are getting louder.

Other big news on the gear front - I ordered my boots. I finally stopped into Dick's Sporting Goods to try on a pair of Burton Motos. I wanted to know my exact size before I ordered them online. Again I hit up REI's website and got last year's model boots half off. $75 is not too bad for these sweet boots. Not high end, but not totally beginner either. They should be just about perfect for me and the amount of snowboarding I do. I hope to get several good seasons out of them.

Specs:

Burton's high performance without the high price, and they're the best-selling Burton boots. Heat-moldable Imprint 1 EVA liners with long-lasting power support panels wrap feet in comfort. They’ll conform to feet after a few days of riding or you can custom mold them at your local shop. Soft-flex, thin-profile 3-D molded tongues wrap the forefeet for seamless flex, and reduce performance-robbing shell/liner stack-up. Grip Fit backstays mate with binding grip zones to serve up locked-and-loaded response. Streamlined Speed Zone™ shell lacing system lets you fine-tune the fit quickly and easily; customize the upper and lower zones in a matter of seconds. Molded EVA footbeds enhance arch support, improve response and absorb shock. Durable 2-part outsoles feature EVA cushion in heels and rubber ice spikes outside for incredible traction on slippery surfaces.

  • Riding Style: All mountain
  • Upper: Synthetic leather/textile
  • Liner: Heat-moldable EVA foam
  • Lacing System: Quick-lace
  • Gender: Men's
  • Size: 11

Now I am two-thirds the way there on my necessary major gear. All I need now are some good bindings to attach the boots to the board!


Burton Royale '07

Nov 19, 2009

Using the timeless all-mountain prowess of the Air as a model, the Royale's mid-wide shape throws a little extra meat beneath the feet for riders who refuse to be abused by toe drag. Blaze the trees and trails, link spins and lay base to metal ó with the Royale you get it all, and at a price thatís hard to beat.

Specs:

  • Sintered Vision Base
  • Super Fly Core
  • Dualzone EGD™
  • Triax Response Fiberglass
  • Infinite Ride®
  • Pressure Distribution Edges
  • Mid-Wide
  • Negative Core Profile
  • Twin-Like Shape
  • Eff.edge (cm): 125.50
  • Nose/Tail (cm): 30.12
  • Waist (cm): 25.60
  • Sidecut (m): 8.11
  • Length (cm): 162

New Snowboard

Nov 11, 2009

I ordered a new snowboard today. REI was having a killer sale and I got a new 162 Burton Royale '07 that was marked down 81%. I know the style is 2 seasons old, but it is still new to me.

It is going to be so tough to wait 3 weeks to pick it up, even though there is no significant snow yet. And once I get it, I still have to wait more than a month to finally use it. Now the search begins for discount boots and bindings. Once I get those I will be all set for this winter.

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