Snowboarding has finally hit middle age and what comes with that? Nostalgia products. In collaboration with technical apparel brand Neighborhood, Burton is now offering the Throwback, a bindingless snow-surfer modeled after their original 1981 Backhill board. It features plywood construction, traction padding, and a rope handle for that old school, stand-up sledding vibe.
It snowed already at Whistler. Colorado, too. Electric’s EGX goggles will come in handy when shredding all that El Niño pow this winter. The EGX has a frameless, cylindrical design providing an ultra-widescreen field of vision and Press-Seal technology makes swapping out lenses faster & easier than ever.
The Airboard is an inflatable snow sled that gives you a smooth downhill ride on a cushion of air. You can supposedly steer it, too. Sure. Just shift your weight. But unlike the old wood & metal toboggan, when you’re headed for imminent impact, you could try rolling onto your back & use the Airboard as an airbag. via
Just released at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, XON Snow-1 is a sensor-enabled snowboard binding that tracks your movements and weight distribution as you ride. It also tracks speed and GPS location allowing you to review your riding with a video overlay function. Available Fall 2015.
When it’s time to drag the kids along, The Snowcoach lets you do exactly that. It’s a trail-worthy tow-behind snowmobile trailer with seating for 2 kids that features high performance gas shock suspension, seat belts, body reflectors, and brake/running lights.
Maybe you really like having that GoPro jutting up off the top of your helmet like an electronic tusk. If not, the HD2 Camera Goggle from Zeal Optics is a great alternative. With its integrated camera you can still capture 1080p HD quality video of your epic airtime just without all that apparatus up on your head.
Jones Snowboards are named for founder Jeremy Jones, the world’s foremost big mountain rider and star of the famed Deeper, Further, Higher film trilogy. His Mountain Surfer board however is not for first descents in Alaska; it’s for hiking up the nearest snowy hill and surfing down. Designed by renowned surf shaper Chris Christenson.
This season’s big story in snow goggles is frameless technology; a larger lens that spans the entire field of view. Electric’s EG3 is their version of this new frame style, offering an expansive wide-angle view and quick, easy lens changes.
The Prizm lens is Oakley’s latest contribution to snow goggle science that offers an enhanced, super-high contrast view in even the flattest light conditions. Available in a variety of colors, this new technology is also offered for nearly every goggle frame in the Oakley snow sports lineup.
All the major goggle brands offer frameless or rimless technology for a wider-angle view & improved peripheral vision. Smith’s I/07 goes a step further by adding a single-pivot quick release to their rimless frame and lens assembly making it easier to change lenses on the fly.