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Ever since we first heard about the Beyondsnow binding concept we wanted to get a closer look at the products and if possible try them out to make up our mind and get the feeling about riding them.
It happened during the Intergirlactik, where Florent was holding the Beyondsnow booth with test gear. So we went to see him to ask him what this strap-in patented concept was all about and tried them ourselves.
Here’s our feedback : Ok, on a powder day when the “friendship doesn’t count” rule applies, you will be happy to gain a few precious seconds to be the first to hit the powpow line because when you have to step-in, the straps are widely opened and a simple pressure on the heel cup sets them in “closing” position in a flash. But then of course you have to tighten them like for a regular binding. We must say that we appreciated the comfort of the main strap. It’s design – split in two parts – makes it pressure points free. The front strap is not different then on a regular binding.
The straps are really easy to close but the ratchets could be improved as the “release button” is too sensitive.
General feeling when riding is good. The bindings offer good board control and are well balanced all round.
In terms of looks, let say that for their first season, the guys probably decided to play low profile with sober colours and designs, axing their communication on the technology more than the aesthetics.
Check out our BrOADER TV episode for our interview of Florent and our product review!
Sunny weather, fresh air, green grass, red flowers and milky cowes for this product review with Fanny Foucrier from Roxy Winter Division.
Fanny presented us the new 07/08 board “Envi“. It’s a nice looking all mountain freestyle board for the ladies including features like the magnetraction edge concept and a 100% natural bamboo topsheet.
This board is Torah Bright’s favorite! She was riding it when she won the X-games! So it’s definitly a board for good riders who wnat to push their level and progress in freestyle.
Watch our video & pics for more details and appreciate sexy Fanny with her “envi”…
Special thanks to Elodie T. for her support
“Zion Snowboards is a rider driven company devoted to the details. We strive to set ourselves apart and be creative and unique in all that we do. Uniqueness is everything to us and its in everything we build. From the topsheet to the base and everything in between. All our boards are hand crafted in Canada with the best engineering materials and shapes. Our goal is to enhance your on snow experience and give you the best ride possible “.
Here is a shot of their new 08 products. From left to right and top to down the Whoa Man, Lost, Z1.
Vogel is probably the best riding spot in Slovenia: it’s the home resort of the Elan snowboards crew, where they’ve set up their lab – the experimental Elan Snowpark with modules designed by Aleksi Vaninnen – and an impressive freeriding spot when the conditions are good.
The mountains surrounding Vogel are not the highest ones in Europe but Slovenia – usually – gets lots of snow even at low altitudes.
But most of all the setting is beautiful and the view on the Bohinj Lake coming down with the gondola is always amazing.
Ok that’s for the scenery, now for the crew. We met up with Primoz, Elan snowboards manager, who provided us with some 07/08 Artec boards and Elan bindings and with Blaise Rosenthal…yeap Blaise Rosenthal, dude! I can’t still believe I actually rode the whole day with Blaise Rosenthal (pictured with Matej Pavli, AM Elan rider) 😉
It was really cool by the way. We sessioned the Elan Snowpark pulling old school tricks like chicken salads, cross rockets and so on. Blaise even nailed a backside 3 double suitcase! 😉 sick! Up there we also met with local Elan pro rider Matevz Pristavec who was going big on the main kicker, stomping switch frontside 9s like he was having a beer. Too easy.
So we rode a couple of different boards from next season’s ARTEC serie and we were really stocked! The Elan Plab is pushing snowboarding to the next level by providing some of the best hardgoods ever.
Check out our video and get the full story!
Check out our video interview with swedish rider Michael Lundmark.
Michael is a strong allround rider and proved it in 2004 when he won the Billabong Jr Pro and imposed himself as a force to be reckoned with.
We met him in Leysin beginning of March and asked him some questions about his season and set-up. Michael is equipped head to toe with Rossignol snowboards gear and seems stocked about it. Check it out!
Straight out from les 2 Alpes, Arthur Longo is the new hot shot from the french snowboard scene.
Arthur has had an amazing contest season winning the O’Neill Pro Freestyle in Avoriaz, scoring big in the O’Neill Evolution in Davos, flying high at the Artic Challenge and finishing -only- second at the Billabong Jr Pro in Leysin!
And that’s a season for Arthur during which – in his own words – he didn’t push it to hard!
That’s right, Arthur is concentrating on finishing school this year but is completly pumped up already for next year when he plans to push it to the next level!
Check out our video with Arthur shot during the Billabong Jr Pro and get to know this super talented rider. Oh, I almost forgot, Arthur also plans to improve his English so in the meanwhile it’s your turn to improve your French…
Forget all your prejudices from the past. Hammer snowboards reborns in 2007 and is heading for a brand new dimension!
Hammer is independent again. It has been bought last summer by M. Herbert Marxer from the Rossignol group and has established its offices near Lausanne, Switzerland. The small team of people working there are pumped and dedicated to bring a new image to the brand and push product innovation to bring you the best snowboards ever!
Plus Hammer is the first snowboard brand to include a full range of skis in its product line!
Yes skis, but not your average ski. Skis made by snowboarders!
A few years ago, skiers looked at snowboarding and realised progression was into stealing snowboard technologies and applying them in the ski’s construction. They took the technologies but they didn’t manage to get a grip on the feeling and the lifestyle. What Hammer brings on the market are skis with a snowboard construction and feeling – made by snowboarders!
Check out our visit at the Hammer offices where Alex presented us the full 2007/2008 Hammer snowboards range!
Enjoy and support Hammer!