The electric bike trend continues, and electric assisted bikes are being touted as a way to help make climbs easier for those on two wheels. Now a similar electrical concept is catching on for snowboards.
This is where the Propul~surf comes in. It basically takes the Archimedes design of a screw to create forward momentum. This concept was used for centuries to raise water and apparently it could help snowboarders get up a hill as well. We of course though that was what the ski lift was for! Video after the jump
In last week’s Every Third Thursday, Signal Snowboards’ founder Dave Lee left the factory to travel across the sea to an Italian glass factory to create a handmade glass snowboard—the most delicate build to date!
Beginning snowboarders often worry about how they’ll stop, but now Streetboardz Boarder Kontrol offers a solution with a special “brake” designed to crave into the snow. It features a curve on the metal blade to help riders learn to carve and turn while slowing down as well. The only downside to this system is that it does require a modification to the actual snowboard. For that reason the company is focused on supplying the hardware to schools and rental shops rather than bringing it to retail. Video after the jump
We’ve seen a number of celebrity-inspired products – such as those John Denver Skis – but now Burton Snowboards and Lifebeat are looking to “Push It.” The snowboard maker has partnered with the national non-profit that uses music to raise awareness and funds in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and announced a partnership to release an exclusive line of women’s snowboards for 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
The Light Bohrd is one that will certainly let you be seen on the slopes. This snowboard features the world’s first illuminated graphics technology. It doesn’t really do much but look cool, but oh isn’t that enough.
We’ve seen a variety of hybrid ski/snowshoes and even some skis designed to fold for trekking in the backwoods. But now Austrian manufacturer Splitsticks has created a snowboard that is designed to tackle all terrain. It features a unique binding system that allows for hiking and climbing, along with a fixed heel ski mode for times when the going could get a little too tough. Making the transition from board to ski mode should be… a snap! With these you won’t need to “stick around.”
The guys at Signal Snowboards, home of Every Third Thursday have come up with many great ideas but for January’s snowboard build it was a bit of nonsense – or rather the Total Noncents Penny Snowboard, which integrated pennies in the base and “penny traction” edges. Given that Lincoln’s birthday is next month maybe they should have waited, but that’s just our “two cents”
The ECCO Roxton GTX Snowboard boots aren’t just for the slopes. Rather this comfortable modern boot offers the snowboarding look, complete with uppers made of oiled leathers and textiles, while the wool lining with lambskin will keep the digits inside nice and warm. There is even a removable 5mm felt inlay sole to provide extra cushioning. The Gore-Tex membrane will keep feet dry, while the flexible sole will keep you comfortable while you shovel out the driveway and get inspired to head to the mountains.
We continue to watch for innovative companies that solve a common problem – namely what to do with old or broken fitness equipment? Green Mountain Ski Furniture is one company that has found a use for old and broken skis by transforming the old skis into chairs, tables, benches and racks.
The Vermont-based company was founded in 2007, and currently collects used skis and snowboards from businesses, resorts, schools and local recycling centers. Not a bad way to keep the snow spirit going year round.
Sustainable is a word that is thrown around a lot, and we’ve seen snowboards made out of some “interesting” materials, including bamboo. That fast-growing grass has also been used for bikes and even cycling apparel. But researchers from South Yorkshire have come up with a “nutty” idea that would utilize biocomposite materials in the construction of snowboards.
The team from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has developed a snowboard made out of flax and bits of cashew nut husks.
While many aerospace and automotive sectors are increasingly using composite materials, which provide both low weight and strength, there is a downside. For one many of the carbon or glass fibers embedded in the epoxy resins are derived from petrochemicals. These are energy-intensive to manufacture, and are not biodegradable. Nor are those materials easily recyclable. Read the rest of this entry »