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Jones Dreamcatcher Snowboard Review

New for 2018 the Jones Dreamcatcher is catching ladies eyes. It’s not just the pretty graphic that makes the Jones Dreamcatcher so special though. The technology, design, and durability make this deck stand out amongst the rest.

First off, you get directional rocker. Now in a snowboard and if you’re new to snowboarding you’re probably going, “well what does that mean?” It means that the tip is more rockered than the tail and the stance is set back slightly to allow turn initiation and overall comfort to increase on the board. The Dreamcatcher also has Spoon 1.0 Rocker. There are 4 levels of Jones Spoon. Spoon 1.0 is the amount of tip and tail rise and where it tapers to camber on the board. Women dig the Spoon tech because it allows for easy turn initiation and that extra bit of pop and float in more challenging terrain.

Jones Dreamcatcher Snowboard Review

The turn radius, in part to directional shape and the Spoon tech makes the Dreamcatcher bend and snap like a professional dancer. On snow, it performs well and is a great, well-rounded board. Jones calls this board a 6 out of 10 for stiffness. We’d call it a true medium and on the softer side when it comes to Jones who is not known for having soft boards. The board has some serious pop and ladies are raving about the snap and pop feel that the board gives off.

Jones is all about recycling and being as environmentally friendly as possible. The Dreamcatcher has recycled sidewalls and an eco-plastic topsheet.

Jones is committed to being an outdoor industry leader in the fight against climate change. Building snowboards will always have an environmental footprint so we strive to minimize this footprint whenever possible by developing new eco-tech and supporting organizations that fight against climate change on the front lines. We take these efforts seriously because we care about how our actions will affect the environment for future generations.

The men’s equivalent of this board would be the Explorer. We’re just stoked to see more options out there for the ladies who aren’t afraid to throw down on the slopes.


Art by RP Roberts

Jones Dreamcatcher Snowboard Review

The subtle textures and vibrant colors on the Twin Sister’s mountain graphics are the work of UK landscape painter RP Roberts. Born in North Wales and a veteran snowboarder, RP always has mountains on the mind as he lives to paint stunning mountain scenes including the peaks featured on six models in the Jones 2018 collection. The Mountain Twin, Ultra Mountain Twin, Dream Catcher, Prodigy and Twin Sister all feature RP’s signature mountain art.


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2017 Jones Mountain Twin With NOW Pilot Bindings Snowboard Review

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2017 Jones Mountain Twin With NOW Pilot Bindings Snowboard Review

The Jones Mountain Twin Snowboard Review is as close to a one board quiver as you’re going to get. The first time I took out the Mountain Twin I expected it to ride like, well, a twin. And it did. But what I did not expect was how well this board handled at high speeds and in deep carves. No, it’s not your set back, point and shoot, freeride board; but that is the beauty of the Mountain Twin. You can run park laps for an hour and then go dig some trenches in groomers the next without having to walk back to your car and grab your freestyle or freeride specific board. The new 2017 graphic actually says “Freestyle X Freeride” on the topsheet, which I thought was pretty awesome because Jones is owning it and standing behind what they have created. So if you’re looking for a board to satisfy every aspect of the mountain my pick would be the Jones Mountain Twin.

As for bindings, I matched the Mountain Twin up with the NOW Pilots for a solid Snowboard Review. I thought these guys would mesh perfectly together and they definitely came through. The NOW Pilot has what NOW calls their Flex Hinge Highback. The Flex Hinge Highback remains stiff, responsive, and supportive when leaning into turns but easily flexes laterally to allow for some extra give and playfulness in the park. Versatility made the ride that much more fun. I felt comfortable and confident doing everything on this setup.

 


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Gear Review Ride 2017 Warpig

2017 Ride Warpig Review

2017 Ride Warpig Review

The first time I rode the 2017 Ride Warpig was at the Stowe Demo last season. It was the board I was most stoked to get some runs on (mostly because it looks so badass and was given the name “Warpig”). The only problem was the buckets of rain that fell from the sky that day. As most people took cover, I went straight to the Ride tent to snag the Warpig. It turned out that the Warpig gave me some of the best runs of the season! The snow wasn’t spectacular to begin with, but the Warpig handled the conditions better than most boards I demoed that day. The thing I enjoyed most about the “Pig” was that it was very responsive. When I wanted to make quick, fun, surfy turns it did it with ease. When I wanted to lay into some carves it held the edge and popped me right back into the next one. The stability at high speeds was awesome thanks to its fat waist. I was riding the 148 but I felt just as stable and comfortable as I do my own boards, which are usually around 159.

These shorter and fatter boards are hitting the industry hard and I think it’s pretty rad to see that companies are not just building the same models and shapes year after year. You don’t need a twin tip to lap the park all day. The Warpig will get it done any day of the week and the shorter length means less board to whip around. This board will give you a new perspective of the mountain and it will redefine your understanding of all-mountain versatility.

We are really passionate about snowboarding and getting you insider reviews. The 2017 Ride Warpig review is here to help you decide which board you want to rock this season.

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This gear review was written by Chris Viers, employee of Out Of Bounds. 


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Gear Guide: K2 Cool Bean With K2 Lien AT Bindings

Gear Guide: K2 Cool Bean With K2 Lien AT Bindings

Gear Guide: K2 Cool Bean With K2 Lien AT Bindings
Gear Guide: K2 Cool Bean With K2 Lien AT Bindings (C) Transworld Snowboarding Magazine

Gear Guide: K2 Cool Bean With K2 Lien AT Bindings, All the forecasts are calling for a cold and powdery winter and after the winter we just had that is music to our ears. Especially for snowboarders, there is nothing like a powder day. So make sure you’re geared up and ready for the deep stuff with the 2017 K2 Cool Bean.

The Cool Bean is built for the powder but will not disappoint when you need to power through the crud or lay down some carves on morning groomers. The Cool Bean is a member of the K2 Enjoyer series, so you know it’s all about having a good time. The deck features Tweekend™ and All-Terrain Baseline™ technology. Tweekend™, combined with a short and wide shape, extends the Baseline rocker for superior float and a playful and surfy feel in the pow. All-Terrain Baseline™ allows this board to shred hard, even on days like we experienced last winter. The shorter length lets the board turn on a dime in the powder and through the trees, while the wider waist gives it a super stable feel on the hard pack. And if you’re one of those guys that always has issues with toe and heel drag, any board in the K2 Enjoyer series will fix that problem.

I would also combine this deck with K2’s Lien AT bindings. The highback provides solid response in carves but gives you enough sideways flex when you want to get playful with it.

The freedom of snowboarding is what makes it so unique and attractive. There are no boundaries. There are no rules. K2 took this to heart when creating the Cool Bean. It’s just fun, man. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why we ride.

This Gear Review was written by Basin Sports Associate Chris Viers. 

2016 K2 Cool Bean All Mountain Snowboard
2016 K2 Cool Bean All Mountain Snowboard $499
2017 K2 Lien AT Snowboard Binding
2017 K2 Lien AT Snowboard Binding $269

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Basin Sports Ambassador Program

Basin Sports Ambassador Program

Basin Sports Ambassador Program
Basin Sports Ambassador Program

Basin Sports is looking for people who are passionate about the outdoors and skiing and riding to apply for their Ambassador Program. Basin Sports sponsors a small group of skiers and riders each year. You DO NOT have to be a freestyle skier or snowboarder to apply. Backcountry Enthusiasts, freeriders or people who really just love to ski and ride are encouraged to apply. Being an active member of the Killington community is an important part of skiing/riding for Basin Sports.  We select people based on their enthusiasm for the sports of skiing and snowboard, while also engaging and encourage new people to partake in it.  Having fun while out riding is key, we want you to enjoy all that skiing and riding has to offer while also actively promoting the brand of Basin Sports.

Though enjoying winter sports is our main goal of this sponsorship, we also offer some great perks that go along with being a Basin Sports Ambassador.

  • Pro Deal on Winter Clothing Brands and Gear
  • Free Ski Tuning
  • Employee Pricing on Outerwear in the store
  • Access to Basin’s large demo fleet of skis and boards

Responsibilities of a Basin Ambassador

Having the ability to do what you’re passionate about is awesome but we ask you contribute back to Basin Sports. The requirements are simple, but if you find you’re unable to complete the requirements your agreement with Basin Sports will be terminated and you will no longer get to benefit from the perks of the Basin Sports Ambassador Program. Requirements are as follows:

  • Contribute to Basins Social Media at least once a week.
    • Contribute via video, photography, blogs through Facebook, Instagram or twitter
      • All Social Media content will be submitted to Basin Sports Social Media Coordinator
    • Participate In At least two competitions or events at Killington or within the Ski Community a season
      • Untraditional Events That You Could Participate In
      • Ski The East Freeride Tour
      • Ski- Mo Events
      • BMMC Mogul Challenge
      • Ski Bum Race
      • Other: We’re open to suggestions, winter sports promotion is the most important
    • Participate In At Least One Basin Sports Event A Season
      • Blast Off Party
      • KSC Ski Swap
      • December Demo Day
      • March Demo Day
      • If you cannot attend any of these events we encourage you to join us for our ski clinics that reps host for us in early winter

Think this is you? Message us via Facebook and tell us why you’d be a good fit for the job.

Basin Sports Ambassador Program
Basin Sports Ambassador Program

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Ride El Hefe Binding Review

Ride El Hefe Binding Review: Snowboarding Just Got Way More Fun

2016 Ride El Hefe Binding Review
2016 Ride El Hefe Binding Review

Considered the top of the line Snowboard Binding by Ride, you’d expect it to be good and well the Ride El Hefe doesn’t disappoint. But is it the right binding for you? It all depends on what type of riding you’re planning on doing and what type of rider you consider yourself as.  This Ride El Hefe Binding Review covers the specs and what they mean in non- technical terms.

Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty

Ride’s idea was to make a tough binding that was lightweight and could take a beating.  That’s one reason why the price tag on the El Hefe is higher than the standard snowboard binding.  This binding isn’t standard in any sense of the word and in fact comes with an Aluminum “Infinity” Chassis System.  Ride found this aluminum mold to be durable and flexible.  Not flexible in the sense that it will snap in two but flexible in the sense that it will flex naturally with your board.  Not only that but it also gives you a more natural stance on your deck and has an adjustable heel cup for maximum stance adjustment to fit your riding style.

Flex-wise you’re also looking at 8 out of 10 stiffness making this binding target the high intermediate to advanced rider. But, that’s not all. You also get a Urethane Roll bar for vibration absorption.  To sum up so far, you’re getting a chassis system that’s stiff yet flexible with a natural stance adjustment and a roll bar that’s going to absorb vibrations and reduce chatter at high speeds.  Sounds pretty good right?

Even better the micro disc is also Aluminum and though it’s set-up for a standard mount, it can also accommodate Slot and Channel set-up’s.  But is this the right binding for you? Well we’ve pretty much laid out that this binding is focused for the aggressive all- mountain dominator.  And well, if freestyle is more your style or maybe you’re just getting into the awesome sport of snowboarding you probably shouldn’t buy this binding. Yeah we know, its wicked rad but we’d rather see you having fun on the hill than wrecking your man meat all over the place.  So stop reading now if you fit any of the above personalities (But feel free to check out our wide selection of snowboard bindings here). If you are going, “I totally fit the description of an aggressive all- mountain rider.” Then keep reading, because there is way more to the Ride El Hefe Binding Review than just some enticing features.

Carbon, mhmmmm Carbon

In this modern age people seem pretty obsessed with carbon in their outdoor activity, whatever it may be.  In the El Hefe, Ride added a Carbon Highback for its weight reducing abilities but again it’s dynamic ability to absorb and distribute energy/vibrations efficiently. In the straps there’s an Aluminum Ratchet system (No Plastic here) that’s been cored out for weight reduction.  Again, durable yet light and easy to ratchet in and out of. Last but not least, the straps are not padded.  This is again part of the weight reduction and Ride wanting a binding that’s going to be aggressive yet lightweight.

This 1 Year Warrantied Binding is focused at the aggressive freeride/ all- mountain ripper who wants a durable binding that’s not flimsy and can take a beating, sound like you? Then hit up the button below and remember, we offer free shipping!

2016 Ride El Hefe Binding


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Adieu To The Never Summer Raven

Hello To The Never Summer Aura

A Look At The Never Summer Aura and Never Summer Infinity

 

We know, it was a big shock to us too. But unfortunately good things must come to an end eventually and well, there was too much overlap in snowboard designs that Never Summer has decided to retire the Raven in their women’s snowboard collection.  But fear not, there are a couple options diehard Raven lovers can take to stay with the Never Summer Brand.  They’re called the Aura and Infinity.

2016 Never Summer Womens Infinity Snowboard
Current 2016 Topsheet Graphic for the Never Summer Infinity

Let’s Start With The Infinity

The Never Summer Infinity is not new to the Never Summer Collection, in fact it’s been around for a while at this point. Now the Infinity, though not the same as the Raven does share the same camber style as the Raven. This profile is considered the Original Rocker Camber Profile by Never Summer but also incorporated the Vario Power Grip Sidecut so you have stabile edge control.  These features are the same as what’s in the Raven now.

Major differences between the two would the RDS dampening system and the core type.  In the Raven you get the RDS 1 Dampening system and the Never Summer Superlight core while the Infinity has the Never Summer Custom Flight Core and the RDS 2 dampening system.  The RDS 1 system is more extensive and runs the full length of the effective edge with less extensive construction in the tip and tail.  It’s supposed to help with high speed stability and control.  The RDS 2 is a lightweight system that uses three narrower layers along the effective edge to help with vibration absorption and gives the board a more freeride feel. Both the Infinity and Aura rock the RDS 2 which is what we should see most decks moving towards. Corewise the Infinity has the Custom Flight Core which is light yet stiff under foot.  It’s more freestyle oriented with key areas being supple for nose presses and whatnot. The Never Summer Superlight Woodcore, found in the Never Summer Raven is basically a revamped Flight core. The Strength to Weight Ratio is supposed to be unmatched.

Is the Infinity for you? If freestyle is more your thing and you’d rather be jibbing than adventuring then yes, the Infinity is your option. If you enjoy more all-mountain shredding and see yourself as a more aggressive rider keep reading and find out why the new (this year) Never Summer Aura is your next option moving forward off the Raven.

Let’s Finish With The Aura

2016 Never Summer Womens Aura Snowboard
2016 Topsheet Graphic For The Never Summer Aura

Never Summer introduced the Aura this year and it’s been taking the slopes by storm.  It’s enhanced with the Ripsaw camber profile and packs some serious power. Targeted at the aggressive female shredder it’s being raved about and is gaining popularity. Available in 146, 148, 150, 152, and 155 the Aura caters to all lady rippers. The Never Summer Aura shares the same core as the Raven but with the Ripsaw Camber Profile so you get a more aggressive edge.  The dampening system is the RDS 2 style and to find a deck with the RDS 1 you’d have to get on the Never Summer Swift since none of the female decks will have it going into next year.

So now you have a decision to make, freestyle or freeride. It all comes down to what you want.  For the die-hard Raven fans we recommend buying one from this year to ride the next few seasons or; try and demo both to really get a feel for what you want.

If you Already Have Made a Decision You Can Purchase the deck of your choice here:

P.S- there’s free shipping

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Aura: Oh! Oh! Click Me!

Raven (2016- Get Them Before They’re Gone): Click Me!

Infinity Raven Aura
@149 @149 @150
Waist 23.6 23.7 23.7
Edge 116 116 116
Tip/Tail 27.8 28.2 28.0
RDS RDS 2 RDS 1 RDS 2
Core Custom Flight Core NS Superlight NS Superlight
Rocker/Camber Original Original Ripsaw Camber/Rocker

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Snow Report for October 18, 2015 (Opening Day) Killington Snow Report

If You Ain’t First, You’re Last

Killington Opening Day
October 18, 2015 Starts of ski season in the USA at Killington resort. (C) Killington Resort
Opening Day
Hiking up for early turns yesterday, Kelly and Tucker didn’t waste any time. (C) Tadkl via instagram

Today sparked the start of ski season for the United States of America, with Killington Resort starting up the guns and blasting off into infinity- behold the cumulative Killington Snow Report brought to you by Basin Sports.  Killington made a break for it after hearing of Sunday River, their biggest rival’s planned opening day of Monday October 19, 2015.  Killington, being known for its slogan, “winter starts when we say so.” Couldn’t let Sunday River beat them out.  So the guns began blowing yesterday morning and the ski trails of Rime and Reason were set to open at noon.  This morning a giddy chaos ensued when Killington bumped their opening time to 9:30AM.  Some couldn’t wait though and Basin Sports friends and customers, Kelly and Tucker Lange took to the slopes last night and got in the first turns of the season.  If you see them, you are to address them as the King and Queen of the Mountain, since they’re royalty after all.

We’ll add more photo’s as we get more reports on conditions.  Reason will open at 11 after park features are set in place. Expect early season conditions.  It’s in the low 20’s with light wind right now, make sure those edges are sharp and bring the beer!

Opening_Day Powder

Huge Thanks to Kelly and Tucker for sharing their photo’s from today! You guys rock!

P.S It snowed 3″ overnight and is snowing at the store now! (10:00AM)


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Basin Blast: We’re Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

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Basin Blast: We’re Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

We're Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

IT’S ON!

Season Pass holders and Express Card holders, join us Sunday, October 18, 2015, to kick off the winter season right. The first runs of the 2015-16 season are yours and yours alone. No day tickets will be sold. It’s not too late to join the club.

For the rest of you snow-deprived wanderers, winter begins Monday, October 19, 2015, and we hope to be skiing and riding until the warm spring sun sends us away. As always, Mother Nature calls the shots, but she’s been good to us so far.

Get the full details, the current conditions, and for the love of winter get that gear ready. We’ll see you on the hill. (Killington Resort)

We're Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

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