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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Just when you think your new snowboarding gear is still shiny and new, the snowboard companies come out with their next year gear previews. Yup, 2010 snowboard gear previews are already here. And heck yeah… Burton’s new stuff looks siiiiiick. Ah, darn this consumerist lifestyle we lead!

As much as I wanted to, I didn’t end up buying any new snowboarding gear from Burton this year. My old stuff was still good and I couldn’t really justify spending money on new stuff. Next year though… I’ll need to replace my poor busted board (“Miss Feelgood”, as my friend at the Board Room repair shop calls my board since he’s fixed her up so many times).

So what’s coming up from Burton next year? Gorgeous, bright, poppy colours that’ll show up great in photos and really stand out (if you can call bright-coloured gear amongst bright-coloured gear standing out…). I’m also really liking the solid colours on the new 2010 Burton boots and bindings. And fairly minimal board deck and base design with lots of colours and shapes. Overall, a pretty interesting lineup!

The guys over at Snowbroader have snapped some shots from the Snow Avant Premiere in France. Check them out! Note: All photos are fully credited to Snowbroader. Check out there site if you’d like to see more 2010 previews, like Rome and DC, and more pics of the Burton gear.

New 2010 Burton Custom Boards and the Burton Fix on the right. I’m loving the colourful Custom boards! Great design idea.

Solid coloured boots and bindings. I especially like the red on purple. (Seems like that’s the fave colour combo for next year)

New Burton 2010 ConDOM board. Check out the little drawing at the bottom ;)

Base for the new 2010 Burton Hero. Not too sure what I think about the beach ball in the “O”… not really liking this design much. The 2009 Hero was way cooler looking.

New for this year, the Burton Method snowboard. The Bros say it is super light, and a blunt twin freestyle board. Interesting.

And for the ladies, the new 2010 Burton Lipstick board. I LOVE IT! Especially the black lipstick and vampire teeth marker on the top of the board. Yeaaah! I would definitely pick up this board if I was a park girl (but I’m not). Damn, why do the park boards always have the coolest decks?

Speaking of which… every time I think about getting a Burton Fish, I can’t help but feel disappointed with the graphic design on it. I know I shouldn’t be so concerned with appearances (especially when riding powder).. but geez… a little more than a splash on green on a white base with a COMPLETELY white top would be nice! Burton! Give us something that’ll stick out a little more on photos for a board as sick as the Fish!

The Burton Grail and Zone snowboard boots. Purple and yellow! Yes!

I really like the solid red bindings. Not sure what model this is but it sure looks neat. I’m pretty sure Allan would LOVE to have these to go with his brown and red colour scheme.

So that’s it so far. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more upcoming Burton gear.

I have only one wish so far.. please Burton. Make the 2010 Malolo NOT with a fruity design on it. Something cool. Colourful. Simple, but bold. Otherwise you’ll force me over to Series 13!

So that’s it folks. It’s the snowboarder that makes the gear, not the gear that makes the snowboarder. Right? RIGHT?! ;)


Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I’m finally back in Vancouver and am trying to get over the jet lag and get back into the swing of things. More photos and stories from the trip still incoming.

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It’s that time again folks. I’m really excited about this year’s snowboard season.  It’s almost the beginning of November, the snow is starting to fall on the mountains, several mountains are about a month from Opening Day, and Warren Miller Entertainment rolls into town for their annual film tour.

Warren Miller films, in my opinion, can’t really compete with the high budget Burton, Standard, Billabong, Red Bull etc action sports movies that are rolling out these days. Warren Miller films were traditionally ski movies, and as someone who has skied longer than I have snowboarded… I can relate. The films do include a lot more snowboarding in the current and latest iterations, but they are still more family-oriented films. Yet, every year, going to the Warren Miller movie, getting the 2-1 for, checking out the booths and tradeshows, and cheering with other fans excited about winter is still one of my favourite events before the season starts. It’s a great way to get stoked. I’m definitely going to try and be at Whistler and Baker for their opening days. CAN’T. WAIT!

So pick up your tickets if you can — it’s showing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this Saturday (7:30 pm) and Sunday (4:00 PM). See you there!

Now, back to the Japan stories.

A few days ago, I finally made it to the Tokyo Burton store like I’ve been hoping to visit ever since I found out about my business trip out to Asia. I was excited to check out the Japan-only/Japan-exclusive Burton gear for the 08/09 season.

Tokyo, Japan Burton Store

The store is located in downtown Tokyo, in the Harajuku area, in the back alleys by a bunch of funky other shops.

Lounge at the Tokyo Burton Store

It’s really cool inside. I particularly liked the lounge, complete with foosball table (FOOSBALL! CHRISTINE!), Burton pillows, antlers, and cool couches.

Boots at the Tokyo Burton Store

So. Much. Gear. I think they have a better selection than even the Los Angeles Burton store. Sadly, they are also twice as expensive.

Cool Burton Pillow!

Awesome Burton logo pillow!

Bindings at the Tokyo Burton Store

Tons of bindings.

Burton Serow Boots at the Tokyo Store

Burton Serow boots, 2008-2009 model. The Serow boot was designed for Japanese powder surfers. They are wider than Burton’s boots. I believe that these colours are only sold in Japan. I’m sure you could find them in some online shops, or smaller shops, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in person.

Burton Custom Japan Flex Boards

The Burton Custom ICS Japan is pretty much the same as the North American versions, except the flex is a bit softer.

Burton Aura Japan-only board (front)

Burton Aura Japan-only board (back)

The Burton Aura 2008-2009 (front and back shown here in the middle) is also a Japan exclusive board. It’s a men’s board, designed for powder. It’s basically like the North American Burton Supermodel. It is tapered with soft flex, and has been made to float on powder. Wood core, Vaporskin, and comes in the 156 and 162 cm size. It’s also got The Channel mounting system and is rated a Feel of 2 (Burton rating).

Burton Avenue Japan-only board (front)

Burton Avenue Japan-only board (back)

The Burton Avenue 2008-2009 is similar to the Burton Lux, and comes in the 143 and 147 cm size and is also Japan only. It’s a women’s board, but I think it looks pretty cool. I love the design on it… why don’t they sell this in North America? If only I could get a Malolo or a Fish with that design… :) Unfortunately it doesn’t have The Channel, and it’s got a Feel rating of 1. It was designed for Japanese female riders, with soft flex and for free-riding and park.

Burton Serow Boots, purchased!

Sooo.. uhh.. I purchased the Brown/Red Burton Serow boots for Allan, just because those are his riding colours, and I couldn’t resist getting him something Japan exclusive. They’re really nice, and have got a whole whack of features like the speed zone lacing, Aegis anti-microbial fungus/odor/sweat control, and an exterior shell build for powder and hiking. They’ve also got the independent sections (top and foot sections) for increased flexibility.

Sole of Burton Serow Boots

The sole is a Vibram sole, that was designed exclusively for Burton. For better grip, control, and of course if you ever need to hike it, it’s got what you need.

Burton Serow Logo

The Burton Serow logo is REALLY neat! It’s of a Japanese serow which is basically kind of like a goat-antelope. They put this logo on some of their Japanese only softgoods and boots. I haven’t seen it on any boards yet though.

Burton Loot/Tokyo stuff

I did end up buying a bunch of other loot there too, other than the boots. I picked up a bunch of gifts for friends, including a Burton Tokyo hoodie, Burton Tokyo t-shirt, Burton Rubix Cube (AWESOME!), candies, and kleenex. I can’t wait to give these out!

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