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How To Choose Your Snowboard Goggles

How To Choose Your Snowboard Goggles 0

Key features of good eyewear.

It’s essential to wear the correct eyewear on the mountain to avoid the risk of snow blindness. Compared to sunglasses, goggles offer maximum protection from the elements, and choosing the right pair is about combining comfort and style with practicality.

The first thing to note is size. Womens goggles are typically smaller than guys, and within each of these categories there is a huge variety of shapes. It’s important to select a pair that suits your own face type – if you have a larger head then avoid compact styles that might be uncomfortable and limit your peripheral vision.

Goggle padding

Foam protection & ventilation to ensure comfort

These days, almost all goggles come with a double lens, which reduces fogging. If you’re shopping on a budget however, then double check, since single lenses are far less effective.

There are two fundamental types of lens to choose from: spherical and cylindrical.

Cylindrical lenses curve around the frame horizontally, but are flat from top to bottom. They are simpler to manufacture and therefore cheaper, but still offer good performance and are arguably more stylish.

 SphereicalCylindrical

 

 

 

Spherical lenses are a little more high tech, curving both horizontally and vertically, like a bubble. This has three advantages: increased peripheral vision, reduced glare, and less distortion at the edges of the lens. Spherical lenses are therefore more expensive, but it’s always worth checking if the style and fit work for you.

In the past few years, so-called frameless goggles have also become popular. The lens clips straight onto the front rather than under a rim, providing increased peripheral vision and a clean look. The downside is that the lens is a little less protected from falls than a traditional frame.

A crucial factor, whatever type of lens you opt for, is ventilation. When air flows freely through the goggles it reduces their capacity to fog, so look for a pair with plenty of foam or plastic vents.

When the visibility changes, it’s important to be able to change the lens. This is easier to do with some brands than others, so keep an eye out for quick release mechanisms – like Anon's magnetic system or Dragons quick lock system. Some models will even come with a spare lens (usually low light) to help clinch the deal.

Dragon quick lock lens

If you already own a helmet then it’s a good idea to check your chosen goggles are a good fit for it. The strap should easily fit around it and they should feel comfortable around the edge.

Google and helmut fit

Finally, whether you wear a helmet or a beanie, silicon strips on the back of the strap will help keep your goggles secure.

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How To Choose A Snowboard, Boots & Bindings Combo

How To Choose A Snowboard, Boots & Bindings Combo 0

Matching your set-up correctly

It’s important that your board, bindings and boots all match your ability level and preferred style of riding.

Your first priority should be to find a comfortable pair of boots. Ex: Burton Highline

Burton Highline Snowboard Boot

If you’re new to snowboarding or mainly looking to ride the park, it’s better to opt for a softer flex. These will be more forgiving and easier to tweak when doing tricks.

Aggressive riders focused on speed, big jumps and quick turns should opt for a stiff boot. These offer more support and more instant response. Ex: Ride Insano boot.

Ride Snowboards Insano Boot

Next up, the snowboard. Don’t judge them purely on looks or price. Again, the crucial factor is flex. Softer models are better suited to learning and tricks – especially rails – whereas advanced riders who are more interested in piste, pipe or powder should look for a stiffer flex.

BURTON MENS FAMILY TREE BRANCH MANAGER SNOWBOARD 2017   CAPITA MENS SUPERNOVA SNOWBOARD 2017  RIDE MENS BERZERKER SNOWBOARD 2017 GNU MENS FOREST BAILEY HEAD SPACE PBTX SNOWBOARD 2017

                     BURTON MENS TRICK PONY SNOWBOARD 2017BURTON WOMENS DEJA VU FLYING V SNOWBOARD 2017 YES WOMENS EMOTICON SNOWBOARD 2017

The final piece of the puzzle is your bindings. If your focus so far is on freestyle then you should opt for a softer model to match the flex of your boots and board. Likewise, rigid bindings featuring aluminium or carbon are a good match for freeride set-ups.

UNION MENS ST SNOWBOARD BINDINGS 2017 RIDE MENS CAPO SNOWBOARD BINDINGS 2017 BURTON MENS MALAVITA SNOWBOARD BINDINGS 2017 UNION WMNS JULIET SNOWBOARD BINDINGS 2017

It’s vital that your bindings are compatible with your chosen snowboard. The Burton EST range is designed exclusively for the Burton Channel system; these bindings will not fit on standard 4×4 inserts. On the other hand, most regular bindings featuring disk plates CAN ALSO fit the Channel system if required.

BURTON MISSION EST SNOWBOARD BINDINGS 2017 Burton EST Pattern

Now that you’ve made a selection, fix the bindings to the board, put on your boots and try strapping into your proposed set-up. Check that the sizing of the binding is correct and that the shape of the straps are a good fit for your boots – you don’t HAVE to buy everything from the same brand, but it’s worth considering matching the binding and boot.

 Snowboarding in Powder Snowboard Set ups

Tune Up Tips: Waxing your Snowboard/Skis

Tune Up Tips: Waxing your Snowboard/Skis 0

New Snowboard or Skis for Christmas? Proper care will help extend the life of your new gear. Here are a few tips for waxing and taking care of your new investment.

How To: Wax your snowboard

Tools needed

  • Base cleaner and cloth
  • Wax
  • Iron
  • Level work station
  • Scraper

1. Clean It Up
The first step is to clean your base. You want to get all that grime off so the wax really takes. You can either use base cleaner and a rag or, to take the more involved route, run a hot iron over the base, apply a thin layer of wax, and scrap instantly. The “hot scrape” technique cleans your base by opening the pores and allowing any muck that might be hiding in there to be pulled out. Keeping your base clean might not be as much of an issue in the winter, but come spring and summer there’s a lot of contaminants in the snow, so a good base cleaning is crucial

CSTL Cleaning up

2. Loosen Up
It’s a good idea to loosen the bolts on your board. Reason is, the bolts conduct heat when you run the iron over them and then create small dimples in your base. You don’t have to remove them entirely, just loosen them a little so you’re waxing a nice level base.

3. Get To Waxing
This is where you’ve got some decisions to make. First, choose a wax that best suits the conditions (e.g., temperature) you’re shredding in. You can never go wrong with a good all-temp wax. When applying wax keep in mind that your edge is the section of base that takes the most abuse, so it’s smart to use a harder wax along your edges. There are a couple different application techniques, but the idea is the same. You want an even coat of wax across the base. 

CSTL Waxing Snowboard

4. Scrape It
After you’ve waxed your board, set it aside and let it cool for about a half hour or until it’s room temperature. Then get your scraper. Make sure you’re working with a sharp scraper, otherwise you’ll make the process harder on yourself. The most important thing when scraping is to make long smooth strokes. Short choppy scraping will hurt your cause. Keep it smooth, kid.

CSTL wax scraping tune up

5. Brush Up
The point of the final brush is to remove any excess wax you might not have hit with your scraper. Don’t be afraid to really put some elbow grease into it, the idea is to expose the structure of your base, because the structure is what moves moisture, which cuts down on suction, and that’s what allows you to really haul ass.

CSTL Tune Up Shop
Waxed Snowboard

 We also offer Tune Up Shop services, feel free to give us a call and bring in your gear!