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Never Summer Lady West Board Review

The Never Summer Lady West Board Review- For Aggressive Female Riders

The Never Summer Raven Redesign? Or A New Board All Together?

Never Summer Lady West

A few years ago Never Summer retired the Women’s Raven board line and released two new boards as replacements. The Aura and the Infinity. Both had their own characteristics but left many Raven lovers a bit heartbroken because their tried and true Raven was no more. To this day we still get people asking for the Raven. But, there’s a new board in town and it’s the closest replacement to the Raven yet. Introducing the Never Summer Lady West. Taking the characteristics of the Men’s West and the favorite features of the Raven to create one kick ass board.

So how does the raven look next to the lady west spec for spec?

Lady West Raven
Size (cm) 149 149
Effective Edge (mm) 1140 1160
Tip Width (mm) 281 282
Waist Width (mm) 236 237
Tail Width (mm) 276 282
Sidecut Radius (m) Vario 723* Vario 697˚

 

Most notably looking at specs is the tail width. This is due to the more directional twin shape and a blend of Fusion Rocker Camber. The Raven had Original Rocker camber which made the rider be more center over the board. With the Fusion Rocker Camber you have a similar rocker camber shape but the transition area will only be found in the tip and not the tail on the Never Summer Lady West. This is the biggest notable difference. Stance is setback a bit more and not as center. Otherwise things like Stiffness, and wrap are the same. The elastomers used in the Lady West is the RDS2 not the RDS1. And as previously mentioned many characteristics of the Lady West will remind you of the Raven.

 

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So how does this board feel on snow? Since it’s not a true asymmetrical twin, it’s going to enjoy a more all-mountain shredder than anything else. It’s designed to carve across the whole mountain efficiently and effectively. If you’re a jibber we’re going to push you towards the proto type two. On snow the Never Summer Lady West is really fun. So fun in fact that I’m pretty sure all our female snowboarders on staff will be buying one. This is a fun but aggressive board. It’s designed for aggressive female riders who want to be able to go all over the mountain and go fast. Granted with the setback stance you don’t want to go to fast. But edge to edge the Lady West carves easily. It’s fast and fluid and easy to turn. When you’re in a predicament or unfavorable conditions the Lady West is a confidence builder. It’s got great edge hold and with its Fusion Rocker will really plow through choppy snow. But again this is an all-mountain board. If you’re a jibber, or like softer boards Consider the Shade or the Proto. We’re all really digging this board and are excited to offer a better replacement to the Never Summer Raven.

These boards are available for Purchase at Basin Sports and we’ll have a full demo collection available for the 19/20 season.


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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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Preseason Preparation Part 2: Gearing Up

Gearing up to get out

Okay so you’ve gotten in shape and the season is already starting to kick off. You may be ready, but is your gear? If you haven’t do so already, here are some tips to get you tuned up and ready to go.

Tuning your skis!

Waxing your skis after a full summer of sitting in the garage is important in order to keep the life of your skis. Especially if you forgot to put your end of the season wax over them. An easy way to tell if you need a good tune up to your bases is to look for a white film on the base (something similar to dry skin) or small “hairy” looking fibers sticking up.

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White Film on a dry base
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Rusty Edges

 

While you are fondling your skis and imagining the next pow day, take a moment to look for any deep gouges that have occurred from your previous season shred. If these are deeper than about 1mm then you will need to get them filled to prevent any further damage. Rusty edges are another thing to look for when doing a preseason examination of your skis. Are there any burrs or rust?

If you are going to do a tune up yourself Swix has a wax wizard that could be helpful to choose the type of wax to suit your needs.

Check your boots and bindings!

Walk around your house for about 15 minutes and see if they still fit well and are comfortable enough to ski in all day. Is there any hot spot? Does it rub anywhere? Is everything tight and does it feel secure? Check out the soles. Is there excessive wear at the heel or toe?

Once you’ve deemed your boots comfortable, pop em into your bindings. Is everything secure? Are all fasteners there? Are they looking overly worn? If you have binding issues while on the mountain, you’re going to have a bad time.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing the tune up or binding check yourself (or if you notice something off) bring them up to the shop and have our professionals check it out. Maybe think about getting a season tune to have your gear in tip top shape all season with no hassle.

Apparel

My favorite thing to do when a new season comes around and it gets cold enough to put on a winter jacket is to check my pockets and find what I left in there at the end of last season. Typically I’ll pull out some chapstick, old passes, and if my past self wanted to bring joy to my future self I may even find some money. While the pocket search is always super thrilling, we really should be focusing on the fit.

We all wish we could eat what we want and never gain any weight. But if you have been preparing for the winter season and maybe have added a bit more “insulation” to keep you warm during the colder months, you may want to see if your gear still fits comfortably.

While you are trying your gear on before you hit the slopes,  Are any buttons missing? Is your zipper good? Any unexpected tears or holes? Is there any pinching or bunching while making movements?

Is it clean? If you are like me, the last thing you think about before hanging up your gear for the season is throwing it in the wash. DO NOT WASH IT WITH REGULAR LAUNDRY DETERGENT! This can strip off DWR coating and leave you wet during slushy snowfalls or when riding through the guns. Instead by specially formulated detergent, like my personal favorite –  NixWax (it is all natural so it is safe to use with sewer or septic), to ensure that your gear will be ready for whatever mother nature wants to hit you with. While you are at it, get some re-waterproofing products (NixWax has spray on or in wash waterproofing solution) as well to save time in the future and keep you warm, dry, and happy.  Pair up your socks and gloves. Find your baselayers and get out there!

Killington Pro Tip: Get ready for a game changer. If you still have to hike out bring your boot bag with you and leave it by the stairs. Change into your winter boots to take the stairs, you can thank me later for this tip.

 

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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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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:

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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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We’ve got a brand new Wintersteiger Mercury R Tuning Machine, ready to work!

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