Back in the the day when I was in high school and a member of the *gasp* ski club (for the record, I was never a skier, snowboarder from day UNO) I remember another snowboarder on our bus ride up to 7 Springs wearing a pair of Etnies boots. At the time I had Airwalk half pipe boots, which were the shit. Anyways, his Etnies boots looked just like their most popular skate shoe at that time, the Lo-cut. If my memory serves me correctly, the next year Etnies changed their snowboard boots division to the name of 32 and released a pro model boot for none other than Peter Line. I purchased said boot, in green, at the legendary Revolutions board shop in the South Side of Pittsburgh. I remember them being a good, quality boot...heavy, but good. For the next 5 years or so, each season I had a fresh pair of 32's. I don't know what made me sway from them but eventually I decided to try another brand boot. Fast forward to 2012/2013 and I have come full circle and again have purchased a pair of 32's. I went with the Lashed model. I was looking for a soft-ish, flexible boot that used traditional laces and not a speed lacing system. Right out of the box they are a tad stuff, but after an hour or so of riding in them they softened up quite a bit and are good to go. 32's liners have come a long way since the last time I rode in a pair. Super comfy around my calves. That's the one complaint I had back in the day with them, the horrible pain the liners gave my calves...that complaint is no longer. I really like the Velcro on the liner's tongue to keep it centered where it's supposed to be, that's a smart, easy fix to a long existing problem. Kudos. All in all I found the 32 Lashed to be an incredible all around boot that is ready to shred right out of the box. And if you're the type of person who really likes a speed lacing system rather than traditional laces, 32's got you covered. They offer the Lashed in a speed lacing model as well. Check out the 32 site for more info and to find out where to try a pair on for yourself.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I've been waiting for what seems like forever to finally have my chance to go riding...so much new gear to check out this year and I want to write about as much of it as I can on my zine here. I finally got to go riding this past Sunday and first up we have these HOWL Jeepster mitts. They're a pretty simple, no frills design snowboarding mitt. Nice and warm fleece inside, super comfy, grippy palms, softer nylon-like material over the rest of the outside of them. I was riding at night and it was extremely cold out. For the most part my hands stayed nice and warm. I'm assuming this is more of a spring / pipe riding mitt because of how thin they are but they seriously held their own in the bitter ice coast nighttime. I'm sure they wouldn't hold up at keeping my hands warm and dry if it was raining or wet outside but that's not the conditions they're designed for. In closing, these mitts rip. Super stylish, functional snowboard mitts that get the job done. They get the Seasons stamp of approval.