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WHAT TO WEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN

What to wear on the mountain to keep yourself dry and comfortable.

The weather is constantly changing in the mountains. Therefore its is essential to kit yourself out in the right clothing each day. Wearing the wrong kit can lead to an early finish when conditions might be awesome.

OUTERWEAR:

Waterproof and breathable jackets and pants are super important.It is worth investing in quality. Anything above a 10,000mm will keep you dry.If your a rider who will be hiking and working the body, it is worth getting highly breathable items of clothing. If your budget allows I would look at a Gore-Tex jacket and pant combo. Check out the online Burton Snowboards shop for the biggest and best Outerwear range in the business.BURTON SHOP

UNDER LAYERS:

Here you want to start with a quality base layer which will vary in how warm and breathable they are.Long sleeve top and bottoms. If you are someone who feels the cold then go for something a little thicker. Above the base layer you are looking for a fleece or down jacket. If the conditions are cold I would suggest a down jacket that really works well in keeping warmth next to the body. Always worth getting some nice snowboard socks. Gone are the days where these have to be super thick. Snowboard boots are well insulated so get a few pairs which are comfortable.

GLOVES AND MITTS:

Cold hands equals bad day. Find something that is comfortable, functional and warm. I am big fan of mitts during the winter. They are more practical than gloves and feel great to wear. I also look for a more minimal style light glove for riding in the spring and summer time. Sometimes a glove that is less bulky feels a little better and has more style.

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BURTON SNOWBOARDS REVIEW - FREE THINKER

BURTON SNOWBOARDS REVIEW - FREE THINKER

The Burton Free Thinker comes in a variety of different sizes. There is a 150, 154, 157, 157W, 160, 160W version.

I am riding the 157 version and I am testing in the park and all over the mountain on different snow types and terrain. I had it set-up with the malavita bindings and I was using the Ion boots.

The board is a true twin, camber shape and has fairly stiff flex. It's definitely not soft and buttery it is a little more aggressive and powerful with good pop. However I felt the flex pattern was almost perfect as I hate to ride a noodle and it always feels better to be able to press and pressure the board with a little weight and force.

Designed by snowboarding Legend Danny Davis. The Free Thinker sits next to his all mountain slayer the Deep Thinker.I feel the Free Thinker is for the more freestyle orientated rider.

The Free Thinker had a great feel and felt light under the foot. Some Burton boards can feel heavy and hard to manoeuver so this is definitely a plus point. The board has great grip through out the turn and was surprisingly good in powder. The board destroyed park kickers and side hits and locked into boxes and rails with ease.

The boards top sheet and graphics have been designed by famous NYC street artist Keith Haring. They are both eye catching and unique and will go down as a collectable in time. Not for everyone but you're going to get a few envious skiers dribbling over you.

If you are looking for an all mountain freestyle snowboard then the Free Thinker is the stick for you. The huge bonus being that Burton really managed to create a snowboard which feels exceptionally light and strong.

Check out the Burton online shop to get yourself one today BURTON SHOP


ANON M4 Goggle review.

GOGGLE REVIEW: ANON M4

These goggles represent the flagship of the Anon eyewear range. Packed full of technical goodies they are the fastest lens to change in the world. The M4 have a strong magnet to keep the lens connected to the frame. Each set comes with two lenses and the spare is kept in its very own lens compression case which helps avoid any damage.

Anon has also designed the MFI facemask which has a magnetic connection to the bottom of the M4 goggle and will keep the face protected in both cold and warm weather a like.

M4 comes in different frame colours and you can choose from four different lenses;

Check out the following;

  • The Sonar Bronze lens – 19% VLT
  • Sonar Blue lens – 46% VLT
  •  Check out the Sonar Infrared lens – 57% VLT
  • Sonar Night lens - 77% VLT

 

Super stylish and comfortable these are a must for any rider. The size of the goggle frame makes them very adaptive to using with or without a helmet.

 

For any advice on the correct equipment to purchase please get in contact with your Vivid Snowboarding Instructor. All the team are exceptionally experienced in the industry and have a huge wealth of knowledge on riding, teaching and equipment.

 

 

 

Come take a snowboard lesson with Vivid Snowboarding, the specialist snowboard school in Verbier.

 

 

 

 


Burton Custom Board Review

BURTON CUSTOM BOARD REVIEW

Sizes: 150, 154, 156, 158, 162, 154W, 158W, 162W, 166W, 170W

Burton Custom Board Review

This board has been the backbone of the Burton range since 1996. It is a true all terrain slayer being able to handle steep couloirs and pillow lines through to kickers and icy pipe transitions.

The board comes in various sizes and can be ridden in true camber style or flying V. Its directional shape makes it perfect for those powder days and it has a twin flex which makes riding regular or switch easy. The slightly stiffer flex pattern makes this suitable for the intermediate to advanced rider amongst you.

This really is a board that can take you anywhere and therefore if you want a one board quiver then look no further than the Burton Custom.

Come ride and test Burton Snowboards with us this winter in Verbier. We have tests centres in the new flagship store on the main strip and in Mountain air.

Vivid Snowboarding will be open for lessons and session during weekends in November and then full time from the opening weekend of winter 2019/20 at the beginning of December. Look out for new products dropping during the Autumn. If you need any advice on boards or hard goods from Burton Snowboards then don't hesitate to get in touch and find out what will suit your needs the best.

Check out the online Burton shop today to get your Burton Custom
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POSTURE

Our body position or stance is the most important ingredient in Snowboarding.
STANCE
This starts with board set up. Our bindings should be a comfortable distance apart. An arms length, so scrunched up fist to elbow along the heel edge of the board between the back binding. Set the bindings up so you’ve got a positive angle on the front foot and a negative on the back. +15 and -12 is a good start.  The importance of riding duck is that it allows our body to move freely. When moving the body up and down the hips, knees and ankles will move freely and in unison.
BODY POSITION
From the board upwards we start with having the ankles, knees and hips soft and flexed. Think about standing slightly on the outside of the feet where these can rest and push against the bindings. The knees should be flexed out over the feet and the hips stacked over the knees. A house like shape or triangle shape should be created beneath the waist line with the structure of the legs. Keep the hips in the middle of the board.
Above the waist line it’s essential to engage the core. Stomach , abdominal muscles and lower back must remain strong. The shoulders should be aligned and the arms relaxed. Your arms are your balancing tool , if you get knocked off balance from anything on the mountain the arms will help rebalance you and keep you riding in a strong and confident manner.
Head position is very important. This should always be in the direction of travel. If you are a regular rider for example this should be always looking over the left shoulder.
The final ingredient is to stay relaxed. If the body becomes tight and tense then the whole of the riding will have this look and feel
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ROME REVERB 158

SNOWBOARD REVIEW

Rome Reverb 158

This is a great all mountain machine. Handles like a dream in powder. Twin tip, traditional camber shape gives it a lively, poppy feel off kickers. It would be an ideal one stick for everything rather than specialising to a specific park or backcountry board. It weighs in with a nice price tag so could be a great weapon of choice for the coming winter.

If you are looking for any advice on equipment don't hesitate to get in touch. Their are so many good products on the market its hard sometimes to choose the best gear. Here at Vivid from all our years experience we can help steer you in the right direction.

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