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We are Western New York’s premier snowboard shop! Since 1991, we have built our store with quality product, awesome customer service and high fives. With a vast collection of snowboards, boots and bindings, we cater to everyone. Regardless of if you’re just starting out or a Level-3 instructor, we can hook you up!
Snowboards have undergone a pretty drastic technological revolution in the past decade or so. First came progressive sidecuts, like Lib Tech’s Magnetraction. Instead of one single edge (where you’re getting 10-15% edge hold) Mag has a single edge — but is wavy. It’s kind of freaky to look at, but believe us. It works. Try cutting through a steak with a butter knife. Now try it with a steak knife. Works a little easier, right? Welcome to Mag. Never Summer has one called Vario Grip, which has a deeper sidecut underneath your feet where the critical contact points are. Salomon uses one called Equalizer.
The East Coast is super gritty and crusty. Make sure you have something with an edge profile so you’re not getting eaten alive by the ice!
A couple of years ago, Lib Tech came out with the Skate Banana. It was a design that was radically different than how conventional snowboards were built. With a rocker underneath your feet, Banana wasn’t built like a ski — it was built like a snowboard. The tip and tail, no longer touching the ground, equalized when you stepped onto the board. It’s already in the shape of a turn! Coupled with Magnetraction, Lib Tech snowboards were suddenly the hottest thing on the hill.
Now, most companies are building snowboards with some sort of blended camber and progressive sidecut. Blended camber means there is some variation of traditional camber and rocker incorporated into the board. Everything we have in the store will have tech like this.
Lib Tech/GNU snowboards use Banana, Banana with C2 (camber at the tip and tail), EC2 (Elliptical camber) and Enhanced Banana. Never Summer snowboards use Rocker/Camber, which is a blend. Salomon snowboards have rocker and flat camber, while Niche and Homewood use blended cambers as well.
Two-Strap bindings are the most conventional, give you the best performance and are the most popular that we sell. Our go-to binding company is Union, which is now in its 8th year in the industry. Union gives you a wide variety of styles, colors and performance options. Starting off at the pricepoint $130 DLX and going all the way up to the performance-driven SL at $270, Union makes a binding for everyone.
Union also gives you some awesome limited edition bindings to get your hands on, such as the Cobra Dogs collaboration and the Danny Kass pro model. Each binding from Union has its own unique personality. You just have to decide which one is best for you!
Alternative two-strap bindings, such as the Salomon Hologram and the brand-new NOW are other options you can consider. The Hologram has a flexible heel cup which gives you tons of leeway in terms of flex on the board. NOW, which is new this year, is a skateboard feel. With a power fulcrum in the middle, power is transferred form toe to heel.
Fastec is a company that licensed its binding patent to a couple of different snowboard companies — in our store, it’s GNU. It’s definitely a convenience binding. When you fold the highback down, a buckle on the ankle strap pops up — making it easier for your foot to get inside. When you’re ready to shred, you put the highback up, lock down the buckle on your ankle strap and your off!
Traditional lace boots work just the way it sounds. It allows you to get down and dirty and really get your boots as tight as you want them. The only traditional laces we have are from Nike Snowboarding; the Zoom Ites, the Kaiju, the Danny Kass pro model, the Zoom Force 1 and the pricepoint Vapen. Nike burst onto the scene a couple of years ago and fit ridiculously well.
Boa Technology is something that you can find on snowboard boots, helmets, golf shoes and everything in between. It works like a boa constrictor; there’s a metal cable that wraps around your foot and a wheel you twist to tighten it. It’s a really sick system. You can find Boa on boots from Salomon and thirtytwo. Salomon has been our go-to brand for a long time. The fit is unreal and they last forever. On boots like the Synapse, you have Focus Boa — two wheels — one for the top, one for the bottom. It lets you dial in your fit!
Speed Lacing is something that we got into a couple of years ago when Salomon brought it onto the scene. It incorporates a handle that you pull to tighten your laces. You can find it on the Salomon Savage and boots from thirtytwo. Speed lacing allows you to tighten your boots on the lift or in the lodge without the hassle of untying them all the way.