Well, the leaves are changing colours; the weather, not so much. Nevertheless, we have switched the store over to showcase our winter selection.
We have a few new brands in the store this year. We have decided to stock a generous selection of Volcom’s winter outerwear lineup. Volcom has been making quality, technical clothing that looks great for years now. The product is in and looks outstanding. We have also brought in Line Skis. An industry leader in twin tips, also makes amazing freeride skis. Come check out the 2018 lineup. We have carried Rossignol skis in the past, but new this year is also a selection of their industry leading boots. Finally, we’ve had Dakine bags for years now, but new this season is their clothing and glove offerings. You can expect the same great look, function and durability that you’ve come to expect from their bags.
As usual we are stocked with quality goods to keep you having fun outside in the winter months. As like anything, trends arise, and like always we try to stay on the cutting edge of them.
For winter clothing, we have noticed a trend to offer more system jackets rather than integrated. With a system jacket, you will have a high-end shell, with one or more layering pieces. This allows for much more versatility, as you can wear your jacket in the fall, winter, and spring by adjusting or removing the layers. We will still carry integrated jackets for their price point and simplicity. We will have both system and integrated jackets from industry leaders like: Arc’teryx, Volcom, Burton, Oakley, Dakine, Salomon and Spyder.
In skiing, we have noticed a switch to wider, flat mounted skis as well as boots with lighter and more refined Ski-Hike solutions. These options are great for those who will split their time between our local hills and the mountains. With the wider skis, they have been coupled with shorter turn radiuses and larger rocker zones. This allows the wide ski to still be fun on our shorter harder packed runs, while still having enough float to stay above the powder. These are great skis for those of us looking for a “one quiver” ski. The Ski-Hike option on a lot of boots allows the skier to flip a switch to either have a traditional ski mode, or a more upright hike mode. This feature is great for exploring the “slack” country of bigger resorts, but is also great for walking around the parking lot or chalet. Unlike the past, where this option was typically heavy and rarely stocked on high-end boots, the second generation is much more refined. It’s simple, works well, and offers little compromise on performance.
In snowboarding, we’ve watched the gravitation back to directional boards. The veteran boarder will remember when these made up the majority of our wall. With the improvement of snowboard parks and the gravitation towards freestyle riding we saw the emergence of twin boards, which dominated our shelves for years if not decades. These boards compromised riding with your dominant foot to allow for easier switch riding. These boards still make a lot of sense for riders whose time is most often spent in the terrain park. However for those of us that rarely ride switch, riding a directional board is ideal. The board enters and exits the turns quicker and is a blast to ride anywhere. Additionally, when traveling to areas with more snow, they handle powder with ease.
Come by and get geared up for winter. It’s closer than you think.