Winter ’08 Preview
Winter ’08 Previewby Justin Mool
Who cares if it’s still 110°F and we have no air conditioning? It’s never too early to start thinking about winter. In fact, it’s about the only way we can stay cool around here. Truckload after truckload of winter stuff keeps coming through our doors, so we snuck into the warehouse and had a peep. Here’s a small sampling of what we have right now and what we’re stoked on for this winter. (There’s much, much more to come.)
Burton X8 EST Freestyle Snowboard
You haven’t been paying attention if you haven’t heard the buzz about Burton’s New Infinite Channel system. A single strip in the middle of the board gives you infinite stance options that you can switch up in seconds. The twin-tipped X8 screams high-performance freestyle with a buttery soft flex, skate-like response, and unreal board feel.
Lib Tech Skate Skate Banana Magne-Traction Snowboard
The Lib Tech ExperiMENTAL Division works on this wacky premise—snowboards are not skis. (Yeah, no shit.) The reverse camber shape means the Skate Banana absolutely kills it. The rocker banana between your feet gives this deck a surfy ride in the powder, adds speed on the flats, and pop off the hits. Get it while it’s hot. This board’s gonna sell out fast.
Rome Notch Snowboard
Rome stepped outside its freestyle comfort zone and created a sick all-mountain/powder board—the Notch. A tapered, directional shape provides effortless float in the pow and bamboo tail inserts add hair-trigger response and powerful pop. Add this to your quiver for those epic days.
Burton EST Binding
Remember baseless bindings? Yeah, those sucked. Burton’s new EST Bindings can do what baseless bindings never could—offer unreal board feel while cushioning impact. Since Burton designed these bindings for its Infinite Channel System snowboards, the EST offers unlimited stance options that you can adjust on the fly.
K2 Auto Binding
K2 designed this binding with a toe strap that automatically closes and opens with the ankle strap, so you spend less time sitting on your ass strapping in. All’s you got to do is set the toe strap to your desired tightness and you’ll never have to touch it again.
ThirtyTwo Ultralight Boot
ThirtyTwo brags that the Ultralight Boot is the lightest boot ever made. Now that’s frickin’ light. This mid-stiff boot’s plush liner, System G2 gel cushioning, and inner ankle harness mean you’ll absolutely slay it in the park.
Matix Asher Evolution
We get more and more Matix stuff everyday. We can’t complain. The Asher Evolution is the latest incarnation of Matix’s quilted hoodies. This full-zip hoody keeps you ridiculously warm and features logo appliqué on the chest.
Burton White Collection Puff the Magic Jacket
If you want puffy but don’t want Stay Puff Marshmallow Man, look to this Shaun White Creation. Thermacore insulation keeps you toasty and plenty of pockets give you space for your stash. Burton keeps pushing the envelope—keep an eye out for the Ronin one-piece (coming soon). One-pieces rule!
KR3W Toolive TK Gold Hoody
You down with OPP? The TK Gold Hoody features KR3W skater Terry Kennedy’s signature print and a slim fit. You gotta do something before the snow starts falling, so zip up this hoody and go skate—midweight fleece and an oversized hood keep you warm.
Watch Out For: Stripes, flannel, knits, wovens, crazy patterns.
Volcom Plaid Shmad Jacket
Plaid’s gonna be hot this winter. The Plaid Shmad is a super comfy casual coat that’ll see you through cold November nights. We could spend all day checking out Volcom’s stuff. Lots of sweaters and jackets have caught our eye.
Element Montenegro Dress
You’re going to see lots of bright colors when the world turns white. Pair this cotton dress with some jeans or leggings. In addition, Element has some great-looking trouser-fit pants, like the Constellations.
DC Broadway Thermal Top
The Broadway is like that ancient thermal shirt in your closet, but way, way cuter. It’s super-soft cotton/modal fabric feels great alone or under another shirt. Look for lots of patterns in the coming months.
Watch Out For: Patterns, patterns, and more patterns—tweed, herringbone, plaid. Bright colors, natural fibers, big buttons.
686 Manual Apprentice Puffy Jacket
Groms gotta stay warm, too. The Apprentice keeps minishreds warm with synthetic insulation and styling with faux fur trim on the hood. Water resistant fabric make this puffy great for school or a cold, sunny day on the slopes.
Roxy Green Light Hooded Dress
Roxy—cute prints, bright colors, and styles that will make Mom jealous. With its striped pattern, front kangaroo pocket, and long cut, the Green Light Hooded Dress shows Roxy knows what’s up.
Volcom Radar Sherpa Hoody
This Volcom hoody’s pinstripes, sherpa fleece lining, and baggy fit show that kids are just as discerning as adults when it comes to looks and warmth. Volcom has tons of stuff for pint-sized skaters and snowboarders.
Watch Out For: Kids looking more and more like the pros. Killer patterns, fabrics, and fits.
KR3W Fingerless Gloves
Hobos are cool. They drink lots of whiskey, sleep in rail cars, and have a complete disregard for personal hygiene. They also inspired KR3W to make these fingerless gloves. Look for others from brands like Adio and Celtek.
Skullcandy Low Rider Headphones
Pick up a set of these DJ-quality headphones because we know your iPod lives by your side. Skullcandy introduced a bunch of new colors to match your style.
Vestal Bendex Watch
This thing just looks sick. Oh, and it tells time, too.