Arbor’s new snowboard line is on the shelves, with its mix of sustainable building processes and soft snow cool. Of particular note at the Gear Institute is “The System” technology, a mix of rocker and what Arbor is calling “Grip Tech,” a kind of double set of contact points along the edge of the boards for a second level of edge hold throughout a turn. From the Icon Camber Collection to the enduring genius of the Wasteland (which featured T.S. Eliot quotes on the original design) and some reclaimed materials, here is a link to all of the latest from California’s most enduringly original independent snowboard brand.
Burton and Carhartt’s Backwoods Bonding
Banging nails, riding rails or just pulsing through the powder, Burton and Carhartt have partnered for a new kind of Tennessee Tuxedo look that combines Gore-Tex and corduroy detailing in what the two brands are describing as a jacket and pants combination that blends “the technical performance of Burton with the utility-driven workwear look iconic to Carhartt.” It is the second partnership for the two brands, and it does look pretty cool (top photo).
Rerip Recycles Wave Rides with Patagonia
Rerip and Patagonia have partnered again to provide a surfboard recycling location in Ventura County. Fletcher Chouinard Designs (Patagonia Surf) is now accepting surfboards for recycling, becoming the newest Rerip recycling location and the second Patagonia store, in addition to the Cardiff-by-the-Sea location. Fletcher Chouinard Designs not only sells environmentally friendly surf gear, boards and apparel, they also financially support local environmental causes. FOMO: ReRip.
Jake Burton’s Cancer “As Curable as it Gets”
All of our best thoughts go out to snowboard icon and Burton Snowboards founder Jake Burton Carpenter who has told the Associated Press that he is undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. The 57-year-old told the AP his cancer is “as curable as it gets,” and that his work and life patterns would have their ups and downs over the next three months. Maybe just not like the last 30 years, of all of those ups and downs on powder slopes.