Uri Tours, a company specializing in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea vacations, has a great snowboard trip coming up the week of January 9-16, 2016. It’s closed now, but if we’d known a little earlier we could have hit up North Korea’s Masik Pass resort with “Terje Håkonsen, Dan “Danimals” Liedahl and “Mike Rav” Ravels.”
Yes, ya heard it! Tear it up with your favorite riders, get some tips, see some stunts, and mix it up with locals all against the backdrop of North Korea, an adventure in itself. Not only will we be delivering to you a chance of a lifetime to meet a few of the best snowboarders who have ever lived, we’ll be transporting you in style from Pyongyang straight to Masik Pass in an MI-17 chopper. Seats in the chopper are limited, which means we have to cap the trip at 15 people – so book early!
The trip was planned by Uri Tours in cooperation with Snowboarder Magazine, so maybe it will be so popular that they’ll do another one and we’ll all get another chance to snowboard the world’s most backward, closed off, oppressively draconian dictatorship. (Which reminds us, if you haven’t read Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, you really should.)
Newell Rubbermaid, a company that sounds more like a fetish doll manufacturer than a consumer brands company, has just purchased K2 and Ride Snowboard’s parent company Jarden today (December 14, 2015) in a deal worth more than $15 billion according to a story on Forbes.com.
The deal will create a combined firm with $16 billion in annual revenue, owning brands ranging from Sharpie, Paper Mate and Graco strollers to Coleman, Sunbeam, Oster and Marmot. . . . Jarden shareholders will receive $21 a share in cash and 0.862 shares of Newell Rubbermaid. Combining Jarden with Newell Rubbermaid will fund the deal with cash on hand and new debt, levering itself to 3.0 to 3.5 times, but maintaining investment grade credit ratings. The acquisition is forecast to immediately bolster Newell’s earnings per share by double digits when it closes, expected in mid-2016.
Those who love corporate snowboarding should take this as a cue to buy more K2 and Ride products as soon as possible. Maybe even for Christmas.
If riding Europe is something you dream of then Stefan Spiegel and Lana Bragina have the perfect map for you. It’s a huge wall hanger than features every resort in the Alps on one, big, data filled surface. And right now you can get it for $70. Click the link.
It’s been decades since Oakley has designed a pair of sunglasses that a skateboarder would wear. Their Frogskins were about it and they were released in 1985. Now, thanks to some input from skateboarders Eric Koston, Sean Malto, Curran Caples and skate photog Atiba Jefferson Oakley has a pretty smooth set of shades that not only look good, but come with some needed function for anyone who has ever clipped their glasses over the neck of their T-shirt. They’re called the Oakley Latch.
“It was just amazing to team up with three skate legends and see this frame come to life,” said Jefferson. “We collaborated with the Oakley design team on all elements – from frame shape to logo placement – to develop a truly signature product that I know we’re all really proud of.”
The “latch” is located behind the hinge on each side of the glasses and allows the glasses to be locked on to the neck of a T-shirt. We had a little trouble latching the shades to the shirt (it often took two hands), but once the latch is attached our days of spilling our sunglasses onto the street were over.
Sierra-at-Tahoe, one of our favorite NorCal resorts, is opening on Friday, November 20, 2015.
“The last time we opened this early was 11 years ago,” says General Manager, John Rice. “A November opening is giving us a great outlook for the rest of the season. In a similar year, we logged as much as 499 inches of snowfall. It should still be noted that early season conditions exist and we will open more terrain once conditions permit.”
For the official word from Sierra, please follow the jump.
The duck boot-inspired Sk8-Hi Del Pato MTE features all of the weather-defying advantages of the Vans Mountain Edition technology including an innovative vulcanized lug outsole for maximum traction and a water-resistant build. This hybrid silhouette debuts in two colorways – black/black and ginger/navy – that are outfitted in pig suede materials and reinforced with a tech tuff-coated mudguard.
The shoes are winter ready with Scotchgard®-treated uppers, warm linings and a heat retention layer between sockliner and outsole. Keep those piggies toasty for certain.
For an up close look at the rest of the goodness, please follow the jump.
Arbor Snowboards is launching their new pro model from snowboard legend Bryan Iguchi on November 11, 2015.
Bryan brings a lifetime of experience to this Camber System design. The Bryan Iguchi Pro is a big mountain twin, with a slightly tapered tail and somewhat longer nose for performance in deep snow. This stealthy shape delivers cross-terrain finesse for backcountry, steeps, and speed. Bryan’s experience and passion underpin this new design, which he put through its paces in Jackson Hole, Europe, and AK before we confidently brought it to you.
The newly patented system, which looks similar to the Burton SI bindings of yesteryear with the addition of an elaborate heel latching mechanism, was apparently “invented” by Raymond Robert Kavarsky, Jr., Christopher M. Doyle, and Scott T. Keller.
Click the image to look at it more closely or to check out the pages and pages of official references, schematics, descriptions, click this link.
We especially enjoyed the references list which includes patents held by a host of familiar names including: Fournier, Karol, Morrow, Sanders, Raines, Meiselman, Alden, Warburton, Pelchat, and even Spademan.
For the past 30 years LibTech founders Mike Olsen and Pete Saari have been making summertime treks from their factory in Washington to test out new technology on snow at Mt. Hood. This summer was a little different. You’ll know just how different after watching this.