With the temperatures everywhere dropping, and the snow covered slopes opening up for business, you might be getting extra amped for the upcoming snowboard season; this article will give you some extra inspiration by revealing three new snowboards for Winter 2012. It's hard to believe that it's already 2012, and even harder to believe that snowboard season is upon us yet again. Don't reflect on the nature of time for too long, however, because it's time to go snowboarding! Whether you you're brand new to the sport or have been shredding for decades, consider yourself a downhill junkie or prefer hitting up the half pipe, the following snowboards will give you something to drool over!
If it’s technical advantage and superior craftsmanship that you're after, the Solution Splitboard from Jones Snowboards is definitely your answer. New for the 2012 winter season, the Solution has a list of features so long that you won't know where to begin. First of all, this highly regarded snowboard is all about performance, so whether you're looking for a backcountry bomber or a smooth trail cruiser, the Solution is your go to board. Featuring a directional rocker profile and under foot camber, the Solution provides a balanced mountain profile for any angle of slope, and you'll also find outer and inner edge traction support. The versatile flex pattern is designed to be durable and flexible at the same time, while the tail keeps a catch free profile for superior maneuverability. The core, constructed from a high tech and long lasting wooden material, is meant for all terrain handling, and is complemented by aluminum tip protectors strengthened with elastomer and a sintered base. The Solution also utilizes carbon stringers that will keep the frame poppy for plenty of seasons to come, along with a film top sheet as opposed to a plastic top sheet to decrease weight.
When it comes to snowboards, Burton is often the name that comes to mind when the topic of best snowboard designers comes up. One of the first companies to champion the sport when it was still relatively new, Burton has been creating the finest snowboards for decades now, and continues to design and manufacture the best new models available. Just take a look at the stunning Process Flying V, a Burton snowboard model new for the 2012 season. This inspired board is loaded with features and ready to ride. Combining a subtle mix of camber and rocker designs, this versatile board is just as much fun in the backcountry terrain as it is on the manicured resort slope. The mellow camber zones below your feet are made to keep your focus on edge control, giving you plenty of strength on all of your turns. And you won't have to worry about catching, as the sharp tail and tip scoops are made for fostering a looser and more fluid board feel no matter what the snow conditions are. You'll enjoy the snappy wood core construction that keeps things lightweight and super responsive, while the carbon stringers allow for more bouncy performance. And impacts will be barely be felt at all with the presence of the "Smooth Ride" internal shock absorbers. With a sleek graphic and available in several different sizes, the Process Flying V will guarantee a fun time on the slope!
Not all riders plan on sticking close to the slope base and going nuts with technical lines. Some riders long for the oxygen depleted heights of the summit, uncharted lines through rough terrain and insane slopes. For the true mountain riders, the Element RX snowboard from Arbor snowboards is designed to feed the need for adventure. Created to handle any terrain that it comes across, the Element RX features a versatile construction that stands up to extreme conditions. The mountain specific rocker design uses a unique parabolic shape that ensures outside contact points work with the snow when extreme edge is necessary; high speeds and extreme turns are easily handled on the Element RX. You'll also find a "Grip Tech" side cut that fosters the perfect center of gravity throughout every pivot point, and the poplar core features two full length bamboo compression axles which allow for a flexible yet durable board feel on impact and during rides. Torsional impacts are handled with ease with the mixed glassing construction, while the core profile uses a tapered shape that creates a springy, poppy and responsive flex on jumps and rides.