Found Snowboarding Has Reached Middle Age and It Doesn’t Know Who It Is Anymore

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  1. XTREMO

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    I started boarding in 2000 aged 37 and now I’m 55,, so whilst I’m well and truly middle aged my boarding is still in its teens.

    I can still easily touch my toes but have bern using step in bindings for vitrually all of those 18 years snd love the comfort and convenience they offer
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty
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    *step ons
     
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    easy fish, pity it doesn't count.
     
  6. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    I’m well and truly middle aged, I can touch my toes and I’m rocking ratchets.

    However my 19yr old has embraced the new Burton Step-Ons - receiving them in a few days.

    But yes, Boarding is no longer the bastion of rebellion - the olds are well and truly into the sport.
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty
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    step ins were a type of girdle my mum used to wear
     
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  8. gareth_oau

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    me too LOL
     
  9. bawbawbel

    bawbawbel Easi Ski.....
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    New fangled equipment. I will stick with my step in Clickers except when boardercrossing. . After all, I have finally developed the patience and little tools necessary to remove the ice from them.
    But I have no nostalgia for those pre GPS days...
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here
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    Yeh, I know!
    :evil:
     
  11. Legs Akimbo

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    Why do you wear a girdle?
     
  12. Sadie

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    I never rated click in bindings. Friends that had them used to have so much trouble. Not sure if they have improved in more recent years. Perhaps we could get a review from @LMB ’s son. I hate Burton boots with a passion so they’d be out for me anyway.

    Things sure have come a long way since I started riding. Especially in terms of women’s gear. It’s no longer a one size fits all (with a range for the juniors).

    My first pair of bindings back in the ‘90’s were a pair of Burton Juniors. No adjustments to straps, no high back adjustment, full hard plastic. As a very small female, I was in heaven when women’s gear started to hit the market. Sure, they had women’s boards back when I started but it was more colour oriented rather than build specifics (hello purple Morrow). I didn’t get my first women’s specific board until about 2004. Couldn’t believe how light it was.

    I’m not middle aged just yet...fast approaching though. Where has time gone?
     
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  13. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    @Sadie I’ll most definitely be bringing feedback back to the skiforum table.

    They’re ridiculously hard to demo or buy.
    Last season we tried to organise a demo but they were constantly booked out, this season no demo by the time we got to town and the sales guy said “don’t bother looking unless you’re a US7, that’s all we have”.

    The cub went online - “sold out” everywhere he tried. But we have a mate who is a Burton rep in the US. Took him 3 days but he tracked down the last set in the Cubs size and acquired them for us. He is bringing them to Niseko this week and cubs older brother is bringing them home.

    Not trying them on before purchase sucks, but PB is half a size smaller than the cub, so if the boots are tight PB will be winner winner chicken dinner.
     
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  14. Belly

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    I'm 43, sounds like click-in tech will be well and truly sorted by the time I'm 60. Including for splitting.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty
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    DC make step on boots
    32 is following suit i've heard.
    Thats a fair portion of the boot market
     
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    makes me look slim and sexy ;)
     
  17. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    Oh really?
    Are they going to integrate with Burton step on bindings or are we gonna have to stick with matching set boots/bindings forever?
    That’s the one thing that I don’t like... the versatility to buy any boots you love and any binding you love to go in any board you love is what keeps me with standard bindings on a standard (not channel) board.
     
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    Integrate.
    Same design.
     
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    You need to split em and get something like this.
     
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  20. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    Part of the quiver.
     
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  21. Mr. Mook

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    I started boarding in 1999 when I was 35. Considering the average lifespan of men in my family is just over 70 I was already heading into middle age when I started.
    20 years, 1 bad back, 1 stuffed AC joint and a knee surgery later I am still firmly a ratchet & plank man.

    The thing I never like about step-on bindings were the hardness of the boot. I prefer the soft flexibility of "regular" boots.
    Bending over to ratchet up doesn't worry me.
    The one difference I prefer are the Salomon bindings with the fast-fit toe straps don't completely separate. It's so much easier with the strap already in the buckle - just flip over the boot and tighten. Certainly much easier on the bad back.

    I agree with the author on one thing though - turning. In fact it's all I ever wanted to do. I was never interested in the terrain parks or jumps.
     
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  22. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty
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    Step on boots have the same flex sole wise and forward lean as normal boots.
     
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  23. Sadie

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    Same. All I want to do is nice cruisey turns. I like the odd natural jump here and there but I just love to ride. Oh and trees...must not forget the trees. Love trees.
     
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    LOL I’m just shy of 43 and think they’ll never get it right.
     
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    Might give them a whirl if Salomon come to the party.
     
  26. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty
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    Who?
     
  27. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    I’m with you!

    But I’m committed to pushing outside my comfort zone - it’s time - park lessons for me this southern season. Gonna get me a pair of impact pants, wrist guards and maybe even a spine protector :eek:
     
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    Ambulance cover...health insurance....ice packs....
     
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    Still my boot of choice. *shrugs*

    I’ve tried on others and keep going back. It is hard to get to try on different boots though when I have a size 5 foot and no one wants to keep that size in stock.
     
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    these are the Gnu step ins I mentioned earlier

    Bery easy, well built and comfortable. Came with a few spares which I still havent used yet

     
  31. telecrag

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    Yeti has been known to wear a full turtle suit. He loves to jump blind, but said its actually for when he is sitting across a run, and a skier hits.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    LOL
    Classic.
    I could’ve done with chain mail on piste a couple of weeks ago.

    I doubt I’ll be hitting the heights Yeti goes Mr Telecrag - the man/beast gets some serious elevation!!

    I’ll be happy with a little more than a credit card of air ;)

    All of there above plus much alcohol. :cheers:
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    Actually - it’s in scenarios like the Yeti hits - big air time - that I’m interested to see how the Burton step ons hold up. The demo videos seem to show they hold up really well when pushed hard.

    Not that I’ll ever push them to those extremes - but the cub might.
     
  34. Sadie

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    Aren’t they similar to Flow?
     
  35. Belly

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    I'll be rocking my '00's resort hardware if my boy gets into boarding and then I look forward to discovering all this kit in a few years time.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    Similar but much better.
    The old flows were a lot more clunky.

    I used them for a while - few different brand incarnations available.

    I found them far too difficult to get out of when you’re buried. Haven’t used them since. No problem if you’re staying on piste.
     
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    That’s why they never interested me.
     
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    The only board I still don’t have is my first one. I sold it to +1’s cousin for his wife. Along with my Airwalk boots. They have just recently split...I want to ask for it back LOL
     
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    Yeah similar to flows.

    Here's a video that comapres the Flows to the SP Fastec, which shares the technology with the Gnus I have

    The first pait I owned were SP Fastecs and then I went to the Gnus as they were a better quality

     
  40. Donzah

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    I was being facetious.
    You need to schedule a trip to Tokyo to buy boots.
    No worries there
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty!
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    This is very true.
    I’m an Aussie 9 and I usually end up in men’s boots in Japan. @Sadie would be in chick boot heaven with her twinkle toes!
     
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    Yeah I know :) All good.

    I think I would be in a shoe size heaven there! Just need to wait now until the leg is fixed. I also just received my brand new replacement pair. When I picked them up (after finally being able to drive), the chick that took care of the warranty for me asked if I wanted to try them on o_O One maybe.
    Even though I could drive, I was still rocking crutches and moon boot ha ha
     
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  43. Donzah

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    Yeah Mrs Donzah as a six is right in the most common size range in Japan .
    5-7 seems to have the largest range.
     
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    Good luck!

    My tailbone still hurts from when I fell on a box in the park last August :cry:

    Turns only for me from now on, and trees :love: and I'd say I'm far from middle-aged haha
     
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  45. dan72

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    "Now, anyone who has ever tried to get a 45-year-old man to do anything differently will know that it would be easier to push a wardrobe up five flights of stairs, whilst wearing roller skates."

    Im 46 and love change and advancement in tech etc.

    Maybe that guy needs to find new friends, or maybe its just easy for him to generalize so he can write his article.
     
  46. Belly

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    Yeah, I reckon snowboarding is maturing nicely, like everything almost too mainstream now. Hasn't gone through anything like skateboarding in terms of fall and rise. And as touched on in the article there is an increasing diversity of snowboarding equipment available (just like surfing and skating).