Category Archives: Gear Review

NEW GEAR: 2014 BURTON LANDLORD AND SPARK R&D MAGNETO

We are really looking forward to getting our hands on the Burton/Voile/Spark collab project for 2014. The split version of Burton’s new Landlord (they should have named it the Slumlord…) incorporates the Channel system to make setting up and adjusting your stance fast and easy. The new puck mounting system is paired with custom Burton pucks from Voile and utilizes a thin plastic spacer to make setup simple. The Magneto binding from Spark creates a pin-less split setup that looks to significantly decrease changeover time. The simplicity and weight savings of this system look great, but what excites me most is that the Landlord has more taper than any split Burton has ever made.

Here are a few photos, courtesy of Geeks of Shred, from their trip to SIA.

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TEST DRIVE: ARBOR ABACUS

Early this season the good dudes at the Arbor Collective shipped a few Abacus splitboards east to Northwestern Vermont for a test drive during filming for the DTK video series. We were excited to tour a few miles on them as soon as they came out of the box; the beautiful wood finish, contrasting die-cut base colors, and floaty looking nose and tail outline, combined with Karakoram “K clips” and “whale clips,” made for a solid looking setup. After mounting up some pucks, dual heights, and Spark R&D LT brackets, the 156 and 160 were ready for some kick turns and knuckle-dragging in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and on the Gaspe Peninsula.

Beautiful wood topsheet

Beautiful wood topsheet

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THIS AIN’T YOUR GRANDMA’S JERKY

Krave Flavors

Beef jerky. What do you think of? A quick stop at a gas station? Gnawing on plywood that’s packed with all sorts of unknown ingredients? Not appetizing and not healthy.

We were excited when we had the opportunity to try out some of Krave Jerky that claims to dispel all of those notions. Krave calls it gourmet jerky and it doesn’t disappoint. Their natural meats (beef, pork and turkey) are expertly seasoned in unique flavors and are tender and insanely tasty. Some of our favorites have been their Garlic Chili Pepper Beef, Chili Lime Beef, Sweet Chipotle Beef and Lemon Garlic Turkey. It’s become routine to hammer a bag (or two) on the skintrack. Can’t decide which flavor to try? We recommend buying in bulk; the Sampler pack is a great deal.

Crushing some color coordinated Krave in between laps.

Crushing some color coordinated Krave in between laps.

Nothing like adding a little jerky to a pot of pasta after a day in the skin track.

Nothing like adding a little jerky to a pot of pasta after a day in the skin track.

BURTON HI-FIVE MITT

Its difficult to find gloves with a good balance of dexterity and warmth. This is especially evident when splitboarding in New England, trying to fix a broken tail clip in an arctic, wind whipped forest. The Burton Hi-Five Mitt strikes a dexterous balance when precision is required. Billed to ease filming and photography, which it also does, the quickly deployable finger zipper exposes your bare digits for playing with straps, clips, vents, or even checking your pins..

Quickly deployable finger zipper.

Quickly deployable finger zipper.

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GARUKA BARS: FIRST TAKE

This winter, we were given the opportunity to pair up with Garuka Bars, a Vermont based energy bar company that uses Vermont-Made Raw Honey to make their bars. We will be writing a full review of their bars in the near future, but for now, we thought we would tell you how much we like them so that you can go try them for yourself! You can even order a sample for a measly $0.99! You’d be a fool not to take them up on that offer.

They are packed with effective local energy, have a delicious honey peanut butter flavor, and most importantly, they don’t freeze!

With the abundance of snow we have received in Vermont at the end of December, we have been putting Garuka Bars to the test this past week while filming for DTK Episode 3.1!

Garuka

Kept us going for lots of earned laps!

KATE’S REAL FOOD: TRAM BAR

Being well fed is one of the most important things to having a successful day in the skin track. Just because we want to travel light, doesn’t mean that we should have to eat foods that taste like chocolate-coated bark. For years, I have survived by consuming tasteless energy to keep me going all day. Last winter, atop Mount Glory outside of Jackson, Wyoming, I was munching on a tasteless bar when a friend tossed me a Tram Bar and said “try this, it’s much better.” One bite in and I was hooked. I ate Tram Bars every day for the rest of my trip to Wyoming and stocked up to bring some home.

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WORLD’S SMALLEST SPLITBOARD?

Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But until we see evidence of smaller, we’re just going to go ahead and claim this 142cm stun gun as the world’s smallest splitboard.

About to put 'er to the test.

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SPARK R&D EDISON SYSTEM

Spark R&D unveiled a few new products at SIA this week. Most interesting to me is their new Edison interface system. It can be used with factory splits, 4×4 DIY splits and 4×4 solid boards. The fixed pins and latch mechanism on the Edison looks like it will save a lot of time when converting back to ride mode. Video from splitboard.com.

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WOMENS WATER JET CUT DIY 150cm BURTON FISH

Late this Autumn DTK operative Pokemontas decided she was tired of the flatlander fashion show at the “ski area”, and that earning fresh turns with her own two high speed quads was far preferable to a liftline full of freestyle ski gangsta bozos and too tall tees.  Due to the notable dearth of women’s splitboards on the market, she set out to rectify the industry’s lack of equality herself .  But what board to bisect?  Knowing there is no better board than the Burton Fish to pull in on when the tight New England trees are closing out, the choice was obvious.  A barely-used 2004 Fish was procured, the benefit of this model year being its stiffer flex, perfect for the typical loss of stiffness from being chopped in two.

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NOT STOCK

Brand new Burton Freebird 162 with Spark R&D LT Brackets, dual heights, Karakoram latches and Karakoram whale clips with string tech.  Ready for recon.