Well I was out and about all weekend and missed the Red Bull Ultra Natural, but thankfully the entire episode is already up. Here it is for all of those who missed it or just want to watch it again because it is NUTS! Enjoy.
The Jacket has a smaller fit than expected, so I went a size bigger than I normally would wear. The Cyclic Jacket has a shell style feel to it, being light and very easy to move in. I would recommend wearing the jacket over top of a few layers to stay warm in temperatures below 32°F, which is also a good reason to get a size bigger than normal.
As for holding up against the elements, the jacket has been great. Wind, rain, sleet or snow doesn’t penetrate the GORE-TEX material, keeping you dry at all times, but dependent on the base layers to keep insulated and warm.
The Burton AK 2L Stagger Pants have been great as well. They have a more true fit than the jacket, and I went with my normal pant size. They have a similar “shell” type feel to them also, making for a great hiking pant. The pants are breathable, lightweight, and comfortable. I recommend a base layer under them for temperatures below freezing (32°F).
When wearing the Jacket with the Pants, there are 3 clips for attaching the powder skirt, which works efficient enough, but not as well as the zipper design from previous years. The elastic adjustments on the inside of the waistband make for a perfect fit on most body sizes. The GORE-TEX material holds strong against the wind, rain, sleet or snow and keeps you very dry all day long.
Words by Eternal Team Rider Brandon Sorel
Camber is back and it feels so good! After a handful of seasons riding flat boards, banana boards, and camber-rocker combo boards, I felt slightly lost in the world of camber design. It was clear that I needed to find a new sense of normal. For this reason, I am happy to have found the Birds of a Feather by Capita.
With some blind faith in Sean Tedore’s reputation as a standout snowboard engineer along with Capita’s notoriety of making bad ass boards, I purchased the Birds of a Feather without a test run. Happy to say I have no regrets. This board has defined for me what a quiver killer truly is.
It took just one run for me to feel and remember the many perks of a camber snowboard. My turns initiated consistently, I had outstanding edge hold (even on ice!) and pop was back. The board felt alive.
The Birds of a Feather isn’t full camber, it features small section of zero camber and Flat Kick towards the tip and tail. This is just enough rocker influence to maintain confidence on boxes and rails, while allowing you to maintain a flat base when edge initiation isn’t needed. It also gives this snowboard an advantage in powder by helping your nose stay afloat.
I like a board that I can take anywhere on the hill, and the Birds of a Feather offers that perfect blend. The dominance of camber allows for great carving, pop, and board return, while you still have that catch-free easy feel of zero camber with Flat Kick. Jump it, press it, carve it…this Bird conquers all.
Words and pictures by Eternal Team Manager Gency Warren
Could this be for real? Teaser season already? Well that creative bunch over at Airblaster seem to think so. They are pimping their Airblaster snowboard movie for the Fall of 2013 in the spring of 2013! Who woulda thunk it? Anyways take a peek, these guys always seem to be having the most fun.
Just wanted to share a couple of great lifestyle shots of team rider Fancy Rutherford taken by her husband and talented photographer Keith Rutherford. Looks like it was a beautiful sunset over scenic Lake Tahoe. Thanks guys!
Be sure to pick up your own Eternal Gear, you can only find it here at Eternal.
We have been getting some spring like conditions up here in Tahoe, so it has been a lot of fun snowboarding out in the sun. Boreal has had their park in tip top condition all season long. Here is just a taste from Tanner Misono and a bunch of our friends, including Eternal Team Rider Ryland West on his Yes Snowboard.
Riders: Cameron St. Pierre, Kaleah Driscoll, Matty Britton, Sammy Spiteri, Colby Wrangler, Cache St. Pierre, Brenton Aikin, Shawn O’Neill, Alex Herrmann, and Ryland West
Filmed/Edited by Tanner Misono
Additional Filming from Shane Philipps
Eternal team rider, Chas Guldemond is in Tignes, France getting ready for X Games Slopestyle. He is putting down a practice run on the Slopestyle course at X Games Tignes 2013. Keep your eyes on him this week for X Games Europe. He is sporting his Rock Star snowboard, Neff gear and of course Eternal.