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Vans LXVI Inscribe. Lightweight and from the Future!

LXVI InscribeThe first thing you notice when you take the Vans LXVI Inscribe out of the box is the clean matte finish of the upper part of the shoe.    The charcoal and light blue color way is very clean and subdued, but hints at a future style that is just around the corner.  And boy is this thing light. This is definitely a shoe I would have seen Ethan Hawk wearing in Gattaca.  Like the movie, these shoes don’t scream “Hey it’s the future!”  but calmly hint at what possibilities there are when technology and style come together.

LXVI InscribeThe Inscribe is derived from the silhouette of the Chukka Low, a classic in the Vans Shoes line up, but if the two shoes are put side by side, the shape is about the only similarity.  Vans is known for its vulcanized rubber soles, but the LXVI line steps away from the use of traditional vulcanized rubber and utilizes advanced rubber cup sole and foam technologies.  On the Inscribe is the Waffleflex design that inverts the traditional Vans sole, but also spaces the tread blocks out for better flex.  When walking in these shoes, they flex very nicely and feel like someone has already walked a few miles in the for me and broken them in.

Inside the Inscribe is a soft yet supportive insole.  Despite how light the shoe is, it feels very comfortable and supportive under foot.  The neoprene on the heel cuff not only adds some flare, but also gives snug support for the heal without biting at your Achilles.  The Rapidweld design also minimizes the stitching on the upper and helps make that clean futuristic look.  Putting the shoe on is very smooth, thanks to the Luxeliner that conforms with your foot and moves independently from the outer part of the shoe.

Whether you are looking for a casual Friday shoe, something to take out to the club or just an everyday run some errands around town pair of kicks, the LXVI Inscribe is a very comfortable, lightweight and supportive shoe that will not slow you down.

2013 Ride Snowboards Are Here!

2013 Ride SnowboardsWe just received our first boards for 2013. Summer has not even had it’s first official day and we are getting snowboards. Crazy. 2013 Ride snowboards are the first ones to the door with a pre-June drop date. This is the earliest we have ever received product for the pending season. I know everyone is thinking about the beach, but why not drool a bit over next years gear and it looks good!

The Ride DH2 is the jam. It is perfectly suited for super parks. This year it offers micro-rocker in the tip and tail to keep it from getting to hooky. New for this year are Popwalls, which take Ride’s Slimewall up a notch and adds some carbon. You still retain the forgiveness of having the urethane sidewalls with a bit extra pop coming from the carbon.

This year the shape is fine tuned. Ride is using what they call the Hybrid Twin camber profile. Basically there is mico-rocker in the tip and tail and a very slight traditional camber  between the feet. The camber variations from tip to tail are almost invisible, which should give it a better ride than a flat board. This board is defiantly a must ride for next season, especially if you like going big.

Ride SnowboardsCheck out the rad new designs and graphics on the 2013 Ride Buckwild, DH2, Machete, Berzerker and Women’s Ride Compact all here at Eternal.

Boardshort Review: Analog Uno Boardshorts

Well summer is certainly in the air so it is time to get to the beach, river or the pool. It looks like the retro boardshort look is in this year. The Analog Uno boardshort is a great example they even have that old school cloth texture that really make them feel like throw backs. The leg cut is above the knee (20″) with a scallop cut seam, so they are a bit higher then more modern board shorts. Other than that they are basic, a tie string and anti rash Lycra at front fly and rise.

I liked these shorts because of the throw back cut. Newer board shorts often are just too long for me. The slightly heavier feel of the fabric makes them nice for wearing the entire day. Thats my two cents. So grab some retro Analog boardshorts for this summer and be the talk of the town.

Skate and Snow Safety Contest

We all know that snowboarding and skateboarding are inherently dangerous sports. There has always been a bit of a stigma about using protective gear doing these sports. With some high profile athletes being injured or unfortunately passing from injury, most recently Sarah Burke, more and more people are electing to use protective gear on their own, myself included. At Eternal we wanted to take a look a some of the numbers behind injuries and protective gear in snow sports and skateboarding.

Of course the numbers support the fact that the use of protective gear especially helmets, do in fact reduce the risk of injury. Check out this info-graphic that we came up with and if you are in need of a new helmet you can enter to win a brand new Bern helmet. Look for the rules at the end of the page.

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How do you enter? It’s simple.

  • Embed this info-graphic on your site with the embed code below – 3 entries
  • Leave a comment below (you must sign to Disqus in with a real account) – 1 entry
  • Facebook a link to this page (tag Eternalsnow.com) – 1 entry
  • Tweet a link to this contest (mention @eternalsnowcom) – 1 entry

You must add a link to your blog post, tweet or Facebook post in the comments section below to be considered for the contest. One lucky winner will be randomly selected on March 30, 2012. Good luck and stay safe out there!

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2012 Boards Are Arriving

2012 boards are arriving! Yep you heard right. The weather may be hot, but we are getting everything in for this coming season. We are receiving gear from Lib Tech, Ride, Gnu, Roxy and K2. Everything is looking real fun. It is about 90 outside here today but I am already thinkin about snow.

2012 Snowboards

Lib Tech T-Rice Split SnowboardI just got done checking out the new Lib Tech T Rice splitboard, and I’ll tell you that this thing is going to be one of the best split boards out this year. It is bringing Banana camber as well as Magna Traction to the back country. Until this year split boards have been hard to find and lacking some of the newer technologies. This board might be in my quiver next season.

So if anyone just can’t wait to get their hands on some 2012 snowboards then look no further, we got ‘em. Shoot if you just want to “window shop” 2012 gear then that’s cool too!

 

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