The warm weather is here and longer summer days mean more time to work on your 360 flips. But all those hours spent at the park can start to feel like eternity under the glaring sun if you don’t have the right gear. Just like you change your wardrobe with the seasons, you also have to switch out your skate gear to keep riding your best.
To make the most of your summer sessions, start with a good shoe. Go for a pair that comes in light colors with a lot of breathability and ventilation. With the vast array of skateboard brands that have high quality summer shoes, you will definitely be able to find one that best fits your skating style, but here are some of our favorites:
DC Mike Mo S: DC running shoes inspired pro skater Mike Mo Capaldi to design a skate shoe with unbeatable comfort. These ultra lightweight shoes have a no-sew upper so they won’t tear and an open mesh tongue for extra breathability. These shoes also give all the support and you’ll need this summer.
Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski: Nike uses its lightweight Lunarlon foam cushioning to more evenly distribute the force of impact to keep you comfortable even after sticking some tough landings. The mesh upper and lightweight breathable protection makes this a stylish summer option.
DC Spartan Hi WC SE: Add a little color to your summer with these high-tops. With ventilation holes in the upper for extra breathability, these shoes will keep you looking cool even on the hottest days.
Supra Stacks: These low-tops can transition seamlessly from the park to the street. The padded mesh lining is highly breathable and comfortable for all-day wear. Suprafoam technology uses a shock-absorbent injected midsole that adheres to the rubber outsole and upper material without the need for adhesives that can prohibit flex and add weight.
Vans Lindero Skate Shoes: Sport a classic like Vans in your favorite colors to draw the attention to your footwork. The molded footbed absorbs impact and supports your foot for high-impact tricks.
It is time Eternal Teamer Brendan Gerard gives you his two cents on the Capita Snowboards Outdoor Living. You better listen to the guy he rips.
The Nike Zoom Kaiju is the best snowboard boot I ever had. It is a supportive boot with mid flex and an articulated cuff to allow for smooth movements. The boot lets you flex forward with ease and still delivers response for heel side turns.
The articulated cuff is key because it allows the boot to compress without blowing out the sides in weird ways. When this boot is flexed forward there are no blowout spots on the side. The feel of the boot is super comfortable yet very responsive.
There is a lot of great technology in this boot to make snowboarding easier and more comfortable. The performance of this boot is far better than any other boot I have ever rode because they support your ankles and still let you flex forward. This is the perfect boot.
The liner and lacing system is second to none. The liner has the perfect feel and a smooth tightening system. Just pull the laces apart to slide the tab down to lock your foot into the liner. There is also a Velcro strap toward the top of the liner so you can get it nice and tight on the top to prevent the top of your leg from sliding around in the boot.
The outer lacing system has a perfect addition to classic laces. The boots are equipped with a lace lock on the instep of the boot. You can dial in the lower zone then tighten the lace lock and it will stay tight all day. That little lace lock is worth its weight in gold. Additional lace locks up top to help out with tying your boots and you are ready to go.
The Nike Kaiju’s are comfortable, powerful, and smooth to operate. Overall this snowboard boot is full of legendary Nike technology and is defiantly worth checking out.
Words by Eternal Team Rider Andy Blanchard
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
C3BTX- Camber Dominant Banana is Lib Tech Snowboards newest formulation of banana has what they are calling trapezoidal camber. The nose and tail have a little more camber and actually sit a bit lower than the rocker middle of the board. This allows for the maximum amount of pressure to be transferred to the tip and tail for super power, full length stability, pop and extra control in critical situations. Currently only available in the Jamie Lynn Classic, this board will excel in any condition and also comes in a wide version.