SHOPS 1ST TRY is an on snow test event exclusively for snowboard retailers. We were lucky enough to take part and test some 2016/17 products for you.
The whole event is based on the initiative of the leading snowboard brands, the EUROSIMA Snow Division (European Surf Industry Manufactures Association) and the board sport business magazine SOURCE. And behold … more than 50 brands got together to provide for full range testing at the gathering of the SHOPS 1ST TRY league.
The event SHOPS 1ST TRY took place at Skijuwel Alpbachtal – Wildschönau in Austria from 17-19 of January. And the gods of snow were good to us and we got some proper amount of powder to test all powder boards there are. Just check the happy faces on the photos bellow.
What else can we wish for? Oh yeah, coffee and waffles! Dakine took care of that for us too. Free coffee, waffles and free gloves! All you had to do is bring them your old pair, awesome right?
So our energy was on maximum, belly´s full and hands dry and warm. Time to hit the slopes and test some boards for you!
CAPITA BIRDS OF A FEATHER
The board we couldn´t wait to try was NEW Capita Birds of a feather board (size 148cm) and Union Milan bindings (L size).
Name: Mateja, snowboarding for cca. 13 years
Weight: 60 kg
Boot size: 39,5 EU
Style: Park / Slopes / Powder
Current set up: Nitro Fate 147cm + Nitro Lynx bindings + 32 boots
Capita´s Birds of a Feather is One of the most popular Women’s series in the industry, the do-anything, go-anywhere Birds of a Feather is here to change your riding forever. This hybrid-camber, all-terrain destroyer inspired Jess Kimura’s Pro Model designs, as well as won the 2016 Transworld Good Wood and Snow Board Mag Platinum Pick awards.
New Capita Birds of a Feather comes in Hybrid FK shape.
What does that mean? This all new freestyle camber configuration zeros out a traditional camber approach 4cm before the end of the sidecut. The small zero camber sections provide a more controlled ride while retaining the response and power of a cambered board.
The Birds of a feather is designed for intermediate to expert riders to fly over and through every terrain whilst progressing their snowboarding. Due to its versatile profile it can also handle park riding very well and is a safe choice from jumps to rails.
True twin, a switch ollie into the pow or cab 360, everything is possible because this board rides switch just as good as normal.
The soft-medium flex will provide a playfull ride that invites for freestyle oriented riding over the whole mountain.
Loaded with key upgrades for 2016/17, the Birds of a Feather series features a DS Select reforestation-certified sustainable wood core and all-new Fortress™ Kevlar Bound Sidewalls for extra durability. Combined with a fast Wax Infused Sintered Base and 30mm Carbon Fiber Beams, the Birds of a Feather is ready to take your snowboarding to new heights.
We tested the board on hard slopes and soft deep powder and the board loved it both. Unfortunately, we couldn´t take it to the park, but we will take Jess Kimura´s word, that this is one of the best park boards out there.
4.5/5 for fun, quality, control & pop
3/5 for design, Ignore the flowery bindings it will look much better with simple one-color bindings. If you are anything close to being as badass as Jess Kimura, some flowers won´t kill your buzz.
Price is expected to be above average, around 450€ so Medium-High****
Board comes in lengths 140 , 142, 144, 146, 148, 150, 152 and 154 cm
We love CAPITA also for their eco-friendly factory of all factories The Mothership.
UNION MILAN BINDINGS
Designed especially for the ladies – the Milan is a softer flexing, anatomically correct binding that provides incredible comfort all season long.
Featuring an all-new baseplate design, the Milan represents dedication towards product progression throughout the collection. Ideal for riders using a wide stance, Canted Gas Pedals on the Milan supply extra leverage for ollie power.
They’ve taken their women’s Multizone philosophy and tweaked it towards the outside for boosted lateral support and control when pressing, buttering and spinning off jumps.
Milan bindings usually come in S and M size, but this black version is available also in L size and although our bindings were supposed to be M and you can see how big they are on this 148cm board, so we think we might got L size. There were also big on my EU 39.5 boots. M size should fit boots from size 37-41 EU. If you have any experience with this binding we would love to hear your experience.
They will be available in Violet, White and this Black version.
5/5 for flex/quality/control
3/5 for Design of the binding is great and easy to use, but when we talk about the color and print, that we have to say we would prefer to have them in Violet or just pure black
Price is going to be around 185,0€ so pretty Low *** for such a good binding
Stiffness is Soft 2/5 and Lightness 4/5 (so very light).
“New canted baseplates and the wildly successful Asym S2 highback combine to create comfort and cushioning, so you get to focus on just having fun.” -Claudia Mezzera, Union Binging Co.