Rocker Ski Rack – The one-size fits all solution to ski and board storage

By Chris / On / In Gear, Reviews

I have a lot of ski and snowboard gear. There’s no other way to call the collection of equipment, both current and sentimental, that has assembled over 30 years of skiing and snowboarding. To the extent that while remodeling my condo in Vail, one of the primary considerations of building new storage in a closet was how to store boards. 

So when I stumbled across the Rocker Ski (& Snowboard) Rack, I immediately knew it was something I needed. My balcony has a perfect spot, mostly shaded from the sun, where the triple rack fits, and with a choice of a few pre-drilled mounting holes, installation was a breeze.

Rocker Racks can hold any ski or snowboard, regardless of length, width, camber, and shape, and do it with a simple and intuitive gravity-fed clamp. Unlike many other systems, these clamps can be used individually and don’t require skis to be paired together – making it perfect for snowboards, splitboards, and even wake surf boards, skateboards, and pretty much any other board.

The combination of gravity-engineered hold and soft rubber grip means that any equipment you slide in stays put. To hang a board or skis, slide them slightly upward as you push the board into the rack, and then let it drop to engage the grip. To remove, lift up, releasing the grip, and your board will slide right out. It’s simple, smooth, and the perfect way to store your gear.

You can order the racks online individually to mount anywhere you want, or already attached to a wood frame. Or, if you’re looking for that custom touch, Rocker Racks, based in Ashland, Oregon, will custom build just about anything you can imagine.

Ready to order for ski season? Head over to Rocker Ski Racks and find your perfect rack!

Rocker Ski Rack provided this rack in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard

By Chris / On / In Reviews

I’ve almost always had a pow board in the lineup. In the late 90s and early 2000s it was an Option Signature 162. After moving to Steamboat and playing around with the Burton Fish and Vapor, I fell in love with the Malolo and rode it as my deep-day board for a few years. Then the Sherlock arrived with a twin shape and Flying V, and I was sold on a twin-shaped powder ride. And then the Flight Attendant arrived, and again redefined what I want in a board primarily ridden in the soft stuff. Read more “2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard”

Fluidstance – The Level Balance Board

By Chris / On / In Gear, Reviews

Lots of companies talk about work-life balance, but few do it as literally as Fluidstance. Fluidstance makes a series of balance boards designed for working at a standing desk, or anywhere you want to add a little movement into standing tasks.

I’ve been using a standing desk in my home office for several years now, ever since the “Sitting is Killing You” infographic came out in 2011. The infographic makes some rather bold announcements like “Sitting increases risk of death up to 40%,” and “Sitting makes us fat,” but does a really good job of highlighting some of the changes we’ve experienced as our jobs have become more dependent on computers.

I enjoy being on my feet. I guess it comes with the territory when spending 150+ days snowboarding and skiing, and another 50 days a year paddleboarding, surfing, hiking, and camping. But along with the adventures comes plenty of time at a desk. Whether it’s sitting down to type up a recent adventure, or at the computer for my role as Manager of Training for the Vail Ski & Snowboard School, there’s no escaping some amount of time spent in front of the screens.

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Step On Up to Strapless Bindings

By Chris / On / In Gear

With Burton’s big reveal of the Step On, snowboarding’s worst kept secret of the last year is finally official – the step in binding is back.

Photo: Gabe L’Heureux / Transworld

For the last few decades, many of us have been deriding step-ins. They were heavy, clunky, unreliable, poor performing, pieces of junk that were just as likely to accidentally release as they were to ice up and refuse to attach. Similar to binding “advancements” that swivel the front binding, add levered brakes, or automatically close the ankle straps, step-ins were just another great intentioned, but overly complicated invention. As a result, they were unable to compete with the simplicity, weight, and reliability of traditional straps.

Despite the disdain mainstream snowboarding threw at them, step-ins found a niche of die-hard followers that put new liners in their beat up old boots, search for replacement binding parts online, seek out gear at garage sales, and post in forums about their love for step-ins.

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