Demo days are just a fucking riot. My manager got lost on his way to my apartment then out of sheer laziness wouldn’t get out of the car to ring the doorbell as he didn’t know if I was the right or left door. So finally he honked the horn and we got the ball rolling.
On the way to Loveland swung into Keystone to pick up our passes. Fuck yeah I can finally ride Vail Resorts for free. God I love having a 6 mountain pass for free.
Anyways the day got overcast and blustery pretty damn quick. Thankfully it wasn’t as bad as the day before. My manager is a huge Salomon whore so we hit them up first and I took out the Riot and Bang Bang. Rocked the Riot with the Code bindings and slashed around on the Bang Bang with the Calibers. After that it was time to check out Forum, god I feel bad these guys don’t even realize they’re Burtons Morrow. I can’t believe Forum is putting out products with 10 year old Burton tech in it seriously wtf.
After mangling my ankle on Forum grippers I swung into Nitro and hopped on the T2, T1, Swindle, and Wiig. I don’t like the lack of dampening in the Raiden gripper grips but I rocked the Black Hawks, Wiigs, and Eero’s. After bidding adue to Josh stopped by Ride and talked to Sean. I gave the Contrabands a second chance on the DH2. The board was sick, bindings definitely aren’t for me. Finished out my jaunt through Ride with the new Prophet and Alpha bindings. I surprised the rep by saying how jibby and soft the Prophet was and I have to say I’m stoked on the Alphas.
I ended the day in usual fashion with me venturing in to see Rob and JP from K2 and rocked a Believer with Formulas. At about that point the day was over and conditions went to shit. Helped them pack up a few things and headed to the bar.
All in all two solid fun days of demoing. Heard the typical rumors and shit. In typical fashion it seems Mervin was the most hyped rumor with statements about them being on the sale block, Quiksilver looking to merge. The big 3 for purchasing Quiksilver looked like Volcom, Jarden, and Nike.
Got the low down on what K2 has coming out for next season as well. 5 mens rockered boards and 3 womens. The Zepplin will take on the same construction as the 0. I’ve seen the proto of this board and it looks fucking sick as hell.