Mervin’s 2010 Snowboard Shrednology

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 7, 2010 2:23 pm

As my fellow riders all know, snowboard technology has not been something that has been too ample since the beginning. We have gone from plank to Burton Custom with not much in between as far as engineering leaps. If we compared our sport to that of skiing the average engineer and algebra junkie would be ashamed by the lack of innovation, in (strictly) board design. With such innovation in the style and direction of the sport, I find it hard to believe that boards haven’t been built to follow. From jibbing, to wall rides, to backcountry and all mountain shredding, Should we really be riding one fun stick of standard construction?

Luckily, there is more variety on the market recently allowing us to ride big sleds for pow and smaller boards for the jib rats. Although, there is one company that is making it possible to get specific or even allow us to stick to a ride that conquers it all most effectively. Yes folks,I am talking Mervin. The manufacturer of Lib Technology and Gnu (of their brands which also include Bent Metal, Roxy, and Lib Tech NAS) has a fully equipped boardline this year known as the ‘stimulus package.’

From jib series boards (Box Scratcher & the Burtner), to do it all’s like the Rider’s Choice and TRS, to pow sticks such as the T Rice Banana Hammock and the Snow Mullet, Mervin has got your back. Actually, they don’t only have your back, they are deep tissue massaging back there with all BTX technology on the entire line up this year.

BTX meaning magna-traction and reverse camber “banana tech.” If you don’t already know, Mervin is the originator of Magna-traction technology, which enhances the sidewall construction by adding more points of contact (which appear to look like a squiggly line along the side of your board). Banana Technology, i.e.. reverse camber, allows for a shifty ride that is more maneuverable on boxes and rails while allowing you that extra lift on the tip and tail to float in powder. Reverse camber is a design that many board companies are quickly jumping the wagon on including Never Summer and Signal.

 

When I started snowboarding six years ago I was on an eight year old Rossingnol passed down from both my brothers until plank form to me. My second season I was lucky enough to be pushed into the GNU Rider’s Choice by a fine salesman at the Source skate shop in Calgary, Alberta. Now, two boards later I am back on the Rider’s Choice with BTX technology and I am glad I stuck with Mervin loyalty. The B pro girl’s series took me through my boarder-cross days and now I am ready to float the pow and rat the park on my 2010 GNU Rider’s Choice.

I have tried out several boards from Forum to Burton and Never Summer, but to me there has never been another board that has the Mervin feel. I have one fun stick and it takes me through it all. Nice and wide for stability. Flexy

for park, but stiff enough for all mountain. Magna for ice days and traction. And Banana tech

for that buttery ride that has yet to be matched in my mind.

I am not saying that having one board is the solution in reference to my original question. But the choice to be able to do that or get super specific is there when you see the Mervin board line.

Now, through all my promotion and favoritism, I have experienced a lot of hate for Mervin over the past few months. “Over priced,” “over rated,” “too popular,” ramble ramble, blah blah, etc etc. Well, these comments all come from one root cause. Mervin makes some of the best boards out there (subject to personal argumentation) and so they are going to get popular and they are going to get spendy-er. It’s just the laws of supply and demand.

Mervin is putting the time and effort in changing the sport and progressing our precious gear. So, yes, they will be popular. Yes, their prices will increase, and lastly, yes, there will be a lot of positive babble out there because their boards truly are magnificent. If you have not tried one, dem

o. If you are complaining, demo. If you are serious about getting the perfect board, buy.

Lastly, as a disclaimer, I do not work for Mervin and I am not paid to promote. I have just had great experiences with Mervin and I know many people who have enjoyed their rides over the years. There are other great boards out there but to sum it up Mervin is leading the sport in board technology and engineering (with a close follow by Arbor. Gotta love those bamboo cores). Thanks Mervin for making my holidays oh so shreddin’ merry.

For new Mervin rider’s I would recommend the 2010 Rider’s Choice for all mountain. For something stiffer in all mountain go for the 2010 TRS. For strictly park flex-y boards like the Danny Kass, Jamie Lynn, and the new Park Pickle will let you butter anything. For strict powder try the Hammock.

   Article by Jenna Hannon

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