New Phatman Decks!

Ask and you shall receive. New Phatman buffalo logo decks are in! We got you covered for all sizes. From 7.75 to 8.5. They are priced at $40 and come in a variety of colors. Stop in and get setup before this weekend begins, weather is supposed to beautiful.
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Spring Skate Shoe Sale!

The refreshing smell of wet grass, the racy instagram posts of your friends or girls you know in Cancun, the impending feeling of snowboarding season coming to end…spring is here. Which means Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day…numerous occasions to find an excuse to slam mimosas, cheap beer, and talk smack about your friends who left to go somewhere warm for a week. Also it means you’re in need of new shoes. Coincidentally, we are having a huge blowout SALE on shoes at the shop. Even if you don’t need new shoes, most of these shoes are going to be half off. Half off equals more money in your pocket for late night pizza, dollar pint night, and paying rent on time.

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In addition to the plethora (thanks college vocabulary) of shoes we have on sale, we also have jackets, t-shirts, pants, hats and all other sorts of accessories on sale. Think of this as spring cleaning for the shop. We’re trying to move inventory so we can get new product in the store, product you guys tell us you want. Help us to help you. See how that works? Ok, great. Oh and there’s going to be a skate jam soon. Details TBA. There will be a food truck.

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Blowout Sale!

Late Night Great Night at KB

Late Night Great Night is happening again over at Kissing Bridge. It’s actually happening twice. The first date will be on February 26th, next Friday night, and the second date will be on March 11th, another Friday night. So mark it down on your calendars, agendas, field notes, and whatever else helps you pay bills, remember birthdays, and make bi-monthly visits to your Aunt with the six cats.

Curious about what goes down at Late Night Great Night? Read the following:

  • Lots of Snowboarding
  • More snowboarding
  • Bathroom breaks
  • Beer drinking
  • Riding a Bus to and from KB
  • Sweating
  • Sweating while Snowboarding
  • Snowboarding till 1 in the morning
  • Staying up past bedtimes

 

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So as you can see, there are MULTIPLE ways to have fun at LNGN. All for a SUPER LOW COST OF $8! That’s only 4 payments of $2 or 2 payments of $4. WHAT A STEAL. Listen folks, this deal isn’t going to be around forever so get it while it’s HOT. There’s only ONE way to snag these tickets and that’s to buy from them from us. That’s right, here at 2889 Sheridan Drive in the town of Tonawanda, right near the intersection of Eggert and Sheridan.

There has been some talk of a school bus being rented for the night so all you fine people don’t have to waste gas and get to enjoy the company of potential future friends. Call 716-837-8743 for details.

Valentine’s Day Sale!

We’re currently having a sale on everything that is red in the store due to it being Valentine’s Day Weekend. Everything red, from shoes to snowboards, will be 20% OFF. Take a gander below at just some of the red products you can get a discount on. Hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day weekend whether you have a significant other or are single and ready to binge watch episodes of Always Sunny to make you feel better about being alone while you’re scarfing down an unhealthy amount of sea salt chocolate caramels. You’ll find that special someone…just not at the bottom of a bag of Doritos. Cheers

 

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KB Anytime & Holiday Valley Cabin Fever Passes

Welcome back. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve complained, yelled, or written anything about anything. Some of us were recently in the lovely town of Whistler enjoying the heavy amount Australians and glaciers, while some of us were in the alcohol limiting state of Utah, specifically Park City. Both killer resorts that offer unbeatable terrain, parks that provide endless fun, and some of the best snow on earth (lookin’ at you Utah; even though you only sell 3.2% beer at grocery stores). Regardless, going on out-of-state trips is something you should aim to do every season.

Whether it is to the Green Mountain state (Vermont, in case you’re not up to par on state nicknames) or Oregon. Heading to a different, potentially much larger mountain increases your riding abilities and whips you into shape real quick. Nothing like feeling 7,000 ft altitude in your lungs at 9am in the morning.

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In other news, we are selling Kissing Bridge Anytime passes for $40 and midweek passes (Mon-Fri) for only $20. Additionally, we are selling Holiday Valley Cabin Fever tickets as well. The price on the Cabin Fever are $24.99. Cabin Fever at Holiday Valley take place on Thursday, Feb 4th and Tuesday, March 15th. That’s seems to be it for now. Cheers

Phatman and Kissing Bridge Present “Late Night Great Night”!

Ride Kissing Bridge this Friday January 15th 2016 from 4pm – 1am for only $8.00.

Whether your making this a cheep date or just another great night out, this LNGN is here to kick the 2016 season off right.

Tickets available only at Phatman!

The Art & Debate of Snowboard Boot Fitting

Snowboard boots. How are they supposed to fit? Which boots are right for you? Why do mine continually smell like the inside of tuna can left out in the baking sun? These are questions that have plagued the Snowboarding industry and consumers alike for years. Fortunately for you, we decided to get off our lazy asses and write a scientifically-backed (not really), professional (debatable), and quick (also, debatable) guide to how your snowboard boots should fit and why buying boots online is the devil.

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First let’s talk about the Fit of the Boot:

  • Yes, when you first put on a fresh, out-of-the-box snowboard boot, it will be tighter than security for the Pope’s visit in NYC. Don’t think that they don’t fit. They’re brand new and they have yet to be broken in.
  • Your toes should be grazing the top of the boot but not crunching. If you think you need the half inch rule here, get out. Having someone try to feel the top of your boot to find your toes is like trying to find water in the Sahara. It’s nearly impossible. You are the only person who knows where your toes are.
  • Your heel should be sitting nice and proper in the back of the boot; especially when you lean forward. Any heel lift is a big red flag for an improper fitting boot. Just make sure you have laced up or tightened up the boot before you go ahead and start leaning forward.
  • Socks. No, those nice Banana Republic dress socks aren’t what you are going to be wearing when you go out on the mountain. You’ll be wearing a medium weight acrylic or wool sock, possibly a compression sock that will fill out the boot more.

What kind of Snowboarder are you:

  • What kind of Snowboarder you are and how often you go will determine the kind of boots you should get. Are you a park rat? Are you an all-mountain rider, slaying groomers and hitting park on the way down? Are you new to Snowboarding? Are you an OG who still has one of the first Sims boards?
  • If you’re going to be riding 10+ times during the season, you’re going to want to invest a little more cash into your boots for the sake of durability. Considering the national average of how many times the typical US citizen goes snowboarding is like 4.5 (don’t quote us).
  • Let’s say you’re new to snowboarding or a park rat that doesn’t go all mountain, you’re going to want a boot on the softer flex side. It’s comfortable, tweakable, and quick to break in. Like a Kardashian.
  • Going all mountain, big jumps or backcountry? Something stiffer is in your future. A stiffer boot gives better response, support, and durability throughout a season. It may take longer to break in the pair of boots but they’ll last you the 10-50 times you’ll go from mind-numbingly helping your little cousin on the bunny hill to the pristine, powdered covered Wasatch Mountain Range of Utah.
  • Seasoned vet like a vintage Bordeaux? Depends if you’re casually ripping or going full steam ahead on the mountain. Comfort is going to be your number one priority. Lean on the side of stiffer for better response though. Chances are, the benefits will outweigh the time it takes to break in.

Lacing or Boa? Jam or Jelly? Mimosa or Bloody Mary?

  • Life hands us decisions on a regular basis and it all depends on personal style, preference, and attitude that influence our choices.
  • Lacing? Traditional as lukewarm hot dogs and flat beer at a Bills game. You can get a customized fit with laces with a tighter upper, looser lower or tight all around. Downside of laces, if it’s below freezing out, can be rough on those soft hands of yours and you may have to re-lace during the middle of the day. However, most snowboarders prefer lacing. Who doesn’t enjoy tradition?
  • Welcome to the world of Boa and Zonal Lacing. Convenient, easy-to-use and can be done wearing gloves, mittens, and those yellow cleaning gloves your mom uses to clean the bathroom and kitchen. The fast tightening systems of Boa and Zonal Lacing gives you an all around snug fit without the ability to customize (unless its Zonal, which means forget what we just wrote). Negatives? Boa steel lacing can break in frigid weather but fortunately this issue has been researched and developed by companies like Burton, who have partnered with New England Ropes, so that any below freezing weather does not affect the Boa lacing system. Sidenote* – do not sit with your board on top of your boot because the edge can cut into both laces and the boa lacing system.
  • Boa system with lacing? Take both descriptions above and combine them. Customization with convenience.

Liners

  • Stock, Moldable and Heat Moldable.
    • Pretty straight forward. Stock is padding that will conform to your foot over a period of time.
    • Moldable liners offer better materials but an increase in price. Constructed to mold to your foot like your favorite pair of Levi’s that fit to you perfectly after that Phish concert tour you decided to follow around the country without bathing. Get a job hippie.
    • Heat Moldable. The Rolls Royce of foot liners. Comes with a complementary bottle of Rémy Martin..if only. But seriously, heat molding offers the best custom fit and there’s no doubt about that. Just be prepared to devote some of your rent money to paying for those kind of boots.

And now we come to the most debated topic within Snowboard Boots, Sizing. You might as well call CNN, get a stage, some podiums, and a moderator because this may need political backing. Do you go true-to-size? What about half-size smaller?.. “I have wide feet so I need extra big boots..”. Our professional, scientifically-proven response below will answer all your past, present, and future questions about Snowboard Boot sizing. No, shhh, we know exactly what we’re doing.

  • Traditionally, go a half size smaller. “But..but, they hurt my feet!” Yes they might but did you think Snowboard boots are going to feel and fit like slippers made of puppy ears? I hope not. Snowboard boots break in and pack out. This means that over time they will become roomier and ultimately be the perfect size you need.
  • If you decide, god forbid, to go your actual shoe size or bigger, you will end up with a clown shoe that gives you less response and heel lift, which may or may not lead you to falling on your face. Does this sound like ‘fun’ or ‘happy’ time for you?
  • Companies manufacture a variety of boots that have different fits. It’s called capitalism and it’s what Adam Smith pioneered, what this country, and most of the Western world depends upon for economic growth. Don’t like it? Take you and your Commie ass to Russia , North Korea or Cuba.
    • On a serious note, boots will fit differently depending on the company that makes them so open up yourself to a variety of sizes that may fit you. You may be a 10 in a pair of ThirtyTwo’s but a 10.5 in a pair of Burton’s.
  • Also, boots have different profiles. Some are low and more park or urban oriented like the Maven from ThirtyTwo or are aggressive and meant for big mountain riding like the Burton Driver X or Salomon Synapse. You have to account for this when trying boots on and what kind of board you have as well.
  • Low profile can mean a more narrow board. Conversely, a bigger, sturdier boot may mean a wider board.
  • If you got some Shaq-sized feet, you may need to look around for a boot that will fit but don’t worry, here at Phatman, we cater to all sized people. Just be aware you’ll need a wider board.

Some ending notes you should take into consideration.

  • Boots are the most important part of your setup. If you have shit boots, you’ll have a shitty day. Easy as that. Sure price is a concern for many people but really take the time to get a great fitting and comfortable boot that you know you’ll enjoy for multiple seasons.
  • DO NOT BUY A BIGGER SIZED BOOT.
  • Boots are like cars, some may look cooler than others but it comes down to the driver of the car. Get it? Buy on size and fit, not just on colors or how great it will match with the rest of your set up. If it happens to match, wonderful, if not, so what. That’s why snowboarding pants were created so they cover the boot and keep snow out.
  • Don’t buy online. You can’t actually try a boot on over the internet. Technology isn’t quite there yet and even if you did, your credit card number will be snatched up faster than your girlfriend at the Ultra Music Festival in Ibiza. Those spaniards know how to swoon a woman…But in all seriousness, buying online hurts local businesses (aka us), doesn’t give you the customer service you deserve, and may lead to a difficult return policy.
  • Oh yeah, don’t showroom us either. We know that game.

Any questions or concerns? Contact us or call the shop at 716-837-8743.

Disagree or have a complaint? You can fill out our complaint form below.

PS – If you mention you read this article while you are shopping for boots at the shop, we’ll give you 10% off.

 

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SHOP SMALL TODAY

We are proud to be a small business. We are proud to be family owned and operated. Snowboarding and Skateboarding aren’t the biggest money making industries. I know that, you know that, we all know that unless you have a sponsorship from some huge multinational corporation with deep pockets. But money isn’t the reason we put in the hours to push snowboarding and skateboarding, and as cliché as it is, we do it because we enjoy it. And no, this isn’t some big sob story about how tough it is running a small business or anything like that, most of you are aware of how tough it is because you most likely work for a local or small company. So you know how appreciative local businesses are when they get new or returning customers.

Small Business Saturday is a day for us, for you, and for the 28 million other small business across America. Think small, shop local, and stick it to the man today. Cheers.EmailHeader1

Winter Necessities

Below you’ll find a nice flyer showcasing some of our new products…PS – there’s some coupons in there too.

Phatman Necesities

Mucho Jib Jam Update

Don’t forget, this Saturday over at Kissing Bridge! Figure out your carpool, borrow your neighbor’s construction helmet if you have to, and get down to KB before 11:30 AM to sign up.

Our sponsors this year include Smith, Pret, Red Bull and East Coast Wax. Prizes and products will be handed out so nobody will go home empty-handed. See you goons there.
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