Phatman phamily sweeping the men’s division at the banked slalom. Congrats team!
Whatever your needs or wants, chances are we can serve them.
We’re serving up Thirty Two, Vans, Salomon, Rome, Burton boots and bindings. Jones, Yes, Salomon, Rome, Capita, Lib Tech boards. Shall I go on? Because I can. Ladies, men and children. Come one, come all.
For the full thing, you’ll have to come into the shop and see for yourself. Call us for details, prices, general inquiries.
From everyone at the shop including shop dawgs Ollie and Skadie, Happy Holidays! We’re excited to be entering 2017 with a calendar full of events, new products, and even more charisma than Sean Connery in a James Bond film.
January 13th and 17th will be the Late Night Great Nights over at Kissing Bridge, so mark your calendars and skip that 3rd dinner date that you thought you were going to get some action on because on Late Night Great Night, everybody gets some action.
LNGN Tickets will be $10. I know, it went up $2 from last year but hey, times are tough and sometimes you gotta bite the bullet. Even if that means you can’t get an XL coffee from Tim Horton’s and you got to stick to the Medium.
Details to come. Stay patient and get out there. Lake effect this year has been a blessing. Happy New Years. Drink prosecco, not champagne, it’s cheaper and tastes almost the same.
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa come early.
That’s right. The ThirtyTwo goods are in. From boots to pants to jackets to hats. And also socks. A lot of socks.
Socks for both men and women, because everybody’s equal. Don’t let someone try to tell you otherwise.
Check out some of the ThirtyTwo boots we have in stock below. Everything from the Exit to the TMTwo to the Binary Boa. Whatever your needs or wants, chances are we can serve them. You want stiff and supportive? TMTwo. You want something to use in the park? Lashed. Beginner or on a budget? Exit.
A nice, full view of the entire men’s collection of ThirtyTwo Boots. Don’t worry ladies, your pictures are on the way.
And for the first time ever, maybe not the first time, but the first time in a long time, we are posting pictures of the available outerwear. Whether it’s an insulated jacket or something lighter for the beginning or ending of the season.
There ya go. A nice preview of our 2016-2017 ThirtyTwo Boot and Outerwear line. For the full thing, you’ll have to come into the shop and see for yourself. Call us for details, prices, general inquiries. Sorry the photos aren’t professional but let’s face it, an iPhone 6 Plus is just as professional as a Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Not really, but we can’t afford those kind of cameras.
Buying a new snowboard jacket is like buying a new car. You want durability, dependability, a luxurious interior that keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the heat (why would you be wearing a snowboard jacket in summer? High Cascade Summer Camp? Oh, nevermind…continue), and the best bang for your buck.
However, it’s not always the easiest considering there’s a thousand different terms thrown around for the technologies involved in creating a snowboard jacket. Gore-Tex, DryRide, 10K, 15K, 20K…sure, it sounds appealing and attractive, but what does it mean and why do you need it?
You need it like a bear needs honey, like Kim Kardashian needs Instagram, and how I need my student loans to be forgiven.
But let’s break it down like this: Materials, Features, Accessories, and Jacket Fit.
Snowboard Jacket Materials:
You have about 4 basic materials that are the major components of a snowboard jacket. They are Polyester, Nylon, Gore-Tex, and Microfibers.
Polyester is like Lou Ferrigno. Strong, doesn’t shrink or stretch too much, dries fairly quickly, and has no interest in smelling like trash. This is why it’s such a great material for snowboard jackets. When wound up tightly, polyester becomes resistant against water and even more durable. Combine that with an applicable steroid (not really, it’s actually called Durable Water Repellant) and this DWR enhances the strength and waterproof characteristics of polyester. Think of DWR as the legal steroids for polyester.
Polyester also comes in different weights or densities. Now, to get any idea of these ratings, we’d have to discuss breathability/waterproofing grades. This is where the whole factory assigned 10K, 15K, 20K ratings etc…come into play. But that’s for later. Keep reading. Reading is good.
You know The Mountain from Game of Thrones? Yes, No? If you don’t, look him up. A physical freak of a human being. Why is he being brought up? Because he is insanely strong. Like crush your head with one of his hands strong. Bending steel strong. Tearing encyclopedias in half strong. Okay, you get the idea. Very strong. But so is Nylon.
Nylon absorbs very little moisture, washes easily, and can be dyed into a variety of colors. No wonder why it found its way into the manufacturing of snowboard jackets. Like polyester, nylon needs just a little bit of love before being sent into the world. That’s why a nice coating of some chemical cocktail (the non-toxic kinds) are applied to nylon to increase its protectiveness.
Much like the measurement system of aforementioned polyester, you’ll have to rely on the factory or company to provide the specifics of the jacket. After reading this though, you’ll be able to decipher their meaning and make the appropriate purchase in your choice of jacket.
One of the snowboarding’s most popular words. Gore-Tex. Not to be confused with Tex-Mex (which is delicious, Frito Pie, are you kidding me? It’s like the all-star of Tex-Mex food), is a scientifically developed technology that is used from the medical industry all the way to snowboarding. If you can, try to imagine a hole that is 20 thousand times smaller than a bead of water. Difficult to do, I know. But with this kind of technology, sweat and body moisture are small enough to get through these pores and keep you nice and dry while its dumping outside.
This part is extremely scientific. So Gore-Tex tissue is applied to our friends nylon or polyester to create a shield that becomes the outer surface of your snowboard jacket. It becomes outstandingly resistant to snow, chilling rain, frostbite-inducing winds, and the month of February in Buffalo when it’s pants-shitting cold outside.
Gore-Tex. Savior of extremities, limbs, and lives. Provider of fun times in pow days, excursions, and backcountry debauchery.
Microfibers are essentially the finer fibers of nylon or polyester that are used in creating shell jackets. The fine fibers are spun very tightly to create high performing, durable like your ’95 Chevy Cavalier, and light as a feather outerwear. Great for resisting wind and water, microfibers are found in top of the line jackets. I’m talking the Cadillacs, Jaguars, and Maseratis of snowboard jackets here people. The most high-tech and protective jackets are made with microfibers. You got the budget? Highly recommend jackets made with microfibers.
You could layer it up all you want this season or you could work hard (like an adult), save some cash (like an adult), budget yourself (like an adult), and then purchase a jacket made with microfibers and be proud of all your hard work. Capitalism…it’s rewarding.
Snowboard Jacket Features
Okay, so this is the section where we’ll give you the nitty gritty on those ever elusive ratings that companies provide you on the tags that are attached to snowboard jackets.
The main two features of a snowboard jacket are water-resistance (waterproof) and breathability. You want a jacket that can keep you dry but you don’t want one that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the Shu (Solitary Confinement, for you folks who aren’t familiar with prison terms) in the middle of July in Alabama.
You wan’t the best of both worlds. Insulated is a plus as well if you happen to live in an area where winters are especially cold. Like Minnesota. Or the Yukon. Or Alaska. Or your ex-girlfriend’s heart.
Moving forward, jacket manufacturers will usually apply a nice, loving coating to the nylon or polyester fabric of your future coat to increase its waterproofness. Gore-Tex? Not so much. It’s already got those high level waterproof genes.
So why do companies give out ratings and what do they mean? 10,000mm means that the jacket can withstand around 10,000 millimeters of rain over a 24-hour period before becoming wet or soaked.
So this means that a 20k (20,000 millimeters) jacket is more waterproof than one at 15k or 10k. Furthermore, just to give you an idea of what 20,000 millimeters of rain would look like…it’s 66 feet of rain. Which I don’t think could even physically occur. If I’m wrong, please enlighten me and comment on this, Howard Hughes.
Breathability. You want it. You need it. Do you want to look like you just ran a half-marathon in the steamy Congolese forest? No, because nobody finds that attractive or functional.
Breathability ratings are those other thousand number ratings you’ll find beside the waterproof numbers. Except, breathability is measured in grams. So take 15,000g, which means 15,000 grams of vapor or steam that can escape through one square meter of fabric over the course of 24 hours. Gotta love that 24 hour rule.
Now this will get even more scientific than you want but you took earth science right? Remember the hydrologic cycle? The journey that water takes from the ocean or land to the sky and then back down to the ocean. Image that going on inside your snowboard jacket but with your sweat. Your sweat goes through the gaseous phase of turning into water vapor and magically passing through the pores of the jacket into the air around you, essentially covering everyone around you with your stank.
Science is fucking great. But to the point, the higher the number of breathability rating the less humid you will be inside your jacket. The less humid you are, the less hot and sweaty you feel, the less hot and sweaty you feel, the more likely you’ll have the courage to try that backside lip 270 out or just talk to the girl whose been struggling to learn how to carve all day. Your choice.
Wind makes you cold. The weaving of materials and fabrics stupidly tight prevents this. Most jackets should cover you when it’s windy but make sure you’re not picking up some $60 jacket at Target and thinking it’ll cover your ass when it’s blowing harder than Monica Lewinsky in ’96.
Snowboard Jacket Accessories
Accessories, like anything else, are completely necessary. Snowboard jackets usually come with a thousand of ’em. From pass pockets and cuffs to powder skirts and armpit vents. Every jacket is going to have some combination of neat accessories or features that set it apart from its competitor.
Going back to the car analogy because I lack creativity to think of anything new, some cars offer more bells and whistles than others. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Want a ton of utility pockets and vents because you’re the go-to on mountain mechanic/buddha supplier?
Do you happen to find yourself eating shit more than others? Reinforced knees/seat in the pants are the way to go.
Only live for those powder days? Get yourself a jacket with a powder skirt, gaiters and cinch cuffs.
One thing that should be noted, especially if you’re a park rat and always feeling the need to pretzel, butter or tripod out of or onto everything…make sure you try to get a jacket with articulated elbows or pants with articulated knees. It gives you a little bit more wiggle room so you don’t feel constricted like I do at a cash bar wedding reception.
Snowboard Jacket Fit
How a jacket fits is a combination of your size and your style. Don’t think being 6’4″ and 225lbs, you’re going to fit into a medium or large. They make XL for a reason. Don’t be an idiot.
However, even if you are exceptionally large or small, there are different jacket styles. From baggy to tailored. A slim fit versus a relaxed one. It all depends on how you want to portray yourself on the mountain. Some think that having relaxed and baggy outerwear gets in the way and that’s why the slimmer, more tailored option may be your choice.
Conversely, some folks think the slimmer looking outerwear hugs the babymakers too much and makes you look like Tommy Lee in his prime.
You dress how you want to. I’m no judge; neither are any of us at the shop. Personally, do what makes you feel comfortable. You want to go all black with the tight jacket and pants? Go for it. You think relaxed is the way to go? Sure thing. I don’t care. But what I, and all of us here at the shop do care about, is that you like what you’re buying and it’s what you want in a jacket or pants.
WHY SO EXPENSIVE?
Ah the question you’ve been mindlessly skimming this whole blog for. I know, snowboard jackets seem crazy expensive and believe me, they are. But they are for a reason.
Severe weather needs a severely dependable jacket to keep you warm and dry. Ever been cold and wet? It’s fucking miserable. No one, absolutely no one, enjoys it. However, that’s what you might get if you decide to skip for some cheaply manufactured jacket. Bad jacket = Bad times.
Like we mentioned above, snowboard jackets offer a ton of technology and materials that are specifically engineered and design to keep you having fun all day or night long. If you want a jacket that can connect digitally via Bluetooth to your phone and has fully tapered seams with pit/thigh vents, multiple stash pockets and a powder skirt…expect to pay top dollar. You want the bells and whistles? You gotta pay for ’em. Life is a hustle, son.
Sure you can get the used 2002 Pontiac that will get you from point A to point B, but then there’s the new fuel efficient, wireless enhanced, weatherproof, comes with a free bottle of Courvoisier 2016 Audi.
It all depends on what you want…yet at some point, you have to realize that you will be spending 3-6 hours out in freezing weather sweating and moving around. Make a smart decision.
Invest in a good time. Not a bad one.
Furthermore, layering is also important. Don’t believe the jacket will be the only thing you’ll need.
DON’T BUY ONLINE
Sure, we’re a local shop and online sales cut into our business but we’re saying this because actually trying on a jacket in-store is monumentally significant in the buying process. You can’t try on a jacket online. Sure, you could do all the measurements and compare them to the online sizing guide but who actually does that shit?
When you get a snowboard jacket from us, you get the expert advice and information that you would come to expect from a bunch of guys who save up half their income, eat dollar pizza, and drink cheap beer in order to purchase a season pass.
Along with getting the highest level of customer service, you get personal style recommendations, a wide selection of brands, and get to speak with someone who shares the same interest as you. Not some online representative sitting behind a desk hating their life and regretting their decision not to pack everything up, move to Tahoe, and try to see where life takes them.
Okay, that’s the end of that. We miss anything? If we did. Comment or Call us. 716-837-8743. We’ll see you soon. Cheers
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 while Snowboarding
- Snowboarding till 1 in the morning
- Staying up past bedtimes
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.
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.
Park City UT
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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PS – If you mention you read this article while you are shopping for boots at the shop, we’ll give you 10% off.
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.