Thursday, March 2, 2006

Snowboard: Malolo-lo-lola

Malolo 158cm snowboard, Ducati M bindings, Hail 8 boots; all BurtonAfter 21 years of renting and demoing, I now own a snowboard. I pulled the trigger on the Malolo 158. I wanted Mission bindings with the Capstrap over your toes, but Tahoe Dave's in Tahoe City had a "Ducati" model binding that's identical except bright red with dopey motorcycle logos. I didn't want the flash but it had a bigger discount. When renting I've been in Progression boots, but stepped up to the Hail with Superfeet footbeds. All on 20% sale plus I got a refund for my last demo rental, for $666 pre-tax.

The grapevine said "John" was the go-to guy for boot fitting, but "Adam Frey" did a superlative job, putting me on footbeds so I could drop a half size (custom cork to come later), showing me the lace-up sequence for best fit, adjusting the high-backs and toe straps for my forward stance, explaining all the binding adjustments, and correcting my doofus-osity. Highly recommended!

I would hate to be Burton's competitor right now; their range is so vast and generally high-quality that I didn't even bother going elsewhere for board and bindings. I did try Vans and ThirtyTwo boots but they didn't work as well for my feet.

And today's riding was just wonderful, though that was probably the deep powder snow as much as the equipment.

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  • YES!

    that looks awesome

    By Noel Howard, at March 10, 2006 1:42 PM  

  • (noel creates blogger account, leave LJ for good)

    By NJH, at March 15, 2006 10:22 PM  

  • Funny, I just created a dummy LiveJournal account skierpage.livejournal.com/ so I could leave comments on someone else's LiveJournal. But I think I'll keep my blog on Blogger.

    BTW, Blogger took 6 days to notify me that someone commented on my blog :-(

    Like I said in an earlier post, snowboarding is officially definitely uncool now :-)

    By skierpage, at March 17, 2006 1:45 AM  

  • been on the malolo everyday since I got mine, only board i ride now. with all the powder in tahoe will probably get even more days...just to let you know in sactown everythings half off,check the site for the burton malolo snowboard
    cheers, erik

    By l_e_, at April 11, 2006 12:37 PM  

  • Glad you like it, wow that's cheap but their Web site is sold out of the Malolo.

    The Sports Basement also had snowboards on good deals, I almost bought a Clash there but most of the time I'm happy to ride on the Malolo shape.

    By skierpage, at April 18, 2006 7:04 PM  

  • If you primarily ski and are interested in carving a snowboard, you'd be better suited by ditching the mass-produced-in-China Burton crap and focus on alpine snowboarding. The boots fit better, the bindings are metal and not plastic or nylon and the boards hold an edge far better. I too own a Custom and I agree that they have no edge hold. The Tahoe carvers have a website and there are great alpine focused shops in the Tahoe area. I just purchased a Donek Incline for general freeriding and, once I examined the board and checked out the stiffness and torsional rigidity, I felt truly stupid for ever wasting my money on a Burton, and I have 2-a Custom and a Series 13 Feelgood ES
    Just my 2 cents
    Skatha on bomberonline.com

    By Anonymous, at May 20, 2006 7:52 AM  

  • Skatha, thanks.

    I would love to try an alpine setup! Some Squaw Valley instructors I respect are on F2 with CATEKs. But it's impossible to rent, it seems you have to take the plunge and order one. And if it took me 20 years to figure out a decent snowboard, I'll never get the stiffness, cant angles, placement, etc. dialed in on an Alpine.

    Thanks for the bomberonline reference. The pictures are amazing, I look like that for 0.1 s as I'm crashing!

    And beyond an alpine carving board, there's the monohull and monoski setups to try. It never ends.

    BTW, the Malolo claims to be made like me in Canada ("With all their hockey hullabaloo, and that b***h Ann Murray too. Blame Canada! :-)

    By skierpage, at May 20, 2006 5:30 PM  

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