Gilson Snowboard Review- Fly Model

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“If you can get your hands on this piece of craftsmanship, don’t miss out on your opportunity to FLY”- Gilson.

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I literally couldn’t wait to tell you all about the fly Gilson but with one thing or another, I am only just getting round to it. However, it’s still available online and looks like it’s now a firm member of the Gilson family! Again, no one has asked me to make this little review but when a product is this good, you simply have to shout it from the rooftops. I have ridden many boards over the years BUT without any shadow of a doubt, the Fly model is my spirit board.

 “Champagne is not for everyone, but that’s a good thing – untouched lines are a luxury that should be cherished with the right equipment. With a 3D base, the FLY pairs massive lift with a submerging swallow tail that allows you to surf the snow at speed”- Never a truer word was spoken Gilson!

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I won’t lie to y’all, you deserve better, I was so nervous to ride the Fly. It’s 156cm which is basically my height. I have never ridden a board like the Fly before, I have mainly ridden all mountain or directionals but I knew it needed to try a board like this to experience the lift, the speed and the movability in the freeride.  Sadly, the conditions just didn’t seem right and I didn’t get the chance to take the board out until MARCH! But as sad as it is that the real incredible powder didn’t arrive until the end of the season, that first ride with the board. . . . man, it was something else.

I strapped in and pointed the nose down the hill, (only on the piste, taking the track to the forest that we were heading to that day for filming, there was powder on the piste). This feeling was total euphoria. The board gains so much speed and floats along the surface. There is only one way to describe the way it rides. . . .  It’s surfing. The board handles like a surfboard as well, especially when you head to the side of the piste and ride up a bank and turn sharply just like riding a wave. I was beaming from ear to ear with the geekiest looking smile. I knew then I had basically found my new bestie.

When we arrived at the forest, it was one of those days like only dreams can make, a metre or so of fresh fall, still snowing, cold and crispy and the snow was light and dry. Ideal for big sweeping turns and meandering through the tree cover. That day was one of many I had in the last 2 months of the season, blissfully accompanied by the best board I have even ridden.

Did anyone else drool a little, it’s okay if you did, I did. The craftsmanship, love, care and attention that went into this board is noticeable in all conditions. The

The craftsmanship, love, care and attention that went into this board is noticeable in all conditions. The pow channel gives you lift control and the tail helps with glide but when it comes to more hard pack conditions or on the piste, no corners have been cut. The edges dig sharply into the piste, delivering a smooth turn and the nose allows for incredible directional riding. Honestly, guys, a real dream! Get your little mittens on it before the rest of the world discover it.

For more info, get in touch with me and I can send images or answer any of your questions!  DM me on IG @angelicasykesuk

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Vaude Product Review

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Featured image cred to the very talented @Mirtewashere on IG!

“As a modern family-run company and Europe’s environmentally friendly outdoor supplier, VAUDE takes its social and environmental responsibility very seriously. We breathe life into this maxim in all three of our business segments: Mountain Sports, Bike Sports and Packs ‘n Bags”- Vaude.

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My photos are pretty recognisable, that bright blue jacket makes it very hard to blend in but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Vaude have kitted me out for 2 seasons now and I certainly hope the relationship continues for so many reasons. When looking at collaborations I want to work with brands that match my philosophies in life, we have a kindred link for what we stand for. Vaude is just that, a brand with integrity and one that has seen me some extreme conditions, the products continue to impress me. So I wanted to write a quick product review from the “Boe” range which is a permanent collection.

The Boe Jacket

The Boe jacket is now part of my backcountry uniform. The jacket has all the basic principles one would want from a great shell. It’s lightweight and breathable, windproof and waterproof not to mention a strong and durable fabric. The fabric has a certain amount of stretch that makes the jacket like a second skin. It moves with you and allows for full freedom when riding. The hood fits over my helmet so when hiking against the elements, it keeps the heat in and protects my chin and ears!  My only issue with the jacket it’s  “Euro fit”. Snowboarders will know what I mean, the jacket is slim fit and comes up a little short. I always wear 2 sizes bigger to make it a little baggier but I would LOVE another 3 or 4 inches in length, just to cover my peach! One of the most exciting features is the “Green Shape” trademark which means it’s, “function environmentally-friendly products made from sustainable materials. They are manufactured under fair working conditions along the entire supply chain.” Highly recommended product, coming in a variety of irresistible colours! SHOP NOW!

The Boe Pants

The Boe pants are made for women who love to push their limits! Whether you are touring, tearing it up in the powder or simply enjoying a piste shred. Robust and reliable these sallies are awesome. No matter how many falls, tomahawks and general wear and tear the pants came in contact with, they still kept me at the perfect temperature whatever the adventure. They fit perfectly over ski and snowboard boots, they are slightly higher ride as well, which makes them very comfy. Overall the trousers are great, If I could change one thing I would make them more slim fit (still space to go over your boots), this would make them more flattering than the straight up and down style which is terrible for shorties like me! SHOP NOW

Be sure to keep an eye on their website as their AW 17/18 collection will be launching later in the summer.

 

 

 

Freeride World Tour Calendar Announced! A celebration of 2 fallen athletes.

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OH IT’S ON! BIG TIME!

The calendar is out, it has been unveiled and now the athletes can big their rigorous training regime to ensure they can pip the others to the post and WIN the champions freeride comp.

This year, more so than ever, the FWT team should use every comp stop as a chance to celebrate the lives of the 2 incredible riders that we lost this year, Estelle Balet and Matilda Rapaport. The Freeride World Tour and the Freeride World Qualifiers- that I am a part of are, in their essence, an insanely awesome competition series to be a part of. There is, generally speaking, a lot of LOVE, FRIENDSHIP and GENUINE SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS FOR THE SUCCESS OF OTHER PARTICIPANTS. That is another reason why the freeride world is separate to that of the freestyle. The vibes are great and seen as we a small but buzzing industry, we are about the celebration of this progressive and demanding sport which is FREEride. Estelle and Matilda would want everyone in the FWT and FWQ to continue, with a sense of mindfulness and a new understanding for the elements. These ladies were pioneers and continued to push females in the sport, even to their last days. That is why, this year, let us rejoice that we ever had the honor, the pleasure and the experience of having met or ridden with this incredible women.

So the set up is as followers:

HAMONIX-MONT-BLANC, FRANCE
28.01.2017

VALLNORD-ARCALÍS, ANDORRA
11.02.2017

FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA04.03.2017

HAINES, ALASKA, USA17.03.2017

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND01.04.2017

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the updates when they come in! Then when the dates come along, as I can assure you they will quickly, the summer is already escaping us which is crazzaaayyyyy! before we know it, we will be tuning in to watch the FWT athletes show the world why they are some of the most ore inspiring athletes in the world.

https://www.instagram.com/freerideworldtour/

https://www.facebook.com/FreerideWorldTour

https://twitter.com/FreerideWTour

https://www.youtube.com/user/FreerideWorldTourTV

 

FATMAP- Make The Switch

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FATMAP- Make The Switch. Have you made it yet?

This little edit shows you are easy and fast it is to use FATMAP. Available to download via smart phone and android, you can start exploring as soon as you are ready, the app will be there for your journey.

Let’s face it, you are going to look sooo much cooler showing your mates all the information available on the app instead of faffing around with a paper map. You don’t even have to tell them that you found the weather and avalanche info from FATMAP, or that you know the best shortcut to get to the apres spot, let them think you have a head full of info!

Check out this edit, It’s going to tell you everything you need to know and why you should “Make The Switch”.

#ThrowBackThursday-FATMAP Launch Edit

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It’s time for  “Throw Back Thursday”! I am thinking back to the awesome time I spent in Verbier, filming with the FATMAP squad. Not only is everyone who works for that company- the nicest group of people but the app has revolutionized the way I ride. The app allows you to plot your progress, check your lines and discover the mountain through new eyes. Chilling on the mountain with this guys was a real pleasure.

Check out the final edit here. . . .

 

Follow them on social media and find out how Fatmap can make your next day on the mountain simply amazing, regardless of your level!

https://www.facebook.com/fatmapski

https://twitter.com/fatmapski

https://www.instagram.com/fatmapski/

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