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 Post subject: Pics from SIA 2009
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:41 am 
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I headed out to the big SIA show in Vegas last week to talk about splitboarding and network for the site. My main goal was to speak with some specific companies and spread the word on splitting. Overall it went really well. I took some pics of gear too but that wasn't my main goal.

The drive to the city was uneventful and easy.
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To my surprise, SFO airport had some decent eats.
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To the air we go. A 9 hour drive is reduced to 1 hr 10 mins.
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The Eastern Sierras and Mono Lake in the distance.
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Somewhere near Bishop.
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Touching down at LAS.
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The Mandalay Bay and Luxor.
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Klem, Will, and Lisa hanging out with Elvis.
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Whisky and doughnuts before heading to Thai for dinner.
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The next morning before heading into the show Will showed me his modded Rome boots with Vibram soles.
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At the Burton booth I talked with an old contact, made a couple new ones, and Dave Downing. The S-Series remains in the line with new colors being the only change.
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Over at Lib it's all about the bananas. Mike Olson and co sport the banana suits too.
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Free design-your-own iron on shirts. I had to get one for my son Skyler.
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Not my cup of tea but if you're into the Flow style bindings, Lib has one coming.
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Volcom had the hillbilly theme going.
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The view from the SASS (http://www.sasnowsessions.com/) suite.
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Dinner time.
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The next morning we confronted the Luxor pharaoh before we headed to the show.
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The Venture booth with Sparks in the house.
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Spark's new Dynafit adapters.
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BCA has an ABS pack coming out with an easy to fill air cartridge and lower price tag. See Steve Romeo's blog for more. http://www.tetonat
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They also have a shove/probe combo that allows the shovel to stay in tact while getting access to the probe.
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A third antenna has been added for the Tracker 2.
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Dinner at the Pink Taco is next. No not a strip club but a reasonably priced mexi restaurant in the Hard Rock.
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The next day I found the Atomic split and got to convert it in person.
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Venture splitty getting some love at the Patagonia booth.
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The new Hawk-eye goggle from Anon with a larger field of vision than their Realm model.
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A backcountry yurt on display full of all the backcountry gear you could imagine.
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No change to the BD Outlaw pack. The Covert gets a new helmet holder.
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There was probably more I could have taken pics of but like I said that wasn't my main goal for the trip.

Special thanks to Klem and Lisa from Venture (great to meet you) and Will from Spark for their advice and hospitality! :thatrocks:


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 Post subject: Re: Pics from SIA 2009
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:53 pm 
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What did you think of the Atomic?..yay or nay

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 Post subject: Re: Pics from SIA 2009
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:32 pm 
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was Johnny A at the Backcountry yurt?

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 Post subject: Re: Pics from SIA 2009
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:33 pm 
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D-GREEN,
Its hard to be totally objective without riding one. Converting the board isn't difficult but its not as easy as Voile. The lack of a tip clip seems like it should be addressed.

MONTUCKY,
I'm not familiar with Johnny A?


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 Post subject: Re: Pics from SIA 2009
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:51 am 
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what was the other color for the s-series? white with red base?


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 Post subject: Re: Pics from SIA 2009
PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:01 am 
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Nice BCR, looks like fun.

Did you have any observations, complaints, other thoughts about the Atomic setup?

Did you have another reason for flying out of SFO instead of SAC?


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 Post subject: Re: Pics from SIA 2009
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Cool pics. Looks like a fun show.

I saw an Atomic split at Darkside in Golden, BC on the weekend. Frickin cool, but somewhat finicky. No doubt better performance, but at the price of a little more difficult to change over.


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 Post subject: Re: Pics from SIA 2009
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:47 pm 
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ltdanp21 wrote:
what was the other color for the s-series? white with red base?


They only had the 162 out (white top/green base). Not sure on the 168, sorry.

Schralp,
No real addition thoughts on the Atomic. See some of the Atomic threads for my original thoughts. SFO was 1/2 as much to fly out of than SAC. Gas and parking added a few but it was still cheaper and the drive was easy.

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"better performance"? How do you figure?


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 Post subject: Re: Pics from SIA 2009
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:59 pm 
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Looked like a stiffer connection, especially the mid clips.


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