What’s up everyone and how are we doing today!? Mountains are opening left and right and WINTER IS HERE so you can say we are preehhttaaaayy pumped! Come find us at Killington today rippin’ around and say hi! Big shoutout to everyone who came through for the Boston Snow Show this past weekend, we had a blast and are already counting down the days till next year.
Since winter is here and it’s time to shred the gnar we’re talkin’ bamboo this week. We’re talkin’ bamboo because it is one badass material and … oh, what do you know… our boards are taking full advantage of it. We choose bamboo for a lot reasons ranging from mechanical properties to how it can also help the environment. Let’s get into it.
As far as natural materials go, bamboo is among one of the most sturdy, durable, and unique things you can grow in the ground almost anywhere, and then throw into a snowboard as sidewalls or even in the core. Compared to most wood, bamboo grows in such a way that it doesn’t produce knots or imperfections of that nature which can jeopardize structural integrity. This means there’s more usable material that can withstand stress, creating less waste and a stronger product. Bamboo is also composed of dense fibers that allow it to engage in all sorts of flexibility while retaining its original form and properties. Being a different fiber than wood, bamboo fiber also contains chemicals that allow it to bond better with adhesives, resulting in strong bonds between materials throughout the snowboard and peace of mind on the mountain.
Compared to conventional timbers, harvesting bamboo is also a lot more environmentally sound. Bamboo is considered one of the fastest growing plants in the world and the same stalk can be harvested every three years. You don’t even have to destroy the whole plant and start all over, which is super beneficial for soil erosion prevention in our natural habitats. Conventional timbers can take 30-50 years to be harvested and those root systems.. Well, let me tell you, they can’t regrow after being harvested. And the soil, it’s a sad story for the soil as well.
With that said, go check out the all powerful bamboo in our boards and experience the magic this plant contains first hand. Feel the environment turning greener around you and understand why we go the eco friendly way to create the most durable deck with the most natural recipe.