My Experience Demo-ing a Board from the Boardinghouse
Feb 08 '11
Purchasing new gear can be a daunting experience because no one wants to drop hundreds of dollars to take a piece of equipment out on the snow and discover it doesnâ€™t work for them.
Iâ€™m in the market for some new gear and have had my eye on Magna-traction technology. Essential board component or hog wash? I wanted to know for sure before buying. I decided that trying a demo from the Boardinghouse, here in the Heavenly Village, was the best possible solution!
Demos provide an opportunity to try out a new snowboard before you buy it, kind of like a test drive in the auto world. Whatâ€™s better, the price you spend on the demo (just $39 for an entire setup, including boots) can be applied toward the purchase of a board when you decide what you want to buy.
You can demo up to 3 boards toward a purchase if youâ€™d like to try a variety of boards, or to take the same board out three times, just to make sure you like it. Do the math and when you actually make the purchase, youâ€™ll get almost $120 off the sticker price!
The day I wanted to demo, I just popped over to the Boardinghouse and Becky got me all set up.
First, I logged into the computer and entered a few pertinent pieces of info (FYI, you must be 18 and have a credit card to insure the board with).
Next, Becky asked my boot size and fitted me for some super-fly, low-profile DC Boa boots. The dangerous part about this is Iâ€™m not currently in the market for more boots and now I want some!
After some questions about my riding style and what Iâ€™m looking to try, Becky got me set up on a GNU B-Street with Magna-traction. She encouraged me to expand my horizons and set me up with a new board size and a new stance width. Before some simple paperwork and sending me on my way, she even buffed it out with a nice fresh surface wax!
All of Beckyâ€™s calls were good ones! Magna-traction is great for gripping the groomers, a wider stance was a pleasant experience, and the shorter board was really maneuverable. Thanks, Becky!
Next time youâ€™re ready to buy a new deck, I highly recommend stopping by the Boardinghouse and taking it for a spin first!