Harry (The Harry Calvert)
Main interests: Going FAST, Powder Runs and Park
Now interestingly enough Harry lives the life of being skint all the time and doesn’t actually own a snowboard. Well, despite the old Burton Clash snowboard he has rotting away upstairs and only sees daylight in the dome or being pulled along a grassy field behind a car when it snows in England. Harry plays it smart and manages to borrow snowboards from distributers for his trips to the mountains so we will start there.
SNOWBOARD: Never Summer Type Two
Specs: All Mountain, Twin, Mid Flex, Asymmetrical Side Cut, Sintered 5501 Base
“The board I use the most is the Never Summer Proto Type Two 158cm Wide, this bad boy is a true twin shape with an asymmetrical power grip side cut which makes the board feel super carvy underfoot. Its RipSaw Rocker Camber profiling combined with not one but TWO layers of carbon reaching out from the bindings offers a lot of power in a mid flexing board without throwing you off. Never Summers absolutely insane and top of the market Sintered 5501 Base sends me into light speed while their underfoot stabilisers and RDS 2 Damping system keep the ride smooth all day long. This board is truly diverse across the mountain and offers plenty in the way of all mountain domination sending kickers to jibbing the lower gradients to breaking your new personal best on Skitrax.”
BINDINGS: Burton Cartels Re:Flex
Specs: Comfort, Mid-Flex, B3 Gel Inserts
“Having bought these a couple of years ago now the Burton Cartel is and has always been my go too binding at board test for just about everything, they are super comfortable with their flexible Hammock Heel Strap and offer the right amount of flex for the park without sacrificing response and support for straight lining. With a nice piece of B3 Gel in the heel to absorb some of my harder landings and assist with damping out chatter on those harder pack and icy days, its no wonder why these are our best sellers. I managed to bag a set of Tommy Banana ‘colours’ as a special order into the shop for me because if I am to own anything loud, it would have to be the bindings!”
The Dream Setup?
“As much as I have a heart for Never Summers insanely high quality construction, more recently there has been a rivalry that cannot go unspoken. The Salomon Huck Knife really blew me away with such a high level of control, pop and performance. Salomon are another brand I believe to be doing things that other brands either havn’t thought of or are not doing, one of which is the use of Slingshot Rubber Pads (a layer of rubber and carbon) in the side walls situated under the bindings- damn it makes a difference to the liveliness of the board! This freestyle board also uses a Rock Out Camber Profiling which combines the aggression of camber with the control and ‘laid back feel’ of a flat top. For the dome, the park and the piste then I really do dream about the Salomon Huck Knife.”
What about bindings?
“Well in all honosty for this style of board my Burton Cartels are already pretty sweet and if I had a Second Dream Setup then I would look at a stiffer set of Salomon Highlanders to wack on an Salomon Assassin Pro and fly me to the moon. But I’m only allowed one, so my dream setup would still consist of my Cartels….. only in Black and White ;)”
Jacket and Pants
“Working at a snowboard shop you would think I have all the best gear that the industry has to offer when it comes to jackets and pants, truth is being a very lucky lad as of christmas. I do! Well the best jacket we have to offer in the shop which doesnt sit far below the top in the industry. Cue the Burton AK Swash Jacket featuring a full Gore-Tex fabrication, fully taped seams and an extremely fine attention to detail. Featuring military developed insulation that is half the thickness of traditional insulation but still offers the same amount of warmth, there is so much to talk about with this jacket I will simply leave a link at the bottom for others to read about it but take my word for it when I say you can walk under waterfalls with this thing and stay dry.” (Video of walking under waterfall on the right)
As for pants I spend a lot of time crashing in to trees, bushes and often end up scraping my ass on ricks and ice, so I went with the more durable choice of pants; the Burton Cargo Pants. They also offer more than enough warmth for a wide variety of conditions and have never failed to keep me dry!
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Team rider @theharrycalvert was a very lucky lad this Christmas and landed himself a shiny new Burton AK Swash Jacket. Pretty much one of the finest and most waterproof jackets Burton has to offer. Here he is testing out the waterproofing by putting himself under a waterfall with it. 🙏🙌👏🌊 Safe to say it kept him dry inside! It’s time to upgrade your gear, swipe right to see the AK jacket or visit us online and get yours now! @burton_snowboards_uk @burtoneurope #burtonak #burtonsnowboards #jacketforlife #walkingunderwaterfalls #stilldry #goretex #garaunteedtokeepyoudry #snowboarding #newseasonnewjacket #dontbuycheap #riderrunshop #testingthekit #thethingswedosocustomersdonthaveto #akrange #akjacket #snowjacket #snowcoat #nomessingabout #christmaspresent #upgradingtheequipment #staydrywithgoretex