1999/2000 Snowboard Trends

1999/2000 Snowboard Trends

Riders want to go faster and bigger still, and board designers have heard the pleas. Here's a quick list of the different board trends prevelant throughout the 1999/2000 lines on the market:

•Black bases with die-cut graphics.

•Stone-ground, textured bases.

•Carbon and honeycomb constructions.

•More wide models.

•More women-specific models.

•New sidecuts, including progressive, eliptical, and multi-radius.

1999/2000 Snowboard Boot/Binding Trends

Sure, step-ins are hot, but traditional boots and bindings are more comfortable and supportive than ever. What are some of the common trends in boot and binding designs for 1999/2000? Read on:

•Quick-adjustable highbacks and angle-adjustment disks.

•More binding colors.

•Toe power pads/heel shock-absorbtion pads.

•Anatomical baseplates

•Carbon bindings.

•Dual density and three-density soles.

•Women's models.

•Kids' sizes.

1999/2000 Step-in Snowboard Boot/Binding Trends

Step-ins are currently growing at about a 30-percent rate and have been accepted even faster on the rental market. Many of the trends for traditional boots and bindings are the same on the step-in market, but here are a few more for you to ponder:

•More highbacks-on-the-binding options.

•Specific flexes for freestyle and freeriding.

•Women's models.

•Thermomoldable liners.

•Rental-specific models.

1999/2000 Snowboard Apparel Trends

The technical-apparel revolution started about two years ago, but is progressing further than ever thought. Here are some of the trends in snowboard apparel:

•Better fabrics with higher waterproof-breathable ratings.

•Venting.

•Taped seams.

•Painter-style pants.

•Moisture-wicking fabrics.

•First and second layers.

•Tailored fit.

•More primary colors, fewer earth tones.