Wee Do - Salomon Snowboards

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On Tuesday 1st December Salomons Andy Cain will be coming into Carnaby Street to tell us all about their G.I.F.T. Project collection.

Green Initiative for Tomorrow - Eco means a lot more different things these days. At salomon, it means lighter weight products, a signature bamboo snap, and new materials that are less harsh on the environment.

"A growing awareness of environmental issues and a demand for greener products has led to the new additons in equipment lines. Snowboarders are attached to the natural world, they are going to be more apt to buy something that he or she feels is ecologically better for the planet" - Alex Warburton, Salomon.

Salomon won a 2008 Volvo sports design award for Eco design for the construction of its Sick Stick snowboard. By using structural bamboo in the construction of the board, Salomom was able to both reduce the amount of resin in the board and make it lighter.

If you would like a free ticket to this event, please email (carnabyst@howies.co.uk) or call us on (0207 287 2345) to reserve a space.

As always we will have free Organic beers and Juices available. Doors open at 7:15pm and remember spaces are limited so get in touch quickly.

See you there!

Don't throw that jacket away!

It's that time of year again, in sets the cold and rain.  Looking out your old waterproof jacket?  Maybe it's working great, waterproof and breatable.  Or maybe it's lost its lustre?

When your jacket is dirty this causes the fabric to 'wet out' and loose its breatability.  If you wash your jacket in a standard washing detergent it will not help matters either, as it leaves residue behind.  You could use a non-detergent based tech wash.  This will not compromise the breathability or waterproofing of your jacket.  However over time your jacket will loose its durable water repellency, which is where re-proofing comes into play.

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We think you should get the best out of your clothes so... we are now selling Grangers 30° 2 in 1 Cleaner and Waterproofer, at the Carnaby Street store and Bristol store.  This product has energy saving in mind, as you only need to use one wash cycle.    It is bluesign certified; and is the only aftercare company to have this accreditation.  Bluesign is the world's only independant benchmark that guarantees products are free  from harmful substances, and as such are safe for humans and the environment.  We also have Grangers XT proofer spray available.  Many conventional re-proofers rely on heat being applied to activate it.  This means using your tumble drier or and iron.  We don't want you to use this energy unnecessarily.  The XT proofer restores the perforormance of your jacket, with simply airdrying it after you have sprayed it.

I know this reads a bit like an infomercial...but hopefully we have imparted some knowledge on aftercare for you.

Wee Do- Respect the Mountain

With a chill in the air sweeping over London, we thought it an appropriate time to focus on an issue that winter sports enthusiasts should have a great interest in.

Our next Wee Do at the Carnaby Street store is next Tuesday, 17th November; and we have Betony Garner coming in to talk about the Ski Club of Great Britain campaign Respect the Mountain.

She is passionate about green issues and has been trying to raise awareness about how to minimise the impact of snowsports on the environment for the last four years.

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Respect the Mountain was a campaign launched by the Ski Club of Great Britain in 2004 with the aim of safeguarding the mountains for future generations to enjoy. Its basis is raising awareness and educating skiers, snowboarders, resorts and the whole snowsports industry on how they can do their bit to minimise their impact on the environment. The talk will investigate how the mountains have changed, how humans have impacted them and what we can do as skiers and snowboarders to help.

For more information about the campaign go to: www.respectthemountain.com

 If you would like a free ticket to this event, please email (carnabyst@howies.co.uk) or call us (0207 287 2345) to reserve a space. 

As always we have free organic beers and juice available.  Doors open at 7.15pm.  Spaces are limited so get in touch quickly.

 Hopefully see you there :)

you ride we ride in my ride

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 October 2009

Having gone to the Metro Ski Show last weekend, and with Freeze coming up this weekend, my thoughts are definitely drifting towards going snowboarding this winter.  I don't really like the thought of flying out to the alps, (for obvious environmental reasons) however cheap; so I usually try to take to Eurostar (but the prices are usually a bit too steep for me).

danny wheeler- val d'isere

Yesterday I stumbled across this car share website Mountain Ride Share, designed to connect people travelling to and from ski resorts.

Their website is in Beta at the moment- so why don't you check out the site and help them develop this community, and maybe pick up some riding buddies along the way! 

If you apppeciate the mountains, you really should consider the effects your journey to them has.  Low budget airlines are not the way mes amis!

Rocker VS Camber VS TBT

  • Posted by aron
  • 24 September 2009

Right then. If I only get one present from Santa this year it's gonna have to be a new snowboard. But which one, I'm not really sure.

Briefly explained, Rocker is shaped like a smile. The nose and tail are raised from the center of the board, making it nice and floaty on powder runs and also makes the board really nimble as the edges are raised.

Camber is the opposite, more like traditional snowboard shapes. The middle of the board is raised putting more pressure on the nose and tail. Acts kind of like suspension, making it really responsive down the slope and increases the pop.

Burton have released a pretty damn sizable range of boards in both Rocker and Camber. The former being available in four shapes for whatever style you ride.

But...

Bataleon have a range of boards that use their patented Triple Base Technology, basically meaning the edges are raised, making you less likely to catch an edge and eat the white stuff. The TBT board has a flat center so it's great for going straight and because the edges are raised there is less friction. A conventional board will always want to kick back onto it's base after a turn but because the TBT board is pre-shaped it's a lot smoother in and out of turns.

Also, my mate's got an Evil Twin and he says it's the bee's.

The vid below explains it all much better.

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Comments please...

Cooler Mag-Wee Do

  • Posted by howies
  • 3 September 2009

Last week the lovely ladies  - Sam and Poppy - from Cooler Magazine came by and gave a fantastic Wee Do lecture on the growth of female particpation in action sports and a bit of background on their publication. 

We had a great time. 

Here is a photo - the video clip (followed by full podcast) will be out soon!

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Archive T-shirt of the Week

  • Posted by ruben
  • 1 September 2009

This weeks Archive T-shirt of the Week is 'Unknown Rider'

Not on the front cover of your favourite bike mag

Not got a drink sponsor

No expense account

Not on "the team"

Not got a reality TV series on a cable channel

No need to worry.

There's more than one star in the sky

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Wee Do-Cooler Magazine

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The next Wee Do at Carnaby Street is Tuesday the 25th.  We have Sam (the editor) and Poppy (the fashion editor) of Cooler Magazine coming in to give a talk.

Sam sent me a run down of what they are going to be chatting about...

"We're going to talk about women and action sports.  The good ( how loads more girls are getting in to snowboarding, surfing, and bikes), the bad (how it can still be quite macho), and the ugly (is being pretty a prerequisite for being a sponsored female athlete?).  We'll also talk about what we try and do at Cooler, as in never featuring size zero models, vacuous celebs or mentioning diets!  Instead we keep it fun and light-hearted and focus on the sports, athletes and fashion surrounding them."

I am really looking forward to this evening!

So as with all our Wee Do nights, come listen to some amazing facts, and join us for a beer or soft drink, from 7.30pm- 9.30pm.  If you would like a free ticket email us (carnabyst@howies.co.uk)  or call us (0207 287 2345).  But hurry as we don't have many to give away!

The B

  • Posted by aron
  • 20 August 2009

This September the Burton team will release their latest movie. Here's the trailer...

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