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  1. 9 points
    corey_dyck

    Is bomber out of business?

    I am not an employee of Bomber and do not speak in any official manner on behalf of them, but I've spoken with Jim and Angie as a friend. To cut right to the chase, Bomber has declared bankruptcy. Bomber has been handed to a trustee. Outstanding orders will ship, though timing is unknown at this time. They poured their hearts and souls into Bomber, but it didn't work out. Jim was shipping orders over the past few weeks, but didn't get them all out before the court proceedings finished yesterday. They've been advised them to stay off the forums. Like you, I have more questions than answers, but Bomber itself has not shut down permanently. It is in a legal pause though. The future is unknown at this time. In the interim, I've created a forum at http://lucidcarving.forumotion.com in an effort to keep the alpine snowboard community together in case this forum is shut down briefly. This new forum is NOT affiliated with Bomber in any way. My hope is that it's only a temporary gathering place until the future of this site is decided. This new site will not have bindings or any other products for sale. There is also the Alpine Snowboard Trader group on Facebook if that's more your pace. Again - I do not and have not worked for Bomber or Jim or Angie. My role as moderator on this forum is and has always been a volunteer function. I gladly donate a small amount of my time to help keep this awesome group of people together. I can't answer any questions, sorry. I'm just passing on info that I've gathered.
  2. 9 points
    RyanKnapton

    Alpine Snowboarding Review Vid

    Big thanks to Bomber Alpine Outfitters for letting Jeff and I use this gear! Was nice to be able to ride it numerous days in a row and start adapting to get it riding a-lot more fluidly than the previous 4 runs total I had made on Alpine gear. With being so use to low stance angles (15,-15), I think these wider boards and lower angles helped make it feel less different too vs. the 18 or 19 cm widths with higher angles I tried the first times. Looking forward to giving it another go in the future!
  3. 6 points
    Gabe T

    Coiler Angrry 170

    Just put this together with some shots from a couple of seasons ago.
  4. 5 points
    I think the site will survive this. I have a tiny bit of inside info that I can't share yet, but it gives me hope. Wheels are in motion. All is not lost.
  5. 5 points
    Jack Michaud

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    Almost done... Winterstick ST166 custom wide.
  6. 5 points
    Sailman

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    My new Coiler Nirvana energy T4 172 10.5/12.7/12m 20cm width
  7. 4 points
    Robert, I agree with your opinion as I would also rather be on a carving board and hardboots than any other gear. However, that might not be the resultant conclusion that all people come to after spending enough time, totally committing, or catching the wave of riding alpine snowboards. I like riding an alpine board because it completely suits the way I like to ride. I also love to watch other alpine riders. Though, to be honest, there isn't a snowboarder that I would rather watch ride over Ryan. His fluid style and hybrid mix of aggressive soft boot carving and buttering moves is so cool. Watching his videos makes me want to ride softies and there's no way he could do all that stuff on an alpine deck and hardboots and still look that relaxed, comfortable and smooth. I also vote for 20"-21" stance width with front toe lift and rear heel lift.
  8. 4 points
    Have ridden AT's for 15+ years. By BOL standards, I'll never be an even intermediate carver. However, I'm nearly 70, and for my mellow, have-fun style, the easy walking Scarpas are a Godsend. BB
  9. 4 points
    kiteparsons

    Keystone Carving!

    You know I'll be there. Got the keystone/abasin and Loveland passes this year.
  10. 4 points
    Here comes the Snow
  11. 3 points
    pow4ever

    Is bomber out of business?

    I would think there are enough IT talent on the site to help with forum backend operation/transition if need be. Count me in for time/$ to assist. Some light at the end of the tunnel: Money, Information are important but at the end of the day it's the people that make the community. Let's not turn on each other. Let's hope we came out of this stronger and not divided. Now a day: contents on the internet never "disappeared". Caches, internet archived and etc. Bankruptcy suck but it's not end of the world: recently heard this on Planet Money/NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/09/05/437628996/episode-647-the-benefits-of-bankruptcy
  12. 3 points
    dredman

    Sims Pure Juice!

    I stumbled on this today. Looks like it has some potential! There is a kickstarter to get this movie rolling. I have no affiliation with this and just wanted to share!
  13. 3 points
    Beckmann AG

    Is bomber out of business?

    Days are getting shorter, air is growing colder, and snow has fallen at the higher elevations. A large number of the Carving Community have, over a great number of years, come to depend on the goods and services provided by Bomber. You know; things like plate bindings, hardshell boots, and boards most suited to the pursuit. And a forum dedicated to the daily chatter of like-minded enthusiasts. As the season approaches, some like to plan ahead, so as to maximize their resources and time off from work. If they can't get answers from the home office, the logical thing to do is seek clarity from the forum. Be it technique, gear, or ephemera, someone on BOL has the inside line on what's what. Of that you can be certain. Further, if there are problems brewing, (as it most certainly appears there are) it behooves community members to look out for one another, so as to limit individual losses and avoid complications to their own lives, from situations not of their own design. Make sense? As to this thread 'not helping'? From the look of things, it's a flyspeck on the bigger picture. Driving one's head further into the sand isn't a solution. Speaking as the operator of a small business, 'doing the right thing' is usually easy. But then there are the times when it's not, and one has to dig deeper to find the fortitude necessary to speak plainly to the patrons. Because without them, you have nothing.
  14. 3 points
    BlueB

    Is bomber out of business?

    I hope everything ends up well. However, whatever happens, this database should somehow be preserved. There are decades of collective knowledge and millions of hours invested, in this site...
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    D-Sub

    Hello Strangers

    Hi. Been a while. Didn't check when my last post was...a decade? Wow. Anyway, I'hopin to ease back in here and do it without bein the dick I sometimes was. Hopin the select few I may have pissed off pretty bad can let water be bygones I haven't ridden in a long time. Lookin to give it a go this season. Oh...and I owe someone here money for a Steep Plow. Can't remember his name...maybe I can make right on that, too So yeah. Howdy!
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    slopestar

    2017-2018 Season Board Porn

    Let's get this started 163/25w/8.7R Donek Twin: she doesn't get enough love. Better than my old Burton 3hole custom x 165/24.7w/9-11r Donek custom Saber: she gets all the love. A quiver of 1 163/26+w/?r Fullbag Damond Blade: been my pinch hitter since I got it 170 Oxygen Shogun: second string but delivers in 6-10" of cut pow 174/22w Coiler Nirvana Energy: alpine go to. Works everywhere 185 Kessler Custom: It scares me, just waiting for the right day
  19. 2 points
    corey_dyck

    Lucid Carving site

    Hi all, As mentioned here: http://forums.bomberonline.com/topic/45522-is-bomber-out-of-business/?do=findComment&comment=459741, the future of this forum is uncertain. I've started an alternate forum at http://lucidcarving.forumotion.com so we can still stay in touch in case the worst happens here.
  20. 2 points
    alpinegirl

    Is bomber out of business?

    Please do not call anything a scam. I too have an order sitting and scheduled to be shipped. I am disappointed. But most of all, I am disappointed to witness folks try to create beneficial change by pissing on a fire. Bomber declaring bankruptcy is not something being done in malice. It is not being done to personally hurt or offend anyone. It is an unfortunate reality of business in this world. As customers our lives are affected very little by this. It absolutely sucks. For Jim and Angie, this completely changes their life. Nobody is walking away victorious.
  21. 2 points
    kawiboy

    Is bomber out of business?

    I'd be up for that. Only being a member the last 2-3 years...the site, the members, and the knowledge is invaluable. To lose the Bomber equipment is one thing but to lose this forum and community would be a big dagger in our niche market. And I really hope everyone gets their money back or their orders fulfilled. I don't know them but regardless of your situation, we all deserve some sort of reply. Just fading away into wherever is not acceptable.
  22. 2 points
    BlueB

    Vinyl stickers on carbonium?

    You guys are a bunch of barbarians - sticking stuff on the objects of art!
  23. 2 points
    Thanks for the feedback all. I definitely feel I could have put way more energy into the board and gotten a lot more aggressive with it after the first days (or even on the first day), but the snow really rode a lot worse than it looks. Frozen slush groomed in between parts that never refroze and were way too soft. I kinda took the approach of.. 'if I get hurt on this, that'll be a terrible endorsement for alpine riding!' Ha. I'll definitely try to do it some more during the regular part of the winter and explore how differences in stance widths, angles, and lift feel. I just went with how Jim set it up for me. Mostly I think just making tons and tons more turns in snow that I could trust would make the biggest difference to start with tho. Thanks again, and happy shreddin all!
  24. 2 points
    I just bought a Kessler 171 and some other things from Jim and he has been really responsive and helpful. Ordering something from Bomber would be good way to show support. Whatever truth turns out to be it seems clear that it’s a difficult time.
  25. 2 points
    Ernie00

    Is bomber out of business?

    We don't need any details on the why / how / who... I'm no business expert but an update from them would make sense business wise and also out of respect for the community. Reasure your clients that you are still taking order or say you aren't for now that things are on the hold until further notice.
  26. 2 points
    philw

    Is bomber out of business?

    I'm sorry to hear that (mods may well remove it I suppose), but should we perhaps politely consider if this forum can be saved somehow?
  27. 2 points
    Ernie00

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    Trying something new this year. This is a board from Endeavor Snowboards, it's not listed on their web site. The board was produced for the Korean market as carving is a big deal there. They have it in a 157-160-163. I'll be using it as a softboot carver but I'll be tempted to try it on with the hardboots as well. I've had very good contact with them, very knowledgeable and definitaly fun to work with. The board build is very good. Hopefully the board is just as amazing to ride !
  28. 2 points
    Jim Callen

    An industry giant is lost...

    We're still waiting for details, but it seems that today the snowboard industry lost Chris Prior today. We'll post more details as we know them, and likewise if anyone has any additional info, feel free to post it here. I can remember trying his decks at my first ECES with 7 days of hardbooting under my belt and not knowing what I was doing whatsoever. I didn't really get his boards then, but fell in love with them after purchasing a demo board the next season. His were my first custom decks I bought, and there have been so many of them over the years, every one of them special to me. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that he will be sorely missed.
  29. 2 points
    big mario

    Yo Lci!!

    See youse sunday
  30. 2 points
    So sorry to hear this. My first modern Alpine board was one of the early 4WDs. Chris repaired it under warranty even thought it was used and out of the warranty period, so I will always remember him as a stand-up guy.
  31. 2 points
    Jack Michaud

    An industry giant is lost...

    Unreal!! Way too young. It was a pleasure speaking to him for our BOL interview way back in 2001 and again meeting him at ECES 2004. A true gentleman, and a pioneer of world cup class custom race boards. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. He will be sorely missed.
  32. 2 points
    OK. After 12-1/2 minutes of careful deliberation, contemplating not getting delivery from Coiler until early to mid-January, and finding most of the difference between the Donek Freecarve fiberglass and metalFC in the sofa cushions, I pulled the pin and placed an order for a 167cm Freecarve with the new secret construction. The downside is that it will be here early enough for it to stare at me for the next 4-6 weeks until the snow falls.
  33. 2 points
    well if dave's gonna be there, count me in.
  34. 2 points
    west carven

    Donek vs SG - Advice please!

    howdy seachange this is a no brainer... call bruce v. at coiler.com @ info@coiler.com and look into a nirvana freecarve or a all mountain, give him your weight and carving needs and you will be a carving rockstar. than thank me later... west carven
  35. 2 points
    kiteparsons

    SOLD Donek Proteus 163

    AHHH man you got me! I'll take it!!!
  36. 2 points
    Jack Michaud

    SOLD Donek Proteus 163

    This board is for sale again. I think I rode it 1 day last season, so same deal. It's a super board, but I thought it might help Jim if I bought a board from Bomber stock. I did, so now I need to thin the quiver. Check it out @kiteparsons. Obligatory crappy phone pic:
  37. 2 points
    Jack Michaud

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    168 from Bomber. 20cm wide, 8-12m progressive radius. My new "short" board and beer league SL stick. New topsheet is dope. Seems to be a super-structured ptex. Picture doesn't quite do it justice.
  38. 2 points
    big mario

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    The Dude texted me that Bola was having a sale today. I didn't want to go 'cause I knew this would happen . 174, should be a little more playful than the rest of my sticks
  39. 2 points
    slopestar

    2017-2018 Season Board Porn

    Many of us have more boards than we would like to admit to. Many of us don’t buy new boards every year. The fortunate ones do and they have their own “New Board Porn” thread. As we all begin prepping for the rapidly approaching 2017-2018 winter season, let’s see what you plan to ride this year with some specs and thoughts why these boards and gear are getting the nod to be your daily drivers. Cheers to you, your rides/gear and the people that are behind getting them into your hands and strapped to your feet. ....and thanks to all of those that have worked tirelessly to give us all a place to go and be part of a community. Here on Bomber especially. I love Snowboarding!
  40. 2 points
    Jack Michaud

    Hello Strangers

    Wait, someone said you weren't active because you married Aisling and were busy having babies... no?
  41. 2 points
    pmorita

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    I'm trying to think of the picture my wife would send me if four new boards arrived at our door. I'm guessing it would not be the same as what you show. Your a lucky man Snowjob.
  42. 2 points
    queequeg

    Minds in the Water

    Just spent a few weeks in West Africa, and found myself living perched above a pretty great right-hander pointbreak on São Tomé for a few days. Got lucky and a pretty sold swell rolled through.
  43. 2 points
    Hans

    2017-2018 New Board Porn

    Split Virus Avalanche Grand Tour. Gonna ride this with Atomic Backland Touring hardboot and hard bindings.
  44. 2 points
    I always have a spare set of cables and plastic inner bits with me whenever I take a trip ... having had a pair break on one once on a trip. Its not likely to ever happen but if does you are very much up a creek.
  45. 2 points
    It's not so much that soft boots are better. It's that the molds for hard boots are too expensive to amortize. So we get few models. Ahem ..either way the ideal carving snowboard boot it doesn't matter if the material on the outside is plastic or synthetic leather, all that matters if it works better. Really so long as the boot flex is consistent it doesn't matter if it is hard plastic or leather. It's the flex and stiffness that matter, and the issue of "progressive flex" to handle forces progressively as they build and manage them effectively. soft boots as they stand now will not outperform hardboots for carving, but it's quite possible to design a soft boot with better progressive flex characteristics than a hardboot where the material is mostly of uniform thickness. The soft boot material can be layered. relqistically what we have in hardboot models since say 1983 have been Koflach Valluga lite, Koflach Albona, variants of e rossignol boot, raichles and their variants , northwave, Nordica T9-9 SBH Varients, UPZ ETC... probably less than 25 mold series all told. BUT we have had THOUSANDS of softboots. if you were to take the design hours of 20 softboot models and try to make high performance hardboots, you might beat a current top quality hardboot. have someone go out on the boots blindfolded on the snow, and he might not be able to even tell if you were in a hard boot or soft boot. I'm pretty much looked at universally as some sort of hated traitor. When I used to ride hardboots iexclusively or almost exclusively from the 1980s through the 1990s, Skiers would at first embrace me at the bar thinking I was a skier (cursing the snowboarders) , only to shun me when I left the bar and got on my snowboard. And the same thing, to some degree happens when I'm seen from the lift carving , and then later a hardboot carver seesthat I'm in soft boots, or even other soft booters go out to ride with me and they see an angled stance. I'm certainly no athlete. I hate walking up even three flights of stairs. I don't run, and I probably skateboard about 10 times a year. But put me on a snowboard, and everything starts to flow. So there's not has to be something right about my gear and technique for it to work, i'm certainly not Muscling my way through it. And it has major flaws as my binder my angles are really too high for softboot bindings and the flex patterns of the softboots. As for the airplanes I'm just pointing that out, and I'm not against it all what you just said (hardboots ultimately being best) I'm just talking about the practicality of the next step. When prototyping do you want to work with materials that are inexpensive, where people are familiar with working with those materials. In the ideal world, you do a bunch of simple exercises in front of a Nintendo Wii, do a few strength tests, a few balance tests, and from there you would get a boot prescription. your foot would be scanned, in several different flexing positions. From there a special customized boot with the correct limiters would be designed on a computer. You would literally print the entire thing, even the liner would be printed and then switched over to a harder material ( in a single composite blended layer) with the harder material woven into the softer material progressively. You would probably have a hard outer shell that would be completely waterproof but with a thin layer of ventilation built inside the plastic that would vent out inside your pants leg – to remove moisture. This could result in a boot weighing marginally about the same as a pair of hiking boots, yet with the stiffness needed of a full-blown racing boot. Like the current AT boots but - those don't have good progressive flex as designed for AT use. It's a bit tricky with their materials . And you want to avoid a layered leaf spring type approach to flex with those materials. And of course it would be a 3-D scanned model, you wouldn't just print the bottom of the boot you print the top of your foot and sides imprint as well . Most likely there would be a separate upper and lower boot that connect with stiffening bars that snap in which could be removed and fine tuned for ability level. In this way you could dump the top part of the boot after snowboarding and just walk around with a lightweight lower insulated shoe with an integrated gaiter. once you're able to determine the optimal Flex profiles using soft bootmaterials, then you can make the whole boot a lot lighter by going to the hard boot plastic materials we are familiar with. The good thing about hard boot materials and the lack of models is that once you get something that works people tend to stick with it. With soft boots once you find something that works, it's likely that that boot will be changed or discontinued for the following year. So while it's possible to get a much better fitting boot as a soft boot, you can't depend on future production. You can't depend on future production Which is why I bought 9 pairs of Burton Andy Warhol boots. And why I am constantly looking for the next model to,stock up on. Frankly hard or soft boots- they both kill my feet in different ways because my foot is softer than the boot material so my foot conforms uncomfortably given the pressures that I exert within the boot at speed and G forces. the only manufacture with enough firepower and distribution and cost to make a superior integrat d binding boot system like this...is Burton. They just need a design lead like myself . And they would hate me in their corporate culture because I bluntly force people to do what I want. I hate when someone asks me to "compromise and blend" their shitty idea with mine so they can have a "piece of the design credit"., when it only makes my design less effective, less performance, and less versatile, less comfortable, and less safe. I like to find the design optimum point for materials and production process. But after I leave, people are left with a design that works cutting edge for at least the next 20-30 years. Until new material science and production processes allow for advancement. I don't always get what I want, I never got to use the sintered metal high pressur bonded carbon fiber inserts for Madd boards I never got to use the lip I wanted for the Avalon Wheel, but still these products work at the top for their designated purpose.
  46. 2 points
    b.free

    Keystone Carving!

    Season is coming! Hope to see some carvers around.
  47. 2 points
    After X5 left (his grandfather was Plankenstein btw)... Mommy gave birth to this lovely child... He's been behaving very well Vampenstein.. Coiler Twilight Series..{;-)
  48. 2 points
    It's a bit like the Chevy/Ford debate. Some people are very passionate on both sides of the debate, but in the end they both get the job done. I see about a 50:50 split between clip-in and step-in for freecarvers. Racers are almost exclusively clip-in with flexible bindings. Step-ins strengths: Fast in/out with minimal balance needed, very secure once locked in, rigid boot/binding connection. Step-in weaknesses: Can clog fairly easily with sticky snow, rigid boot/binding connection, cables can break leaving you stuck in the binding, lack of direct feedback to know if you're clipped in or not (need to wiggle knee side to side to check). Clip-in strengths: Less rigid boot/binding connection, can handle small amounts of sticky snow, very direct feedback to the user as to whether you clipped in or not. Clip-in weaknesses: Slower in/out (some people can clip in while sliding), less rigid boot/binding connection. Note that boot/binding connection is listed in every case. It's a strength or a weakness depending on what you want. Joerg from Pureboarding runs his rear clip-in binding shockingly loose. Others want their boots rigidly held to the binding. The TD3 Step-In SideWinder blurs the line, but it's far from cheap. For the short hills I ride most of the time, you couldn't pry my step-ins out of my cold dead hands. I'm out and then back in every ~6 minutes for a whole day. If I only rode in real mountains, I'd simplify and get clip-ins.
  49. 2 points
    John E

    ATC and ECES Info

    Getting a group of carvers together in Colorado - even without ATC would be great. Summit County is OK but every time I go to Aspen I remember why we go there: great grooming and no crowds. I don't know anywhere else that offers that. Lodging in Aspen is pricey but if you buy a Classic Pass it is only about $65/day for lift tickets. I'll need to decide by November sometime whether to buy a Classic Pass. Can we get enough here to commit to get Critical Mass?
  50. 2 points
    dredman

    Bend it....

    ATC Coiler 174 T4 Nirvana
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