Checking out what is new in the world of snowboards for the 2012-2013 season, the latest technological advance from Flow Snowboards came to my attention:
Flow ABT – Augmented Based Technology
That video was posted by Flow Snowboarding and based on the content, the “d” at the end of “Based” was not a mistake. Although the official name is Augmented Base Technology, it is based on previous scientific advances in silicon augmentation. Yes, the idea came from fake boobs.
It’s a silly origin for a really good idea. They milled out a part of the core of a snowboard and injected silicon into the void, then covered it with their slick, durable and flexible bottom coating. The results, according to the company and reviews, are dramatic. Snowboards chatter on bumpy ice, but the silicon base absorbs the blows, making for a smoother and quieter ride. For jibbers who like to slide down railings, the silicon pad depresses slightly, gripping a rail as the board slides down.
Three new 2013 Flow snowboard models will feature the new ABT silicon implants: the Flow Rush, Maverick, and Canvas snowboards. The reviews that I have seen thus far have been positive about the advantages of the silicon in dampening vibrations, quieting down chatter, and transmitting a feeling of smooth control to the rider without transmitting every little bump.
The European Snowbroader Reviews 2013 Flow Collection
Shayboarder Reviews the 2013 Flow Rush ABT Snowboard
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