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We don’t make reverse camber boards. We make Reverse Reverse Camber decks. Reverse Reverse Camber is our opportunity to show-off “The Latest Tech.” and boast how great it is, at the same time poking fun at the situation. We will give credit where credit is due and skiers deserve some, but so does physics. There’s a lot of research that says camber is an important part of what makes a ski or board turn. Some people say a snowboard isn’t a ski, and it isn’t, but they operate under the same basic principles and camber has been used for centuries with good results. Camber allows you to easily transition turns, throw monster ollies, and get superior edge hold on the slopes of the ice (east) coast where most laps happen scraping hardpack.
Our base material is made of UHMWPE. That monstrous acronym stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, and basically means each little plastic molecule in this stuff is stronger and hard wearing than most other plastics on the planet. UHMWPE is standard base material in the snowboard industry, and the only big difference is whether it’s sintered or extruded. Extrusion is the cheap way to go and was probably used on your little sister’s My Little Pony snowboard that she won at the mall. Bean Snowboards only uses sintered base material, and the sintering process (melting lots of microscopic plastic pellets together to make one big piece) makes little pores in the plastic that hold wax to keep you riding fast for a long time between waxes.
All Bean Snowboards have hardened Stainless Steel edges. As you probably know, Stainless means it wont rust. This is done by adding a little chromium and some other elements to the steel when its made that prevent it from oxidizing (joining with Oxygen molecules to make rust). The downside to normal stainless steels is that they are softer than high carbon steels, so they are hardened by heating them to about 1900F, and then cooling them really quickly. This changes the molecular structure of the steel, making it harder, but maintaining its resistance to oxidation.
Whether a fiberglass, basalt fiber, hemp, etc. is used, the composite layer is the key to a snowboard’s strength. A composite is defined as something being “made up of disparate or separate parts or elements.” Think of it like a Rice Krispies treat, where the two components are marshmallow (special epoxy) and Rice Krispies (fiberglass). Individually each component would be weak, but when you combine the two you get a structure that becomes a jaw tiring yet delicious snack. At Bean snowboards we use two layers of triax fiberglass. The triax means it has fibers running in three directions. The first is along the length of the board and the other two are 45 degrees off of the first one, giving the board structural rigidity in all directions. Fiberglass is basically thin strands of Silica, which is the same stuff that makes up windows, quartz crystal, and sand.
Carbon Fiber, which comes in our Commonwealth model, essentially does the same thing as the fiberglass except it’s much stiffer, so you need less of it to make a stiff board. The less composite you add, the less the board will weigh. We basically add a 1″ strip of the stuff along the length of the board to stiffen it up for more all-mountain riding without adding any noticeable amount of weight.
Our full wood cores are made with two different species of wood, poplar and maple. Because maple is stronger than poplar but also heavier, we only put it where it’s needed, like under the bindings to hold you securely to the board. The poplar makes up the rest of the core to give a nice poppy but light feel to your ride. While the wood core contributes a lot to the feel of the board its main job is to keep the top and bottom composite layers apart. Have you ever had a board that broke at the tip or tail right near the widest part of the board? Usually this happens because the board is cheaply made and the core doesn’t run full length of the board. When you take the core out of that area you basically just have the two composite layers close together with maybe a thin piece of plastic between them. This might be a little bit lighter and cheaper to make, but the closer the two layers are to each other the more likely they are to fracture during a nasty tail block. At Bean Snowboards we use full length cores in all our snowboards so they are as durable as possible.
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