A Solar Cell Snowboard Powers Your Gadgets While You Cruise

A couple of years ago the folks at Signal Snowboards tried their hand at making a board with a thin layer of solar cells on top to charge a battery while it careened down the slopes. Not only was their creation a success, it actually worked so well the company decided to put it into production, and it's now available… » 9/29/14 4:33pm 9/29/14 4:33pm

Making snowboards by hand is a beautiful process

Here's a video that shows the full custom build process for Kindred Snowboards. They plan the design, get the wood, glue parts together, shave it down, add materials, press it together, clean up the edges and do so many things to one board that it may sound boring when you read it but is incredibly riveting to watch. » 9/16/14 12:44am 9/16/14 12:44am

A Snowboard With Headlights Keeps You On the Slopes All Night Long

There are very few sports you can't play at night, thanks to the magic of gigantic stadium floodlights. But if your hunt for fresh powder leads you to the dark side of the mountain after the sun has set, careening down the slopes blind is a terrible idea. So the ever-innovative folks at Signal Snowboards decided a… » 5/15/14 3:01pm 5/15/14 3:01pm

A Turntable Snowboard Brings the Party To the Slopes

The folks at Signal Snowboards like to experiment over the winter months with conceptual deck designs—sometimes they're practical, and sometimes they're downright crazy. And the company's latest creation, a snowboard with a built-in turntable, probably falls into that latter category. » 4/18/14 9:20am 4/18/14 9:20am

Watch a Mad Scientist Build and Ride a 128-Degree Heated Snowboard

It's easy to forget on the slopes, but your speed depends on the thin film of water created by your snowboard (or skis). So it follows that more heat below your feet would mean more speed, right? Signal Snowboards's Dave Lee just built a heated snow board to find out. » 3/20/14 2:20pm 3/20/14 2:20pm

A Recyclable Cardboard Snowboard That Redefines Shredding

Signal Snowboards has made a name for itself—at least outside of snowboarding circles—with its experiments using unorthodox materials to make decks. The company's glass snowboard was surprisingly resilient on the slopes, as is its latest creation which was actually made from recyclable corrugated cardboard. » 2/20/14 2:20pm 2/20/14 2:20pm

Nike's Latest Snowboarding Boot Fits Right In at the Tron Chalet

First and foremost, a good pair of snowboarding boots should get you down a slope safely and with a good measure of comfort. But Nike also wants you to be noticed, particularly if you're competing and need to impress a bunch of judges. So with its latest snowboarding boot—the LunarENDOR QS—Nike's enhanced its iconic… » 11/19/13 10:00am 11/19/13 10:00am

A Self-Propelled Snowboard Makes Going Uphill Just as Fun

When Archimedes thought up his revolutionary water-pumping screw, little did he know that one day a group of high school students in Lyon, France would find a better use for his design. Their Propul-Surf uses a pair of horizontally-mounted screws to push a snowboard through the snow when gravity doesn't provide… » 4/26/13 9:02am 4/26/13 9:02am

Can You Really 3D Print a Snowboard? (Kind Of)

Using traditional fabrication techniques the folks at Signal Snowboards have made decks from all kinds of crazy materials, including glass. But this month they're trying out a radically different fabrication technique to see if you really can make a usable snowboard with a 3D printer. » 3/21/13 10:27am 3/21/13 10:27am

It's Shocking How Much Abuse This All Glass Snowboard Takes Before…

For their latest creation, the folks at Signal Snowboards traveled to Italy where they took advantage of skilled local artisans to create what has to be the world's first functional glass snowboard. » 2/21/13 4:00pm 2/21/13 4:00pm

A Snowboard With a Handbrake Lets Amateurs Safely Learn To Carve

Strapping your feet to a board and then sliding down a snow-covered hill requires skills that most humans aren't born with. So to make it just a little easier for novices to learn how to snowboard, Australia's Streetboardz has created a board with a built-in handbrake that lets riders easily stop before things get… » 2/12/13 10:20am 2/12/13 10:20am

Solar Snowboard Charges Your Gear When You're Done Carving

The talented folks at Signal Snowboards are back with one of their most practical creations yet. Using a sheet of ultra-thin solar cells from a company called Powerfilm Solar, they created a board that harnesses the sun's rays and turns them into usable electricity for charging a small device. » 12/20/12 11:40am 12/20/12 11:40am

When a Snowboard and a Mountainbike Collide, Anyone Can Ride the Slopes

Putting a new spin (literally) on the adaptive snowboards that let those with physical disabilities still enjoy snowsports, the folks at Signal Snowboards worked with Crankbrothers to design what could be the world's first snow-friendly wheelchair. » 9/20/12 2:40pm 9/20/12 2:40pm

Fly Fishing Snowboard Bridges Summer and Winter Pursuits

Those who like to stay active all year long probably have a basement filled with gear that can only be used during certain parts of the year. So the folks at Signal Snowboards decided to build something that could be enjoyed whether it was balmy or snowy outside with this versatile fly fishing snowboard. » 8/21/12 9:20am 8/21/12 9:20am

Burton Wants to Help You Snowboard with Shorter Boards, Dial Lacing…

It still might be scorching hot but winter is coming (I swear) and you're soon going to swap out shorts and flip flops for jackets and boots. Burton is showing off its latest gear for the snowboarding season and it's heavy on the technology to make it easier on the slopes. » 8/13/12 9:30pm 8/13/12 9:30pm

Survivalist's Snowboard Transforms Into Skis, a Shovel, and a Saw

The folks over at Signal Snowboards like to take time out every month and see what kind of crazy snowboard contraptions they can come up with. And this month they created the perfect snowboarding multi-tool for those who like to get away from it all. » 3/17/12 5:00pm 3/17/12 5:00pm

How To Make an Inflatable Snowboard

Every third Thursday of the month California-based Signal Snowboards likes to experiment with unique board designs that push the boundaries of form and function. And this time around it created a snowboard with inflatable inner tubes like a bike tire. » 3/01/12 9:54am 3/01/12 9:54am

6 Tools to Help Transform You Into a Super Jock of the Future

Face it, you're a nerd (you are reading Gizmodo, aren't you?). Nerds and sports have traditionally been mutually exclusive, but that's no longer the case. Technology is your friend. Here are 6 tools to make you a champ. » 8/15/11 4:00pm 8/15/11 4:00pm

These Swarovski Snowboards Will Get Stolen If You Bring Them to Snowmodo

Heading into the lodge for a midday hot cocoa? Adorable. Plan on leaving your Nidecker Swarovski-studded snowboard in the rack alongside the "normal" boards? Better not. Have a portable vault handy instead. » 3/08/09 12:00pm 3/08/09 12:00pm

Lib-Tech Travis Rice Snowboard w/Magne-traction and Banana: Snowmodo…

Snowboards are basically sticks. Lib-tech's rocker-shaped bottoms and magne-traction edges are changing things up through tech and design for one of the most fun rides I've ever experienced. » 2/19/09 6:12pm 2/19/09 6:12pm