On the 9th day of getting ready, I found myself really glad that I spent the money on a Dakine Deluxe Snowboard Tuning Kit. Why? Well, those pre-season tune-ups the rest of the world does are lovely if you’re on the slopes 2-3 times a season. But if you’re planning on making this season a 100-day season like I am, a pre-season tune-up would barely do.
Back when I bought my first (good) snowboard, I decided the tuning kit sounded like a good idea too. I think it may have been guilt lingering from my pathetic frankenstein snowboard and never wanting to have to be told another board needed an exorcism (see: SBJ Interview). Either way, this kit has been saving my board, friends’ boards, and my savings account for a few years now. Now I’m the one performing exorcisms! Muah-hah-hah! (Seriously, the first time someone hands you a board that has gouges and looks like it’s about ready to give up, and you hand it back looking like new… it feels oddly amazing.)
So, in all seriousness – what’s in a tuning kit in general? Well, a lot of things and they all seem pretty random at first. I mean, seriously: a red plastic triangle, a plastic stick, and a brillo pad are supposed to work magic on the base of your snowboard? Believe it or not, it does.
This kit specifically has:
- Edge uning tool
- Wire brush
- Metal scraper
- Pocket stone
- Cleaning Brush
- Octane wax bar
- A nice case for the whole setup
And then I added in a sweet Dakine tuning iron because all of the above would be pretty useless without the iron, and of course more of my wax of choice (Toko).
All in all, I think I might have spent $70… and then I’ve tuned my board and countless others probably close to 60-70 times now. If you want to do the math, go ahead. I’ll just give you a head start and say it’s way more than $70.
So, if you plan on being a crazy person this season and snowboarding enough this season to actually need more than one tune-up, get yourself a tuning kit (can be found at local snowboard shops, online, etc.). You’ll be glad you did.
Up tomorrow: Columbia Fleece