Welcome to our new Envision Series where we’ll be bringing you the latest gear previews, with some of the most exciting new snowboard, boot, binding, outerwear and goggle products to drop for winter 2021-22. In this Envision episode, we’re taking a look at next year’s lineup from Drake.
Drake came out swinging with the all-new Battle Rusty snowboard last season – a board that was as ferocious in the backcountry as it was fired up in the streets. Luckily, we’ll be seeing it return again for next season with a carbon upgrade to its core.
“There’s an impressive line of freestyle and jib snowboards, right through to more performance focussed freeride and free-carve options for the men, women and groms”
But the Italian brand caters to more than just the volume shifted trend that’s gained so much support these days. There’s an impressive line of freestyle and jib snowboards, right through to more performance focussed freeride and free-carve options for the men, women and groms. On top of that, there’s an equally impressive binding range covering an equally broad riding spectrum. And for those looking to complete the setup, their big-bros, Northwave, have a pretty special anniversary edition of the Decade snowboard boot to drop next year.
We caught up with Drake and Northwave’s Global Team Manager, Alex Stewart, for the lowdown on next season’s gear and the launch of their new women’s team.
What are your hero stories going forward into the 2021/22 season?
Our main heroes this winter are by far women. It wasn’t easy to build a women’s team because there are so many badass women out there who are kicking ass. I was in Zermatt this year and saw both Paula Benito and Sophia Scholls ride and they just blew my mind. I immediately knew that if I was gonna put a women’s team together, it would have to be with them. They were ripping the glacier!
“It wasn’t easy to build a women’s team because there are so many badass women out there who are kicking ass”
What product are you personally most stoked on? What will you be riding next season?
That’s a good question! Of course I can’t deny that the product which I am most stoked on is the Rusty Toothbrush pro model board by Drake. I’m really happy about how it came out because it was a combination of ideas and technologies between me, Dusan Kriz and JJ Rayward. We made it come to life last year and because of the positive feedback it had, we decided to remake it this year, just with a different graphic. Caravaggio lent us a hand on this one. Cheers bro!