Snowboarders now have something that virtually every other sport, including roller skating, has shock absorbers. The shock sits between the snowboard and the binding and gives not only a smoother ride, but also better edge control. Called Snoshox, it gives these qualities by letting the binding move vertically.
Verton MFX, a polypropylene composite reinforced with long glass fibers, lets the shock absorption system add just over 2 lb to board weight. But the boost in performance makes the added weight a nonissue for many athletes.
Verton MFX composite has a high strength-to-weight ratio and is said to maintain good impact resistance at subzero temperatures.
LNP Engineering Plastics, 475 Creamery Way, Exton, PA 19341, (610) 363-4500, www.lnp.com