Cancer took John Leslie's leg when he was 10 years old. The following winter snowboarding changed his life. The Ottawa native is a snowboard Paralympian preparing to represent Canada in the 2018 games. This is his inspirational story, and this is his family.
“You told us we have no idea what we’re about to go face. But we’re going to do it as a family.” - John Leslie
Winter 2017 is in full swing, but we're already showcasing our 2018 line of helmets, goggles, and softgoods at retailer trade shows around the world. We've been developing this product for the last 12 months and we're stoked we finally get to share it with you. Here's a sneak peek of a few awesome things we have in store for 2018.
We're really hyped on our brand new goggle for 2018: The Kingpin. The Kingpin offers superior vision and comfort with a medium sized cylindrical lens on a sleek, frameless design. It features a helmet compatible fit, triple layer face foam, perimeter frame and lens venting, Italian-made dual layer high impact scratch resistant lens, 100% UV protection, embedded anti-fog, interchangeable lens design and a silicon grip strap. Also debuting with The Kingpin is our all-new Polarized Shift lens. The photochromic technology automatically adjusts to any lighting conditions Mother Nature throws at you and polarization reduces glare. You'll never have to change your lens again. The Kingpin is available in 3 colourways pictured below.
The Kingpin Goggle in Black with Polarized Shift lens.
Kingpin Goggles in Black Camo with Gold Ion Lens (bonus Yellow/Blue Ion lens) and White with Pink Ion lens (bonus Blackout lens).
Kevin Sansalone rocking the new Kingpin in Black Camo with Gold Ion lens
Next up is our premium line of Apex helmets. Available in the Legend and Classic 2.0 shapes, our Apex line features the BOA fit system, a removable plush/washable comfort liner and plush Audio Ready ear covers, neck cozy and chin strap and a deep metallic matte finish. The Apex line also features our metallic-under-matte paint finish which gives each helmet a really cool rich pearlescent look. Both models have a vented low profile hard-core EPS liner and removable goggle clip. Check out the new Apex models below.
The Legend Snow Apex in Slate [Matte], Bordeaux [Matte], and Ocean [Matte].
Classic 2.0 Snow Apex in Mulberry [Matte], Blue Steel [Matte], and Graphite [Matte].
If you're looking to make a statement with your next helmet, we have a few incredible print colourways in the Classic 2.0 Snow. These helmets are already generating a lot of hype.
Classic 2.0 Snow in Black Floral [Matte], Spaced Out [Matte], and Burgundy Floral [Matte].
All of the above gear will be available in Fall 2017 on our website and from our fine retailers.
Karate chopping boards and clearing out the early season cobwebs is how Geoff Brown and his friends get ready for the winter. The boys enjoy good powder days riding park to pow laps on Whistler and Blackcomb in the hopes of finding their backcountry legs… but are quickly reminded that the backcountry is not the same as the park.
We're beyond stoked Leanne Pelosi won the first ever Transworld Snowboarding Riders Poll Influencer Award. Leanne has dedicated the past two years of her life to creating, directing, producing, and filming Full Moon film. She also managed to jump in front of the lens are stack enough footage for an amazing section. Check out the footage below from the Transworld Snowboarding Riders Poll awards night. Congrats again, Leanne!
Our home resort of Whistler Blackcomb kicked off their season with amazing conditions. With well over 200 cm's of snow falling in less than a week, many longtime locals were calling it the best opening days they've ever ridden. Check out the video below from Sandbox team rider Geoff Brown sampling some of the goods.