10/25/2010 - Crazy Snowboarder: E
ndorses Hot Rod Race Wax! Crazy snowboarder did their independent testing and gave us their stamp of approval! GOTO
– Press Release: Red Oak Development is very pleased to announce that our work in producing a new high tech base construction for skis and snowboards has achieved “Patent Pending”
status. We would like to thank Kenneth Brooks, Esq., our Patent Attorney, for his hard work and support in helping us reach this milestone. We are hopeful that the patent will be awarded by the end of 2010. Key players in helping us reach this goal are Derek Runes, of DMRacing who is our Senior Team rider, Dustin Turnquist, P.E., for engineering consulting, C.B. Bechtel, of Loveland Race Club, and Donek Snowboards. Loveland Race Club provided professional racing timing equipment so that Derek could test our proto type and current GS racing snowboards on a closed course, under controlled conditions. Red Oak rented Chair #3 at Loveland
last season to conduct performance testing. Loveland Race Club confirmed results and provided a third party non bias witness to the tests. We contracted and built a custom GS snowboard with Sean Martin of Donek. We tested Kessler, several Donek GS snowboards, Völkl Renn Tiger and the proprietary Red Oak construction prototype, a.k.a. the Green Hornet. For the best accuracy, test results were measured to the ten thousandths of a second. All snowboards were tested at the same time in similar conditions; all boards were stripped, all were with in 1 cm length, 183 cm – 184 cm. Our proto type Green Hornet was 2.5% faster than the Olympic winning Kessler GS! 2.5% faster glide on a short course will ad up very fast in World Cup or Recreational racing! 2.5% over a full course is HUGE!
We are very excited to gear up to build a race ready prototype with a new “Sport” base material this season and we are work to produce a non-wax “Race” base. Demo boards will be available at several retailers, locations to be determined.
You can expect the Red Oak snowboards will include the latest technologies and materials! Pricing has not been determined… rest assured these Ultra High Performance products will not be cheap… we will look for methods to keep the cost down but exotic materials are expensive. 02/04/2010:
02/14/2010: We are thrilled to announce that since our concept snowboard passed testing we have submitted the next material specifications which will move our testing to proto-type. Donek will build our proto-type. We will provide structural changes and material for this one of a kind snowboard. This has moved to a patient pending status. We will provide proto-type test feedback once it is available. Very exciting stuff! ETA Mid - March 2010.
was kind enough to build a concept board for us on very short notice days before
. Special manufacturing was required since our test base material was thinner than normal construction. Donek built a 179 FC II with fiberglass construction. Results: The concept board passed with flying colors and impress all! We did not expect a ride able product on the first attempt. This is truly unprecedented for the industry. ROD Founder, Tony Stoughton, and Sr.Team Rider, Derek Runes tested the Donek FC II HOT ROD Base Technology Concept board at Loveland Ski Resort on the morning of Saturday February 6, 2010. The new base technology was tested raw without base grind. This very unusual step was taken to determine a feel for the material prior to any additional processing. 01/25/2010:
Test sample of multiple material were received for evaluation. Test samples were distributed. ROD complete initial evaluation. Secondary material specifications were completed. ROD overall is very pleased with the test sample and will move forward with the evaluation of one material sample. We are very excited that one of the samples has the proper characteristics to continue testing! 10/20/2009:
Rough design for an advanced base material has been completed. The new base will be required to be a Non-Wax material which can withstand extremely cold temperatures and sustain a "Race" level of performance. Material manufacture identified and contacted. Material supplier has agreed to produce test sample for ROD. 09/25/2009:
Spray epoxy base coating effort has been completed. The results are ROD has successfully coated current base material with a type of HOT product and will exceed the performance of current wax products. The product development will be discontinued due to the extremely toxic materials used to produce the hyper-base coating. This will conclude the 4 months of product development.