They have factories, we have a wood shop
PowderJets were created with a simple mission: to handcraft an eco conscious, super fun snowboard to tear up the backcountry.
I started building PowderJets in 2009 because I couldn't find the board I wanted in the mayhem of the current snowboard industry. I wanted a classic powder surfer that would float me through open powder fields, and turn tightly enough to manage the squirrely trees here in Vermont. It needed a concave tail that would make quick turns even quicker, and have a loose, surfy feel out in the open. It also needed bindings, needed to be light, needed to handle the East Coast ice, and it needed to be built as ecologically-minded as possible. The board I was looking for wasn't being built, so PowderJet Snowboards was spawned.
Since our start, we've grown our lineup of models and refined our technology. All of our models, including blank DIY models, have steel edges and Ptex bases. Snowboarding has evolved a lot in the last 30 years, and I wanted to tap into that progression. I took what snowboarders have learned about riding styles, camber, sidecut and flex in the past three decades, and brought it into the wood shop. The result is the simplest, most efficient snowboard on the hill today.
Of course the board needs to perform, and it also needs to leave less of an impact on the planet. So I build PowderJets in the cleanest way I can. I use US grown FSC certified poplar, which I laminate together with a super clean bio resin from Entropy Resin. A Ptex base and steel edges are laminated together with the poplar sheets in an industrial snowboard press that I designed here in my workshop. The boards have a rocker profile for speed and float, deep sidecut with a tight radius for quick turns, and a set back stance location for stability and nose float. We only make about 150 boards a year, and it's all done here in Vermont, by people who take powder days off.