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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
What do you guys think of them? Has anybody here tried them out? They are currently looking for women rep's. I had never heard of them before. I see they have a hybrid binding between a regular freestyle and a Flow binding. Are they durable? Where can one demo these?
post #2 of 13
It's the designer from Apocalypse Snowboards who left that company because he wasn't happy with their quality control. The boards look really really good. Excellent build quality (from a hand held perspective, no on snow time), the binding system is really cool...a step in traditional (strap) binding, no need to sit down to strap in. Brilliant.

As for demo time, US distribution is out of Denver, you should be able to arrange a demo somewhere in Co. I would think.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I found a website with mainly french on it. I couldn't figure out where they came from. If it's in Denver, I'll find them. I'd really like to try out their binding system and one of their all-mountain boards. I sent them a resume last night for the rep. position.
post #4 of 13
APO is the company of Regis Rolland who started Apocalypse in France and made the great Apocalypse Snow films. He sold the company to a Chinese guy Jack Linn who moved the company to the USA (New York) there the quality went downhill and the company died in 1997/98. The new APO boards are distributed by Stockli in Denver.

Ironically the APO binding is made by Jack back in China with his new company.

Regis is a really great guy and one of the true pioneers of snowboarding.
post #5 of 13
Love the look of their bindings. I'm a big fan of the Flow bindings, but Flow's one big drawback, to me, is the lack of an easy way to adjust the powerstrap once you have snapped up the hi-back. APO's bindings look like the best of both worlds!

I want! :
post #6 of 13
There is a great article in the now defunct "Snowboard Journal" about Regis. They refer to him as the "Father of European Snowboarding".

He became hooked when the Winterstick Demo team visited in Europe. Then became a "Snow Surfing" legend in the series of movies produced called Apocalypse Snow 1,2 and 3. Although I have not had the pleasure to meet Regis, his boards are well built and cutting edge. He built some fine alpine board in the early days and killer big guns.

Photos here of the 200cm Swallowtail when it was "A" snowboards.

Love to see Regis do well, he certainly has lived the life of snowboarding!!
post #7 of 13

APO Info

Check out APO at www.apo-snowboards.com, we are also making a great line of skis shaped by BOB from famed Rossi Scratch designer.
If you need to get prices or gear call Will at 802 373-4252 he is the operations manager.
post #8 of 13
The Apo boards are fine. Especially the Swallowtail.

What i heard from industry insiders about Regis however was more like "he sold the company to make most out of the name and then only shortly later would come up with APO and thereby even ruining the market for Apocalypse".

For sure he was a really great rider back then and I'm sure even today he still rips it. Apocalypse Snow 4 by Regis should come to the theaters this year!
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by apousa View Post
Check out APO at www.apo-snowboards.com, we are also making a great line of skis shaped by BOB from famed Rossi Scratch designer.
If you need to get prices or gear call Will at 802 373-4252 he is the operations manager.
You would have to pay me a lot of money to even try any of your spam products. I think you need to pay Epic before you start advertising your lame boards here.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
In fairness, this thread started as a legitimate request for more information about a snowboard manufacturer I was completely unfamiliar with. I'm actually quite pleased that they found my request for information and provided contact information. I have no affiliation with APO whatsoever. As a snowboard pro, I have a legitimate need to know the equipment that is available on the market.

I really like to demo gear before purchasing it. I hope APO participates in the demofests at Loveland, Winter Park, and Copper next season or sometime this season.
post #11 of 13
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Check out APO at www.apo-snowboards.com, we are also making a great line of skis shaped by BOB from famed Rossi Scratch designer.
If you need to get prices or gear call Will at 802 373-4252 he is the operations manager.
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post #12 of 13
Oh, I didn't really read that last post of apousa. Rather just quickly wanted to answer to the initial poster.

If he stays and really answers instead of just linking to homepage alright, otherwise for me this is just bad behaviour that will for sure fall back onto the company. They should better cater for their customers on skipass forums (quite a lot of apo riders) than spamming here.
post #13 of 13
Sorry, I overreacted. I guess the suggestion that he sold the name of his snowboards then screwed the buyer by making boards under an abbreviated variation of said name colored my response. I guess BOB didn't design the offensive Rossi Scratch graphics, but linking this company to Rossi Scratch didn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling either.

I wavered between hitting the report post icon and posting a vitriolic response, I guess I made the wrong choice. I'll use report post or contact us in the future.

Apousa, sorry for the attack, that wasn't very welcoming.
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