31/03/2011 | by Uli Köhler
Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 121, March 2011
ALTHOUGHT ONLY 21-YEAR-OLD TOM KLOCKER IS ALREADY ONE OF THE BEST RIDERS ON THE INFAMOUS ISENSEVEN ROSTER. IN ISSUE #117 WE TOOK A GANDER AT THIS AUSTRIAN’S PASSAGE TO THE TOP. NOW WE HAVE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE EQUIPMENT THAT MAKES STOMPING THOSE SWITCH BACK 12S OH SO EASY…
HOME TOWN: Hippach, Tirol
HOME MOUNTAIN: Penken Park, Mayrhofen
STANCE: regular, 64cm, +13/-13
SPONSORS: Head Snowboards, Oakley, Moreboards & Transform Gloves
Board: Head Tribute I. 153
Why did you choose the Tribute I. out of all Head boards?
I actually tried most boards from the Head range. Of all of them the Tribute I. fi t my riding best. The flex is neither too soft nor too stiff, and it is perfect in the park, on rails, and in the BC. That’s why I chose this board. The board has a regular camber.
Why didn’t you jump on the reverse camber bandwagon?
I’m not a big fan of new shapes, that’s why I stayed with the regular camber boards. I think I will stick to regular camber for good.
Do you ride one length only or do you switch boards depending on the terrain?
In park, BC and for jibbing I ride the same board, but in the BC I ride a rocker shape. To me this is just better for pow. But I always stick to the same length.
Boots: Head Team Boa
What do you like most about your boots?
They are fairly lightweight and fi t my feet really well.
What do you like best: speed lacing, Boa or traditional lacing?
I prefer traditional lacing. I don’t think much of speed lacing, Boa is kind of cool, but I like regular laces the most.
BINDNG: Head NX Five
According to its description these bindings are ‘precise and in control.’ What else do you like about your bindings?
Exactly. These bindings are sick, a little different from the rest. They fi t around the boot really well and offer a very good hold.
Do you ride your bindings as they come straight from the box, or do you adjust them somehow?
I always change the straps for some extra stiff ones. But other than that they are perfect.
Outerwear: Oakley Jacket & Pants
What do you look for in your outerwear?
The jackets shouldn’t be too baggy but rather long and slim, and not too colourful. The pants should be slim around the knees, not too baggy, and most importantly not too tight.
What features do you like most about your Oakley Outerwear?
They always come with cool pockets, for example for your iPhone, and they always have sick cuts.
What makes a perfect pair of gloves?
They have to be waterproof, warm enough in cold winters, and they shouldn’t be too stiff, or else you don’t have much feel in your fingers.
What do you like most about your goggles?
In terms of looks Oakley goggles are the best. And they also have the best lenses, perfect for all conditions.
Do you take various lenses up on the mountain – and if yes, which ones?
I usually take Polarised lenses up on the mountain. They are the best lenses by far, as you can see every bump no matter what the conditions are.
What else do you usually take on the mountain?
Most of the time I have a GoPro and my iPhone with me.