Saving the Sport
Bomber Alpine Snowboard Outfitters is one of the premier outfitter of Alpine Snowboard gear in the World. We carry everything you need to make your carve experience a good one, from our own line of Trench Digger Bindings and accessories to Deeluxe Boots and snowboards from Donek, Coiler, Oxess, Kessler, Swoard and more. We are hardboot central!
Bomber was founded in 1993 by Fin Doyle, when he developed the first Bomber manufactured binding, the Trench Digger (TD). At the time, Alpine Snowboarding was a dying niche of snow sports industry, and Bomber reignited interest in the sport by developing a much needed product. Bomber also became a home for carvers and hardbooters from around the world, giving them a place to learn and discuss through an online forum and providing opportunities to gather and build community through events like the Aspen Trenchin' Convention.
Bomber is now on the third generation of Trench Digger bindings, the TD3, which is now available in four different configurations. Along with the bindings, Bomber also manufactures several other accessories for boots and boards, including the Boot Tuning System (BTS), Fin-Tec Heels, and Isolation Plates (Boiler Plate).
For all of us who love carving, we have Bomber to thank. Without Fin's vision and passion, we would either all be riding Burton Asyms or soft boots!
A New Chapter
In 2015, Fin made the difficult decision to move on from Bomber for other new pursuits, and the company changed ownership. New owners, Angie and Jim Callen, have each been part of the alpine snowboard community for over ten years. You may know us better as the infamous Pink Panster and the guy who you definitely want to be BEHIND when going down the hill.
We are very honored to have the future of Bomber entrusted to our care, and we're even more excited to bring new ideas, opportunities, and enthusiasm to the sport (and Company), so we can share alpine snowboarding with more people, grow our reach, and see the sport continue to thrive.
For more information on each of us individually, continue reading. Otherwise, come visit us and Bomber at it's new home in Aspen.
I am an east-coast native, growing up outside of Pittsburgh. After attending Carnegie Mellon, I relocated to Boston where I practiced as a Civil Engineer. I lived in the basement of a house that belonged to my best friend from college, Vanessa, and her soon to be husband, Todd Brown; some of you might know him as ~tb on the forum!
On my 23rd birthday, Vanessa and Todd took me snowboarding for the first time, and I was hooked immediately. I opted for traditional soft boots and eventually transitioned to hardboots when I went to my first ECES in 2006. I was supposed to be there for two days and got a concussion (on my first day in hard boots) that gave me a great call-in-to-work-sick excuse, so I stayed for the week.
In 2007, I had the opportunity to fly by the seat of my pants once again and come to SES on a whim. Vanessa called me on Monday morning and said “I don’t know what you need to do, but you need to get out here.” In hindsight, I think it was a joke, but the next day I was on a plane heading WEST for the first time. I fell in love with Colorado and with the community of people we call Bomber.
I knew Colorado was where I wanted to be and, in the fall of 2008, I relocated to Breckenridge thanks to a transfer opportunity through my engineering firm. I embraced the Colorado lifestyle – and the glorious snow conditions - and thanks to the help of quite a few Bomber regulars, I became the rider I always dreamed of being.
To cut to the chase, things changed drastically in 2010 when, on the first day of SES at Buttermilk, I bumped into Jim Callen on the hill. It was our first time meeting, although we knew of each other from the forum. Later that afternoon at the Bumps party, Jim came over to chat and, essentially, the rest is history as hardbooter love was born. Four months later, I moved to Aspen and moved away from engineering to more personally rewarding pursuits, which have helped pave the way that's lead us here today!
Growing up in Syracuse, NY, I had plenty of friends who snowboarded from a young age, but I didn't get my start until age 15. My friends finally convinced me to go riding with them, and I was given a 5 minute tutorial on how to strap in and skate around a bit, taken to the top of the lift and told “See you next run!” I made my way down, hating my friends but enjoying myself despite the grapefruit-size knees I went home with.
Due to a demanding swim schedule, time for snowboarding was limited until college. I discovered the school’s ski club and the season passes it provided to four different “mountains” in the greater Buffalo area, and I took it upon myself to schedule my classes around the riding I wanted to do.
I eventually got into racing and watched all of Cam Farrell’s kids at Holimont destroy me with their alpine setups. My curiosity piqued, I finally tried hardboots at the local hill where I was teaching during winter break my sophomore year. I flailed and floundered, yet still enjoyed the heck out of it, and from that point on I was hooked.
After some online searching I found Bomberonline, and while lurking and questioning for a bit, I was able to secure a used setup from Dave Morgan. After seven days on hardboots, I decided to make my way to the 2004 ECES at Sugarloaf.
Holy crap that mountain was big! It was my first big mountain experience, but the guys I met didn’t know that, and there I found myself on the the King Pine chair with Shred Gruumer and Helmut Karvlow. I had never been on a run so high, or so steep before, but watching those guys take off down the hill I thought: “I’ve got this." Yeah, I didn’t. I exploded nearly every turn, but I made it down, albeit battered and bruised, with the guys surprised I was in one piece.
I fell in love with the mountains that week and a few short months later I made my way to Aspen. Fast forward 11 years, and I have the combination of Aspen and Hardbooting to thank for my wife (who I proposed to on the very spot on Buttermilk where we met during SES 2010) and a newly acquired, killer snowboard company.