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JBburton 18 Name Jason
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Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
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Height/Weight: 5'11, 170 lbs
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2/18/2014 10:38:48 AM forward lean helped me a lot with getting lower or in an "athletic position" as some people call it.  I usually crank that shit up now and never looked back since I first tried it.   I would say slowly adjust it until you find something comfortable.  Big changes in forward lean make quite a noticeable difference in my opinion.
2/6/2014 9:09:05 PM bindings are not terrain specific and generally aren't board specific (est bindings and the channel, splitboard bindings are some exceptions).   do you want softer flexed bindings or really responsive ones?  or something in between?  i prefer stiffer bindings because of my weak ankles and have used stiffer bindings on nearly everything, and never looked back.  they just work for me.  i would say since the bindings came free, test them out and then see whether you like them or not.  if you like them, there is probably no need for change at all.  if you don't, think about what traits about your bindings you would adjust to make them feel better to you.  basically, find what you like and don't like about the bindings and narrow down your choices from there.  everybody is different so nobody else can really can't tell you what is best for you.  only you can decide that.
12/2/2013 11:17:07 PM hahaha, this thread will just NEVER go away...  some people will never grasp the most basic of principles about personal preference and will continue to spew the forums with nonsense.  backup your stance with valid arguments... don't just make foolish claims and expect people to listen for no reason...  
10/20/2013 9:18:35 PM BC Canada about 5 years ago was the best 2 weeks of snowboarding of my life.  phenomenal terrain, amazing scenery, nice and deep, also steep where you needed it, and just an overall amazing experience.  unfortunately for financial reasons, i haven't been able to make it back since and even looks like i may go a second straight year without seeing any snow :( If i ever get the money i will definitely do it again, or take a short little plane ride a few miles north to alaska.  A very big IF.
9/10/2013 9:03:52 PM Maybe its a commitment issue.  Or maybe you are overjumping?  Or maybe it has to do with an unbalanced approach?  A lot of issues could be going wrong here.  I can't really say because I don't see what you are doing.   I'd say the best bet is to keep practicing, or have a lesson focused entirely on jumps and landings, or even board control.  Nobody is ever too good for a lesson here and there, as they are completely worth it and can help point out the very minor things that could be affecting all sorts of aspects of your riding.  Having not been on snow since 2011-12, I know that a lesson is going to be the first thing I do come next season.  Lessons can also help bring back those "muscle memory" things to get you back in the swing quickly.  A good instructor will point out every technical detail that you are doing wrong, and can make everything a whole lot easier and eventually, effortless second nature.
7/16/2013 10:07:10 PM http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2013/los-angeles/real/round/1/ Just saw this pop up on my news feed today and figured I would post it and create a poll.  Not sure if anyone started a thread on this already since i didn't look much, so sorry if I made a double.  Seems like a good discussion as this is the only XGames event I pay any attention to.  Which parts did you like?  Which did you not like?  My favorites were between Lando and Fredi, but my vote goes to Fredi on this one.  
5/9/2013 9:23:17 PM I believe its a little light too. especially if he is let out at 21, since I believe the minor nonsense is bull shit in some circumstances. if a 12 year old did it, that's one thing. but you are fully aware of the significance of killing someone by the time you are 14-15 years old. on top of that, its a recreational soccer league. not the world cup, not the premier league, and if you keep it cool you will simply forget about it the next day. and was it a yellow card too? that kid has some serious issues (not that the rest of us do not) and I feel that giving it to him easy will just make him feel it is okay to do stuff like this again. what happens when he gets a bad grade on a test in college? what if he gets in a drunken argument with someone at a bar or on the street if they let him out at 21? what happens when he gets fired from his job? shit, people sometimes get more time in the slammer for selling 10 bucks of marijuana.
5/9/2013 8:55:45 PM you're "working it down the mountain" excuse could be due to just poor technique. I never have to put that much effort into turning something unless its just wayyy too big, or unless im going down something pretty gnarly. take lessons, and shit will be relaxing. learn the proper way to do things, and they will become second nature, instead of something difficult and labored. someone pointed out to me a long time ago the issue with rear leg steering and dragging/skidding my board around. its tiring, ineffective, and you lose control of it on top of that. learned to make carve turns instead of skid turns and all of a sudden, shit just was a whole lot easier. im not as tired, my turns feel more natural, i have more control, and I don't have to think about navigating through nearly anything. on top of that, i don't look like an idiot on the hill anymore, which is another plus. ever hear the expression, "its not the tools, its the carpenter" before? I think it can most definitely be applied here. if you assume that buying something will change every aspect of how you perform and shape you into a totally different rider, then you are out of your mind. im 5'11 and about 160-170 (so we are relatively the same size) and I never have to "work" my boards down the hill. also, im riding sizes 10+cm longer than you are. lessons are probably more worth your money than spending a whole bunch of money on a board that you assume will "make you better." while the board wont make you better, the lessons most certainly will, given you pay attention and try to fix the issues yourself.
4/28/2013 2:09:13 AM I love it... burton is always on the pricier side. but not really, as you are paying for the tech, costs of materials, labor, etc... you don't pay for the brand. also, I like how you come back to post the same thing as you posted before that got spammed. not trying to be a dick here, but c'mon man. as for warranty, you will get good warranty from pretty much any brand name, and most of them have the same policies. for example, you ride and hit a little rock underneath the surface and your board cracks in half, they may replace it. if you take a chainsaw to your board looking for a new one since yours has aged a bit, then they will probably laugh at you and do nothing. as said above, there is no possible way to classify a binding as terrain specific. no way at all. the bindings are basically based on a preference of what someone is looking for as far as stiffness, support, comfort, and minor things that make the overall ride tailor toward a certain feel on the slope. same exact thing with boots. boards can be tailored for terrain due to minor differences in bends, sidecuts, nose and tail shapes, taper, flex profiles (directional vs. standard twin), setback, etc. but even then, unless you throw in an extreme variation (such as the banana hammock which no longer exists for 2014 from what I understand), you will be able to take anything anywhere and have a good time. I feel that's the best way to do it after all, as you can discover your preferences and then narrow down your options to find an exact fit for what you are looking for. what works for person "a" doesn't have to work for person "b".
4/24/2013 4:28:22 PM I ride a lot more in the trees than usual, so I find the deeper sidecut to be relatively helpful for navigating around them and such. not ridiculously deep, just a tad beyond average toward the deep side. but there was never a feeling like hopping on that 164 and just charging. shit was sweet. I will miss that board.
4/24/2013 3:44:27 PM  thinking back to it, i remember in 2011 or whenever the jones boards first came out, i picked up a 64 flagship early on for 50% off because the shop was emptying its inventory of all snowboards.  that had a fairly mellow sidecut and that was quite a noticeable difference from anything ive been on before, especially when on steeper terrain.  quite fun actually, as it just opened up and kinda forced me to point it down the hill.  i guess if i had the option, i would keep the same specs as mentioned above but have another option with that mellow sidecut.  wish i had the option and credentials to customize some prototypes and just see the endless possibilities.
3/28/2013 2:47:54 AM my dream do-everything board would be: -something fairly stiff. if I were to put it into numerical value, 7 or 8 outa 10 -cambered or hybrid with noticeable camber sections (something like c2) -twin/directional twin shape -mellow magnetraction for edgehold without that crazy grip that full aggressive mtx has -around 255-260WW for added surface area and float (i have size 10 boots) -fast sintered base -stance set back about an inch or so -slightly deeper sidecut -preferable length would be around 160-162 since I don't have a ton of money and am not that important in the snowboarding world, If I had to choose a favorite for doing everything, I would pick the T.Rice HP 61 I had in '11, or the custom x 160 i used for that epic BC trip a few years back.
3/22/2013 3:23:30 AM great pics man.  looks like something i have to try soon.  if i was in better financial position this year, there is a good chance that i would have been doing the same thing.
3/22/2013 3:10:49 AM That generic argument could be said for boots, boards, jackets, gloves, helmets, goggles, or any other piece of snowboard equipment. Terrain-specific categorisation of bindings is fair play because construction details will make a binding more suitable for specific types of riding. For instance, nobody with any common sense would suggest a noodly urethane binding for carving up groomers because you would be better off strapping yourself in with elastic bands... there is no feedback from the board and terrain. This is also why stiffer bindings are preferred by big mountain and professional pipe riders being that they feed back riding information from the snow to the boot and rider.[/QUOTE]Only boards are terrain specific. Boots, like bindings, can perform everywhere and do just as good, if that is what the rider PREFERS. Some people like stiff boots for everything, some people like soft boots for everything, some like soft boots for certain things and stiff boots for others and vice versa. Same with bindings. Boards are terrain specific because of camber type, shape, flex, setback, taper etc. I've never seen jackets, gloves(aside from pipe), helmets or goggles be marketed as terrain specific. It just seems to be an ever growing misconception that bindings and boots are terrain specific though, and that's simply not the case[/QUOTE]You may be confusing personal fit and comfort with application-targeted design. You are also vague about "preference". What preference? Preference based on what? Based on performance or preference based on fit? If what you say is true and that boots and bindings are strictly a comfort preference, then where in between a $150 and $550 boot was it decided that more products were needed? If bindings were engineered by comfort preference, then there would be maybe one or two highback and strap choices and a range of sizes to fit because application-specific performance and design is ignored altogether. I know that riders will often choose a binding (or boot or any other piece of equipment) based on their preferred riding style, quality, fit, and, to some extent, sponsorships. But that is no excuse to be ignorant of the design choices implemented by the manufacturer to make the product more suitable for specific types of riding. "Based on what the rider prefers"? That does not explain why manufacturers use higher glassing concentrations in the baseplate or the use of carbon fibre materials in the highback in stiffer models. Tapered straps and asymmetrically shaped highbacks also affect the binding's performance when the boot is stressed and flexing while strapped in. Yeah, I prefer super stiff boots, but it would take one incredible health-related alibi to justify trying to do ground tricks in a Burton SLX when my Burton Grail is on the shelf staring me in the face. The binding is the most adjustable piece of snowboard equipment you have and there is no legitimate reason ignore the design and engineering involved in creating application-specific variations of the product. [/QUOTE]  preference is primarily based on what one "prefers" for a certain feel/fit/style etc.  list is endless.  since you and i are two different people, we will less than likely prefer the exact same things.  as said countless times on this forum, if there was a best we would ALL be using the same exact gear.  there would be no in betweens of the prices of $150-$550, but rather one company and one design.  period.  the countless options are not necessarily for little things to boost ability in terrain, but rather to provide options to fit people's comforts for what they want to do.   i basically started on co2s and ions my 2nd year riding, and it was by far the best decision i ever made.  my ankles are complete shit, so the extra support gives me the comfort i need when riding.  it has been perfect regardless of what i was doing.  switched it up one year and tried experimenting with some malivitas on an x8 and it just didnt flow for anything i was trying to do.  got rid of that combo after a year.  solid equipment, but just didnt have much use for it.  as for ground tricks, ive been doing those for years with my stiffer setups.  i personally lock into a nice 360 pow butter perfectly on something relatively stiff.  just feels natural to me, and did from the beginning.  guys like nico can do butters that make you shit your pants while using shit stiffer than a boner in a whorehouse.  yet many people on the hill can't press for shit riding their "butter and rail" setups that they have for no reason other than the belief that it will make them all of a sudden better and that they can show it off to their friends.  strange huh. overall, i have to disagree from personal experience that any binding/boot is terrain specific.  i have tried my fair share of shapes and sizes, but i still have a preferred feel for everything i do.  whether i fuck around on some flats, take a hiking day off to wonderland, or walk into the bar to have a few beers to sooth the bumps and bruises from the hard days work, i use one pair of bindngs and boots for everything.  that likely won't change, aside from maybe a few experimentations with new equipment in the years to come.
2/20/2013 9:04:38 PM land on the downsloped landing area and not the flats?  haha. or dont overshoot it entirely.  get proper speed.


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