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kimchijajonshim Name Mr. Chu
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""After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb."" 
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Gender: Male
Age: 28
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Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 25
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'11, 190 lbs
Board Size: 159 +/- for everyday
Boot Size: 10.5-11
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
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Region: Mid West
Location: Minnesota
Resort: Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area
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1/30/2014 12:14:44 PM I'm torn. The original article is pretty condescending and relies on purely anecdotal evidence and unattributed statistics. I wish he'd relied on more transparent, readily verifiable sales and lift ticket data. I don't know enough about ski manufacturing, marketing, and community to know whether his claims about skiing marketing being better (although I'd tend to agree that snowboarding marketing sucks for me, as a professional late-20-something). On the other side, Angry's response also relies on anecdotal evidence and attacks the guy's credibility without addressing the numbers. Neither side really presents a terribly compelling argument for me. I will say this: living in the SF bay and the Midwest, I've always sensed that skiing has more diehards than snowboarding. I've found in general that the ski community is better versed in the more diehard, technical aspects of snow sports. For example when I was looking into research for boot fitting, custom insoles, and heli operations, I found a LOT more relevant discussion on ski sites and had much more informative conversations with ski shop employees. I don't know whether that's because of the age of the sports, differences in their cultures, demographics, or what, but I've always gotten the impression that skiing has a larger core of committed "I-need-to-do-this" types.  Because of that, I think a larger proportion of folks who see snowsports as a luxury rather than a necessity are snowboarders. Add on top of that that snowboarders are probably poorer (given nobody can have snowboarded 50+ years and that snowboarding equipment is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper). Put it all together, and my guess is that snowboarding was hit much, much harder by the recession. Hopefully we see things rebound.
12/9/2012 7:51:02 PM Weren't you super pumped on 390 Bosses a couple years ago?
12/9/2012 5:36:06 PM Agree with Scorer, except I think Forces and Cartels are pretty comparable, but 390s are a touch softer than those two (from my memory). Biggest difference is Cartels have traditionally had more forward lean, although not so much any more. If you're going Rome, I'd go with Targas instead.
12/9/2012 12:51:51 PM Merino wool base layers.
11/30/2012 10:43:11 AM This. I actually hate riding with mine up because it slips from my face, but it's pretty fabulous and low-key chilling around my neck.
7/14/2012 12:27:58 PM Would not buy. A shame, always been a really good deal in the past.
7/14/2012 12:25:24 PM Four days according to the video descripton on youtube. Where he nails that turn around 5:06 is right next to an ex-girlfriend's place. She said they closed down the entire street and she saw Pastrana practicing. I have ALWAYS wanted to jump an SF hill, so this was a thrill to watch.
7/14/2012 12:21:04 PM Depends on what you need. Heavy snow or light rain, you're not going to have a good time. Just dicking around in the spring, might do alright. 
7/14/2012 12:17:55 PM Yea, not quite sure why cost would factor into it unless he's looking specifically for a sub-$400 retail board.
7/12/2012 12:55:40 AM I haven't owned a Mervin in about 4 years, so keep that in mind. I hate the lack of a full wrap edge. It makes nose and tail very susceptible to stupid little damage when you hit rocks/rails/whatever. I exposed core when I softly hit a rock that wouldn't even have registered if I'd had a full wrap edge. The flipside of that is that the damage is really easy to fix, and MUCH easier to fix when the damage is extensive. A full wrap edge takes little to medium abuse much better, but if you hit it bad enough to tear out the edge, it is a huge pain to work with. And tearing out the edge is a potential concern concern. I've seen pictures with Mervins with the edge torn out, which is also a really, really tough fix. Now that's probably very uncommon because you'd have to hit it at just the right spot at sufficient force. But it does happen.
6/21/2012 1:01:48 AM The continuous decline of content on this site. It used to be such a nice place. Le sigh.
6/21/2012 1:01:09 AM I think you can get newer boards in good condition for as cheap or cheaper than you're looking at here. eBay and Geartrade are your friends. You can find decent deals off Craigslist (I'm assuming that's where you found these), but you need to know what you're looking for. And if the Dragon is really a T6 precursor, DEFINITELY don't get that.
6/18/2012 4:00:09 PM LIAR. Asians in California don't play hockey.
6/16/2012 9:22:25 PM Buddy of mine has these. Didn't try 'em out because I wasn't that interested. Not my thing, but could be a fun little toy.
6/13/2012 5:20:24 PM Far as I know, Sensor is just a marketing term Smith uses. They're a line of Smith lenses that are high VLT and above-average contrast. Lenses that work best in flat light but are still pretty decent in brighter conditions. They have a rose tint (Sensor Mirror) and a gold tint (Gold Sensor Mirror). No experience with the gold version.


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