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Gender: Male
Age: 15
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Years Riding: 7
Average Days/Year: 60
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'9, 666 lbs
Board Size: 158
Boot Size: 10
Clothing Size: XL
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: XL
Thermal Size: L
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Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Sierra-at-Tahoe
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Merrell



Likes: Merrell has been my trail shoe for some time now. I love the Moab and the gear they have isn't quite my style, but that's cool. as long as they keep knocking out some serious, high quality trail shoes for my treks out into Desolation Wilderness and the high country, I'm stoked. The fact they also incorporate goretex is a big bonus in my book as well.

Qualities: Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend

Experience: I own Merrell product, I am an expert

Etnies



Likes: Etnies are quickly becoming my favorite shoes. DC’s seem to break down and not offer me the support that my Etnies do. With a wide range of styles and colors, I’m able to get the wild colors I love. The shoes are very comfortable and durable as hell. I’ve been wearing mine every day for over a year and outside of the soles I could return them. They also are cheaper than DC’s so that helps keep some coin in your pocket, too.

Dislikes: none, Etnies kick ass

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Etnies product, I am an expert

Obey



Likes: Shepard Fairey is one of the huge names in street art. what started as an inside joke and an exercise in repetition (his Andre the Giant "obey" directive and prints) has spawned what has become his retail empire. Trying to go more mainstream and get some money from his artistic love. He's come a long way since I first heard of him, but the Obey shirt I rock from back in the day is a big shout to him. His stickers that I have plastered all over the place help the cause too. If you dig his shirts, you'll love his art, check out obeygiant.com for some other projects he's a part of.

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Obey product, I am an expert

Forum



Likes: Forum is another one of the many Burton companies. Known best for the Destroyer and the Chillydog, they also have a good line of solid snowboards. I've owned the Raider for a number of years, learned on it, and turned it into a bit of a pow board. The boots fit very much like the Burtons.

Dislikes: Really there isn't much to not like. Like all Burton companies they do stand by their gear. My Raider has been beat to hell and is still in very good shape for the hell I've put it through.

Qualities: Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good warranty program, Good selection

Experience: I own Forum product, I am an expert

DaKine



Likes: Dakine has been my go to brand for the "other" goods. Not softgoods or bardgoods, but the other stuff you need to make it to the mountain. I bought a Dakine rollie luggage bag off of Steepandcheap.com and the think I swear is bullet proof. I have abused the crap out of that thing and I could return it it's held up so well. The line of pocket tools are legendary and if you have one, it's probably Dakine because it was a good value and it's lasted a long time. My wife loves their stomp pads as well, the one with the monster spikes does give you ultimate grip and clean out the boots on a pow day.

Dislikes: I have tried on the gloves and their fitting system or cuts on the gloves is just weird on my hands. I read lots of good reviews on them but I can find a pair of their gloves that seem to fit me. Minor complaint in the end...

Qualities: Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good selection

Experience: I own DaKine product, I am an expert

Nike



Likes: No matter what sport you're into, Nike probably has a presence. Their relationship with star athletes is famous (infamous?) and with the Nike 6.0 line, it's moving into action sports. Starting with shoes, which is what they know best, their skate shoes are easily on par with the best out there. The entire 6.0 line has something for everyone. Now with the snowboard boots coming out, there will be a lot more swoosh on the mountain very soon.

Dislikes: I'll give you one example: Nike Boots at Ross are dirt cheap. With the back and forth with vendor agreements and the health of the industry being a big topic with the manufacturers, the amount of goods Nike can pump out can saturate a market. We'll have to see how well they do in that regard.

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Nike product, I am an expert

Pow



Likes: these are some of the sickest gloves out there. With the recent agreement with Goretex to the line, these are set to explode. I have an older pair and they are amazing in every condition. the goatskin is an amazing choice, much better than my Burton Goretex gloves that still get soggy. The price is amazing for the kickass quality and warmth you get.

Dislikes: that I don't have more pairs of them to give to friends.

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Pow product, I am an expert

686



Likes: I have a pair of their pants and the quality for the price is awesome. very warm, cut right, good selection of colors and patterns, just some awesome pants at a fair price

Dislikes: the jackets seem to be cut small in the shoulders, thus a few jackets of theirs I've tried on, haven't fit as well as other brands

Qualities: Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own 686 product, I am an expert

32



Likes: great boots that fit well. sweet jackets as well

Dislikes: boots are bit bulky and heavy.

Qualities: Innovative, Popular on the mountain, Good selection

Experience: I own 32 product, I am an expert

IPath



Likes: prices are good

Dislikes: ugliest shoes ever.

Qualities: Innovative, Good selection

Experience: I am an expert

Vans



Likes: Who hasn't rocked Vans? Seriously? also, the partnership they have with POW (Protect Our Winters) is awesome. Over the years they have stayed relevant and kept coming out with great kicks.

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Vans product, I am an expert

Von Zipper



Likes: I've owned both VZ sunglasses and goggles and I've been thrilled with the performance of both. Great design, fashionable, and if you can find them on sale, worth the price of admission.

Dislikes: cost a lot at full MSRP

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, Popular on the mountain, Fashionable

Experience: I own Von Zipper product, I am an expert

DC



Likes: DC shoes are a staple, I love their kicks and have owned multiple pairs. DC snowboarding boots don't fit my feet and my my friends have not had good luck with them. I've also owned a pair of DC snow pants and they were the biggest piles of crap I've owned as far as outerwear.

Dislikes: If you're not putting DC's on your feet, whatever you just bought was crap.

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend

Experience: I own DC product, I am an expert

Sierra



Likes: I've ridden the reverse crew and the wife has the V-spot and I can tell you the ride of these boards is great. and for the price you can get them, it simply cannot be beat. If you don't care what the topsheet looks like, you can get a Burton Custom or Social, or a Horrorscope for cheap.

Dislikes: How can you not like a brand that brings Burton and Capita's tech to you for a fraction of the cost?

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Sierra product, I am an expert

Neff



Likes: Loud, bright colors, 1 million beanies in every possible color. perfect for looking good on the mountain.

Dislikes: On the lower end of quality, jackets are not well made

Qualities: Popular on the mountain, Fashionable

Experience: I own Neff product, I am an expert

North Face



Likes: I have had a number of North Face jackets and tactical gear. It is pricy, but the workmanship and the technical aspects are simply not matched by any other company out there with Oakley snow pants and jackets coming close. While the prices are exorbitant, at the end of the day if you need gear that is 100% perfect and your life or safety is on the line, North Face is what you need. Seeing the brand in-bounds at a ski resort just means someone has a serious case of overkill.

Dislikes: You pay for it though the nose, not a lot of fun colors and schemes.

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, Popular on the mountain, Good selection

Experience: I own North Face product, I am an expert

Euro Sock



Likes: thin, tight fitting, wicking, and amazingly comfy. These are the *only* socks i rock on the mountain.

Dislikes: that TruSnow isn't restocking the Euro Board sock.

Qualities: Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend

Experience: I own Euro Sock product, I am an expert

Adidas



Likes: Everyone has rocked the three stripes at one point, I've owned a pair of their skate shoes and they were true to fit and very comfy.

Dislikes: As much of a fan of adidas, the skate shoes they make just don't stand up to the punishment that DC's and Etnies do.

Qualities: Quality gear, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Adidas product, I am an expert

Oakley



Likes: One of the the world leaders in goggles and glasses for over 20 years, you really cannot go wrong with the insane assortment of lenses, frames, and straps. I have also owned one of their jackets and I can tell you it was a quality piece of equipment! I was sad to see it go but it was just way too big for me.

Dislikes: Some of the straps seem on the short side. Make sure you try on the goggles with your helmet if your rock a brain bucket. Also, their soft goods run HUGE in my experience. I was swimming in an XL and I wear a 48" coat. damn!

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Oakley product, I am an expert

Flow



Likes: My wife rides Flow's exclusively and I owned a pair of NXT-AT's that I sold. If you are an all mountain cruiser, they are really convenient and very easy to get into and out of. If you are a serious park rider or pow slayer, there are other offerings better suited for you. Flow boards are also some of the best values out there. I have demo'd their Merc (which I cousin bought from Sierra) and for what he paid, it was a steal. Fantastic features and tech for a very humble sum in thier snowboards. They have also been very good when I have needed a part for the bindings, which happens to all from time to time.

Dislikes: None. the product is good for what it is. Flow bindings doesn't excel for the 100 dayer in my opinion, but for the other 90% of the population, their bindings are just fine.

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Good warranty program

Experience: I own Flow product, I am an expert

Rome



Likes: Rome bindings are quite simply the best that are out there. the 390's have been park rat staples for years and with the Boss 390 the bar has been placed into the stratosphere. The conformist toe caps are the best out there and the padded ankle straps save your feet after a day of pressing. I've owned a number of their boards, including the Riff and the Anthem and they have been good boards but not well matched for my riding style. This says nothing of the quality, which was top notch, they just weren't right for me.

Dislikes: The soft goods I have owned from Rome doesn't meet the great standards of their hard goods. My love for their bindings, my respect for their boards, is only matched by my distrust for their soft goods.

Qualities: Innovative, Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good warranty program, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Rome product, I am an expert

Smith



Likes: Smith is the very best in optics on the mountain. Their SolX lenses save your eyes on the brightest of bluebird days, and the Sensor Mirror lens cannot be beat for flat light and snowing conditions. I have on two occasions lent my Smith Prodigy goggles with the Sensor Mirror lens to friends who have complained about their goggles sucking in the flat, snowy daylight and after a few runs, gone out and purchased a pair that very day. Another one came back from the trip and ordered a pair from Sierra. On top of that, the Smith Holt helmet has saved my from cracking my head open on 2 trees, two rocks, and one fun box. Quality goods that look good and keep you safe on the mountain.

Dislikes: Honestly there is nothing I would change about any Smith product I've owned. All three lenses, both pairs of goggles and my helmet have performed up to the highest standards.

Qualities: Quality gear, I'd reccomment to a friend, Popular on the mountain, Good selection, Fashionable

Experience: I own Smith product, I am an expert

Burton



Likes: If you have ever snowboarded, you have probably rocked Burton at some point. Maybe you didn't even know it. They also own popular brands like Forum, Foursquare and Anon among others. I know they have recieved a lot of flack for what happened with Sierra Snowboards, but whatever. They have a lot of innovation, the do market the sport world wide, they make a ton of gear. What I do like about them is they make the best boots that I have ever found, their pants are of good quality, gloves are found at every price point, the have a full and well developed line of women's gear that really is for women and just not smaller versions of the mens stuff. Everyone at the very least likes Burton soft goods and they make them at many price points with a wide variety of tech for every imaginable situation. My first pair of Burton Boots I've owned lasted well over 100 days and my Rulers have over 60 days on them and look nearly new and still have great support.

Dislikes: I am completely not a fan of any of their bindings or snowboards. I had a Twin, a Deuce, demo'd a Hero and Dominant and never liked any of them. My Deuce lasted about 30 days and then the board just felt dead. I can't stand the gas pedal feature they put in their bindings. Cartels are the most uncomfortable binding I ever owned. If you are buying boards or bindings, there is better and cheaper brands out there.

Qualities: Innovative, Popular on the mountain, Good selection

Experience: I own Burton product, I am an expert


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