Pros: 10K, 10K - Good enough to handle almost everything, Glow-the-dark AIRBLASTER on butt, Long length (a plus for me, at least)
Cons: Pockets are sorta weird to get into, Blaze orange is awesome, but hard to keep clean,
Pant Fit: Just right
My Size: L
Fits Like: L
Description: Long (like most 'Blaster stuff), Not baggy, but not tight either
I have these pants in Blaze Orange. They're easily the brightest orange I've ever seen. People comment on them all the time. I'm tall (6'6) and they fit perfect. Performance wise, they're everything I'd ever need. Plenty of waterproofing/breathability for any conditions in MN. Not insulated, but not thin. Perfect with a ninja suit underneath. Only complaint, if you'd even call it that, is that the front pockets are hard to get into. The zippers are on the front of your legs, horizontally. Makes them almost useless except for chapstick or something small. Also, the bright orange might be hard to keep clean, but you should expect that going into it.
I've had these gloves for the past 3 seasons and have no complaints performance wise. The palms are ridiculously grippy and make holding grabs that much easier. They're decently warm but not quite enough for me to switch from my mitts most days. I wear these when it's not mind numbingly cold outside. Only complaints I have with these is that there is no wrist coverage. Meaning if you eat it and slide on the ground, most likely you'll get your wrist filled up with snow. Also, I bought mine in the white Peace Print when they were available, and that was a mistake. They're white... Oh well. These things are very durable.
Pros: Zonal Speed Lacing, Comfortable, Good Board Feel
Cons: None, personally,
Shoe Size: 14 or 15, depending on brand
Boot Size: 14
I rode these boots for a little more than half of last season. I liked them more than my Deeluxe ID's and DC Graphix boots. The speed zone, in my opinion, is much better than Boa lacing (Graphix). It's just about as fast as Boa, but the ability to tighten the lower and upper sections individually is a huge plus for me. I like them better than the Deeluxe boots because the soles on the Deeluxes seemed way thicker compared to these. I get way better board feel with these guys. The Leagues are very comfortable and keep my feet warm in the bitter MN cold. Most definitely worth the price I paid.
Name: 2009 Airblaster Pro Am Jed Anderson Snowboard Goggles
Pros: NEVER Fog, Comfy As Heck, Split strap design
Cons: No complaints at all,
These goggles are frickin' legit. I've been wearing 'Blaster brand goggles for 2 years now and have never had them fog up once. They're extremely comfortable on the face, have an incredible field of view, and the split strap design makes them very easy to put on and take off without messing up your hat or taking it clean off your dome. Another cool thing about these is the goggle frames - they're so flexible you can twist, bend, fold, & roll them into any shape and they just don't break. Very much worth the money!
Pros: Long fit (a plus for me), Very lightweight, Gnarly colors (if you can find it)
Cons: No powder-kilt, Non-removeable hood, (hardly cons when you're paying this little)
Jacket Fit: Just right
My Size: L
Fits Like: XL
Description: Long (Like most 'Blaster stuff)
Plain and simple, this jacket is just that. It's definitely a bare-bones body wrap, but it's also very inexpensive. I have this jacket in blue/green. Goes perfect w/ my orange Nightrider pants. It fits long like most 'Blaster stuff, so factor that into your purchase. Performance wise, for a 5K jacket this thing holds up very good. I wore it very late season on a foggy, drizzly day and stayed dry the entire time. It's a very lightweight jacket and would make a great spring jacket, or throw a ninja suit or hoodie on underneath and you'll be fine in the cold. Definitely a good pickup at such a low price.
Pros: Destroys anything in his path., Tons of pop for reverse camber., Taper rocks. Graphics rock even harder.
Cons: Not enough snow in MN to satisfy his hunger.,
I got this board very late season. I got to ride limited powder/fresh snow with it, but what little I did get was an incredible experience. It's my first tapered, powder-specific board and is a blast to ride. Living in MN and not having much for powder, I ended up riding this a lot on groomers. It was nearly as fun on the corduroy as it is in deep stuff. The taper of the board makes it feel like you're driving a sports car. Super fast edge-to-edge and great for laying down huge euro-carves. I have this board in my quiver as a general all-mountain board with extra benefits. Probably wouldn't recommend this as your main board unless you're lucky enough to ride fresh snow everytime out. However, if you can afford an extra stick and can find one of these, get on it!
I've had the same pair of these for the past 3 seasons. Only last year did they start to show signs of wear. I'm not a big Burton fan and got them for cheap, but I'm impressed by how long they've lasted. And they're ridiculously warm. MN is known for having brutal windchill and I can't recall my hands getting cold in these. They come with a removeable glove liner that makes for a really nice driving glove and is pretty good at keeping the chill off just wearing them around town. Get to the hill, slip them inside the mitts, and off you go.
Only noticeable signs of wear on mine or on what would be your finger tips. I think my sharp edges may have cut into the rubber of the palm a little when trying to do grabs. Also, one of the elastic cinch cords for the wrist broke last season. Other than that, these mitts have been the cat's ass!
Pros: Tons Of Pop, Easy To Press, FK - Fun As Hell
Cons: Not A Thing,
Won this board in the C3 contest. Up until then I had a 156 Skate Banana. In less than 5 minutes of riding this board I knew I would never ride the Banana again. This thing has way more pop, is easier to flex/press, and handles way better thanks to the FK. Having the rocker outside of my feet instead of between them as very noticeable. This thing is such a gnarly ride, I'd advise you to get one without hesitation. Recycled core, carbon-x stringers, and sintered base. This thing can handle any snow conditions I put it through.
Pros: Heavy Duty Materials, Good Straps, Plenty Of Room For Extras
Cons: Not Padded,
I got this bag a couple years ago when I purchased a new set of bindings. It's held up solidly ever since. Definitely nothing special, but not bad for protecting your gear in the car or while in storage. I've to a 166 size bag so there's plenty of extra room to put in misc. gear besides the board and bindings. Speaking of which, the middle of the bag has more material in it to make room for the bindings. I've seen a few board bags that are basically like a sleeve for the board and don't allow room for the bindings.
Please note, this bag is NOT padded so I wouldn't recommend it for airline travel.
Name: 2009 Special Blend Annex Snowboard Pants Men's
Pros: Long Cut, Lots Of Pockets, Waist Gator
Pant Fit: Just right
My Size: L
Fits Like: L
I've had these pants for several years now. They're very durable and are still in awesome condition. They're made long and baggy, I'd assume targeted towards the gangster style, but they also work quite well if you're tall (I'm 6'6). Without sagging, the heels of the pants just barely touch the ground, which is how I like them. They're not dragging on the ground and they're not 4 too short making me look like a tard preparing for a flood.
Spec-wise, I've never personally gotten wet while wearing these, and they're surprisingly warm for an uninsulated pant. If you do get warm, they've got big vents on the outsides of your thighs that work quite nicely.