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Bensonator Name steven benson
Location charlotte, NC, US
Level Ski Bum  (814 points)
Member Since 9/24/2009
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"is it winter yet?" 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 2
Average Days/Year: 20
Skill Level: small features
Riding Style: freestyle park
Area of Expertise: snowboards
Preferred Terrain: park
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'6, 135 lbs
Board Size: 152
Boot Size: 9
Clothing Size: S
Jacket Size: S
Pants Size: S
Thermal Size: S
Ride with Me  
Region: East Coast
Location: North Carolina
Resort: Ski Beech
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"Another 5 star review?!?! yup" 12/31/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Union Force
  • Pros:  nuclear missle proof, adjustablity,
  • Cons:  ankle strap bolt design (sorta),
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   these bindings dont really need more positive reviews...but im gonna write one anyway. Think of Union Forces the way you think of your girlfriend...sure they may not be the prettiest thing on the rack, but what they lack in looks they make up for with personality. After you've ridden them a few times (giggity) and you realize just how advanced and bullet proof they are, well then you fall in love with them (awww). Then you take another look at 'em and hey, whatta ya know...they are pretty damn sexy after all. Union has got it right with the Force. So much so they they hardly have to change anything from year to year. Practically indestructible construction. If you somehow manage to break something (you wont) Union has excellent customer service. Overall they have a nice med stiff flex. The baseplates themselves are stiff, and the highback is stiff when pressure is applied straight back, and a little bit softer when flexed torsionally (twisting). This makes for great go-anywhere response. Awesome in any snow conditions. Someone who rides exclusively park may want something a little softer, but if you ride some park and some mountain (im about 50/50) then you cant go wrong with these. Plus you wont see every other Jack on the mountain with the same bindings as you. Toe Strap: some people like it, some dont. Personally i love it, and i would guess that at least a few of the people that dont like it are trying to wear it too far forward. Ive never had a problem with the toe strap slipping on my Burton Ions, although im sure it would vary to some degree with different kinds of boots. The only area id like to see improved is the bolts for the ankle strap. The design is such that if youre not careful they can work loose. This can be easily avoided by just using your man sized muscles to tighten them up real good. Something like the ankle bolts on the Union Contacts tho, for anyone familiar, would be a nice addition next year.
"Quality." 1/26/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Capita Indoor Survival FK Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  stablility, versatility , just super fun
  • Cons:  topsheet may nick a little easier than other board,

Experience:   Hands down my favorite board to date. The Indoor FK just handles everything well. Living on the east coast I mostly ride groomed runs, and it certainly performs great on them. The twin shape is great for anyone who likes to spin/ride switch down the mountain. With a core a little stiffer than the Capita Horrorscope the Indoor has more all-mountain versatility, while still being a ton of fun in the park. Hard pack sucks to ride in...but it sucks less on this board, ha. As far as powder...I rode in 12-16 inches of fresh powder a couple weeks ago and it was a blast. I set my stance back an inch (2 inches more nose than tail) instead of riding centered and it floated like a dream. On top of all of that, the graphic is, in my opinion, the best in the Capita line for 2011, and looks esp sexy with my cyan Union Forces, if i do say so myself :) I wouldnt really call this a 'con,' but it does seem that the edges of the topsheet chip a little easier than previous boards Ive owned. Certainly not enough to be a real issue, and it could just be circumstantial anyway. Buy and Indoor FK, you wont regret it.

Comments & Questions

nipsface
would u think this board is good for someone that is more of a beginner but has experience?

Bensonator
Its a great board all around. If youve got the basics down and are looking to get some experience in the park, or riding switch, while still spending time all over the mountain then id say this is a good choice. Its not gonna be 'too advanced,' for any level of rider really.



"Comfy, a little slimmer than most" 8/14/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sessions Gridlock Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  soft, warm,
  • Cons:  could be a little short for some,
  • Description:  slimmer

Experience:   These pants are very comfortable, nice soft liner all the way down the leg. The pull tabs for lifting the ankles up when youre walking around are nice so your pants dont get ratty, although it wasnt really an issue for me because they seem to be cut a little shorter than my other pants. Im a toss up between small and xsmall depending on the brand and small was the best fit in these for me.
"Why dont more companies make these??" 7/17/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sessions Thermatics Hybrid Clava Top
  • Pros:  warm, the wrist gaiters/thumb holes,

Experience:   like others have mentioned it may run a tad tight, but then again its a thermal and you dont really want it to be baggy. i love this thing, primarily for the longer sleeves with the thumb holes. When i shop for jackets ive always ONLY considered jackets with wrist gaiters because i hate snow getting in my sleeves/under my gloves. Unfortunately not every jacket has wrist gaiters (this baffles me because its such an easy thing to include but whatever), but if you got one of these here thermals then you can buy whatever jacket you want and still be snow-free under your sleeves. the built in clava is nice too, and even if you dont wear it it still provides good neck protection from the cold. all around a great buy for 25 bucks
"nice thermal, get one size up" 1/26/2011
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  • Name: 2010 Sessions Ultra Hybrid First Layer Pants Men's
  • Pros:  warm,
  • Cons:  weird sizing,
  • Fit:  Too small
  • My Size:  S
  • Fits Like:  XS

Experience:   for anyone who has sessions brand thermal tops, these pants do have the micro fleece lining that their nicer tops have, but only on the seat and back of the thigh, not on the whole leg. they are slightly nicer than your average thermal, and less boring. just like sessions thermal tops, you should def get one size larger than you normally wear. i wear smalls and i got mediums and they fit just right. the smalls would had for sure been too small.
"Comfort and Response" 8/22/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Jeremy Jones
  • Pros:  Not too stiff, Comfort,
  • Cons:  may pack out a little easier than others,
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  8.5
  • Boot Size:  8.5

Experience:   Ive got these in the white/yellow and they are very nice boots. Much more comfortable than my Motos. Laces allow you a little more versatility in where your boots are tighter or looser. I recommend picking up some better insoles for better arch support, as is the case with just about all boots really.
"Fit is pretty big" 8/22/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Foursquare Wong
  • Pros:  price,
  • Cons:  fit much bigger than most brands,

Experience:   grabbed these on sale for under 30 dollars...at that price its pretty hard to go wrong. the fall leaves print is awesome...in an ugly sort of way. pair this with an 09 Burton Ronin Jacket(aka 'bird jacket') for maximum ridiculous looking-ness. Jacket image: http://images.usoutdoorstore.com/usoutdoorstore/products/full/b_ronin_gore_cheetah_puffn.jpg be warned, you should probably buy a size down, as the mediums i bough fit like a large. belt is required.
"dont forget socks" 7/19/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Wigwam Snow Cat Trax
  • Pros:  on sale, cheap,
  • Cons:  not as comfortable as other options,

Experience:   its hard to go wrong at such a low price. a lot of people overlook socks when they ride, but a good pair of socks can add a significant amount of comfort to a long day of boarding. these socks are certainly better than wearing just any regular ol' socks, but personally i like my Wigwam Snow Glades a bit better, as they are super comfy
"good socks, esp for the price" 7/18/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Wigwam Snow Whisper Pro
  • Pros:  inexpensve,
  • Cons:  not as comfortable as some other options,

Experience:   a lot of people overlook socks when they ride, but a good pair of socks can add a significant amount of comfort to a long day of boarding. these socks are certainly better than wearing just regular ol' socks, but personally i like the Wigwam Snow Glades a bit better.
"Uber Comfort" 7/17/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Wigwam Snow Glade Pro
  • Pros:  great fit, warm, very comfortable

Experience:   Seems like a lot people overlook socks when they go boarding, but in my experience a good pair of socks makes a comfortable pair of boots all the more better. These bad boys are the most comfortable snowboarding socks i own, so pick up a few pair for yourself you will be pleased.
"so much flex!" 6/2/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sierra Stunt Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  tons of flex, great for press and butter,

Experience:   this board was bred to butter (see what i did there?????). it so soft and the reverse camber makes it great for hitting the park, even for riders who dont have a lot of experience in the park, like myself. im 5'6, 130 lbs and i went with 147 and i love it. the one thing that made even a little hesitant to grab this board was the graphic...i though it seemed a little childish. but i figured what the heck, ill just sticker it up. turns out tho that i loved it once i had it in the flesh :)
"mi amor" 5/26/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Love
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  stiff, stable,
  • Cons:  ...stiff?, last years graphics were betterrrr,

Experience:   rode my roomates Love a few time this year. it was nice and stable for shredding down the mountain to the park and for big landings, but as was mentioned, its too stiff for any real buttering or presses.
"better tools out there" 5/26/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Dakine Cool Tool
  • Pros:  gets the job done,
  • Cons:  bits fall out a lot,

Experience:   this tool will get the job done for you, but there are better ones available. the big issue i had was the bits fell out constantly while i was trying to screw in my bindings, i even lost one in the snow, bah
"Good all-around binding" 5/25/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Mission
  • Pros:  low price, good for beginners, versatile
  • Cons:  not the most comfortable,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I bought these bindings and paired them up with my Burton Clash, as my first board/bindings combo. Overall i was very pleased with the performance of both. The only drawback to the bindings is they dont absorb a ton of shock on landings so big air can lead to big pain in your feet. But if youre just starting out you prob arent gonna be hitting too many jumps anyway.
"Good board to Learn" 5/25/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Clash
  • Skill:  Beginner
  • Pros:  forgiving flex, low price,

Experience:   This was my first board, and she treated me oh so well. Great board to learn the basics on, and wont break the bank either. Only drawback is after about 6 days on the mountain i started feel like id grown out of it a bit, and wanted a more park oriented board. That said, even tho i have a couple boards now, i still ride this one when im not hitting the park.
"Not bad, Not great" 5/13/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Traction
  • Pros:  simple basic colors, no excessive flash,

Experience:   i borrowed this jacket from a friend for a day. it was alright, but i was a little chilly and it wasnt an especially cold day out. you can probably get a better value elsewhere. burton jackets do seem to have sleeves a little longer than the average jacket, which is nice because nothing is worse than snow getting in your sleeves when your arms are fully extended
"SB makes the best Gear" 5/13/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Special Blend Commander
  • Pros:  great fit, super warm, super dry,

Experience:   Of all the pants ive boarded with these are my favorite. they also fit better than any of my other pants. im borderline between S and XS. got these in the XS and they fit great
"Great Pants" 5/12/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Bonfire Radiant Snowboard Pants Men's
  • Pros:  super dry, super comfortable,
  • Cons:  a little big in the waist,
  • Pant Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  S
  • Fits Like:  S
  • Description:  baggy around the ankles

Experience:   I picked these pants up on sale late in the 2010 season. They are so much better than the cheap pants i had been using that i was pretty blown away. Very comfortable and no problems staying dry at all (and i spend a lot of time on the ground ha). Im 5'6 and right on the edge between wearing S or XS. In this case i got the small and they are a little loose in the waist, i have to tighten my belt on them. Also they are pretty wide around the ankle, so if that isnt your cup of tea then I'd look for slimmer pants.

Comments & Questions

lenn333
do them pants sat what the fit is on the tag?



"No Flash, great boots" 5/12/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Moto
  • Pros:  inexpensive, easy to zip on/off quickly,
  • Cons:  run a tad small,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  8.5
  • Boot Size:  9

Experience:   These were my first boots, and they were great. Low price is good for anyone just getting into the sport. My only suggestion is to get a half size larger than your normal show size, mine were just a tad snug on my toes.
"Great Jacket" 5/12/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Quiksilver Everblast Snowboard Jacket
  • Pros:  wrist gaiters,
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  S
  • Fits Like:  S
  • Description:  a little baggy

Experience:   Got this jacket late in the 2010 season, but should have grabbed it sooner. Not too bulky like a lot of jackets. great features including wrist gaiters (seriously why doesnt every jacket have them?) the purple is awesome and looks great with some simple black pants.

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