"Most Versatile Stomp Pad"
- Name: 2012 Dakine Pyramid Stud
- Pros: Very versatile, Won't fall off, Durable
- Cons: Traction, Install time,
I bought these pyramid studs in black to go along with my Burton Custom X. Naturally, I oriented the 9 studs in an X. A few comments: be sure to follow the instructions and install these things using a blow dryer on a clean, warm, and dry board. I've had mine on my board for a couple of years now and not a single one has fallen off. If you're a perfectionist like me, it'll take you quite some time to install these things. I just used a ruler and made sure the lines making up the X were straight. It also helps so that you can get them evenly spaced. One tip, tape the ruler to the board so you have two hands to drop a stud in place. Once it's stuck, you really don't want to move it. I'd also recommend leaving a stack of textbooks on top of the pad for a while (I did this overnight) before using it to make sure they're stuck. As far as use goes, they really don't get packed up with any snow and ice, and are easy to clear with a kick. Unfortunately, the minimal surface (contact) area provides for only decent traction, but not great. Overall, I'd recommend this set if you're looking for something very versatile that you can customize in your own way and rely on to last (the metal doesn't wear out like plastic or rubber stomp pads will), but don't expect it to be a top performer when it comes to traction.