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dcdomain Name Darren Chan
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Gender: Male
Age: 33
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Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 25
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
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Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'6, 180 lbs
Board Size: 152
Boot Size: 10
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: S
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Kirkwood
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"Great quality all-mountain board for the price!" 5/6/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sierra Reverse Crew Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Park,Powder,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  Amazing board at Sierra prices, Handles well all over the mountain,
  • Cons:  Not a big fan of Burton's narrow waists, Top sheet prone to chipping (file it down),

Experience:   Got four long days on it so far in a variety of conditions. I like riding shorter boards so I went with the 151 even though I'm pushing 180lbs. Have had zero problems in the powder so far which was surprising given the narrow waist and short length. It's noticeably stiffer than my Hero but with the V-Rocker it's a cinch to press and butter. Still dialing in my rotations off kickers with this board but all I have to say is that it's got the pop down! There has been a lot of complaints about the top sheet chipping, as Levi suggested just file the sucker down before you ride. I've had no issues with the top sheet at all and I'm usually really reckless especially in the trees. Anyway, at Sierra's prices you can't go wrong with this board, it's perfect for the entire mountain and in all conditions so grab it before it's OOS!
"Very comfortable bindings but the capstrap sometimes slips" 5/6/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Uninc EST
  • Pros:  Really comfortable bindings, Burton's fantastic ratchets, Not functional, but it glows in the dark
  • Cons:  Capstrap sometimes slips off, Still not sold on plastic heelcups,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   As much as I dislike Burton for their EST / ICS system I still bought into them (but at Sierra prices which I could stomach). If you have a Burton park board and need a pair of park bindings, then these are the ones, though I haven't tried any other EST bindings so I can't make a good comparison. All I know is that these bindings are pretty damn comfortable, the Burton ratchets are solid as always but I'm still not sure about the plastic heel cups. Since I've been riding Ride and Rome bindings for so long, used to the aluminum heelcups. A minor issue with most Burton bindings have been their aggressive highback angle which I absolutely hate. Didn't see that issue here though which is assumed since it's a park binding. The other issue I had while riding was that I noticed the capstrap would slip off sporadically by the time I got down to the lifts. Hasn't been a big deal so far but imagine if you were tearing it up in the park and the strap slips off? I think you kinda need that amount of minute control and not having the capstrap to work with would totally affect it. I really wanted to downgrade this binding another star because of the EST system but I knew that coming in and doing so wouldn't be fair or make sense.
"Great bindings but still not totally feeling the ConFormist toe strap." 5/6/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Rome Targa
  • Pros:  Tons of adjustments to get the perfect fit, Quickstrap 2 tech is dope, Really comfortable and light bindings
  • Cons:  Takes a bit of effort to dial in the bindings, Wish they had Quickstrap tech on ladders, ConFormist 4 toe strap pinches my boot
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   After starting out with Ride Team then Beta MVMNT bindings, then many years on the Rome 390s and a short stint on the un..inc ESTs I went right back to Rome when I had to get a non-EST binding for my Sierra Reverse Crew. I wanted to get another pair of 390s but they were out of stock so I moved up to the Targas. If you don't use their ankle strap inserts and place the ankle strap low, the Targas are great for the park and jibbing. Didn't notice that much different in flex between this and my old 390s. But you still have the option of adjusting the binding so it's stiffer for aggressive riding. It's a really light and comfortable binding but I'm still not sold on the ConFormist toe strap. I had issue with the old Rome toestrap pinching down on my pinky toe when strapped in and that issue is still here on the Targas. I noticed on my un..inc EST bindings, because capstrap was much stiffer, it would hold its form and prevent the pinching. Anyway, the point of the ConFormist toestrap is to mold around your boot, that I get, but they need to figure something out in the area right below the ratchet, maybe make it stiffer there to prevent it from pinching down on the boot. On my third day riding, the ratchet on my right binding kept getting stuck. On closer inspection it looked like one of the pins were bent. I tried bending it back myself and though it doesn't work 100% it's been a little easier to get the strap off. I emailed Rome and they had a replacement ratchet sent out the very same day (thanks Justin)! Can't beat that type of service! Anyway a lot of people are stoked about next year's Rome 390 Boss bindings so be on the look out for those. As for me, I've satisfied with these bindings, hopefully when it's time to upgrade again Rome will have modified the toestrap a bit. Looking forward to canted footbeds!
"Great no frills helmet if it fits you..." 2/23/2009
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  • Name: 2008 RED Hi-Fi Audex Audio
  • Pros:  This was the last year of the Hi-Fi generation 1 mold. The new mold is a terrible fit for my head so if I ever need to move on from this helmet, I'll have to find something else. Great understated graphics on the helmet, perfect finish for die-cuts.
  • Cons:  Same issues as with my older Hi-Fi which is essentially the same but with a different shell finish. Ear pieces suck, chin strap suck.

Experience:   Great value if it fits!
"Great no frills helmet if it fits you..." 2/23/2009
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  • Name: 2007 RED Hi Fi Audex Audio fabric
  • Pros:  Good value, fantastic fit for my head which is a rarity. Haven't had much luck finding other helmets that fit as well.
  • Cons:  Hate the ear piece / audio / covers. The front portion of them stick out underneath your goggle straps so you look like a total doofus. The chin strap could use some work too.

Experience:   If it fits, it's a great value.
"Swore off Ride bindings after dealing with the new revolver ratchets." 2/23/2009
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  • Name: 2007 Ride Beta Movement
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Boot hold, Durable, Lightweight, Well known brand, Popular model
  • Cons:  Difficult in & out, Poor adjustability, Uncomfortable
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   These were my second and last pair of Ride bindings. Not sure what Ride was thinking with their revolver ratchet system. There's a certain way to unstrap and even when I tried that method, I could never get these suckers off. I had Ride send me replacement ratchets from their cheaper SPi model but too little too late. These bindings have been hanging on a rack halfway through the first season I got them (that's when I switched to Rome 390s). If you want an extremely no frills light weight bindings. Look into the Ride bindings. Otherwise don't bother. The adjustability and comfort isn't there.
"Fantastic value for all levels of freestyle riders" 2/20/2009
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  • Name: 2008 Capita Stairmaster
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Popular model, Strong edgehold, Great value, Soft, Well known brand

Experience:   Really great board, got really comfortable with it on my first day out. Flex pattern is great, extruded base could be more durable. Make sure you detune if you love pressing and pulling butters. Flexible enough to butter easily, stiff enough to pop you off kickers and rollers. Really messed up the base on my 7th or 8th day out on some rocky areas, I suppose I would have gotten the same damage on any other board. For the price, this board is hard to beat.
"Sick of Ride, Salomon and Burton bindings? These Rome 390s won't disappoint." 2/20/2009
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  • Name: 2007 Rome 390
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Easy in & out, Boot hold, Durable, Good construction quality, Well known brand, Popular model
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   I went through two pairs of Ride bindings (Teams and Beta MVMNT), Salomon Relays (first gen), and Burton Missions before settling on the Rome 390s. Pretty fantastic bindings, durability is much better than the Burtons or Salomons and though it isn't as light as the Ride MVMNT bindings, their ratchet design is incomparable. The fit and flex is great though I think they could do a little better with the toe straps. For my next pair of bindings I'll have to check out some of the Union bindings everyone has been raving about and compare it to the new 390s.
"My third pair of Salomon Fusion boots, definitely put these on your short list!" 2/11/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Salomon F20 Select
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Heel hold, Comfortable, Easy lacing, Durable, Traction, Good quality, Well known brand, Popular model
  • Cons:  Not warm
  • Fit:  average

Experience:   I'm on my third pair of Salomon Fusion boots. First boot I ever got was an F24 and then went down to the F20 because I wasn't too keen on the stiffness. This is my second pair of the F20s because I messed up my current pair. Anyway, this boot is for those with average feet, will probably work for those with narrow feet too. My feet are slightly wide so sometimes I do feel a pinch. I kind of miss the previous speed lace systems, definitely lace up a little slower on these new boots, but I assume that I'll get faster at it over time.
"Forget all the other backpacks, this is the one you need." 2/11/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Mission
  • Pros:  This is my second Dakine Mission backpack. My friend liked my first one so much he made me sell it to him. Anyway, it's way better than the Burton backpacks I've owned and Dakine's lifetime warranty sure beats Burton's lame one year warranty. Really good size for a weekend trip, very comfortable and the side pocket and straps are great. Because of the way it's designed, the board slopes towards your head and away from your legs so you won't kick your board while walking if you have it strapped on.
  • Cons:  I miss the loop from the previous years, it's been replaced by a small zipper side pocket which is also very useful. The material this year seems MUCH thinner than my previous bag. Whether or not this will have any affect on the durability remains to be determined. I wish the waist strap had a small pocket for your digicam like the other backpacks in Dakine's line.

Experience:   Have the matching low roller bag =D.
"Perfect-sized bag, Dakine's lifetime warranty will help against the airlines rough handling." 2/11/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Low Roller Snowboard Bag
  • Pros:  It's a Dakine product. What more can you wish for? Heavy duty bag, great construction, nice pattern. Wheels are way better than my previous bag. Perfect size for my gear.
  • Cons:  I would've appreciated some smaller pockets to prevent small items from moving around. Fortunately I have three zipper bags from my previous board bag that I use in this bag. Already got a slight rip in it from my first trip. Will warranty at the end of the season after my trips.

Experience:   I also own the matching Mission backpack =D. Lame I know.

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