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oestreichb Name Benjamin
Location BARABOO, WI, US
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Member Since 2/24/2010
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"I'm awesome and so can you." 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 35
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 2
Average Days/Year: 50
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: park
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 6'1, 220 lbs
Board Size: 161
Boot Size: 13
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: XL
Thermal Size: L
Ride with Me  
Region: Mid West
Location: Wisconsin
Resort: Tyrol Basin
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"They've got your backside covered" 11/7/2012
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  • Name: 2012 Red Base Layer Short Padded Shorts
  • Pros:  comfy, didn't sag or ride, added a little peace of mind,
  • Cons:  not stylish ,

Experience:   I have these as well as a Nike pair meant for basketball or football. I love them as long as they are hidden under my Burton pants. They have the look of a girdle but don't feel like a diaper. I had feared they would slow me down or be too bulky. That wasn't my experience. I'm a little vain though, and for me they were a dirty secret I hid from my friends. However, they did help me through the early learning stages of my snowboarding career. They fit well for me. I typically would wear them over a pair of underarmour boxerjocks. (TMI?) They didn't ride or sag. They just don't look as cool as the Nike stuff, but as long as they are under your pants, who cares?
"Binding upgrade?" 12/19/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Tubbs Wilderness Snowshoes
  • Pros:  Lightweight, secure binding system, grippy cramp ons

Experience:   I'm 6'1 and 225ish. I've rented this and the 119.00 version several times in sizes 30 and 36. To me there is very little difference other than the binding system. This one tightens up easy with a two handed tug outward and is super convenient. There are only a few more convenient bindings out there. The cramp ons are grippy and will keep your feet on the ground under most conditions. I find that for my body type the 30 model provides plenty of float and are a little easier to maneuver than the 36. I've never gone out with poles before, so I'd recommend the snowshoes instead of the kit package they are selling. But then again, there are some people out there who swear by them. I feel like if the snowshoes are fitted right you should be able to forget you have them on and just walk normally. So unless you normally hike with sticks or poles, snowshoes should be fine. I stick mainly to the backcountry and found them to be responsive and steady to unseen logs, holes, etc hidden under the powder. Float was pretty good. For me float is something you only appreciate when you go back and walk through that same area in regular boots. Then it seems like tedious tiring work, where with the shoes you were just hiking. Really it comes down to how important it is to have the easiest bindings. They are basically the same throughout the product line except for the binding system.
"Tubby snowshoeing" 12/19/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Tubbs Xplore Snowshoes
  • Pros:  Easy on off, light weight, clean design
  • Cons:  there are better bindings out there,

Experience:   I've rented these several times and always enjoyed them. My experience was with 30 and 36 on trails and back country. Mostly back country. Originally I had visions of floating atop the snow. It's not quite that easy but definitely way nicer to hike with snowshoes than without in all snow depths and conditions. I'm 6'1 220-230 lbs depending on the time of year. I found that the 30 size was perfect for me. Kept me floating pretty well and was still maneuverable. The 36 was good, a little better float, but I felt like I needed to watch my step with the extra size. Where with the 30 it was easy to forget they were on until I was hopping into the truck. The bindings are fine, way better than anything out there 5-10 years ago. Now a days though there are a few more options so these seem slow. But truthfully they tighten up with a tug and come off just as easily. They stay snug all day long. You can spend much more, but unless you need snowshoes to survive in the wilderness, these are a great value.
"Gaitor Skin on your shin" 12/19/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Tubbs Gaiter Women's
  • Pros:  Stays put, Keeps out snow and brush, saves your pants
  • Cons:  limited color options,

Experience:   I use these for hunting, hiking, and snowshoeing. I like to throw them on in situations where I'll be whacking my way through the bush but don't feel like trashing my pant legs. They do a good job of keeping your pants burr free. In the snow they keep the powder from wetting up your pant legs, which typically would result in ice pants (that's my term for when your pant legs get saturated with melted snow and freeze). My only gripe is that it seems all gaitors come in black. This isn't a Tubbs thing, I haven't seen gaitors from anyone that would allow you to color match. Small price to pay in my opinion.
"Warm's my ears" 12/16/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Neff Daily Beanie - Men's
  • Pros:  warm, fits under my helmet without affecting the fit,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL

Experience:   Picked this up locally. It's comfortable and warm. Stretchy and doesn't get over extended and become all saggy. It fits just right.
"simple please" 11/30/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Dakine Spike Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  easy installation, perfect performance, blends in well with the board

Experience:   It just straight up works 100% of the time. Even with snow bunching up there is good traction. Installation was a breeze. Looks good on my board.
"nice goggles" 11/30/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Giro Roots Goggles
  • Pros:  good vision, comfortable, not as think padding as other goggles
  • Cons:  not as thick padding as other goggles,

Experience:   These are good goggles. Straight forward goggles that are as solid of a choice as any other. The difference I've noticed is that the padding is not as thick as the Oakley's I own or the Smith's I've demoed. I'm torn as to whether is is a pro or con. Some days I feel like it's nice to have a sleeker simpler goggle that doesn't feel as bulky as my Oakley Crowbars. Other days I really prefer the plush feel the Oakley's provide. I like the fog resistance. It performs well all day.
"its a bag" 11/30/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Space Sack Snowboard Bag
  • Pros:  just enough room, light weight,
  • Cons:  not padded,

Experience:   It's not much more than a contoured canvas duffel. It's nice to keep your gear together. I'm just barely able to squeeze in my boots, helmet and goggles. I would recommend it to anyone looking to stuff their junk into a bag and go.
"Love my crowbars" 11/28/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Oakley Crowbar
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Fits well, Good Vision

Experience:   I tried on every Smith and Oakley goggle at my local shop before choosing the Crowbar. In the end it came down to the A Frame and Crowbar. The A Frame lost because when paired with my helmet the outer edges of the padding lifted off my face so I don't think there would have been a good seal. The Crowbar's strap is connected differently and there was no issue. I have the Smith Hustle helmet and they worked perfectly with them. Fit very well, about as well as any of the Smith goggles that are supposed to be part of an integrated system or something. It seemed like the Crowbars were almost interchangeable with them. I have no fog issues and as good vision as any goggle I've tried.
"Just what doctor ordered" 11/28/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Flow M9
  • Pros:  Easy on off, Highly adjustable,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   Threw these onto my Sierra Reverse Crew 160W and head out the door to the resort and it was love at first ride. Rear entry was easy once I adjusted the 4 mini ratchets a few times to get that just right feel. I recommend these to all my friends. They have good padding (not quite fluffy like a pillow, but not some cheap arse pad either). I have the XL and needed to do some adjusting to accommodate my size 13 boots. The instructions were easy and I had them adjusted in no time. Great bindings.
"Sweet Ride" 11/28/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sierra Reverse Crew Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Park,Powder,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Just right flex, corners well without catching edges,

Experience:   I have the 160w version and love it. It was my first board (so happy to get away from the rental counter!) and it immediately helped me step up my game. The reverse camber and mid flex was forgiving when it came to connecting turns where I used to be catching edges and face planting. With the 4 hole universal set up I put on my Flow M9 bindings in ten minutes and was ready to go. Love the board!
"worst ever?" 11/26/2010
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  • Name: 2005 Dakine Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  cheap as heck,
  • Cons:  unable to perform the basic function the are for,

Experience:   I would have been better off spending 5 bucks on a 12'er of diet Coke. Quickly became as slick as the top of my board. Go with something with some ridges and depth.
"Best Fit I've had" 11/26/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Oakley AFrame Snowboard Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Most comfortable, Good vision,
  • Cons:  ridges on the top won't fit flush with helmets,

Experience:   By far the most comfy goggles I've tried. Vision was clear and wide on both sides. Easy to forget they are on. Paired with a Smith helmet the two ridges on the top of the frame either pushed the helmet up or the goggles down. I would wear these solo or get to searching for the perfect helmet match.
"Sandal" 11/16/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Nike 6.0 Brobrah Sandals Men's
  • Pros:  easy on off, good cushy feel,

Experience:   These have a thick enough sole to be comfortable without being considered clogs. I like to have some cushion and these have that. I did almost get a blister between the toes from what I would term overuse when I first got them. Day at the lake and wet feet was the problem more than the sandal itself. So I still give these a good rating.
"Plum?" 11/16/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Nike 6.0 Basic Logo Cap Plum
  • Pros:  covers the ears, just right warmth,
  • Cons:  plum,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  Comfy

Experience:   Its a decent hat. It's your basic beanyish hat with the 6.0 logo in plum. I'm not convinced it's actually plum, it's more pinkish to me, but it's still cool looking. It fits well, isn't bulky. I like this style of hat in particular because it fits well into a pocket if I don't need it. That way I don't forget a hat. Mom would approve.
"Take me camping please. " 11/15/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker Socks
  • Pros:  Warm, Breathable, Good fit
  • Cons:  Wish there was a quarter length version.,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  Cozy, comfortable, and not slouchy.

Experience:   I love socks, and I love these socks! They are perfect for hiking, camping, and lounging around the house. I sleep in mine! :) Yeah, I'm that guy. I've had many styles of socks with the merino wool. Loved every one. I usually wear these hiking at our local state park or out running our dogs. Paired with my Merrill Moab Ventilators they breath really well and I'm always comfy n' dry. (When occasionally paired with sneakers they can get a little sweaty.) Overall a great sock.
"Congrats! It's a hat!" 11/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Volcom Stone Collage 6277 Flexfit Hat Men's
  • Pros:  somewhat stylish, good fit,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  Like baby bear's porridge....just right.

Experience:   To be completely honest, I'm not even sure what this company makes or specializes in. I got this hat as a gift and totally lucked out because it's super comfortable. I love the flex fit.
"Average Goggle" 11/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Smith Cascade
  • Pros:  sturdy feel, stretchy strap,
  • Cons:  got foggy,

Experience:   They felt legit, if that makes sense. They seemed to be your average goggle and felt sturdy and comfortable. I had decent vision to the sides. Got a little foggy a few times. Strap was adjustable and I was confident the goggles were staying put after wipeouts. (I definitely tested their capabilities there.) I'm giving a good rating. These were your basic low cost gogs that protected the eyes, gave a little sun blockage, and fit fairly well.
"Warm and Dry" 11/12/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Dakine Blazer
  • Pros:  Decent dexterity, Warm,

Experience:   Happy trails with this glove. I've been satisfied with its warmth and dexterity. Yeah you still have to take it off to put on your contacts, but for everything else you should be fine. I haven't worn these in rain or held them under water, but they give the impression that you should be ok under most conditions. I don't hand out more than 3 stars unless something knocks my socks off. These are good gloves.
"Moto" 11/12/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Moto
  • Pros:  Sturdy Feel, Easy Lacing System,
  • Cons:  Heel movement,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  13
  • Boot Size:  13

Experience:   Only boot I've worn. I like the lacing system....don't love it. It's solid, simple and snug(ish). The inner lacing system is tough to balance. By this I mean that you can put your foot to sleep or have your heel sliding around unless you find the sweet spot. It's a basic, sturdy boot that is good choice for people on their way up. And your wallet will thank you:)

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