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)(nfinit)( Name Joel
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Age: 114
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Years Riding: 5
Average Days/Year: 50
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
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Preferred Terrain: powder, park, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'7, 145 lbs
Board Size: 155
Boot Size: 9
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: Rockies
Location: Colorado
Resort: Copper Mountain
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PRODUCT REVIEWS   (view all brand reviews)
"Fun for some" 8/27/2009
Helpful Review?   (5) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton The Hero Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Holds an edge well, Easy to press, fairly good all mountain
  • Cons:  mainly excels in park and groomers,

Experience:   Conditions: groomers and park The board held an edge well. It was easy to spin but I did not love the board immediately. After a few runs the board was more to my liking but still gets put on the shelf for the custom vroc. I rode the 152 which is about the mid-range for a park board for me. I usually ride 148-154 depending on the day. I like the hero but there are no real changes from 2009. The board is a lot of fun and can be used all over the mountain.
"DIY" 10/21/2011
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Swix Xf Snowboard Vise
  • Pros:  Clamps board well, Use on almost any table,

Experience:   I use these for all my tuning whether it be skis or snowboard. You can wax and edge your board or skis (although skis don't really fit well but you can adapt). Depending on how much time you spend tuning your equipment these can be a lifesaver. I have them mounted on a swix table and a couple saw horses for the rest of the equipment. I multitask. $100 is a lot for something you may not use much but if you tune more than a few times a year it's a good investment.
"Comfy!" 12/21/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Rome 390 Boss Snowboard Bindings Men's
  • Pros:  Comfortable ankle straps, Canted footbeds, Highly Adjustable
  • Cons:  Set up time,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   When it comes to bindings all I usually ask is that they are comfortable and hold my foot to the board. These bindings are very comfortable, have great adjustability and come with Rome's Yes I Cant, canted footbed system. You get a few footbeds with the bindings so you can adjust your's to your liking. I don't notice that they take that much pressure off your knees but I believe they allow you to widen your stance a bit if that's what you are going for. These bindings are comfortable and they don't have hardware that continuously comes loose like other brands I have tried. Give it to the rome guys, they did it well with these.
"Rome Rips It" 8/17/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Rome Artifact Rocker Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Soft yet capable of all mountain,

Experience:   http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=34840&PN=1&PID=670564#670564 I would recommend this board to someone who treats the whole mountain as a park. Not looking to bomb runs everywhere but looking to just have fun. It will carve great but doesn’t have the pop in and out of the turns like some of the other boards in their lineup. I would gladly take this as my everyday board. I like the tip and tail pop and the torsional flex makes the board buttery fun. I had never ridden an Artifact before and now I am sad that I haven’t. This board ranks in my top 5 for park boards that I have tried out…a couple more days on it and it might start pushing for number 1.

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I have now ridden this board 10 days in all conditions. Powder, park, and groomers. Until the snow just got too deep this board was one of the most fun I have ever ridden. Rome did it right, I even took it off a few kickers (up to about 40 feet) and it held it's own well. There are softer boards out there but this board is great for people looking at a half park half all over day. Get it and have fun!



"I want 2" 2/22/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Stingray
  • Pros:  warm, articulate fingers and wrist, dry!

Experience:   I actually hate writing something good about this glove because I want them all for myself. I would buy two pair if I didn't already own too many pairs of gloves. The gore-tex and leather combination work great. These gloves are very comfortable and keep your hands warm without being bulky. I would recommend these gloves to someone who needs a glove for days where the temp cold, but not below 0F. My favorite gloves yet.
"First Helmet I don't mind wearing" 9/25/2009
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 RED Mutiny
  • Pros:  Low Profile, Good fit,
  • Cons:  No vents,

Experience:   First helmet that I have had (I buy a new one every year) that fits well and doesn't break the budget. I wear smith i/o's and they fit great. Fairly true to fit.
"Custom wins again" 8/27/2009
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Custom V-Rocker
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Off Trail,Park,Powder,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  works everywhere,
  • Cons:  topsheet gets scuffed easily,

Experience:   http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=25824
"Great Goggle" 12/7/2008
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Smith I/O
  • Pros:  Easy lens change, takes seconds. The ignitor mirror works extremely well even on cloudy days. They fit seamlessly with Smith helmets.
  • Cons:  Not a fan of the clip together strap. Wish it was just a solid strap.

Experience:   I have received many compliments on these goggles and they fit my face perfectly.

Comments & Questions

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I now have the 2010 also, my favorite goggle.



"More than you would expect" 11/24/2008
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton X8
  • Use:  Boxes,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  lightweight, Easy to carve, poppy, Soft

Experience:   The board handles better than expected, I took it in everything from 2 feet of powder (it wasn't amazing but it did the job) to launching kickers. The board is soft but stomps landings and can be used anywhere. Some may disagree but after a season on it, I was impressed. $600 is high cost, but the topsheet changes color when it gets cold, so that has to count for something right?
"Got it Right" 10/22/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2014 Rome Mob Boss Snowboard Bindings
  • Pros:  Straps, Canted Footbeds, Canted High Back
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   Conditions - MM/GR/P Location - Loveland Ski Area Board - Accomplice 152 Boots - Nike Zoom Ites Riding Style - Sloppy and trying to get my feet back under me (not much open but hit groomers and some park) - A couple years back I decided to give Rome a try with their Boss 390's. They are a great company and it's a group I like to support. Suffice it to say, the Boss 390's weren't my style. I don't like the baseplates and I always had trouble with the buckles and the toe straps. So along come the Mod Bosses, nice molded baseplate and intriguing straps. -My main goal is that the binding keep my foot strapped to the board at all times when requested. Seems like a simple task, but many fail on this. The mod bosses have thus far been nothing short of superb. The straps are extremely comfortable and thick. The toe strap molds perfectly to the boot. -The flex of the binding is medium to me. It's perfect for my all mountain riding and park days. Though if you are a bigger and more powerful rider they may seem soft, but it all depends on your style (and boots). -The canted footbeds may or may not be a benefit but I use them. Maybe it's just a placebo but I still enjoy them. When all is said and done, I highly recommend these bindings. They are some of the most comfortable I have worn. If I was to nix anything about them, it would be the ratchets. The ratchets are great and work as requested, but Burton still sets the bar.
"Crowd pleaser" 10/22/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Art Of Flight Snowboard DVD
  • Pros:  Photography, Scenery, Riding
  • Cons:   Voice overs,

Experience:   This film makes my top 10. Not because it's the best snowboarding film, but because it's just entertaining and shows a different perspective on a lot of typical movies. It breaks a mold from the typical snow flick. I enjoy a lot of these films for various reasons. The cinematography really stands out along with the editing. It's definitely worth the purchase. Although watching it at one of their tour venues will blow you away.
"Does what it says" 10/22/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Concourse Single Ski Bag Pink Plaid
  • Pros:  Strong construction, Easily fits your skis,

Experience:   This bag does exactly what it says it will do. It does this well. I have a set of skis that are 165cm and 120-93-116 dimensions. This bag holds those, poles and a few extras without problem. I'm not sure how people can't fit their poles.
"All in the title" 10/21/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton AK 2L Cyclic
  • Pros:  Great goretex layering, Durable,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  S
  • Fits Like:  S
  • Description:  The fit is perfect for me. Loose and comfortable

Experience:   These are my favorite pants. I have two pair of goretex ak's and wear them more than any other pant. They are just a shell but the loose fit is great for layering. I use these in all temps from -40 to 60F. My only concern is after about 140 days I have about worn them out. I need to get another pair. Some people may not like burton, but the AK gear is top quality. I recommend any of their goretex for riders who deal with varying extremes
"Warm" 10/20/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2008 Nomis Simon Hoodie Men's
  • Pros:  Warm, Thumb holes, Zippered pockets
  • Cons:  I dont have two,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  It fits like it should. A little baggy. But not gangster

Experience:   This is a sweet hoodie. Fits right and has worked for me spring riding too. The thumb holes are large enough to actually fit and be comfortable. All in all a great hoodie especially for this price
"Simon" 10/20/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Nomis Logo Hoodie Men's
  • Pros:  Quality, Design,
  • Cons:  A little big for my fit,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  This hoodie is between a medium and a large for me. It's just a little bigger than my normal fit

Experience:   I enjoy Nomis and I like supporting my Colorado companies. (I'm wearing a Nomis hoodie right now) but this hoodie was just a little big for me. Although its just my style. I have 3 medium Nomis hoodies and this is the only one that runs a little big. Otherwise it's your typical hoodie. The colors are cool and it's comfortable
"Park fun, play everywhere" 10/19/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Line Anthem
  • Pros:  True twin, Durable, Price

Experience:   These skis are great for playing around in the park or all mountain they are big enough under foot to handle some powder too! I have rides these in all conditions except the deep stuff (I snowboard then) and they handle great. A little extra required for the edge to edge turns but that should be expected for 93mm underfoot. They do alright in choppy spring conditions.
"My favorite glove" 10/18/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Burton Spectre Gloves Men's
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Provide some warmth, Great dexterity
  • Cons:  Not an all conditions glove,

Experience:   These are my go to glove for warm weather days. I have the 2010,2011, And 2012 spectre glove. The glove is just extremely comfortable and provides a step up in warmth from the pipe glove while not compromising too much. This glove and a nice warm cold weather glove are my staples for the winter
"Better than others" 10/17/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Nike Zoom Force 1 Snowboard Boots Men's
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Warm, Excellent heel hold
  • Cons:  They get damp in earlier models on the liner,
  • Fit:  soft
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  9
  • Boot Size:  8.5

Experience:   I have ridden these boots about 150days and I can't find a better boot for my foot. I have super feet footbeds in them and they rock. As stated previously the first 10 days was a little uncomfortable but after they packed in a bit the fit was perfect. I highly recommend these boots to anyone with a narrower foot
"Finally! I have found my park board for the year" 2/8/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Nitro Subzero
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Gullwing Camber is great!, Soft flex and yet still pops tip and tail,
  • Cons:  don't take this in powder!,

Experience:   Check the link for my posted review. http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=32896&PID=630761#630761
"eff kay" 10/20/2009
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Capita Green Machine FK
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Park,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  Flat Kick!, Held an edge well.,

Experience:   A great softer flexing all mountain board. FK is definitely one of my favorite versions of rocker. http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=29644&PN=0&PID=584638#584638
"how did they do that?" 11/24/2008
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Capita Horrorscope FK
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Rails
  • Pros:  lightweight, Soft

Experience:   I was impressed with how the board held itself on the groomers. Fun to just pop around and has an insane amount of flex. The flat kickers do not catch like some may suggest, but I have also detuned this board. I haven't been on many rockers, but I am glad I chose this as the ONE I would have in my quiver.
"Does it all, well" 10/22/2008
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Custom
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Carving,Groomers,Jumps,Powder,Rails
  • Pros:  lightweight, Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Popular model, Strong edgehold, Popular on mountain, Well known brand
  • Cons:  Top sheet scratches

Experience:   This board is excellent for almost anything you throw at it. I have used it everywhere and have about 15-20 days on it. the ICS is a big improvement for the board when combined with EST bindings. If you want to get away with just 1 board, this one can do it.
"Quick gold" 10/23/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Quiksilver Last Mission Snowboard Shell Jacket Men's
  • Pros:  Price point,
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  A little loose

Experience:   I've had this jacket for a couple seasons now. I wear it from time to time on warmer days. It's a decent jacket and can easily be used in combination for the colder days but I typically ride with wrist gaiters and this doesn't had them. I typically wear this jacket when it's 20F or great outside. Any colder and I go with my higher tech jackets.
"Comfortable and quick" 10/22/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Ozone
  • Pros:  Comfortable , Light weight, Low profile
  • Cons:  Lacing wears ,
  • Shoe Size:  9
  • Boot Size:  8.5

Experience:   I rode these boots for a season and they were great. I have a narrower foot and the boot packed out a little more than I liked after about 20days of riding. I probably should have picked up a half size smaller. This is still one of the more comfortable boots I have worn. The est didn't add much to the feel IMO but still a very worthwhile boot. I rode it in all conditions -40 to 40f and through park and powder. My only mistake was not getting a little smaller size since it packs out about a quarter to half size on me.
"As important as goggles!" 10/21/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Burton FBI6 Snowboard Tool
  • Pros:  Small, Comfortable in your pocket,
  • Cons:  You might have to replace it every few years,

Experience:   The FBI tool might be the best companion on the mountain. I have used it to adjust bindings and skis, pry crap off my helmet, and to build shelter in a storm! Haha, well it's not macguyver but it will save some frustration. Well worth the price. Buy two!
"Just works" 10/20/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Salomon Z10 Ti W Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  Easy set up, Price, Durable
  • Cons:  Lower din (but you know that),

Experience:   This binding works great for everyday skiing. You can take it to the snow or through the park. So long as you are a rider who doesn't need a high DIN setting. This binding releases at the right time for me, although i only ride at a DIN of 9. I'm a skier who can go anywhere but I may not do it gracefully. The skis haven't ejected me on flat landings in the park off 20-30' kickers. But they have come loose in powder, but it likely saved my knee. I am impressed and I would buy these again.
"It just fits" 10/18/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Red Mutiny Snowboard Helmet
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Low profile, Simple
  • Cons:  Not adjustable, Minimal venting,

Experience:   I get a new helmet every year. This has been my helmet of choice the last two years. It's comfortable, low profile, and you can get an audio kit for it if you so choose. Not a lot of extra gimmicks but it works for what I want.
"Suprising" 10/17/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Rome 390 Boss Snowboard Bindings Men's
  • Pros:  Cantbeds, Comfortable straps, Adjustability
  • Cons:  Straps don't always lock down,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   These bindings worked great for me. I enjoyed the comfort and the cantbeds. However the bindings just didn't stay latched at times. Only has happened a couple times but it's their main duty. Strap me to the board. The conditions played a role I'm sure in the strapping and Rome makes a quality product. I'm writing this off as bad luck and I'll try again!

Comments & Questions

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"My go to goggle" 10/17/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Smith I/O Snowboard Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Easy change lenses, Great viewing angles, Comfortable
  • Cons:  They don't fit everyone well,

Experience:   This will be my fourth year wearing these goggles. I have the 2012's and the design stays the same. More color ways and more lenses to help keep things going. The construction isn't top notch, I've had the foam pack in a lot and start coming off the goggles. However, Smith offers a lifetime warranty and they stick by their products. Excellent in my book but definitely try them on!
"Great Park/All Around Binding" 2/8/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Flux Distortion
  • Pros:  Comfortable straps, A lot of adjustment possibilities, Locked down my foot
  • Cons:  Adjust screws are a little difficult to leverage,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   The flex of these bindings worked great for park riding and when I ventured out to the rest of the mountain. There straps were very comfortable and I never had any slipping or loosening. I tightened these bindings once and didn't worry about them the rest of the weekend.
"Good Glove for warmer days" 3/9/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Spectre Glove
  • Pros:  Great park glove and not bulky at all. The glove takes abuse and keeps going.
  • Cons:  The glove can turn into a sponge quite quickly.

Experience:   I wouldn't recommend this glove for a powder day, but if you are trecking through the park or pipe. Perfect.
"Works well All over the Mountain" 2/24/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Capita Indoor Survival
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Carving,Groomers,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Durable, Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Well known brand

Experience:   I took this board out for a day after riding my horrorscope. I was a little hesitant jibbing in the park but the board did great on boxes and rails, great off kickers. The board held an edge well when cruising down the hill. I would have even taken it through POW had there been any.
"Extremely Responsive" 2/23/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Cartel EST
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Easy in & out, Good construction quality, Comfortable, Well known brand, Popular model, Easy installation
  • Cons:  Boot slippage
  • Fit:  must be adjusted smaller

Experience:   I have the binding currently on an x8v but have also ridden them on my custom. The binding is extremely responsive and the forward lean takes some getting used to, although not a lot. The EST adjustability is truly simple. The only problem I have with these (and most burton bindings) is the top strap slipping off from time to time. Proper adjustment has reduced the frequency at which the toe strap comes off.
"Entry level price for a good binding" 2/23/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Union Contact
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Easy in & out, Boot hold, Lightweight, Well known brand, Easy installation
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   The bindings have an awesome flex for park riding. Extremely light. I rode these on my horrorscope for about 20 days before I switched to the datas on the scope. The straps are showing signs of wear and probably will not last 2 seasons. The screws on the baseplate constantly come loose, even with loc-tite. The strap scews also need tightening periodically.
"Style and Performance" 2/23/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Union Data
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Easy in & out, Boot hold, Durable, Comfortable, Well known brand, Popular model, Easy installation
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   The bindings are exactly what I was looking for in flex and peformance. But like my other Unions it didn't take long for some of the screws to come loose. The screws on the ankle strap came so loose that if I hadn't notice it in time they were about to fall off. I have used loc-tite and tighten them before each day. Still have the same problem. I love the unions, just wish I didn't have to tighten them up 2-3 times per day.
"Electric Blue!" 1/15/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton AK 2L Cyclic
  • Pros:  Breathable, Lightweight, Waterproof
  • Description:  WEATHER: Cloudy and Cold, Cold and Blustery Day, Snow and Rain Mixed, Sleet, Storming and White Out, LEG: Relaxed, WAIST: Feels true to size, INSEAM: Feels true to length,

Experience:   I love these pants. Burton sizes tend to be big, so if you normally wear a medium you might want to look at a small. I have the electric blue and the color is sick, the zipper tech keeps everything dry. I have abused these pants and they are still in one piece, about 25 days on them so far and still look fairly new. I would recommend these to anyone regardless of color, even the pink!
"Burton AK" 1/15/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton AK 2L Stagger
  • Pros:  Breathable, Lightweight, Waterproof
  • Description:  WEATHER: Spring Day, Blue Bird Powder Day, Cloudy and Cold, Cold and Blustery Day, Snow and Rain Mixed, Sleet, Storming and White Out, LEG: Relaxed, WAIST: Feels true to size, INSEAM: Feels true to length,

Experience:   The pants are great, the Gore-Tex is a drastic improvement from some of the lower waterproofing and breathability in other pants. The colors stand out, the added vents are helpful when the temperature changes from morning to afternoon and again to night. I now how 2 pair of burton AK gore-tex and will buy more if the sales keep getting better!
"The Holt!" 12/7/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Smith Holt Audio Series
  • Pros:  The helmet is comfortable, stays on well, matches smith goggles. Breathes. It's nice to have audio built in.
  • Cons:  Audio sound is ok, but don't expect anything great.

Experience:  
"Great boot with a small footprint" 12/7/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Ozone
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Heel hold, Comfortable, Traction, Good quality, Well known brand
  • Fit:  heel is snug

Experience:  
"Un...Inc RIP" 11/24/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Un Inc
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Carving,Groomers,Jumps,Powder,Rails
  • Pros:  lightweight, Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds

Experience:   This is one of Burton's best IMO, the board held an edge, great pop, stuck the kickers, and it rolls through rails. Awesome twin and it's ICS!
"One of the most fun boards I have ridden" 8/8/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Fix
  • Pros:  The spoon tip and tail make buttering easy, but still holds an edge well. Zero camber is also fun. The board did well off kickers.
  • Cons:  Didn't try it in powder, but I assume it will sink like a rock.

Experience:  
"EST will make you happy" 1/15/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton EST
  • Pros:  This binding allows for infinite stance and angles when mounted to the Burton ICS boards (it is ONLY compatible with ICS). I have ridden several ICS boards and although they perform great with regular Burton bindings, the feel with these is far superior. After riding an X8 with some Burton Missions I finally received my EST bindings. The flex of the board has improved and you can actually feel the torsional flex under your feet. The soft cushion is the only thing that separates you from the board. If you choose you can even remove the cushion (although I wouldn't recommend it). The straps are soft and cushy and stainless steel buckles hold up to some abuse. If you plan on purchasing an ICS board, plan on purchasing EST bindings.
  • Cons:  As stated before, the bindings are only compatible with ICS boards.

Experience:  
"ICS is the only way to go." 1/15/2008
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  • Name: 2008 Burton X8
  • Pros:  After you ride a board with the Infinite Channel System (ICS) it is very hard to switch back other limited binding mounting setups. The ICS allows for an infinite stance width through the channels on the board. It's also allows you to torque down more on the screws without damaging the base. If you add Extra Sensory Technology Bindings (EST) to the mix you have just upgraded to a baseless binding system that allows for infinite stance width and angle adjustment. You can dial in your perfect setup instead of being restricted to the incremental stance options on other boards. On to the boards performance. I have ridden a 155 and a 151 in many conditions. I purchased the 151 to be mainly a park board or days without pow. But due to breaking my other board on a trip I have even ridden this in two feet of fresh pow. The board behaves extremely well in all conditions which surprised me. I wouldn't recommend it for pow days but it will perform above expectations if needed. It butters easily and has pop. The only place I have not taken this board is in the half-pipe. For park, freeride, freestyle this board rips. The WFO base is extremely fast and surprisingly durable.
  • Cons:  I am hard pressed to find a problem with this board. The only con I can say is for those who do not have Burton bindings there currently is not a way for you to strap on. The baseplates that come with the board only allow for conversion from Burton bindings. But if you buy this board, it's worth the investment to own the EST bindings as well.

Experience:   If you are looking for a powder board, then get something else. For any other place on the mountain this board tears it up. The ICS and EST setup will make it difficult for me to ride anything else.
"The Dirty Sanchez" 1/15/2008
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  • Name: 2008 Rome The Sanchez Glove
  • Pros:  Extremely comfortable. I have worn these gloves in temperatures down to 0F but put liners in for anything colder. With the liner I have worn them down to -30F and had no issues with my hands getting cold. The grip is great and I use these gloves for more than just snowboarding.
  • Cons:  The gloves are not waterproof. After they get wet the fingers freeze up fairly easy. I have also noticed when wet the grip on the gloves sticks to metal. So be careful when grabbing the bars on the chair lift!

Experience:   These make a great glove. Even though they outer layer gets wet my hands have never been wet on the interior.

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