Name: 2009 Dakine Split Roller Small Travel Bag Men's
Pros: quality construction, pockets and accessibility, spacious
Cons: may be too bulky for short trips, trouble standing on its own,
Rider profile: 6ft, 220lbs
This piece of luggage is perfect for a trip from a few days to a week. based on my size and weight (which is pretty big) i am able to fit a full set of gear inside the bag including snowpants, jacket, gloves, goggles, etc. all in the first outer zip section of the bag. the bag comes with zipped mesh sections which can be used to separate regular clothes from your gear / wet gear. i used the inner section and fit 5 changes of clothes with space to spare. there are outer zips on the bag that allows easy access to the front fold contents.
the only cons that i can see for this bag is that when empty or near empty the bag has some trouble standing up on its own. second is that this bag may be too big for short 1-2 day trips. though the wrap around buckle straps can help lock it down and tighten the overall size. so its a very small drawback.
if you are looking for a bag for short trips (less than a week)or are short on space then this bag is probably too big. but if you have a bigger car or plan week long or more vacation it can fit all your gear, clothes, and probably some souvenirs too.
I bought this bag for $50 and it is not worth it. I took it out on one trip (on an airline). After the trip, the strap was already broken (plastic clip broke off). I am in process of getting it replaced on warranty. Hope it goes well. Besides that, it couldn't really fit much stuff. I had a hard time closing up the bag with my boots, pants, shell jacket, and gloves. The dakine low roller or tour bag is much better for the same price.
Pros: decent waterproofing, warm with the liner, versatile
Cons: Plain styling, No accessible inside pocket,
Jacket Fit: Too big
My Size: L
Fits Like: XL
Description: It was a bit baggy especially without the liner inside. But still ok.
The jacket is pretty good. I got it for around $150 but I wouldn't pay full price for it because it only has 5k breathability. 10k waterproof is decent and the bare minimum but it did get a bit wet around the wrists because snow stuck to the velcro. I was disappointed to see there was no inside pocket that was accessible because I like to put my phone/electronics inside. I've had phones/ipods freeze up on outside pockets. It does have a pocket on the outside that has wire loops for headphones. the hood was also a bit big in that it was much bigger than my head (I don't wear a helmet). When it was windy, it would get in sometimes. Overall the jacket is not too bad.
Pros: straps in tight without pinching, very responsive,
Cons: Paint scratches easily, hard to strap in, adjustability for larger boots
just took these to mammoth for 4 days. rode in powder, hard pack, and wet conditions. i took it to steeps, did a few jumps, went through glades. The binding was really responsive and low effort was required to turn. however, during some aggressive turns, I found that the toe strap came loose (slips off the toe). I also found it hard to strap in since the straps aren't as long as I would like for my size boot (12). Also, the paint on the buckles are coming off already.
Pros: fully featured, horizontal and vertical board carry, durable
this pack has many features but I'm not gonna list them here... the pack comes in 16L size and 20L size, I prefer the bigger pack so I can fit an extra layer, some food, my shoes (if I don't have a car or locker, water/drink, with a bit of room to spare. This is in the main comprtment, there are other parts that carry other gear. I've taken the bag to many trips and have thrown it around a lot. It seems very durable and I have had no problems so far. Also, the straps allow you to make it tight to your body so it doesn't affect your riding.
Description: I usually get XL but went with a L for this jacket and it fits perfect
I got this jacket on the staff picks days and it was a great price. A large fit me and I am 6' 215lbs. I prefer jackets that aren't too baggy so I went with a L. Normally I wear XL but usually XL is baggy. The jacket is versatile with a lot of pockets but it is a bit thin. the coldest I took it out on was around 0C. I was warm enough but I don't think it would work as well in colder temps like -10C. Layering is a must with this jacket in colder temps
i have had A-frames for 1 whole season and these are by far the most comfortable goggles I have ever used. having said that, you really have to make sure it fits your face otherwise it might not be comfortable for you. It fit me well and that means the proper ventilation which reduced the fog. my old goggles always fogged up which I hated. Snapping out lenses and replacing them is easy and quick.
I took this board to Chile (as a 2nd board) and used a pair of Burton P1.1 with it. Conditions at Chile were hardpacked in the mornings and softened up in the afternoons. The board did reasonably well on the hard pack even though it is reverse camber. comparing it to the palmer timeless I brought, I found the r crew did quite hold the edge as well. However, when things softened up, it did much better. Tried doing a few butters and jumps as well on the board, it was pretty easy to butter despite being a little more stiff than the sierra stunt. However, I am a heavier guy so the lighter riders may have a more difficult time. Jumps were good, rotations seemed easy and the board seemed balanced. The one problem I had was the top sheet seemed a little easy to damage. I got lots of scratches and chips already and only had it out for 4 days. Overall a great board.
Had these gloves in pretty wet conditions and they were dry all day. The only part that got a little wet was the thumb area that was not goretex. but it didn't soak through to my hands. Also because it was wet conditions, it was a little warm. these are more for colder days. don't use them for spring conditions or they will be too warm. Having said that, I bought them here at $30 which is a good price. Paying $60 for them is probably pricy
Pros: looks great, draw strings for cuffs, vents, plenty of pockets,
Pant Fit: Just right
My Size: XL
Fits Like: XL
Description: I usually wear 34-36 pants but I chose XL for a little more room - i use a belt
I took these pants out in spring conditions that got pretty wet. the 10k waterproofing worked pretty well at first but I slid down on my butt for 20-30s on ice/hard pack before I could stop myself (it was icy in the morning and it was steep) and after that I think I ruined the waterproofing. It was still decent but the butt got wet kinda fast after that. The pants look great and the draw strings for the cuffs are good when you are walking. Enough pockets for all your stuff.
Pros: boa conda for heel lift, warm liner, wide fit
Cons: warm liner,
Shoe Size: 12 to 13
Boot Size: 12
This boot fits a wider foot. If you have wide feet like me, you should definitely try it. I love the boa adjustment that virtually eliminates heel lift without any need for jbars. Also love traditional lacing - don't like the speed lacing systems. Also LOVE the fact that there are NO laces on the liner. It uses velcro so it is quick and easy. I don't really see any need for laces on the liner. The velcro was secure enough. The boot is super comfy as well for walking as it has the harshmellow heel. I hiked up the mountain for 3 hours in this boot.
One problem is that the liner got really warm (spring conditions) when I hiked the 3 hours. I guess if I was just snowboarding, I wouldn't have gotten so hot. This boot is medium stiff. I feel like it is around 7/10.
It is not so good in the park normally, but I just loosen up the laces a bit and my stiff boot is now decent in the park.
Pros: stable at high speed, good through icy/hard pack conditions,
Cons: top sheet scratched after first run,
I bought this board more for back country and similar off piste stuff but haven't had the chance to ride it through fresh pow yet. I spent 5 days on this board in hard pack/icy conditions. The snow softened up in the afternoon. This board is super fast (though I chose a 164cm board and I normally ride 160-162). It was stable at the higher speeds as well and I was able to maintain control without using major effort even on the icy conditions. I took it on a small jump I made and it was pretty decent. The jump was small so I was only doing 180 and 3's. Riding switch was ok too even though it is supposed to be directional. There were no rails or any park where I went so I could not try those things.
"Get it on a good sale... otherwise pass" 6/9/2010
Name: 2010 Burton P1.1
Pros: Comfortable, Responsive,
The P1.1s are very comfortable. There is a decent cushion on the base, the straps are puffy with some sort of air cushion, and there is a gel pad on the heel. The padding makes it comfortable for all mountain and for landing jumps. It is a mid flex binding which makes it pretty responsive for all mountain and park. The high backs are slightly higher than normal so it makes carving a little bit easier and more responsive. Sometimes the straps feel like they aren't as tight as I would like. I'm not sure if it is because it is the puffy straps that give the feeling they aren't tight... This is a good pair of bindings but I wouldn't pay $200 for them let alone MSRP. Somewhere around $150 might be a decent price given that they tend to break (mine are still ok).
I used these binders for a couple weeks and the highback broke. It was the webbing in the highback that cracked. I don't think it affects the performance but it was a little disappointing that it would break so soon.
Also, the cap strap seemed to slip off every now and then. Not sure if I am just not adjusting it properly to fit my boot but I never had this problem with other binders before.
On the plus side, they are very responsive and pretty light weight. And the cushioning makes it a comfortable ride.
The lock is decent. I actually prefer the combo lock but sierra was out of stock. The lock itself is a little bulky considering the leash (wire) is not that long. However, it does do the job and is easily long enough for 1 board. I would prefer it to be long enough for 2 boards.
But, being shorter, it is actually more secure.
I bought this glove for around $30. I took it out once and already noticed some small holes in the fingers (weren't there when new).
It also got wet very quickly. waterproof rating must be pretty low. It was wet because it was slushy but it got wet really fast. I had a pair of old gloves that lasted much longer before getting wet.
It's an ok glove for the price. but I would go for better quality and better waterproofing.