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fj5 Name F.J. Sarmiento
Location Toronto, ON, CA
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"Do what you love, love what you do." 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 4
Average Days/Year: 30
Skill Level: medium features
Riding Style: freestyle park
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'8, 153 lbs
Board Size: 151
Boot Size: 8-9
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: S
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Region: Canada
Location: Ontario
Resort: Blue Mountain
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"The BIGGEST the BESTEST!" 1/25/2011
Helpful Review?   (3) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Electric EG2 Goggles Cyan Bronze/Silver Chrome Lens
  • Pros:  Maximum visibility and great fog control, Awesome style and design, Still fits nicely over my RED Mutiny helmet
  • Cons:  Scratched on first day. :(,

Experience:   I used to wear Dragon Mace, but I unfortunately lost that great goggle on the slopes (fell outta my bag). Extreme tragedy as I loved those goggles, but it did give me an excuse to buy the EG2's, which I had been eyeing since before I looked at the Mace. I personally think the bigger, the better thus the title to this review. Move your eyeballs all around and you'll see everything, no blockage from the frame. Great fog control on these, base chrome lens is great for day but would not recommend them for overcast or snowy days. These don't just work awesome but they look AMAZING! My favourite style design out of all mfr's. Many people say these are too big for helmet use but these work just fine with my RED Mutiny and don't pull away from my face. I do have a small nose so it does feel like there's a small gap above my nose but the foam is just enough to block the open air. My only qualm is that I scratched them the first day out... not even from bails, but I think they just struck some board edges at the end of the day while I was carrying my helmet in hand and they were mounted. UGh! I guess that's my fault but I woulda hoped they could resist a bit of that. I bought a second lens just in case but the 'damage' doesn't seem to affect performance. Just annoying.
"Didn't last very long" 10/31/2012
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Dakine Torque Driver
  • Pros:  Can fit in pocket, Variety of bits, Comfortable to hold when in use
  • Cons:  weak bits prone to wear, difficult to remove bits from socket, bits move around loudly inside

Experience:   I purchased one of these while at a resort because I needed to adjust my bindings and straps. I looked at the design and thought this would be a useful tool. It was... but it just didn't last very long. Bit wear was much faster than I anticipated. Once deformed, they started to chew through my screws as well. I found the bits also didn't fit well before they wore out. In the short time that I was able to use it, I will say the handle design is comfortable to hold and makes it easier to apply force. What annoyed me about this tool was also the difficulty in removing the bit from the socket once inserted. I don't know if it was the cold or moisture becoming frozen but it was irritatingly difficult. Also, it was noisy to carry around with all the bits moving around inside the storage chamber. I would not recommend this to anyone.
"Useful, ok sound" 10/31/2012
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Skullcandy Icon Headphones
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Built-in microphone, Rope style cord
  • Cons:  Mediocre sound quality, Very weak bass,

Experience:   I use these headphones when I plan on having a chill ride day and don't need a helmet for the park. Fits well over a beanie under your goggle strap. The soft padded speakers are quite comfortable even after prolonged use but you definitely need the goggle strap to secure them in place while riding, otherwise they slip off quite easily with physical activity. Hook it up to your phone and you can easily answer phone calls while on the hill as well, a little difficult with thicker gloves but doable. I really appreciate the rope style cord. Really helps resist tangles and more durable than your regular rubber cord. Of course with such cheap and relatively small cups, you're not going to get much bass punch with these at all. The high end isn't bad, can get a bit ringy at times but that probably depends more on the audio quality of your song file. I recommend these to anyone who wants to listen to music while riding on the hill without having to deal with the discomfort of small ear buds but don't expect jaw dropping audio quality.
"It's ok, not great" 10/31/2012
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2012 Dakine Micro Lock
  • Pros:  Fits in your pocket, Combination better than a keylock, No tangles with retractable cable
  • Cons:  short cable, thin cable, plastic body can easily break

Experience:   I tried out one of these locks because a friend of mine recommended the convenience of the retractable cable. I bought into the gimmick but was not too pleased with the results. First of all, the cable is relatively short, compared to the coil type. Not only do you find yourself fighting to get that extra bit of length, you're also fighting the pull of the retracting mechanism. It is extremely difficult to do this with gloves on, near impossible. Securing one board is doable but it is also nearly impossible if you want to secure two boards or more. The one good thing about the retractable cord is you don't deal with tangles. The build quality seems alright but if you keep this in your pocket, be careful if you ever fall, you might crush and break the plastic casing. I switched to the coil type combo locks and am happier now.
"Comfortable, stretchy, not very warm" 10/24/2012
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2013 Thirty Two Bars And Stripes Snowboard Socks Men's
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Stretchy, Soft
  • Cons:  a bit thin, stripe design prone to rip particularly at heel, not very warm
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  Comfortable, proper size, snug

Experience:   These line of thirtytwo socks are very comfortable to wear. They stretch quite easily so as not to suffocate your legs or feet. The materials are very nice quality and feel soft against your skin. Friendly to hair legs as well. My concern, as with previous thirtytwo socks I've had, are longevity. Because they're quite soft and thin, not only are they not very warm, but they are also prone to rip over use. I would recommend scrunching up the sock and put on section by section, as opposed to holding the upper lip and just sliding over your foot/leg. My older model thirtytwo socks have ripped in various places along stripe and checker patterns as well, so beware.

Comments & Questions

fj5
Sorry, forgot to add these final words. My recommendation would be to spend less money and go with the plain looking snowboard/ski socks from NorthFace. They are warmer, a little thicker, just as comfortable, just slightly more of a snug fit. :)



"VERY light & VERY responsive" 2/28/2013
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  • Name: 2012 Union Force SL Snowboard Binding
  • Pros:  Super lightweight & responsive, Soft cushioned full footbed, Comfortable straps
  • Cons:  Took a little time to dial in toe strap -slippage, Toe strap a bit sticky, snow collects under hinges, No quick release tab on toe strap
  • Flex:  stiff

Experience:   I absolutely love these. Once strapped in, you sometimes forget they're there because of how lightweight they are and how comfortable the straps are against your boot. I definitely appreciated all the adjustment options available and you really should take the time to create the perfect fit with your size boot because I had issues with the toe cap slipping off at first until I moved in the heelcup. This binding is rated pretty stiff but I would say it's between mid and stiff. The vertical stiffness and torsional forgiveness in the highback makes for a very aggressive yet still playful ride. There's plenty of foam padding along the footbed and underneath the binding which makes for very cushioned landings. Response is excellent, can't say much more about it. My only dislikes are... the leather on the inner areas of the strap wear away pretty quickly, snow/ice easily collects under toe strap and ladder hinges making it hard to lower the cap over the toe, there's no quick release tab on the toe strap (but the ankle strap has one), and the forward lean dial doesn't lock into place very well. Overall, I still give this binding 5 stars as it has become my favourite for All Mtn, paired with my Thrive Renegade that rips all! I highly recommend the Union Force SL!

Comments & Questions

Blur510
what size bindings do you have and what size boots? thinking about getting this bindings and I have 9.5 nike boots. thanks

fj5
I got size M/L (8-11) and I have size 8.5 Nike Zoom Force 1 and size 9 DC Park boots. The Nike ZF1 is larger profile than the DC Park and actually take up more space. My adjustments are pretty close to the middle setting of every range option (ex. heelcup), but I had to adjust the toe strap tighter. Hope that helps! Given your 9.5, I think you should go with M/L as well. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there are any more M/L in stock here. Good luck!



"Stiff, VERY VERY stiff" 1/2/2013
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  • Name: 2012 Nike Zoom Force 1 Snowboard Boots Men's
  • Pros:  Extremely comfortable liner and sole padding, Very warm and breathable, Very responsive
  • Cons:  almost too stiff, very little ankle articulation,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  stiff
  • Shoe Size:  8
  • Boot Size:  8.5

Experience:   I finally got an opportunity to test these boots out on the hill. 5 hours of riding with no breaks. The first thing you notice when you slip on this boot is just how comfortable and cushioned the inner lining is. It is the most comfortable boot I've ever put on (to date). I normally wear a size 8 shoe but found I needed to size up to an 8.5 when I first tried on in store. Hasn't been an issue since. The inner lacing is a bit confusing but as long as you get it comfortable tight, you're fine, just tuck those laces away. The inner strap works perfectly to secure the upper. Lacing the outer is a bit cumbersome with the classic AF1 strap. The upper hooks are also low profile so takes a bit longer than other boots to hook around. As soon as you get these tied up, the first thing you notice is the upper edge against your shins/calves. They're definitely the stiffest boot I've ever put on. After 5 hours of riding, it felt a bit better. These boots are warm and waterproofing is awesome. I never once complained about cold feet. With such aggressive stiffness, these boots are very responsive. Quick edge to edge. Maneuverability is a bit lacking given the stiffness, very little to no ankle articulation, thus I am hesitant to try these in the park. I will most likely wear my DC Park for days I want to spend at the park. If you can find these boots at 50% off plus 25% off like I did, I highly recommend! ;)

Comments & Questions

fj5
I forgot to mention the outsole. It is VERY grippy, awesome design. Tough materials used so I'm not worried about durability. Also, I play a lot of basketball and I own MANY basketball shoes (sneakerhead). I truly believe in Zoom Air technology: low profile but still provides you with responsive support. Love it!



"Best Toe Cap Strap I have ever tried!" 12/4/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Burton Get A Grip Snowboard Binding Capstrap
  • Pros:  Extra grip with the rubber flaps, Awesome response, Comfortable
  • Cons:  Finicky adjustment for larger profile boots, Price,

Experience:   These straps come standard on my Burton C60 and I must say they are the best toe caps I have ever tried. The primary concern when it comes to toe cap straps is hold. Decent straps will still manage to pop out every so often during aggressive riding. A bad bail and chances are your toe cap is off. These however exhibit amazing toe hold. Burton adds rubber material on the top and bottom sides of the strap to conform to your boot as you tighten the strap. This does wonders for grip and in turn enhances heel edge response and comfort. The only thing I advise is that you take time to make sure this cap is centered properly on your boot. Because of the somewhat fixed crescent shape, if you're off with your adjustment, one of the sides will end up digging into the side of your boot. Creates creases in your boot if you don't fix it and in the long run, will promote damage. It's also annoying to the toes in that region. If you're riding lower end Burton bindings on a budget, I highly recommend this upgrade!
"Exceptional tool!" 12/4/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Bullet Tool
  • Pros:  Small fits in pocket, Higher quality bits, Extra grip with handle

Experience:   This is a great little tool to have with you on the hill. I've tried many and this one has performed the best out of the lot. My biggest complaint with multitools is the quality of the bits. There are plenty to choose from out there but you'll never know just how soft the metal is until you try it and it wears out on you when you need it most. As with most Burton gear, you pay a little more but you do get better quality parts and materials. I like the extra innovation of the pull out handle. Really helps add that extra torque for those cold wet days when you can't get a good grip on the handle. I highly recommend, but try and get it when it's on sale. :)
"It's that price for a reason" 11/7/2012
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Vapor Snowboard
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Ultra lightweight, Super fast base, Aggressive ride edge to edge
  • Cons:  Price, Not ideal for switch riding,

Experience:   I came across an amazing deal for the Vapor sz157 that I just couldn't pass up. This board retails new for $1200 here and I got it new for $500. First thing you notice when you pick it up is how incredibly light it is. People have told me that you won't feel weight differences when riding but they obviously never tried the Vapor. It’s definitely noticeable especially when paired with lightweight bindings like the C60. It makes it extremely easy to maneuver in groomers and shallow pow. It also allows for much easier lift off when going off jumps or lips. It’s very stiff. Combined with its distinct camber shape, it makes it very hard to butter. It's the complete opposite feel to my Stunt, that's why they are the only boards I kept. Base is fast and I cannot emphasize this enough. It is the fastest I’ve ever ridden and it doesn't take much effort to accelerate. It handles chop surprisingly well but almost feels like a springboard at times. It has awesome bite. I can ride it with much more confidence on ice than any other board I've tried. I want to try a Burton X to compare. You generally won't slip out from underneath. It makes for an easy climb up pipe walls as well. I was advised to be weary of boxes and rails because of the carbon/aluminum construction. But I’ve taken it on boxes and tables, will only 50-50. It's not something I want to do a lot. As for switch riding, it is definitely harder to ride switch given its directional shape. But once you get used to the added length on the front end, it's not bad at all. Base graphics are awesome. Top sheet is a bit plain unless you look closely so I stickered mine up. Overall, I’m extremely happy with my purchase. I think it’s well worth what I paid. I plan on keeping this board till it breaks. Quality build from Burton so I'm not too worried about longevity. Would I pay full retail price for this? NO WAY! But that's just me, others may view the features and performance to be well worth it.
"Convenient and Affordable" 10/30/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2010 Flow M9
  • Pros:  Relatively fast to put on, Comfortable on the upper foot, Nice colour options
  • Cons:  Lack of toe cap makes heel carving a bit sluggish, Footbed does not have much cushioning, Hard to put on when snow gets inside strap
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   I liked these bindings for the relatively short time that I've had them. They were my starter pair for my Artec Gabe Taylor. I found them very convenient at first but in time after use on very snowy days, it would get very easy for snow to collect around your boot and inside the padding, making inserting your foot harder throughout the day. You would eventually have to adjust the straps. Besides that, I like the quick access highback. It's obviously harder to remove while moving compared to ratchet style straps. The extra padding over the foot is comfortable and does provide a bit extra warmth to the foot. However, because of the lack of the toe cap, I do find I have to lean a bit further to lift the toe for heel carving. You adjust, but it's not the kind of response you'd go crazy about. The footbed isn't very cushioned. Not much foam to absorb harder landings, so you'll feel it more. My gf has the same pair and although I could get in and out of them fairly quickly, she generally takes longer and has to use two hands. Overall, they're a great starter binding. Most people will probably over compensate and leave extra room when adjusting the straps at first, thus making for a looser fit and not as responsive ride. Better that than not getting your foot in at all. I eventually upgraded to the NXT-ATSE which had better padding and cushioning, but same other issues. I now ride ratchet style straps, no more Flow for me.
"One of my favourites" 3/12/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Oakley Crowbar Seth Morrison Signature Snowboard Goggles - Men's
  • Pros:  Comfortable perfect fit, Does not fog, Stylish & Functional Shape
  • Cons:  None,

Experience:   I've used these goggles for day riding throughout this current/passing season. They're awesome! They fit amazing, note: extra padding around the nose (Asian fit) so it works well to block the cold air from leaking in with my small nose. They fit very well when worn under or over a helmet. I prefer to wear them under my Sandbox Brainbucket helmet. Perfect alignment with the brim of the helmet. Aerodynamic shape, very aggressive look, almost alien-like. The lens has not fogged on me and the visibility is superb. Very clear lens, no distortion, solid build. Would recommend the Crowbar to anyone. Not as big as the Electric EG2 but there are no issues in terms of functionality/visibility.

Comments & Questions

fj5
I forgot to mention my exact lens = Black Iridium



"Ultimate Response" 4/11/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton C60 EST
  • Pros:  Ultra lighweight, Ultra responsive, Lots of adjustability
  • Cons:  Channel dial design can be better,
  • Flex:  stiff

Experience:   I wanted to ride these several days before my review. I LOVE ‘em! They shine in freeriding, kinda stiff for presses/jibbing. I'm a sz 8 boot, probly shoulda got M but all they had was S (6-8) so I went for it, the deal was too good. I adjusted the bindings for the largest fit. Footbed extends out easily (controlled by a thin screw but it works), toe strap moved to front slot (2 slots), ankle strap moved back to highest hinge (3 slots). Tough to get that screw in for the ankle strap but ABSOLUTELY comfortable after doing this. When it was set to the std middle slot, too much stress on top of my foot, ached after a run unless you loosened the strap but I prefer the strap tight. Toe cap is awesome, great design for boot hold with instant toe response. Padding on ankle strap is top notch. Ratchets are VERY high quality. Solid hold, you know they won't slip off while riding. I rotated the highbacks, definitely stiff and you feel that response. I've only taken her on groomers so far, yet to try ‘em in POW. Eager to see how they perform with my Vapor in the pipe. As many parts are carbon fibre / molded plastic, they creek a bit but you won't hear it when riding. I've read about the highbacks breaking but hasn’t happen to me. I'm a pretty small rider though 150lbs and I just make sure to lower ‘em before getting on lifts to prevent ‘em from getting crushed by the seat. The channel dial could’ve been better. The footbed foam is designed to spring up for, I assume, extra shock absorption. Because of this, you really have to push down to find the channel when adjusting position and angle. It was annoying until I got used to it. I also wish the dial itself and numbers were bigger. Since mine are all black it's not easy to see. I like the larger white dials which have windows. Despite my qualms, I give these bindings 5 stars because of adjustability, comfort, and extreme response! I highly recommend them to anyone... when they're on sale 50-60% off.
"Stiff but really responsive!" 2/28/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Salomon Chief Snowboard Bindings Men's
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Responsive, Sick black/multi-colour design
  • Cons:  Can be a bit too stiff, Ankle strap rotates loosely, Highback rotates loosely
  • Flex:  stiff

Experience:   These are sweet bindings. I got the black with multi-color ones and they look sweet with anything! They're extremely responsive. Toe cap innovation is nice as well, does not unstrap all the way (prevents overhang damage). These are stiff but some may find these to be too stiff. Definitely not a beginner's binding. One gripe I have is the hinges. The ankle straps and highbacks can rotate loosely. So if you're the type to tuck your ankle strap behind the highback when binding up (like me), it'll fall forward unless you hold it, which is kinda annoying. You get used to holding it after a while. I also find the catching strap a bit short, hard to catch sometimes, especially in the dark. Still, I recommend if you're looking for something stiffer than Forces or Cartels (roughly same price point).
"Love this boot!" 2/18/2011
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  • Name: 2010 DC Park Snowboard Boots Kid's
  • Pros:  Super Comfortable, Awesome heel hold, Lightweight
  • Cons:  Some colour bleeding from binding strap, Outer shell doesn't look too durable,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  8
  • Boot Size:  9

Experience:   I started riding with Ride Fuls first (which are totally awesome boots) but wanted something with a bit more flex for more freestyle riding and eventually use fully for park. I tried size 8 first (my shoe size) and it was VERY snug, which shocked me because 8 is usually universal. But I tried a 9 after and it was just perfect! This boot is VERY easy to get in and out of which I love. Always sucks to struggle in and out of boots. There's ample padding around the entire foot and the j-bars are awesome for holding your heel down to prevent rising when you go on your toes. I rock the yellow/purple pair and just overall am super happy with these boots! Great traction as well. Stamping landings on these don't hurt either. Good flex without sacrificing much on support and response. I highly recommend the DC Park Boot for freestyle riders. Only cons I put were about the outer shell. A bit of pink from my binding strap bled onto the yellow boot but not really noticeable. Just annoying. I'm not sure how durable the outer shell really is yet as I've only had these for a week. They don't look to be as durable as Ride's SuperFabric.
"Nice and warm and dry glove" 12/23/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Bonfire Radiant Snowboard Gloves Men's
  • Pros:  Warm, Keeps your hands dry (Gore-Tex), Stylish
  • Cons:  A bit bulky/clunky, a bit hard to get into with moist hands,

Experience:   I'm very pleased with the performance of this Gore-Tex glove. As stated above, they keep your hands warmer than thinner profile gloves, I've not had any issues with waterproofing, and great design on them. As for the cons, I say bulky/clunky in terms of trying to reach into pockets or handle small electronics like your phone or ipod. Of course that's the case for warmer gloves. If you get your hands wet in snow or after washing your hands, be sure to thoroughly dry them before attempting to put these gloves on. Your hands won't slide in if wet.
"AWESOME roller case!" 4/27/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Split Roller Large
  • Pros:  Lots of storage space, Separate compartments for better organization, Great quality materials used

Experience:   This may be one of my best investments! Lots of room for lots of stuff and I really appreciate the separate compartments for better organization. The mesh/netted material to separate the compartments also allow for great visibility of the contents overall. Solidly built. Great handle. Great wheels. Great materials used in manufacturing. I don't think there's anything bad to say about this case! I highly recommend!
"It really is VERY big, but still pretty good!" 4/27/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Overload Convertible (200cm)
  • Pros:  Room for more than one board, Rollers, Good quality materials
  • Cons:  Excessively long,

Experience:   This bag is HUGE! I do wonder who would ever really make use of 200cm but I guess if you have the space in a van or pickup, you can fit a board and folded up bindings with the bag fully extended. I have a feeling that I'll be folding the top end over while this sits in my trunk. Definitely lots of room for two boards and more if you have them in separate sleeves (no bindings attached though). Also looks like it was manufactured with quality in mind. Great materials used. I wouldn't mind more available pockets for small tools and accessories and maybe it would have been nice if that extra length was actually a separate compartment. You can also get the matching roller case too (which I did). :)
"Awesome helmet!" 4/24/2010
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  • Name: 2009 RED Mutiny
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Comfortable feel, Usable Brim
  • Cons:  Ear pads slide out easily,

Experience:   This is my first helmet and I will continue to use this for seasons to come. Very lightweight, comfortable, and the brim actually helps with shade and light rain. The brim also helps to keep your goggles in place when you're not wearing them. Ventilation is actually beneath the outer layer and starts just inside the brim. Allows you to put as many stickers as you want on the exterior! :p The back neck pad has a velcro strap but the earpads don't. The earpads can slide around and come out fairly easily. Could be an easy fix with velcro but not too much of an issue. Can easily remove inside padding and throw it in the washer and hang dry to keep it fresh. Padding also helps to keep your head quite warm so no need for an extra beanie. Wasn't sure about the baseball look at first but it grows on you. Love this helmet!
"My best pants!" 3/19/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Burton AK 2L Stagger Snowboard Pant Men's
  • Pros:  Waterproof!, Optional Ventilation is awesome, Durable
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  I wear my stuff baggy, I can fit in a S but wear L. Fit is great!

Experience:   These have become my favourite out of all my snowpants. Very comfortable inner, durable outer, totally waterproof (even the zippers), optional vents work awesome, and they just look sick too! I got the Ignitor colourway. Don't get me wrong, I still love my Oakley and Special Blend pants... but maybe knowing these are Gore-Tex and the others aren't is affecting my psych. hahaha
"Love these pants!" 2/28/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Special Blend Strike Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Warm, Looks sick
  • Cons:  Not very durable, watch your board edges!,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  I wear my stuff baggy, I can fit in a S but wear L. Fit is great!

Experience:   These pants are my favourite! Great waist adjustability, comfortable fit, and warm even while being lightweight. Pockets are very spacious and vents are a nice touch. I tend to wear my pants oversize so they do drag a bit and run long. I end up tucking the ends in the inner liner. Just watch out for board edges or snags in your binding, these aren't very durable so I already have several cuts and small holes along the bottoms. Great pant still and I highly recommend! First Chair, Last Call!
"2010 Good Wood Award Winner for a reason" 12/28/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Artec Gabe Taylor Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Off Trail,Powder,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Solid and Aggressive, Strong snap, Speed and Stability

Experience:   The shop owner recommended this board to me as it was a Winner of the 2010 Good Wood Award and I was looking for something that would allow me to pick up more speed without sacrificing stability. It took me a short while to get used to the prominent camber design (coming from zero camber) but once I got the hang of it, the ride felt really rewarding. Very solid feel! I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to beginners, might be a bit too aggressive for them. Great board overall and the graphic is SICK!
"LOVE these goggles!" 12/28/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Dragon Mace Snowboard Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Great visibility, Great fog control, Great style

Experience:   I'm a huge fan of these goggles! I was lucky enough to get them at a crazy deal and I got the Skull Candy edition that come with headphones. Mine have a transparent frame and red ion lens. Great for bright days, would not recommend for use when sun is not out, especially not at night. Great visibility, nice and big, not quite as big as the Electric EG2 but functionality is definitely a contender (and slightly better price). Great fog control on these goggles as well. I have a smaller head/face so fits me very well. I've been told they are designed for smaller sizes. Fits over my medium Red Mutiny helmet perfectly. Thanks Dragon!
"It's a piece of cloth... but it works" 12/26/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Special Blend Get Rad Bandana
  • Pros:  Covers your face, Comfortable, Easy to use
  • Cons:  Freezes like anything else that gets wet in cold,

Experience:   Functions like any other bandanna, as expected. I say bandannas work wonderfully to cover your face. Cheap price, functional, and if it gets too wet and starts to freeze, just put a different another one on. Feels like cardboard when it freezes, not comfortable on the face.
"Great helmet!" 12/26/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Giro G10 Mx
  • Pros:  Visor is optional but very functional, Adjustable vents, Comfortable fit

Experience:   Make sure you measure your head size correctly and order accordingly. I bought this for my gf and it fits her perfectly. I personally like the visor but she doesn't so it's good that it's optional. The vents are quite functional and do help a great deal to cool off your head or cover up when too cold. Great value, would recommend to everyone!
"Not bad :/" 12/26/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sessions Underground Short Sleeve
  • Pros:  Cool design, Comfortable,
  • Cons:  Feels a bit stiff from the graphic,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  I normally wear M, but I ordered a L. Should have stuck to M.

Experience:   I think this shirt isn't bad. Order your true size if you want a good fit. I've learned not to order a size up now to be safe. Sometimes this shirt feels a bit stiff because of the nature of the graphic. I feel the substance more than a soft cotton shirt. Still... not bad. :)
"I put that $#!% on everything! :)" 12/24/2010
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  • Name: 2007 Forum First Chair 24Pk
  • Pros:  Great deal, Great message,
  • Cons:  I'd prefer the white background over clear.,

Experience:   My review title speaks for itself. :p Lots of stickers in the pack, great to put everywhere! I just think the white background would be better for visibility of the message vs the clear.
"A great CHILL board!" 12/23/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sierra Stunt Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Park,Powder,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Reverse camber carving, Forgiving soft flex, Smooth ride
  • Cons:  Slower than Reverse Crew,

Experience:   I purchased the Reverse Crew before this board went on sale and I just couldn't pass up the $99 deal. :) I figured I'd use the rcrew for all mtn and the stunt for the park (eventually when I'm good enough for the park). So this review comes from JUST an all mtn perspective. I much prefer the rcrew ride. The board just feels more solid and the base very fast. I totally understand now when they say the rcrew is a more aggressive ride. This board feels softer on the slopes and a slower base for sure. It's great for those times you just want to cruise in a chill speed down the slope. Very comfortable ride. I can't wait to take this to the park (which I've been told where it shines). If you're looking for an all mtn, I'd say go rcrew.
"Great Night Goggle!" 12/20/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Giro Roots Goggles
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Great for night,
  • Cons:  A bit narrow fit/view,

Experience:   I am generally pleased with these goggles. They're great for darker conditions. They are comfortable to wear as well. However, I find the profile to be a bit narrow. You would have a hard time wearing glasses under these goggles and there's not a lot of room for peripheral. I think they can be wider for future designs. Still, overall very good.
"It's like any other bandanna." 12/20/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Special Blend Struggle Bandana
  • Pros:  Light, Soft, Blocks cold air relatively well
  • Cons:  Feels like cardboard when breath moisture freezes,,

Experience:   It's got a nice looking design. Serves its purpose as a bandanna. I had a similar experience with all my bandannas. I've tried different face masks with velcro, ear hoops, vents, mesh fabrics, etc... and the best is still the bandanna. After a little while, breathing in them will cause them to freeze up and the least annoying was the bandanna. Price ain't bad either. :) Sometimes I'll put my bandanna under the mesh ones.
"Great Value" 12/20/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Anon Helix
  • Pros:  Great Price, Good fog control, Very Comfortable
  • Cons:  The price cancels out the cons,

Experience:   It does what it's supposed to do and the price is awesome! Cylindrical lens (not spherical), but the visibility is fine. Amber lens is good for all-purpose. Very comfortable to wear, note: narrower profile. Great starter goggle for those looking to keep costs low.
"Very comfortable and great breathability" 12/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sessions Replay Snowboard Jacket
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Great waterproofing, Nice breathability
  • Cons:  Could use hand warmer pockets, velcro is a bit sticky,
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  Fit's great, loose but not too loose. Comfortable.

Experience:   Great jacket! I did not have any issues with waterproofing and was pleasantly surprised at how breathable the jacket is. Very comfortable and lightweight. I wore this jacket on a relatively colder day with a sweater and T-shirt under and felt great. I feel they could have easily included hand warmer pockets but none. Also, the velcro straps throughout the jacket tend to stick to a lot of things including the inner lining. Was a bit worried about how strong the inner pockets were but they did a great job protecting my phone and ipod.
"Great gloves!" 12/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton TWC
  • Pros:  Great waterproofing, Slender style, easy to tuck into sleeves, Warmer than you'd think
  • Cons:  Clip is pretty useless,

Experience:   I got the white pair and they match just about anything. I didn't have any issues with wet hands at the end of the day. They fit very nice and make it easy to fully use your hand and fingers while wearing them. I was surprised at how well they kept my hands from getting too cold as well. The main snap-on clip is useless (or at least I don't know what it's for) and can come off sometimes (snaps back).
"VERY EASY In/Out" 12/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Flow NXT-ATSE
  • Pros:  Quick access, Comfortable footbed, Range of customization
  • Flex:  stiff

Experience:   I'm very happy with these bindings. These are my first Flow bindings and I was a bit skeptic about the fit adjustments on the fly as many people said this was something you needed to do throughout the day with Flow. However, I only calibrated the straps in the morning and perhaps once again in the afternoon for peace of mind and it was super easy. Great design, lots of customization available like toe extension, high back rotation, and high back tilt. Definitely feels solid. Note: very stiff.
"Very convenient kit" 12/12/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Dakine Super Tune Kit
  • Pros:  Portable, Everything you need in one bag, Room for extra tools
  • Cons:  Each piece is Average quality ,

Experience:   It offers great value not only through price but it will serve its purpose when you need it during a trip. It's a portable kit so everything is made generally smaller to fit in the nice size bag. Scraper is a bit small and could be a bit better. Wax and iron are ok. I do not regret buying this kit. Gives me peace of mind on trips. There's room to add small tools in the bag as well.
"I wish I bought my true size" 12/12/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Arbor Bhutan L/S TShirt
  • Pros:  Light, Comfortable,
  • Cons:  Stretches too much,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Comfortable fit, buy your true size, it'll stretch during use

Experience:   I usually wear Medium but figured I wanted this to be a bit loose so I bought the Large. It fits ok out of the wash but will stretch quite a bit after use. I wish I bought my actual size or perhaps even a Small instead. It's a very comfortable shirt, lightweight, and stylish. I could do without the print at the back but whatever. Great shirt!
"Perfect Fit" 12/12/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Ride Ful
  • Pros:  Fits like a true 8, Extremely comfortable liner, Extremely Waterproof and Durable outer shell
  • Cons:  None,
  • Fit:  soft
  • Flex:  stiff
  • Shoe Size:  8
  • Boot Size:  8

Experience:   I've tried many boots at size 8 and the 2009 Fuls are by far the best fit! All the others tend to have a wider profile for my foot. The liner for this boot is extremely comfortable and hugs you very well and snug. I had no issues with waterproofing and the outer shell is extremely durable even when in contact with your board's edges (ex. while on the lift holding your board up with your back foot). I recommend this boot to people with narrower foot profiles. Note: it's very stiff but I have no problems with it. I find it makes it feel more responsive.
"Amazing Response and Comfort" 12/10/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Ride Beta Movement
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Responsive, Very Compfortable
  • Cons:  Hot pink? It's ok.,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   I looove these bindings. I never really understood when people mentioned responsive bindings but after trying Ride EX and Flow NXT-ATSE, I totally understand now! I was a skeptic but now a believer. Extremely responsive when initiating turns, VERY comfortable staps and padded footbed, and really easy to get in and out of. They are incredibly light, which is awesome! I recommend these bindings to everyone! Hot pink is a bit hard to match but you can make it work.
"Great bang for your buck!" 12/10/2010
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  • Name: 2006 Dakine Mountain Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  Grips boot outsole very well, Easy install, Nice looking design
  • Cons:  none so far, I question longevity,

Experience:   I got these for myself and my gf and we both find they perform very well. The edges of the top design actually do a great job to grab the outsole of your boot. I put two on my gf's board but one is enough. Easy install as well. I worry about how long the adhesive will last. We'll see.
"My favourite board so far!" 12/10/2010
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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:  Very light and agile, Great speed, Amazing carves
  • Cons:  Graphic's a bit plain imho,

Experience:   I finally got to test out this board today!!! AWESOME! I was very eager to try it out but I bought it after last season ended so I was forced to wait. IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT! Feels very light and crisp under your feet with great pop. Initiates turns with SUCH ease and absolutely great for carving in POW and groomed. Handles speed very well. My new favourite board! Haven't had the chance to try it out in the park just yet (only second day of the season here) but very eager! I find more could have been done with the graphics for this board. Love the blue/purple 151 colourway but had to get the green/purple 155 colourway for my size. It's alright. :p Performance more than makes up for it.
"Love this backpack!" 4/27/2010
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  • Name: 2008 Dakine Pilot
  • Pros:  lightweight, great padding for a small bag, thin profile to maintain centre of gravity
  • Cons:  no compartments to store away waist strap,

Experience:   I wore this bag all day today around the city and loaded it with two water bottles, a laptop, accessories, and a jacket. Great weight distribution for a relatively small bag and that's what I like. The thin profile definitely helps keep balance in check and you can tell that great materials were used in manufacturing.
"Very good for the developing rider!" 4/24/2010
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  • Name: 2007 Ride EX
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Sturdy metal frame, Comfy strap pads
  • Cons:  A bit soft, Thin toe strap, Ratchets tend to stick
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I started riding with the 2007 Ride EX and was very happy with it. Did not feel cheap despite the soft flex. Not as responsive as I'd like now that I've developed as a rider. Definitely a great beginner binding and a decent price. Ratchets tend to stick a bit and toe strap can slip off if you wipe out pretty hard.

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