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vanango Name Vanango
Location San Francisco, CA, US
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Gender: Female
Age: 10
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 13
Skill Level: high speed groomers
Riding Style: freeride
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Preferred Terrain: powder, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'6, lbs
Board Size: 151
Boot Size: 7
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Kirkwood
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"Sock it to me" 4/19/2010
Helpful Review?   (7) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Euro Board Supreme Sock Men's
  • Pros:  Nice design, Extra elastic, Very warm
  • Cons:  Too thick,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  S
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  Comfy but too much material

Experience:   I boarded with these for two runs before taking them off and boarding barefoot in my boots. I don't recommend doing that -- but I was desperate. The are really warm socks although I generally run warm anyways. They are comfy socks to wear for hiking or walking or just around the house but I would not use them for boarding again. I have women's size 7 shoes, which according to their sizing chart was the largest size for a small. I thought it would be perfect since I prefer to wear my socks tighter to avoid my feet sliding around but it still felt loose. I could feel extra material bunching around in my boot and it caused my foot to hurt and cramp up. It's too bad, the design is nice and helps keep the rest of my leg warm. I think I will stick to using regular thin socks (knee highs from target) I'd recommend these to people who get really cold and to try a size down if possible.

Comments & Questions

janice_86
so I have US size 6 snowboarding boots then it will definitely be too big for me?



"Multifunctional backpack" 4/19/2010
Helpful Review?   (3) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Mission Womens
  • Pros:  Great size, Versatile, Nice design
  • Cons:  No camelbak support,

Experience:   The blue swirl design is very pretty, also very girly -- you can find pictures on the internet -- surprising that sierra does not have a preview. I love how many pockets there are on this things. The design is great, it's not bulky, but you can stuff a lot of things in here. I definitely plan on using this bag when I travel. The laptop protection is nice, however it is just a padded sleeve and not an independent or sectioned off from the rest of the bag. There is a spot for a water bottle that can be folded and tucked away,unique and useful. While the separate goggle section is nice and lined -- it's accessed from the back of the back (where your back is) so you must take off your bag to access it. Although, this may be a bonus security for anyone trying to steal your gear. It's surprising that there was no camelbak support for the back -- most bags include this now and only really needs a few extra holes. Not a big deal -- but surprising. It seems ergonomic and very adjustable. I am not sure how durable that bag is yet though. It does make carrying a board much easier -- although having the blue and white bag -- I can see it showing dirt much more easily. Anyways, it's a great bag and worth the money.
"No Fog, good viability " 5/10/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Von Zipper Sizzle
  • Pros:  cheap, hard to fog up, clear
  • Cons:  bad in low light,

Experience:   These are decent goggles. I personally don't think they are as stylish as the polarized ones but they work. I've managed to fog them up on a hot day when my eyeballs were apparently really hot. They've otherwise been really good. You get a good peripheral view of everything as well. They will help you see in the sun and protect you eyeballs -- so either way it's a good investment.
"Mittens with the rider in mind" 5/10/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Gore Mittens
  • Pros:  Warm, Easy to use, Nice design

Experience:   I have nothing bad to say about Burton Mittens. They are super warm and comfy to wear. What I particularly like is that the sleeve part is big enough to put over your jacket or under your jacket to avoid cold snow from breaching precious warm skin. Easy to put on and tighten and they look nice.
"Nice quality" 5/10/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2007 Special Blend Lg Filled Icon 12 Pk
  • Pros:  sticky, big,

Experience:   These are about 6x6 inches or so, so bigger stickers. They stick well and are a nice design. They seem pretty durable as far as stickers go. They are good for a big flat surface but wouldn't do well on a helmet or something. Unless you have a giant helmet I suppose.
"Better for beginners" 5/4/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Flow Minx Womens
  • Pros:  Nice design, Fast to get on,
  • Cons:  easily cracked, tough to adjust,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   These feel good, look nice, and are fast to get in and out but the FIRST time on the mountain my friend managed to crack the high back. This was on a heavy powder day and it cracked from use, not from any impact. Kind of disappointing. It's otherwise been fine and held up. Just a crappy thing to happen to new bindings.
"What's a sticker that doesn't stick?" 4/28/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Foursquare FSQ Die Cut Stickers
  • Pros:  Nice design,
  • Cons:  doesn't stick...,

Experience:   What's a sticker that doesn't stick? it's just a piece of plastic I suppose. Foursquare always makes me want to play foursquare -- the physical game, not the iphone app. $20 retail? wowzers, 1 star for that price.
"These boots were made for walking and that's just what they'll do... and more!!" 4/22/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Supreme Womens
  • Pros:  Amazing Fit, Fast, Looks awesome
  • Cons:  Expensive,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  7
  • Boot Size:  7

Experience:   If you can afford these, do yourself a favor and get them. They are fast to get in and out of -- with great features you didn't realize you wanted until you tried these babies out. The thermal stuff doesn't really apply too much to me but it doesn't get out of the way. Might be useful for boarding in really cold places. The double lacing gives you a custom perfect fit each time. Lots of control and easy to use, not to mention wicked fast. The tongue includes velcro on the side so there is absolutely no shifting. Very awesome.
"Great to stomp on" 4/21/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Spade
  • Pros:  Simple design, Won't slide,
  • Cons:  Might fall off, Bubbles,

Experience:   The clear pad means it'll blend in with your board easily enough, but you may want to get something less opaque since I can see all the bubbles on my pad. Not sure how to get rid of it. Aside from that, I put it on once I got to the mt. and used it right away and it stayed secure. I know you're supposed to give it more time but I was in a rush.
"This board is more skilled than I" 4/19/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Sierra Reverse Crew Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Powder,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Sexy, Fast & Stable, Easy to maneuver
  • Cons:  I didn't get it sooner, I get scared because I'm going so fast, I feel so spoiled

Experience:   This board is sick. Before I even got it out on the mountain, there was a couple checking out our boards (151 and 160w). I love how simple the design is -- and I don't have to worry about getting sick of it. This board is too good for me, and holy shit it is fast. I was passing my friends up on the flat parts even though they had more momentum than me. It makes buttering look easy and riding switch easier as well. It's just an amazingly fun board. The top scratches a bit, but who cares when you are going so fast. I went from a 149 women's board, and this board is significantly wider -- but it makes me far more balanced and stable. There were times when I thought I'd be catching an edge and my board said oh hell no! and I was amazed at my vertical uncrashy self. I love this board! I bought this board for my boyfriend, and his boarding improved significantly in just one trip. It was the exact length and width of his previous burton board (forget which one) but he said this one was amazing. He mentioned the horizontal flex (as if you were twisting the board, not if you were squishing moguls) helped him stay more stable. Magical board. I think my old board was limiting my improvement. I look forward to getting better at using this board, I just hope it doesn't get bored waiting for me.
"Great Deal!" 4/15/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Flow M9
  • Pros:  Classic black - simple but classy, Easy to install, Comfortable!
  • Cons:  Not quite as compact as normal strap ins, Narrow, tricky to get your foot in, Many moving parts!

Experience:   As far as I can tell, there isn't any difference in mens & women's bindings aside from marketing. Oh, and I suppose design and colors. I got these bindings because my size was no longer available in any of the women's bindings -- but again, it's just marketing. These bindings look great. I got the black pair that match my black board. Don't let the black fool you though, these bindings have a lot of personality. I don't personally like the gold parts, but they aren't very noticeable. There are a lot of parts to these bindings which makes me nervous. I haven't come across any obvious weaknesses -- but there are a lot of adjustable and movable parts. This means there is a lot of customization but also a lot that can break. These bindings definitely take more time to adjust properly, but that is expected since you have a lot more options. I think this is a strength of the product. They are simple to mount on your board and only requires a screwdriver and some space. I have size 7 women's boots -- and I was surprised that the bindings seemed a bit narrow and harder to slip my foot in than when I demoed the k2 cinch bindings. It was however, amazingly comfortable and I loved having the distributed support versus standard two strap bindings with pressure pointed support. I will update my review once I have more time on the mountain with them. For now though, I'm extremely pleased with my purchase and would recommend these to anyone.

Comments & Questions

agoodwin727
Are women's bindings not a bit more flexible, because the rider weighs less?



"Rad Design " 4/15/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Special Blend Get Rad Bandana
  • Pros:  Cool Design, Large,
  • Cons:  Stiff, Not very durable -- Rips easily, Over priced even with discount

Experience:   I purchased the purple with black bandanna. The design looks much better in person than the photos. Unfortunately, while I was hastily taking off the tag, I ripped the fabric. Small rip, but still very annoying. Considering it's just a swatch of fabric, it's pretty over priced even at $4, but I suppose it could be an invaluable piece of fabric if it means avoiding some wind chill. It's what you would expect from a bandanna, I would however not purchase this again.
"Slick Stomp Pad" 4/28/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2005 Dakine Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  it sticks well,
  • Cons:  doesn't work,

Experience:   the stomp pad sticks well but you won't get a spiky stomp pad and don't fall off your board. All this one does is collect snow and protect a small surface of your board from your foot
"Pretty Dope for a Snow Coat" 4/27/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Dream Womens
  • Pros:  Durable, Waterproof, Pit Zips
  • Cons:  Needs more pockets,
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  baggy

Experience:   Very comfortable jacket. It'll keep you warm but also cool you down by pulling down the pit zips. Bonus: mesh! So snow doesn't get inside. It's easy to move around in it due to the loose fit. It's slightly stretchy which is nice. It looks slimming without being constricting -- which is better than a lot of other jackets. Very nice.
"great starter to intermediate board" 4/27/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Forum Star Womens
  • Skill:  Beginner
  • Use:  Groomed,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  Great deal, Light, Flexy!
  • Cons:  Bad in Powder, Very narrow,

Experience:   This is a good reliable board. It's bouncy and flexy which means you'll feel all the bumps you ride over instead of just squishing them. It'll go fast if you ride the edges and it's easy to control. Nice and light. The board seemed to be particularly narrow -- my toes hung off (hang ten?) but it's still a fun board to ride. Definitely beats rental gear though!
"Great for the price, good fit" 4/22/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Giro Encore 2
  • Pros:  Warm, Comfy, Brain bucket
  • Cons:  No vents,

Experience:   Good helmet and fits well. You don't need to wear a beanie under the helmet. It's surprisingly comfy and I forget it's on. You can take off the foam padding to clean but you can't take off the side padding by the ears. In the spring it gets too hot. Also, makes it hard to hear if you're talking to a friend on the lift. Simple helmet and worth the money when you bonk your head
"fuzzy awesomeness" 4/21/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Bonfire Fuzz Knit
  • Pros:  Pretty color, soft, fuzzy
  • Cons:  huge!,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  loose

Experience:   got the Sapphire, it's a really pretty blue and the hat is really comfy. It is bigger and kind of looks like it's trying to be a beret since the fit is kind of goofy. It looks good and will keep you super warm. I can't wear it boarding because it'll either fall off or manage to cover my eyes (although I suppose goggles would technically prevent both) it's baggy but it's the style
"Stylish Bandit!" 4/15/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Special Blend Checkmate Bandana Womens
  • Pros:  Nice colors, Unique design,
  • Cons:  Stiff fabric, Overpriced, Rips easily

Experience:   Similar to their other bandannas, this one also looks really nice. It is definitely overpriced, although worth it on those cold days or when it's coming down hard. Just as a warning though, make sure you cut off the tag -- otherwise you'll end up sad like me, with a ripped new bandanna.

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