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taiguy Name Brian
Location Denver, CO, US
Level Ski Bum  (1340 points)
Member Since 11/15/2006
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General  
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Languages: N/A
Experience  
Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 35
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: powder
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 6'0, 210 lbs
Board Size: 161
Boot Size: 11
Clothing Size: XL
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
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PRODUCT REVIEWS   (view all brand reviews)
"Replacements for my well-loved(and worn) Malamutes" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Salomon F22
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Heel hold, Comfortable, Easy lacing, Durable, Traction, Good quality, Well known brand
  • Fit:  narrow

Experience:   After wearing my old Malamutes for well over 100 days, they were definitely showing wear. I wanted another stiff boot from Salomon but maybe a tad bit softer than the Malamutes. That left me with the F-22s. As Brody stated, they will reduce your toe overhang. Salomon calls it the Fusion Liner. Basically if you put the F-22 next to another boot of the same foot size, the F-22 will be shorter by about a good half inch. It was pretty ridiculous looking at the difference between new and old boots. Good stuff though, they feel great!
"the most popular binding on the mountain" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Cartel 2009
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Durable, Good construction quality, Well known brand, Popular model, Easy installation
  • Cons:  Uncomfortable
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   First thing to know about the Cartel. The highback is no ordinary highback. They used to call them Skybacks for a reason. They _will_ dig into your calf muscle unless you adjust them properly. These are pretty standard fare on the mountain. You know they work, and they work well. The pain chips off of the plastic pretty easily, but nothing more than cosmetic. The strap on the Cartels also is pretty thin by industry standards. I've always felt secured to my board with them, but have made it a habit of loosening the ladders a few clicks before getting on the lift. Otherwise I loose feeling in my feet while sitting still.

Comments & Questions

soxfan47104
i want the bindings but they dont have them in stock. i was wondering if these are actually as good as people say they are.



"If you had to settle on one board" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Custom
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Boxes,Carving,Groomers,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Easy to carve, Popular model, Great value, Popular on mountain, Well known brand

Experience:   Has a lower waist width than most of my other boards in the same size. Equates to quick edge-to-edge responsiveness. Always feels solid. It's the default board for every day riding.
"Great binding, poor choice of materials" 12/15/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Union Data
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Easy in & out, Boot hold, Comfortable
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   Alright so going from my Cartels to these made a world of difference with the amount of foot pain I had throughout the day. A shorter highback coupled with beefier straps really makes the entire binding solid and comfortable. For feel and adjustability it gets top marks. However, the choice to use (thin) leather for a binding is still beyond me. Within a day of riding at breck the leather on my left binding toe strap had split. I also have tears in my right binding as well. I don't know if this impact it structurally (my guess is no) but it looks awful; even more so since it was after a day. Will probably look at the Forces next time.
"Mmmmm toasty warm" 11/19/2008
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  • Name: 2008 Vans Down Supreme
  • Pros:  Breathable, Warm
  • Description:  WEATHER: Cloudy and Cold, Cold and Blustery Day, CHEST: Feels true to size, BODY: Feels true to length, INSEAM: Feels true to length,

Experience:   Oh man this guy is toasty warm. The 550 fill down is absolutely amazing in the cold weather. Only complaint is I wish they had more interesting colors/styles.
"Agree with sinixstar - not a good lock" 9/2/2008
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Cable Lock
  • Pros:  easy to use, and it's light
  • Cons:  internal locking mechanism is plastic. I've had it fail simply because the board slipped and jerked on the cable.

Experience:   I would look into alternatives. Friend and I decided to fashion some snowboard locks ourselves. You can customize whatever protection you want for as little as $2. Go to your local hardware store. Find the rope & chain section. I use 1/16" steel cable, but feel free to step it up to 1/8" or 3/16". The stuff I use is $0.22 a foot, so you can make it as long as you want. Mine is 5-6 feet long so I can lock my friends' boards up as well when we stop for lunch. Fashion loops at the ends of the steel rope by using aluminum ferrules (rope slides through, you swage [crimp] it shut, and the rope can no longer move). Supply whatever lock you want. My entire setup is extremely light, long, and very cheap.
"they fit me like... a glove" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Gore Tex
  • Pros:  The fit is great. I've got big hands but short fingers. It's an odd combination, I know. The small size for the gore gloves means I don't have anything flopping around on the finger tips, but I can still comfortable fit my whole hand into the glove. Not so with other brands. Never had too much of an issue with insulation either, they work well.
  • Cons:  Seams are not taped, you can still get wet inside them. Granted, less than non-gore gloves. The finger tips also wear pretty easily. Mine were done after a season.

Experience:   I bought another pair after my first pair wore out. Would be a 5 star if they were a bit more durable.
"Not worth the money (to me)" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Ultrawool
  • Pros:  They work well as socks. No brainer here.
  • Cons:  There's little elasticity near the top. I don't have chicken legs. They squeeze very hard on the calves. For the money I'd go to Sam's Club and pick up a 3-pack of 100% wool socks. More comfy and they are amazing at wicking (equates to less smell).

Experience:   Given to me as a Christmas present
"Does what it's supposed to" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Bullet Tool
  • Pros:  Everything you need for basic binding adjustment
  • Cons:  I don't personally like the way you torque it. Feels a bit goofy in the hand. I prefer my Dakine tool.

Experience:   No obvious critical flaws. Use it if you have it.
"You're not going to beat it for $150" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Palmer P Line
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Great value

Experience:   I got a buddy of mine into snowboarding and this is the board I turned him to. Took it for a test ride as well (I mean c'mon, why not?). Seriously though... for $150 you CANNOT beat it. That's chump change if you look around at one other boards are going for. Definitely on the softer side (for Palmer's) but that just made for a mellower ride down the mountain.
"This replaced my Custom" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Palmer Burn
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Stable at high speeds, Great value, Stiff
  • Cons:  Too stiff

Experience:   This board actually replaced my Custom for daily rider. It was also the board I took out on my last day of the season. I forgot how much fun it was. Not exactly the lightest board in the quiver, it's damp and stable at speeds and over the chattery stuff. Not a soft board either, could definitely get some good pop out of it and can hold a nice tailpress without sliding out on you. Not bad for an all-mountain offering (I feel it's a bit too stiff for pure park).
"Love this boot" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Salomon Malamute
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Heel hold, Comfortable, Easy lacing, Durable, Traction, Good quality, Warm, Well known brand
  • Fit:  narrow

Experience:   Rode these boots for 3 seasons. Never had an issue with heel lift while wearing these guys. The malamutes are the stiffest boot in Salomon's lineup. That's how I like them. You get some serious response if you lay into carves, the closest you're going to get without going to hard boots.
"Not bad for your first board" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Bullet
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Groomers
  • Pros:  Great value, Soft
  • Cons:  Heavy, Sluggish

Experience:   Picked up two Bullets initially to build a bench out of, but they were in better condition than I had expected - so I rode them for a bit. They're definitely on the softer side of things, which means easy turn initiation for beginners. It is indeed a wide board; it felt stable at speeds going through the crud. The soft flex means it won't hold an edge as well at speed on ice of east coast riding.
"my current powder stick" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Supermodel X
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Powder
  • Pros:  lightweight, Easy to carve, Stable at high speeds, Strong edgehold, Well known brand
  • Cons:  Top sheet scratches

Experience:   I love this board for powder days. It floats well in the deep stuff but isn't shy about groomers either. Surprisingly lightweight for its size.
"eh. not my favorite" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Moto
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Easy lacing, Traction, Good quality, Easy in & out, Well known brand, Popular model
  • Fit:  average

Experience:   The Moto's packed in quite a bit after buying them. After half a season I was having some serious issues with heel lift as well. I've had better luck with Salomon's offerings. As with all boot reviews, take it with a grain of salt - everyone's foot is different.
"First binding, and still one I use all the time" 8/31/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2007 Burton Mission
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Boot hold, Durable, Good construction quality, Well known brand, Popular model, Easy installation
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   Bang for buck. That's the Burton Mission. It's the binding I bought for my first setup and it's lasted quite a long time. The feel was more responsive than the Flow and Ride bindings I've used. Can't go wrong with it. Seriously.

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