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getkong Name Mike
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Gender: Male
Age: 31
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Years Riding: 5
Average Days/Year: 15
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: freeride
Preferred Terrain: powder
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Height/Weight: 6'3, 215 lbs
Board Size: 161
Boot Size: 12
Clothing Size: XL
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: XL
Thermal Size: L
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Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Kirkwood
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"very good board, especially for the price" 3/13/2011
Helpful Review?   (3) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Sierra Crew Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  price!, very similar to the Custom,

Experience:   I actually sold my '08 Burton Custom 158 and picked up a Sierra Crew 160W. I'm 6'3 215lbs, and the Custom was just a little bit small for me. I didn't really want to shell out for another one, and with everyone saying how the Crew is just a Custom with different graphics, I thought I'd give it a try, especially since it was in stock in a perfect size for me. I've put 3 days on the Crew so far, and I'm loving it! It has the same all-mountain prowess of my Custom, but I no longer feel antsy bombing down groomers. I think it was probably more mental than anything else with the Custom, just knowing it was a little too small, but I definitely have confidence in the Crew. I picked up with Rome S90 bindings with them, and they're a great match. I am probably going to use this set up as often as I use my Reverse Crew 162 with Burton Cartels. The bindings have a very similar feel, and it's great being able to go from a reverse camber to regular camber without too many other variables. I'd definitely recommend this board to anyone from beginner (due to price) to advanced.

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seacow234
this is a camber snowboard :O

getkong
right. My Crew is camber, and my Reverse Crew is reverse camber.

joeyscholl
This is undoubtedly one of the high end and will be one of the most sought for snowboards of the year.



"great until it wasn't" 7/10/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Red Trace 2 Snowboard Helmet
  • Pros:  good fit, looks good,
  • Cons:  shell separated from padding,

Experience:   First, let me mention that I'm not sure if the helmet I have is a 2010 or 2011. I liked my '09 Red Trace so much that I bought another one. The '09 was still perfect after a season and a half of riding, but I lost it during a move, so I picked up another. This one was great until the end of the '11 season when the padding & shell separated. There must be some glue or other mechanism that held the two together, but they came apart, and the shell would slide around enough to be super annoying, but not enough to actually fall off. It may have been caused by the added weight of my GoPro camera mounted on it, and it did almost last the entire season (22 days). Either way, the helmet is essentially useless to me now, but I did love it before this happened, so I'm hoping mine was just a fluke. I will probably buy another one for next season, and if something like this happens again, only then will I go back to Giro.
"decent, but could be more waterproof" 6/21/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Burton Poacher Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  look good, cheap, pockets
  • Cons:  not very waterproof,
  • Pant Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XXL
  • Description:  baggy

Experience:   I wore these for the full season, and they did their job pretty well. I was a bit disappointed by the waterproofing (but at 5kmm, i probably should have expected it) on wet days, but otherwise, i got them on clearance, so they were a good deal. If you sit in the snow much, I think 5kmm is just too low, and you'll feel wetness seep through after a couple minutes of just sitting on snow. I normally wear an xl and it's perfect, but these were quite baggy, and i needed a belt to even keep them up. definitely loved being able to zip the pants directly into the jacket though (also a burton poacher), which is more effective than any powder skirt i've ever experienced. it wa a bit tougher to do with these pants because they ran big, so the zipper bunched up in a few spots, and i had to straight it out to get the zipper to slide past.
"my new favorite goggles" 3/15/2012
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  • Name: 2010 Smith Phenom Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  great fit, quick release strap, good optics

Experience:   I've been wearing these since the beginning of this season, and they're fantastic! I especially notice a difference when I wear my old Smiths one day, and these the next (due to light conditions, my other goggles are much darker for sunny days). The distortion on my old goggles isn't terrible, but it's nonexistent with these! I love the quick release strap, so i can pop them off from my helmet very easily instead of having to slide it up and over the top, which even more necessary because I have a helmet cover. The lens has held up very well, but that could be because I'm becoming more careful with my goggles. My old Anons from when I was starting out had huge scratches within a few days on the mountain, but these are still crystal clear. Also, most importantly of all, they fit my face very well. Make sure you try goggles on before buying them! The most beautiful goggles will still fog like crazy if they don't fit your face well.
"fantastic glove" 3/14/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton GoreTex Gloves
  • Pros:  warm, additional liner, fit
  • Cons:  a bit tight when liner is also worn,

Experience:   I bought these over-the-cuff Burton gloves to replace my shredded under-the-cuff Burton gloves from a previous year. They are fantastic! I will say that I prefer over-the-cuff, since I think it keeps snow out a little bit better, and these work very well. I've worn them on deep powder days, and they are VERY warm. I had the liner in and needed to take it out when it was ~20 degrees out because it was too warm, but I ride in Tahoe where it doesn't get as cold as it does in a lot of other places. I do always keep the liners in my jacket pocket for when I'm just walking around and lounging apres ski, though, so you can still get a lot of use out of them. I did rip a hole in the finger of my back hand on my previous pair from manipulating bindings, dragging against the snow, etc, in a single season, but these seem to be holding up a bit better. Not sure if that's because they're built better or because I'm being gentler, though. I have relatively large hands, and these fit extremely well (XL). I also bought some Crustaceous gloves in XL at the same time, and these Burtons run bigger, so they're more comfortable for me.
"look great, pretty functional" 3/14/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Grenade Crustaceous Mittens Men's
  • Pros:  warmer fingers than gloves, more dexterity than mittens,
  • Cons:  run a bit small, could use more padding,

Experience:   I bought these at the same time as a pair of burton goretex gloves, both in XL, and these definitely run smaller than the Burtons. I don't think I have huge hands, because the Burtons fit very well, but these are pretty tight length-wise. When I completely open my hand and extend my fingers, I'm pressing solidly into the ends of the fingertips. I'd definitely try them on before you buy them if you have large hands. However, since I rarely extend my fingers completely, they're quite nice! Better for spring riding since they lack goretex or a liner, but they make up for it by being very light and thin. If the conditions are wet, though, I might use a different glove, since the outer layer doesn't seem to be as waterproof as other gloves I own.
"very good budget goggles" 9/28/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Smith Scope Pro Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  light, fit on face, price
  • Cons:  not great FOV, thin frames,

Experience:   I have two pairs of these, one dark and one light. I made sense for me, since I was able to get two pairs of goggles for the price of one higher end at the time. I figured it'd be nicer to have cheaper goggles for more light conditions than a great pair at the time, and get better goggles as funds became available. These goggles actually really surprised me! They fit my face significantly better than my Anon Figments, which fog almost instantly in all but the best conditions. The optics seem to show a bit of distortion on the edges, but it's not terrible. I do however find myself having to lower my whole head to look down, where other goggles (like my buddy's Oakleys) have a better field of view. The frames are also not very substantial; they're pretty thin, and I doubt they'd stand up to a healthy smack. However, I got 23 days out of the two pair, and they still look pretty good, so you probably don't have to worry about longevity unless you abuse your goggles. However, in the end, you really need to make sure goggles fit your face before buying them. Two pairs of these cost about the same as my single pair of Figments, which I only use as a loaner pair these days since they don't fit me.
"excellent all-around board" 7/10/2011
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  • Name: 2010 Sierra Reverse Crew Snowboard
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Off Trail,Powder,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  very versatile, good flex,
  • Cons:  felt a little heavy,

Experience:   I rode this for most of the '10-'11 season. I picked it up in the middle of January, and put around 10 days on it. I mostly rode a Palmer Honeycircle 2 164 and Burton Custom 158 before this. It was my first reverse camber board, and I am really glad I gave it a shot! First, it wasn't nearly as 'loose' as I was expecting. After reading other peoples' impressions, I was almost expecting a really slippery ride, but it held its edge just fine on all but the iciest terrain. Even then, I just had to modify my technique a tiny bit to put more weight forward to keep my edge. This has effectively replaced my Palmer (which I was mainly using for powder) and my 158 Custom, which was more of a fun board for groomers. The reverse camber really makes it easier to ride in the powder, and I didn't have to work as hard (but still had to set my bindings back) to keep the nose from diving. I also saw people complaining about the quality of the top sheet, but I didn't see any issues at all. I don't use a stomp pad, so I'm constantly kicking and stepping on the top sheet with no delam or scratch issues. It does, however, feel a little bit heavier than my Palmer did.
"decent glove, needs some reinforcement" 3/13/2011
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Gore Under Gloves Men's
  • Pros:  liners are nice, under the sleeve, warm
  • Cons:  rips pretty easily, too tight with liners,

Experience:   I've been rocking these gloves all season, and like them, but probably wouldn't recommend to people who are tough on their gear. The middle finger of my left glove ripped after 8 or 9 days. I'm pretty sure it's from using it to open my bindings and clear the snow/ice from my base plate before strapping in. They looked sturdy enough, and I've never had this problem so quickly with a pair of gloves before, but I was a little disappointed with the gloves. They do keep my hands very warm when I'm riding, but the liners make the gloves super tight. I almost always just keep the liners in my pocket to wear when I'm just lounging around apres ski or before I start riding for the day.
"not the best fit" 2/4/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 2XL Spoke Earbuds
  • Pros:  cool colors,
  • Cons:  fit not the best, muddy sound,

Experience:   I'm definitely not what you would call an audiophile, but these headphones are no better than middle-of-the-road. They didn't seal very well in my ear, and the sound was slightly muddy throughout the range. Also, the way they are formed makes my helmet ear covers squash them into my earlobe, making them pretty uncomfortable. I don't plan to use these very often.
"not bad" 2/1/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Rome S90 Snowboard Bindings
  • Pros:  look cool, metal sides, toe strap
  • Cons:  pinch my foot,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   I got these a couple weeks ago, and just rode two days in Tahoe with them on my new Reverse Crew. Some people have compared them to the Burton Cartels, and they're similar, but definitely have a few key differences. The first thing I don't really like is that the straps pinch my boots on both the ankle and the outside of the toe box. I've tried moving them around and shifting them, but they still pinch a bit. It's definitely enough to be uncomfortable by the end of the day. The formy toe strap is pretty cool, since all my previous bindings have had toe caps, molded or not, and these stretch to fit over the toe as well. The ratchets are kind of different in that the release is a different piece of the buckle (I've only had Burton bindings), and I catch it with my hand when I'm trying to tighten them sometimes. Not really an issue, but a slight inconvenience. Flex feels pretty similar to my Cartels. Also, the piece that connects the highback to the base is made of metal (i'm guessing aluminum?) which is something I've never had before, and I've wanted some bindings with it for no readily apparent reason. They don't feel much different at all, though.
"good all-around binding" 1/15/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Mission Snowboard Bindings - Men's
  • Pros:  great price, light, forgiving
  • Cons:  a little soft,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I learned to snowboard with these bindings, and they were excellent for that. The flex is soft enough that they were very forgiving, and they're also very nice for park. However, for bumpy/choppy terrain, they can be a little too soft. Definitely great for the price, though.
"multiple binding options!" 1/14/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Retro Disc
  • Pros:  all burton bindings fit,

Experience:   Finally! I can borrow a friend's ICS board with my current Burton Cartel (traditional) bindings! Having these made the sting of picking up a new Custom X ICS that much less, too, since I won't need another pair of bindings that will only fit one of my boards.
"pretty good helmet" 1/11/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Red Trace Snowboard Helmet Men's
  • Pros:  fit, breathes well,
  • Cons:  ear pieces fall out, ear pieces sometimes pinch ears,

Experience:   I've had this helmet for half a season so far, and I like it better than my previous Giro helmet. It fits way better around my big dome, and doesn't shift at all when I ride, even with my GoPro attached to it. The way the ear pieces are held in, though, makes them pop out every once in a while, which can be a little annoying. The goggle strap retainer is also kind of strangely build, since the strap slides in from above, but that seems like it'd be the way it'd slip out. My giro had a clasp that would hold it in, but this one doesn't. I also don't know if it's because I keep my chin strap relatively tight, but the ear pieces seem to pinch my ears just a little bit, where there's a little discomfort. All in all, it's a great helmet for the price, and I still love it.
"Love the Cartels!" 12/31/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings Men's
  • Pros:  new toe-strap, stiffer,
  • Cons:  have to raise base to adjust bindings,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   I now run these after replacing my '06 Burton Missions, and they're a lot better or my riding style. The Missions were a little soft for some of the choppier terrain, and these are a lot more comfortable. I still use the Missions on my park board, but the Cartels are way better for all-mountain, in my opinion. Also, I like the toe cap on the Missions, but the way they're done here (with a hole for your toe, instead of a full molded cap) makes them much smaller on the outside. I was shredding up the toe cap on my Missions from dragging (I have 11.5 boots on a regular width board), but I don't have that problem at all with these.

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