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batmanwest Name Adam West
Location Columbus, OH, US
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Member Since 12/16/2010
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""You took my stereo, CD's and tapes and books....you left nothing behind!!!!"" 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 31
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 12
Average Days/Year: 20
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'11, 200 lbs
Board Size: 156
Boot Size: 12
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
Ride with Me  
Region: East Coast
Location: New York
Resort: Holiday Valley Resort
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"Solid All MTN Lay-z-boy binder." 1/24/2012
Helpful Review?   (4) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Rome S90 Snowboard Bindings
  • Pros:  Amazing straps, Great control, Adjustable
  • Cons:  Highback adjustment,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   Hands down, the most comfortable binder I have ever ridden. The ankle straps are like 2 lay-z-boy recliners holding your feet down. The toe caps are the best I have ever used. Once broken in (about 8-10 runs) they really do feel like they are molded exactly to your boot. No slipping of the straps, and the ratchets work very well, no issues there. I will chime in on the high-back adjuster issue. I as well had the problem of the adjuster knob coming undone. But as mentioned in other reviews, if you just tighten the allen head down it seems to stay in place. That is a problem though if you are the type of person that likes to adjust high-backs on the fly during the day as with the allen head tightened down, you can't adjust the highback. These binders are also a pretty responsive all mtn slayer. From park riding, to bombing groomers, slashing a little pow, and dragging knuckles on ice, I felt extremely confident and in control with the s90 strapped to my feet. I am also in love with the on the fly strap adjustments. VERY handy. I won these in the daily giveaway, but would of been more than happy to pay for them. I would recommend these to the advancing rider that wants a little more play, without losing response.

Comments & Questions

bjvinson
Is the flex too soft after breaking them in?

batmanwest
Not at all. For reference, I rode Flux RK-30's last year, and those were too soft for my liking. These are a few steps up stiffness wise and think they work great for anything I throw at them. I would rate them a 6 (1 being spaghetti, 10 being a rock)

dksko
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"Solid Budget Jacket" 11/14/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Ride Ballard Snowboard Jacket
  • Pros:  Warm and Water Tight, Perfect Fit, Great balance of form and function
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Spot on to how a Large should fit and feel

Experience:   I have had this Jacket for over a year now, and couldn't live without it in my quiver. For the price, I have yet to find another jacket that matches it's quality. The fit is perfect. I normally am a Large, but tend to ride XL's as I find most jackets fit a hair too short on me, but this jacket is very true to traditional sizing. Not too long, not too short, and plenty of room to move around without being too baggy. Waterproofing is fantastic. There were a few days I rode in rain/sleet/peak snow and I stayed dry every one of those days. On top of that, this thing is very warm. One day last season I only wore a t-shirt under this thing while it was 15 degrees out. Stayed warm the entire day despite my horrible choice of base layers. Arm pit zippers help on the warm days, and the flannel on the inside and chin area is a very welcomed plus. I tend to be pretty rough with how I handle and store my gear, and despite throwing it around, not hanging it up, and wearing it around off the slopes almost every day during the season, the thing still looks and performs as brand new. The Velcro cuffs are also easy to cinch down, even with mittens on. The only gripe I have with this jacket is the two outer breast pockets. They are only button on one side, and I can't help but think it would be loads better if they were zipper, or at least Velcro. That being said, the two outer hand pockets are full zipper, and big enough to hold whatever you want. I don't ride with music, so the interior media pocket works great for my phone. Plenty big enough for my Samsung Galaxy 2, and is full Velcro so no worries of it falling out. If you are on a tight budget, but looking for a great performing standard jacket, this would be my personal pick. Would defiantly buy again.
"Good, not great." 1/7/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Dakine Super Tune Kit
  • Pros:  Comes with close to everything you need, Great, durable case,
  • Cons:  Iron is just okay/basic, Slightly overpriced , Only has one stone

Experience:   This is a good all around kit for those that do not want to piece a full kit together themselves. The inside of the case is very well laid out with a pocket for just about anything. Easy to keep organized. The iron works well, but can loose temp VERY fast if you are waxing in a colder environment (garage, cold basement)Iron has a slightly smaller base than your higher end models, and does not have grooves in the base. That being said, it didn't matter to me. Still worked great in my heated basement. Would of been nice if the kit came with at least one horse hair, or nylon cleaning/finishing brush. I also wish that this kit had more than one stone. That being said I feel this is a great kit for the person just getting into waxing/tuning, but doesn't want to spend the time sourcing all the materials needed. All products in the kit worked the way that they should=quality. I do feel it is slightly over priced, but that will happen when someone else does the leg work for you and puts everything into one kit. I foresee myself using this kit for many years to come.
"Clear, crisp sound." 9/21/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Skullcandy Hesh Headphones
  • Pros:  Clear, defined sound, Comfortable,
  • Cons:  Slight sound cracking with heavy, punchy bass,

Experience:   Overall a superb headphone. Have used them for about 6 hours a day for about 8 days now, very few complaints. Lets start with those first: Only real negative thing I can say about these is when listening to anything with relative heavy,punchy bass you get a significant amount of sound cracking. That being said you can partially correct it with reducing the volume by about 1/2. Would not be a good set of headphones for someone who listens to a lot of hiphop/rap. The good:Over all construction is very comfortable. While graphics are not important with a set of headphones, it helps that the Hesh line has so many good looking color ways. Have listened to all types of music, from indie rap, to indie rock, screamcore, thrash metal, to indie pop and dubstep, and 90% of what was played sounded amazing. Crisp, clean sound. By far the best sound I have ever gotten for 30 bucks. 100% worth the price. That being said there is no way I would ever pay MSRP for these. I would even second think about paying the trusnow member price PLUS shipping, turns out to be about 45 dollars for me. When it comes down to sound quality, they would be worth the 45, but would honestly wait till I ordered something else to bundle the items to get free shipping. Over all:I would recommend these to a friend, and I would buy them again.
"....Meh" 9/12/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 Smith Phenom Snowboard Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Platinum Mirror Is as good as they say, Fit well to my face,
  • Cons:  Easy to fog, Small field of vision IMO, Did I say easy to fog?

Experience:   Bought these at the end of the season last year with the intent to use on the sunny spring days. Just as the sierra description says, the Platinum Mirror lens is AMAZING on blue bird days. Felt like I was the terminator vision wise. Everything pops with this lens. On the downside, anytime the temps ducked below 25 or so, the goggles constantly fogged up. As in every single run, on the way up the lift, doesn't matter...constantly fogged. I was also no the biggest fan of the field of vision. I felt pretty blinded in my side vision field. As stated in my pro's, they were comfortable and fit my face well, and I have a honker of a nose. Over all though, as much as I liked these goggles fit wise, and lens wise, I would not buy again.
"Fun Fun FUN!" 1/18/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Sierra Stunt Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Butters,Groomed,Jibs,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  Perfect amount of flex, Forgiving board, Great graphics
  • Cons:  Currently can't think of ANY,

Experience:   There is nothing new I can say about this board. There is a reason there have been over 150 reviews and almost all are positive. I picked this board up (got mine in 159 wide) so I could try to get back into rails/park (it's been 4 years). I currently own a 09 Lib Tech Skunk Ape (157w) and didn't want to de-tune the edges, and mess up the base. After my first run (on groomers just buttering around) the smile on my face was epic. Then after hitting up some medium sized rails the smile got bigger. Off the bat you will notice how forgiving this board is all around. With its nice amount of flex, and responsiveness you don't have to land perfect to ride away smooth and lookin like a pro. The amount of pop you can get off with this thing is astounding. Pressing and manuals are a breeze. I was also surprised at how well it handles it's self bombing groomers and choppy conditions. I also rode it in about 10 inches of pow and it did pretty well for a twin tip and a board of it's nature. At slower speeds in pow it has a serious tendency to sink. But let's be serious, most of us are not buying this thing to be a powder champion. I mainly stuck to medium sized rails and small jumps (15-20 footers).From that I could see this thing having a little too much flex for Large jumps/table tops. If you are looking for a good all around/freestyle board pick up the stunt. If you are looking to get into park for the first time, or for the 20,000th time, pick up the stunt. Wanna step up your game...get the stunt! Hands down the most FUN board I have EVER owned.
"On point Vonzipper...on point. " 11/12/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Vonzipper Dojo Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Easy Lens Change, Durable, Fit
  • Cons:  Haloing/Light distortion,

Experience:   I have had these goggles for a year now, and hands down I would pick them up again. The Dojo is a solid, budgeted set of goggles. The fit is very comfortable and form fitting. I feel they would fit nicely on many different shapes and sizes of faces, but would stray away from them if you have a smaller dome. Peripheral is on the medium-wide side, but could be better, especially while trying to look behind you. Never have had any major issues with fogging, although a lot of that comes down to personal fit. Not only have I used these for the majority of last snow season, I use them any time it is below 40 and I am riding my bike...so..roughly 60+ times a year. They have held up very well to all the sweat, rain, snow and grime. Lens change is also a breeze. After you do it the first time to see how it works, lens change takes maybe 30 seconds. Lens surface is reasonably strong, and don't scratch too easy. The only negative I could find is that at night, lights can look slightly distorted, and have halos around them. Nothing too bad though, just a little annoying. Compatible with helmets if that's your sort of thing. Color is also quite vibrant, and not that it matters, but I have had friends say it was easier to find me down at the ques. All in all, a fantastic goggle that will last a long time, for a reasonable price. I have yet to ride with a goggle that is under 100 that compares to the Dojo.
"Don't Bother" 2/20/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Smith Scope Pro Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Great fit,
  • Cons:  Worst Lens I have ever owned, Scratches easy , Distorted field of view

Experience:   I picked these up on a week long trip in Vermont, and am mad at myself for doing so. I needed a low light/snowy day lens as I didn't have any with me and conditions were very low light at the end of the trip. The reason I picked these was because they were one of the cheaper options in the store. I didn't want to drop a lot of money for something mid trip. I knew they wouldn't be the best goggle in the shop, but I figured they would get the job done for at least a few days. I was wrong. This lens lets an absurd amount of air into the frame, which caused my eyes to water. Not that big of a deal I thought, my eyes seem to be very prone to watering. When I bent down to unstrap at the end of a run, a tear dripped into the inside of the lens. I instantly grabbed my goggle bag to dab (not wipe) the tear out of the lens. When I put the goggle back on I noticed a distorted spot where the tear had been. Long story short the tear seemed to melt the lens material. When at the base lodge later that day I was wiping down the outside surface of the lens as there were a lot of water marks from the fresh falling that day. Once again I was using a smith branded goggle bag (inside of the bag, not outside mind you..) and with every pass the lens scratched. These are by far, hands down, the crappiest, softest cheapest lens I have ever had. They will scratch if you look at them wrong (maybe not, but close). Sure, they don't cost much, and you get what you pay for, but I would at least expect them to NOT scratch while using a clean goggle bag. I also had an issue of the lens popping out of the frame any time the goggle would flex. I will say the fit of these are pretty damn good. The foam seams low end, but they really do mold to any face. That is the ONLY good thing about them. Do your self a favor, and spend the extra dollars to get something with a spherical lens, and made out of higher quality materials.

Comments & Questions

ctoma
Nice review, bmw. Regarding your tear damaging the lens, whatthehell, do you have acid rain tears?

batmanwest
I have no idea. But seriously, the lens actually melted. If you run your finger across the inside where the tear was, you can feel the material raise up. Bonkers. Moral of the story, just nut up, save up, and get a proper set of goggles.

ctoma
I travel with 2 pairs of Oakley Splices, one with the Black Iridium lens, the other with the H.I. Yellow (for different light conditions). Just added a pair of Dragon Rogues to my small collection, wanted to try them out (for $29.99 on Whiskey, why not?). Make sure you don't drip any of those acid tears on your automobile, that can do some serious paint damage.



"Great little hoodie, Fits small" 1/31/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Burton Bonded Hoodie
  • Pros:  Dry Ride indeed, Warm, Solid stich work
  • Cons:  Fits small, No Headphone integration holes,
  • Fit:  Too small
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  For the most part, fits small.

Experience:   This hoodie fits a little small in the chest and waist, while the arm length is true to size. If I were to order again I would get one size larger, and deal with slightly baggy arms. Due to the Dry Ride material (water proofing) the hoodie tends to bunch up drastically along the zipper seam any time you bend over. This all being said, I will say it is a great all around hoodie. Kept me VERY dry the one time I rode in it, even after a few spills in the park on a slushy day. Have worn it in a down pour and with the hood up my entire upper body was warm and dry. The side zip pocket is a nice addition for a secure pocket to hold whatever. I was disappointed that there isn't head phone cord integration. For the effort they gave to do proper stitching and over construction of this jacket, you would think that they could put one little riveted hole to slide your head phone cord through. While almost 80 bucks is a lot for a hoodie, I feel for the quality you get, it is defiantly worth it. Would buy again.

Comments & Questions

batmanwest
Jumped the gun a little. It's pretty hard to locate, but this hoodie does have a hole in the side zip pocket to thread your headphone cord through.



"Good over all, Very long fit. " 1/18/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Special Blend Strike Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  Warm, Dry, Great vippers
  • Cons:  too long,
  • Pant Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  The waist is a true fit to the size chart provided, the length is at least a full size longer than described.

Experience:   The waist fit on these pants is very true to the sizing chart provided by sierra. I got these in an XL. My relaxed waist is 35/36 so I knew the pants would feel slightly big, but that's how I like my pants, slightly baggy. With the two Velcro waist cinches pulled a little tighter they fit great. The length is almost two full sizes too long though. I am 5'11 and have 8 inches of extra fabric from the bottom of my foot, to the bottom cuff of the pants. A little more than baggy if you ask me. Really though, it's only an issue for me when I am in the lodge, or any place I don't want my pant cuffs dragging. One nice feature that solves this problem are the pocket cinches that will pull the cuffs up your leg, and off the ground. The fabric the cinches are made out of is kind of cheap though, and I have had some fraying occur. Also, the locks on the cinches are just small pieces of foam, and I could see these fall apart if they got really wet, or worn for more than a year. These pants are extremely water proof though, and have kept me dry even when I wore them a few days ago in pouring down rain (we got a little over an inch of rain that day). Pants are also super warm. Finally, they did a great job in pocket placement, and over all construction of all the zippers/pockets. Rear pockets are button snap AND zipper, so there is no way you are going to lose anything out of them. There are also 4 knee pockets that are zipper and snap protected, although I wouldn't put more than an ID or cash in them, as they are pretty shallow. Overall I would recommend these to a friend, buy them again, and use them for my primary set of gear.

Comments & Questions

batmanwest
Soo..Pretty sure there used to be a size chart for these. Isn't there anymore. I got an XL which is 36-38, L was 34-36, M was 32-34, S was 30-32. Or at least that is what I remember and fits as for me.




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