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Age: 28
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Years Riding: 2
Average Days/Year: 50
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: freeride
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
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Height/Weight: 6'2, 185 lbs
Board Size: 162
Boot Size: 11
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: M
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Region: California
Location: So-Cal
Resort: Mountain High
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"Breathable, durable, dexterous glove. " 1/27/2013
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Mountain Hardwear Jalapeno Mittens
  • Pros:  Lightweight, High Quality, OutDry
  • Cons:  leather,

Experience:   I've been using this glove for Southern California mountains and I find them perfect for my location. They are not the warmest gloves out there, If you want warm gloves, look to the MH Medusa. It's got a bit more insulation. This glove has a long cuff so be aware of that, I personally like the long cuff, but I'm more about practicality than looks. The Outdry bonded membrane works... it just works, It will keep you dryer or just as dry as any other high quality glove out there. I personally like OutDry over Gore Tex because my experiences with Gore Tex gloves include a frozen rock solid glove on top of a Mountain. It was not pleasant. I have not had this problem with the new Out Dry... The only con I can think of if the leather palm. I personally don't like Leather because it can absorb water (past experience), but this has not happened yet with the Jalopeno.
"Warm thin base layer glove" 12/29/2012
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Gloves
  • Pros:  lightweight, dexterity, warmth
  • Cons:  can be fragile,

Experience:   I have owned several pairs of these gloves over the years. I love the warmth and dexterity of the glove. They can be used as a base layer glove or by themselves. I've used them skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hiking and they never disappoint. My only gripe with this glove is that the stitching and the material can wear away faster than most. with regular use, I only get about a season out of a pair of gloves. This does not deter me into not buying another pair for next season.
"Standard Acrylic beanie... with 686 stitched in" 6/24/2012
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 686 Motley Beanie Men's
  • Pros:  keeps your dome warmer,
  • Cons:  not very windproof,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  Stretches to accommodate most domes

Experience:   I got this beanie for free with my 686 smarty setup, i find it to be sub par when compared to my mountain hardwear Perignon beanies though. This beanie is just an acrylic weave. Which works... but thats it, it just works. It doesn't work well. It's not very warm, not windproof or water resistant. My Mountain Hardwear beanie is those things... maybe less of the waterproofness but it still keeps me warm in the rain. For a cheap beanie... it works, but there are better out there. If you are a 686 cult follower... well this is a cheap accessory you can get to make your kit.
"Descent pants for inbounds days" 6/20/2012
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Ride Westlake Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  Fit, Durability, Quality
  • Cons:  only 15/10k, pointless stash pocket,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  fit is right on

Experience:   I use these pants for my inbounds days in Socal. They are pretty durable, lasted so far and I refreshed them with some Nikwax. After 1 season, there is no signs of premature wear. all of the stitching is still there and holding well. There is a stash pocket that is in one of the legs, I've found it to be pointless and unnecessary. Overall, I have gotten a pretty good amount of use out of them, I think maybe 2 more seasons before I retire them.
"Perfect Layering & cold weather running fleece" 5/25/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Mountain Hardwear Microchill Fleece
  • Pros:  Breathable, Warm, Lightweight
  • Cons:  Not windproof,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Spot on

Experience:   I really enjoy using this fleece for ski touring and any cold weather physical activity. It is quite warm especially if you put a windproof shell over the top. Being a fleece, it does not keep the wind out very well. But once you make a micro climate with a breathable shell it's a pretty amazingly warm breathable system. If it is very cold I recommend a thicker fleece such as the monkey man but if it not a very cold day, this fleece will work perfectly. For running I also really enjoy using this fleece on colder days. As I said earlier it is very breathable and allows air/wind to pass through very easily. If you are looking for a jacket to keep wind out you should look elsewhere but if you are looking to layer, you should definitely add this to your collection.
"Very versatile lightweight burly belt " 5/21/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Mountain Hardwear Alloy Nut Belt
  • Pros:  Simple, Strong, Multi-use
  • Cons:  NONE!,

Experience:   I have nothing but good things to say about this belt. It's infinitely adjustable, very simple to use, and in a pinch can be used to lash something. It is made of sturdy nylon webbing. It looks almost as strong as the nylon slings I use for climbing... Don't use it as an anchor... but It still looks like it would be good lashing in a pinch. Overall I am very impressed at the versatility of this belt and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for their next belt. My girlfriend likes it so much she's asked for one for herself! The only con (which doesn't apply to me) is if you are... wide, you might find this belt to be slightly short. but if you are less than a 38-40 waist you will be fine!
"Great goggle with excellent vision" 5/7/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Vonzipper Fishbowl Goggles
  • Pros:  excellent vision, comfort, no fogging
  • Cons:  large faces only,

Experience:   I've used this goggle for the past year and I really like it. It's fit is superb for people with large / medium-large sized heads/faces. I've used Smith and Dragon DX's goggles in the past and these blow them away. While they ARE much more expensive, it is worth it. If you're flying down the mountain you want to be able to see where you're going and who's around you. If you're in the park and need to look around to spot your landing these are superior to those which i mentioned earlier. If you want one of the best goggles out there... you should definitely check these out.
"Amazing Backcountry Snowboard film" 4/11/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Jones Further Snowboard DVD 2 Disc Combo
  • Pros:  Jeremy Jones!, Jeremy Jones!, Epic TGR flick.
  • Cons:  NONE!,

Experience:   You should watch DEEPER before watching Further. If you haven't seen the film, you are missing out. Jeremy Jones travels to Japan, Europe, AK, and more! Further follows his travels as he shreds the sickest steepest lines without backup or a heli-crew. You will see avalanches (more than 1), crazy burkstroms, couliors, crevasse gaps, and polar bears. While this movie is about as epic as a snowboarding movie can get, I still believe that this first film of this series, Deeper was more raw. In these films he is showing us that he travels to these remote locations but in Further, one of the segments he is able to hide from a storm in a lodge, after skinning up a mountain. I don't know the story, it just seemed off to me. It's still an amazing film.
"The best high DIN Demo binding" 3/16/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Marker Squire Schizo Ski Bindings Black/Green/Blue
  • Pros:  Reliability , Safety, Adjustability
  • Cons:  Stack Height, Weight,

Experience:   As I said in the review title, It's the best high DIN demo binding I've used. I've used this binding on several demo days this year and have not had anything bad to say about it. If you have skis that you need to share with someone that has a different sized foot than you or you need a binding for a demo fleet, this is probably going to be your go to binding of choice. It's reliable, easy to adjust, safe, although I never popped out of these when skiing, nor was I prematurely ejected. They held me securely and tightly. They use Marker's proven toe and heel pieces so they will keep your knees in tact. Again, if you need a binding with adjust-ability such as a growing foot, or a rental fleet of ski's this is your #1 choice in my opinion.
"Thin jacket with DWR coating" 3/8/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Oakley Originate Fleece Snowboard Jacket Men's
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Water Resistant, Stylish
  • Cons:  Not windproof, Not very waterproof,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Right on

Experience:   I picked up this jacket from a local Oakley Outlet. I own several Oakley jackets/hoodies. I do like the DWR feature that Oakley has for spring conditions on the mountain. The jacket is not very warm if you are moving (down a slope). If you are just walking around town on a cool/drizzly day it should suit you just fine. If you FALL on spring slush you WILL GET WET! It's DWR is only for light precipitation and if you force water into the weave of the fabric, you'll be cold. As I said earlier if you are moving downhill you will not be warm, it is not the most windproof. Overall I do like the style & looks of the jacket, the DWR coating is a plus but it is by no means waterproof. It's good for WARM spring conditions.
"warm glove, not the greatest dexterity" 3/7/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Mountain Hardwear Heracles Gloves
  • Pros:  high quality, warm, waterproof + breathable
  • Cons:  dexterity, leather,

Experience:   I got this glove directly from Mountain Hardwear. The smaller shortened cuff is what drew me to this glove. I did not have any of similar style until now. this glove is very warm, it is leather palmed, and very waterproof and breathable. I am a big fan of Mountain Hardwear's Out Dry tech they are using on their gloves. The drxterity of this glove is lower than that of other gloves that I own (also Mountain Hardwear; the jalopeno & Medusa). as I've said earlier, I like the glove but I am skeptical of the leather construction. The reason for this is I have in the past had gloves that were leather and gore tex lined freexe and become useless, hard, cold blocks. I have NOT had this happen with ANY of my MH gloves with leather construction, but that one experience that I had years ago put a sour taste in my mouth.
"Warm thin base layer - boot cut!" 3/7/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Helly Hansen Dry 3/4 Baselayer Pants
  • Pros:  lightweight, warm, BOOT CUT!
  • Cons:  price,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Spot on

Experience:   If you use thermals you probably know that you have to bunch up your thermals above your boot or else it pulls on leg hair or irritates your skin by not allowing even pressure from your boot. If you do bunch up your thermals you might notice it puts pressure on one spot on your leg, also not comfortable. This solves all of that and is warm while it does it. very similar to the Icebreaker boot cut thermal or the Hot Chillys boot cut but this is cheaper than the Icebreaker. While still $45... it's worth it. It's warm and you wont need to hem your old thermals.
"Great... different board" 1/29/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Lib Tech La Nina MC C1BTX Snowboard
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Carving,Chop,Crud,Groomers,High Speeds,Off Trail,Powder
  • Pros:  Great All Mtn. board, Popy, New Shape
  • Cons:  sluggish,

Experience:   I Own the 2012 version and demo'd the 2013. The 2013 Lib Tech La Nina is matt cummins pro model. It's their C1 board, which means it has camber only in the tail and reverse camber between your feet(banana). The LaNina also has mag down the edge. This board would kill it as a directional all mountain board. It likes to go fast down the steep pow lines but still handles everything else very well with the loaded camber out the tail it allows stable edge hold... Also it has no taper angle so the doesn't wash out. Great all mt. killer that caters more towards the soft snow. This board is very different than the 2012 model. The 2012 was all C2 BTX. It is a completely different board. Lib Tech calls this C1 which makes the La Nina is kind of like a BTX board in the front and then a C2 BTX board in the back. It’s really hard to characterize this board when you compare it to other hybrid shapes. Some are tapered and some have a similar shape with directional rocker but none have a ride like this.
"Solid Sidecountry downhill binding" 1/27/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Marker Duke Epf Large 305370mm Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  downhill performance, 2 hill assist levels, 16DIN
  • Cons:  stack height, Weight,

Experience:   I own both the 2011 and 2013 Marker Duke and have toured them both. The new wide stance is very much appreciated by those of us who mount them on wide skis. The new wide platform gives a more positive feel and feedback with a wide ski. Other than the wider platform I don't see any other notable changes in how the binding performs. It is still a bombproof downhill charger that you can tour with. The downfall of this binding is definitely its weight. It weighs a lot. The other thing, the stack height is the other negative it's 36mm. The Salomon Guardian has addressed the stack height but they only have two uphill modes and it never is flat which is why I chose the Duke. For downhill performance and short tours this binding works. For long tours, look at the Dynafit.
"Yeaa buddy. Playful hard charger" 1/26/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Atomic Bent Chetler Skis
  • Pros:  Playful, Edge grip, Nimble
  • Cons:  a little heavy,

Experience:   Very playful and responsive POW ski. The sidewall and core are constructed with shock absorption and it has increased torsional rigidity to grip even hard packed snow. But being a super wide ski the responsiveness on hardpack isnt going to be anywhere near a GS ski, it will take getting used to. I have the 192's and weight 190. I can say that when I was at Mt. Baker and it had just dumped 4 ft in two days I stayed on top of the pow, when just about everyone else was sinking and having to dig themselves out I was taking the turns of my life! The ski is pretty much the best DEEP pow specific ski I've ever had the pleasure of owning. I must stress that if it's not a deep day you wont be having the time of your life on these skis, they're a little heavy and slow edge to edge on the hardpack. But you shouldnt be using these on hardpack anyways...
"good sleeve" 7/31/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Board Sleeve Snowboard Bag
  • Pros:  protects minor bumps, looks cool,
  • Cons:  not for travel,

Experience:   I was given one of these and while I did like it's looks it doesnt really protect the board from baggage handlers, grit (dust, gravel, grime). This would be good if your gear gets moved around and bumped around in storage. But for travel, airplanes, back of a truck. Look towards a fully zippered & padded bag that will protect your equipment from the bumps and scrapes & grit of traveling.
"descent buds, handy mic" 7/13/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Skullcandy Smokin Buds Earbuds w/ Mic
  • Pros:  good color options, decent clarity & bass, good volume
  • Cons:  lacks adjustability (vol control), could use more treble & bass,

Experience:   These little buds are good all around headphones for listening to music. They have a built in mic so you can communicate with your phone & make phone calls which is pretty handy. I liked the color options that are available with these buds... made the final choice a little funner. The improvements I could see with these headphones is their fit, the silicone buds have this weird texture to them that chafes my ears a little if they move around. The clarity & bass are decent... but could be improved upon. But with inexpensive buds... who's going to complain.
"Good overall everyday binding" 7/11/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Salomon Z12 TI Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  lightweight, safe, Good Construction & brand
  • Cons:  durability,

Experience:   The bindings are solidly constructed and work fantastically for lighter people. I think that heavier skiers or very aggressive ones may beat them up a bit. I'm subtracting one star because they switched from a 4 hole mount pattern on the toe to a 3. The STH driver is a superior binding in every way, but the cost reflects that. If you need cheap bindings for a light or not aggressive skier these are perfect. If you're looking for some bindings that will keep you locked in when you want to be and let you go when you take a tumble these definitely do the job. They're fairly light but as I said, I'd only recommend them to lighter riders. If you want to charge hard, look at a beefier (and heavier) binding.
"Good Goggle for small faces" 7/3/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Electric EG1S Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  quality, optically true,
  • Cons:  small, fogs up a bit,

Experience:   I have demo'd this goggle and while it's construction is excellent and it is optically true it does not fit my face/head. It caters to people with small & med/small faces. It's downside is it can fog up in the more extreme situations. EG1s is a revised EG1 frame with a spherical lens. Think of it as an EG1 with a wide-angle lens. However, I did have issues with the lens fogging up. With temps in the teens and single digits at night, I was constantly fighting fog ups. Also, the Orange/Chrome lens was not as mirrored as I had hoped. If you can find em for cheapish, you should get em if they fit you well.
"pretty sweet board" 7/2/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Artec Nima Jalali Snowboard
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Boxes,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  low swing weight, fast, predictable
  • Cons:  soft,

Experience:   Nima Jalali is a park rat. As such his board is pretty much a 100% park board. For lighter riders this board might be adequate to be called an all mountain jibber. I'm a decently heavy guy (185lb) and I would consider this board to be too soft for my taste, even as a park board. The board came tuned with very sharp edges. This can be good or bad for what you have in mind for the board. Those who want it to be used as an all mountain board, this is good. My recommendation for this is if you're under 150lbs. If you're over 150 or around there, you might as well use it as it's intended purpose. The board has a low swing weight which is quite nice. surprisingly it does not chatter much at all at speed. Overall I like this board's features but it's not for me, I'm a little too heavy for it.
"Keeps the honest... honest" 7/1/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Dakine Micro Lock
  • Pros:  locks your board/skis,
  • Cons:  thin wire,

Experience:   I've used this lock to keep my board/skis locked up at the resort. While the concept of a lock is great, it's in no way foolproof and 100% secure. You can always unscrew your bindings and get the board. For ski's it's a little harder as bindings are more securely attached. But the cable that is used IS thin. It can be cut easily with the right tool. Basically what I'm saying is it'll keep the common thief at bay but anyone who's motivated can still steal your gear.
"My go to, on the mountain quick edge fix" 6/24/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Dakine Mini Edge Tuner
  • Pros:  lightweight, gives quick edge,
  • Cons:  cant compare to at home tuning,

Experience:   I usually keep one of these in my car or pocket when I'm on the mountain or at the resort. If I nick an edge on a rock and have a minute... I can remove the burr and smooth it out when I'm at lunch... or in the car. It's an easy fix which I will have to go back later and fix it correctly at home, but for the cost, and the weight, you really can't beat it. I used to use a gummy stone... but i've found this to be more precise and removes more material. You could go with either, but this is my preference.
"Jack of all trades, master on none" 6/24/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Rossignol Super 7 Skis
  • Pros:  burly, innovative shape,
  • Cons:  Isnt excellent at one thing,

Experience:   This ski is great don't get me wrong. But I tested these skis and to me their stiffness wasn't all that impressive. Its supposed to be a stiff hard charger, but for a stiff ski it sure flexes a lot. Its fun to butter turns and play around on them. But for a big mountain ski, not so much. It doesn't hold an edge like a big mountain ski should. I have skied both the super 7, and s3 and with rossi's amptek technology it really puts the skis at sort of a neutral zone. They are great but not amazing powder skis, and they are great but not amazing skis to carve with. Its not the best of both worlds. Just the not so bad of both worlds. Use this ski for what you like. But as for a big mountain ski it could do better. I believe this ski tries to do too many things, and it sacrifices to do so many things. Still a great ski!
"Descent softshell" 6/22/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Sessions Stripe Softshell Hoodie
  • Pros:  Warm, Water Resistant, Looks Good
  • Cons:  size'd too big,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  size down

Experience:   I purchased this from Red tag on some sort of closeout. If it weren't on sale I wouldn't have purchased it. While it is a pretty descent softshell, there are definite improvements that can be made (one in particular is a bigger audio sleeve for your phone/mp3, i have to cram my phone in this one, not easy & I feel like i'm gona rip it soon). I found the slick water resistant material pretty much what I'd need for any day in Socal when it is above freezing. The sleeve length is good, which is something I cannot say about many jacket out there. I am 6'2 and have a +1 1/2 ape index so yea... sleeves matter to me. Overall I do like this jacket, although it's a bit baggy, so if you like super baggy clothes, or are fat, this one would be probably fit the bill.
"Amazing binding, real workhorse" 6/21/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Head Mojo 15 Wide Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  high quality, Bomber, construction
  • Cons:  a little heavy,

Experience:   If 15 din bindings are what you are looking for, these are what you want. Tyrolia has been making these bindings for todays progression. The R&D program has worked to make these bindings strong yet light-ish and to perform in the safest way possible. They stay on when you need them and perform to keep you safe and injury free too. I have skied these bindings for 5 years now and I do not feel as comfortable on anything but these
"less than useless" 6/20/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2005 Dakine Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  zilch,
  • Cons:  attracts snow, makes board heavier, doesn't work as a stomp pad

Experience:   I got to use one of these stomp pads as it was given to me. Found out why my friend didn't want it. All it does is attract snow and make the area that you want grippy, more slippy. So it does exactly the opposite of what you want a stomp pad to do. Save yourself the $5-6. You'd be better off without any pad or just using grip tape... OR!! get a good spikey pad with lots of gription!

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"Good in the field tuning" 6/20/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2007 Dakine Replacement Snowboard Files
  • Pros:  cheap, works,
  • Cons:  doesn't work as well as a tuning kit,

Experience:   I use my dakine tuning pieces in the field, never at home. I have full tuning setup for that. But of i'm away on a trip, nothing really beats the portability of these hand pieces. While they don't give you a hard sharp edge like you get by using a fine grit file, it works for taking burrs off and making sure your edges are sharp enough to get you by. I go through a couple files every season to season and a half. It is definitely a worth while investment.
"Necessary backcountry accessory" 6/19/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 Black Diamond Ski Strap Orange
  • Pros:  versitile, holds skis, snowboards, snowmobiles together,
  • Cons:  Nota thing,

Experience:   If you've ever been in the backcountry, you need at least one of these straps with you. They have many purposes from fixing bindings, snowmobiles, ect... They can be used to attach your sticks or board to your snowmobile, used to make a handle to carry stuff... overall, just as useful as duct tape!
"descent shell bag" 6/19/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 Dakine Ski Sleeve Single
  • Pros:  cheap, lightweight,
  • Cons:  not padded,

Experience:   I first got this bag for to use during flights. I don't recommend this bag for airplane use. It just will not hold up. It's a sleeve, nothing more. It will probably tear after a couple uses and leave you wanting something better. I recommend getting a padded bag for airport use. Get something longer, as you can always shrink them/tape them to fit smaller skis. I would use this bag for storage of your skis in the off season. Keeps dust off them just fine.
"Bomber binding, will last YEARS" 6/18/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 4FRNT Gr8ful Deadbolt 18 LTD Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  Solid, Metal, Graphics
  • Cons:  HEAVY,

Experience:   Out of all the bindings I've skied, it seems that the FKS and Peak/Deadbolt series are the only bindings I can really rely on. I put these bindings on my all mountain skis (181 On3p jeronimos), So they saw a ton of use on rails early season, and due to the lack of snow this year, a ton of use on ice and rock-hard moguls, as well as some endurance testing against stumps, rocks, dirt etc. The thing that really sold me on these bindings though, was the lack of wear and tear. After an entire season, the lack of play in the toe and heel is astounding (compared to bindings like my STH 16's that had so much play in the toe, and heel especially, that I decided to retire them after one season). My Peak 15's I had last year showed the same level of durability, which is pretty comforting. These bindings are on the heavy side for sure (not something I'm concerned with in an 18 DIN bindings), but from my experience these are bomber bindings and at ~$230 are worth every penny.
"Solid bulletproof binding" 6/18/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 4Frnt Gr8ful Deadbolt 15 LTD Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  bomber construction, consistent release, Rad paint job!
  • Cons:  a little heavy,

Experience:   I've got this binding mounted to my On3p's. Great binding! It is a tad on the heavy side for a head/tyol binding, but still lighter than a lot of other bindings out there. It holds me in great when spinning and jumping, releasing at the proper time if the fall is gnarly enough. Great durability and hold, and unbeatable looks if you like loud designs. It's Beefy! Lots of metal, especially in the heel. I cannot see my self breaking this binding. The brakes can bend, but very easy to fix/replace if needed
"soft park ski" 5/30/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Armada Pipe Cleaner Skis
  • Pros:  lightweight, durable,
  • Cons:  soft,

Experience:   I demo'd this ski and enjoyed it as an all round resort park ski. It is soft so hooking up on an edge is easy and doesn't require lots of work. This ski has reinforced edges which makes it more durable than most on rails. What this ski lacks somewhat is lots of pop. It performs fine but lacks pop off of jumps (personal preference). The landings are damped nicely though. I enjoyed this ski but wish it had slightly more pop as it would be better suited towards my riding style (I like all mtn + jumps, I tend to stay away from rails) It also will chatter at high speeds.
"Amazing all around POW board. " 5/30/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Salomon Powder Snake Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Off Trail,Powder,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Versitile,

Experience:   I used this board at Mt. hood during spring conditions. I was surprised at how well this board performed on groomers. It is quite playful. The Powder Snake has a softer tapered nose and tail which helps give it the playful feeling on the mountain. In between the bindings it’s a bit stiffer so you feel more stable on freeriding and holding an edge. The soft nose & tail will definitely allow for some fun in the POW. While I did not intend to use this board in any park... It's soft so it butters really easily.
"great slackcountry binding" 5/28/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Marker Duke Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  Alpine binding ability, Good interface, Good Construction
  • Cons:  Rigidity, Heavy,

Experience:   These bindings are great for touring and going big what else do you need. These bindings will definitely perform as well or better than any other alpine binding out there. No other AT binding (that I've used) feels as solid as the Dukes on the downhill, or takes the beating of long tours and hard skiing as well. It skies like a normal binding (no looseness or rattling as with some other AT models). My only gripe about these bindings is they are so rigid that they will change the flex of a soft ski.
"Dig the stomp pad" 5/1/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Dakine Flake Mat Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  traction, looks great,
  • Cons:  sharp spikes,

Experience:   I've got this stomp pad and it works well enough as a stomp pad. It works well & looks great! The only problem with this stomp pad is the spikes, they're sharp and can scratch you pretty good if you're not careful.
"Put boiling hot water in the glove and watch steam escape" 4/24/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Sessions M Dazed Pipe Gloves
  • Pros:  waterproof, breathable,
  • Cons:  not long enough,

Experience:   Put hot water in the glove and watch steam escape is written on the tag that the glove description. I did not do this but if they feel comfortable enough to put this on their label i imagine that it is pretty waterproof. It's got reinforcement in between the thumb and pointer so it won't wear out using poles. I'd recommend it if you can get a good deal on it.
"Great binding, great price" 4/24/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Dynastar PX Racing 15 Wide Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  adjustable, shock absorption, construction
  • Cons:  HEAVY, Difficult entry & exit,

Experience:   I really needed a budget binding and the Dynastar PX15 came through. It does its job, it's safe, it's reliable. My only gripe is its heavier than my mojo's and it's hard to get in/out. It definitely does its job as a binding with a medium DIN. I recommend if you're looking for a budget binding that is reliable & safe.
"Solid boot, great looks" 4/24/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Rossignol BSquad Pro 130 Carbon Ski Boots
  • Pros:  easy to buckle, Comfortable, Adjustability
  • Cons:  Heavy,

Experience:   I absolutly love this boot! These boots are super snug but don't strangle your feet. Extremely responsive with a stiffness of 130. Very solid boot without all the pressure points. I could go all day in these boots and they performed extremely well in the steeps and on groomers where carving is a blast. awesome boot right out of the box!
"Sick jacket with lots of tech" 4/23/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 686 Smarty Command Snowboard Jacket Men's
  • Pros:  Lots of pockets, Lots of tech, 3 in 1
  • Cons:  Heavy,
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  It fits like it's sized

Experience:   I use this jacket for my inbounds resort riding. The 3 in 1 feature is quite nice as you can use it when it's cold and warm. My previous jacket is an oakley. I like the powder skirt of the oakley setup better. The 686 jackets' skirt is more reliable but difficult to engage, especially with gloves. I definitely recommend this jacket for anyone going inbounds. In my opinion it doesn't breathe well enough to be part of a backcountry kit. The technical features are all good but do make the jacket heavier than I'd like.
"great ski (updated slightly from the Dumont's)" 4/21/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Salomon Pro Pipe Skis
  • Pros:  stiff, poppy, price
  • Cons:  really stiff for boxes & rails,

Experience:   This ski is a very good one ski quiver for any inbounds terrain that you will see at a resort (as long as it's not a pow day). It's an updated version on the Dumont ski in my opinion. The Cap construction makes it slightly stiffer. Great graphics.
"Good all mountain Pipe skis that loves air" 3/7/2013
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Salomon Dumont
  • Pros:  Pop, Bombproof construction, Edge hold
  • Cons:  weight, thin base,

Experience:   I used this ski for two seasons. I really liked its construction, it was pretty stiff and could cold an edge quite well. This ski loves air, getting air off of a lip is effortless with this ski. The sidewall and topsheet are very durable but at the same time, for a ski this size, it is not light. It would be even heavier if Salomon used a thicker base. The base, while fast is thin, and after 2 base grings (machine fed) there was so little base material left that wax absorption was pitiful.
"no grip" 5/1/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Neff Bummer Stomp Pad
  • Pros:  looks good,
  • Cons:  no grip,

Experience:   This stomp pad is pretty worthless as a stomp pad. If it looks good to you, it looks good. As a stomp pad it's flat and has no texture so your boot will slip right off.
"versitile warm mit/glove" 4/27/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Outdoor Research Highcamp 3 Finger Snowboard Gloves Men's
  • Pros:  better dexterity than a mit, warm, waterproof
  • Cons:  not as dexterous as a glove,

Experience:   I use this glove on the colder days when riding. It's definitely warmer than most 5 finger gloves. The advantage of this glove over my mitts is I can have much more control and dexterity. This allows for much easier binding adjustment when on the slopes. The lobster claw design is definitely worth it on those cold days.
"Awesome Monkey Man Jacket" 4/26/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket
  • Pros:  warm, lightweight,
  • Cons:  not windproof,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  right on, fitted

Experience:   Excellent look, feel and fit. I'm 6' 3 185lb and the large is a perfect fit. The jacket is made to fit snug, so if you plan on wearing something underneath and need more room, go up a size. The medium was pretty snug on me, thus I opted for the large. I really like the extra arm length in this jacket...perfect for my monkey arms!
"solid helmet" 4/26/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Giro G10MX Snowboard Helmet
  • Pros:  vents, lightweight, cumfy
  • Cons:  visor doesn't do much,

Experience:   I found this helmet to be very comfortable and loved the venting system for when it was a little warmer! I am very happy with my purchase and think everyone should purchase a helmet whether skiing or boarding! My only gripe about this helmet is its visor. It honestly doesn't do much. My goggles block more sunlight than the visor.
"Great all around board" 4/25/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Signal Omni Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  rocker, camber,

Experience:   Pretty good technology in this board. The omni wavelength is very closely related to the Rossignol Amptek technology... and that is a BIG plus for this board. It's got a fun personality and means that the board can have a slightly firmer longitudinal flex but remain jibby. Great board for riders of all levels and would be a great purchase for an intermediate to advanced rider that loves piste but wants to progress in the park as well as the rest of the mountain.
"Solid lightweight binding" 4/23/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 4FRNT Deadbolt 15 Ski Bindings
  • Pros:  lightweight, workhorse, design (safety)
  • Cons:  binding brake availability, fine tune adjustment,

Experience:   I have this binding, Head Mojo 15 & Tyrolia Peak 15 on 4 of my sticks. They are all the same just with a different paintjob. They are lightweight (not the lightest) but still lighter than other bindings with the equivalent DIN. They are definitely a true workhorse. Easy to step into, even with snow on your boot. I have not had any issues with premature ejection with these. Only cons for these is finding the 130mm wide brakes. They arent readily available in all stores. Also the fine tuning of the rear binding is hard to setup. You need a really strong screwdriver to release a tab to slide the binding into adjustment.
"Great ice and hardpack ski" 4/21/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Lib Tech Pipe Nas Skis Men's
  • Pros:  stability & confidence on ice & hardpack,
  • Cons:  high speed stability,

Experience:   I am comparing these skis to my other pair of pipe ski's (Salomon Dumont). These skis inspire confidence on ice and hardpack conditions. I found that they do not give back as much as the salomon's. When I press into a turn (HARD) with the salomon's they are very uniform and respond in kind. When I press into the Lib tech's they don't seem to respond linearly like the Salomon's (harder you carve & press, the more edge control you get back). The Lib Tech's grip just fine but they don't grip harder when you carve harder. I guess I'm saying that they are a great ski that can handle pretty much all inbounds stuff. but they seem to take the fun out of it a little.

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