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j_lucky84 Name Justin
Location Pendleton, OR, US
Level Local  (2536 points)
Member Since 3/28/2012
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"Butt Scratcher?!?" 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 31
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 1
Average Days/Year: 5
Skill Level: getting comfortable
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 6'3, 190 lbs
Board Size: 160
Boot Size: 12
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
Ride with Me  
Region: North West
Location: Oregon
Resort: Anthony Lakes
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"Really liking it!" 12/19/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Rossignol Taipan Amptek Snowboard
  • Skill:  Beginner
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Light!, Directional-twin shape, Price = STEAL for what you get
  • Cons:  No board sizes for tall people (160 max),

Experience:   Picked up this board on an uber sale a few months back. Was waiting until I rode it to leave a review. Finally hit the slopes this past weekend and REALLY enjoyed this board. I was initially going to wait for the 2013 model, as I liked the new year's graphic more, but the price was too cheap to turn down, and the skull graphic has since grown on me (and got me a couple compliments in the lift line, too). Better yet, I get to ride this sick stick this season as opposed to waiting for next! I'm 6'3 and anywhere between 190-195 pounds, I wear a 11.5 Salomon boot (with small footprint) and the 160 did great for me. It was a bit harder to control than the 163's and 164's I've ridden before, but it will force me to work on technique in a way longer boards can't. The board is extremely light and responsive. The sintered base is VERY quick, though I felt it get a tad bit squirrely at very high speeds. I attribute that to the board being on the smaller side for me, rather than a flaw in the board itself. I still didn't feel it wash too much until I had LONG surpassed a speed I was comfortable with (and it didn't cause me to wipe out in that case, either). Riding switch is a breeze (thank you, dir. twin). I expected, due to the size, that riding in powder would be a bit difficult, but so long as I kept weight on my back foot, this thing floated quite nicely. Groomed runs were really fun, edge hold is very good, and I had no issues catchin back up to friends when and after I bit it. I had a number of crashes I was able to recover from, simply because this board is so maneuverable. I haven't tried park riding yet, so I cannot comment to how it performs there. I really feel this board will help me become a better snowboarder. I would DEFINITELY recommend this to anyone. And after a few more runs with it, I'll insist my friends give it a shot :)
"Love it!" 5/3/2012
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  • Name: 2010 Dakine Vintage TShirt
  • Pros:  Soft fabric, lightweight, comfy
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Nice fit in the shoulders, plenty of length even for a tall guy :)

Experience:   I ordered this along with a Sierra T-shirt I earned through member points. I'm 6'3, so I don't often order shirts online due to fitting woes. (Sometimes they'd be too short, other times good in length but way too baggy). I had never purchased a DaKine t-shirt before, so I had nothing on their fits to go by. But I really liked the look, and for about $10 I figured I had nothing to lose. I got it, and was VERY happy. The fabric is SUPER soft, and it fits really nicely. (The tag does say L/XL, so I'm thinking you'd get the same shirt regardless of the size you ordered). The fabric is pretty lightweight so even though it's black, it should work in any season. Buy it!
"Solid bindings at a solid price" 3/6/2013
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  • Name: 2011 Rome S90 Snowboard Bindings
  • Pros:  Light, Comfortable, Love the tightening latches
  • Cons:  a bit pinchy with the toe strap, no toe cap,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I demoed these for a day, as a buddy of mine and I swapped boards for the trip. These are a really decent pair of bindings. And I absolutely LOVE how easy these things are to get on. The latches are REALLY easy to grip, no matter what kinda glove you're using. The straps are very pliable, yet secure, and go wherever you want em to go. These bindings really excel over my Burton Customs in the ease of getting these puppies ready to go. I can strap into these about 20-30 seconds faster than I can get the Burtons latched up. (The straps on those seem to just wanna fight ya). As far as boot hold, this binding is also really good. After cinching these things down, I am confident that my feet won't be going anywhere. And for the most part, I found them to be comfortable. There is one downside, however... I have the larges, and wear an 11.5 Salomon F20 boot, and when I got the toe strap secure, I felt pressure points on the sides of my foot. It wasn't terribly uncomfortable, but even the adrenaline of throwin myself down the mountain wasn't enough to make me forget they were there. Additionally, while I do think these bindings have great boot hold, I feel a bit more secure (and more comfortable) using the toe cap of the Burtons. Performance-wise, I didn't notice a whole lot of difference between the S90s and the Customs. I felt like they had a similar level of flex, the highbacks came up to about the same spot, and carving my way down the mountain, I hit groomers, powder, and a bit of the terrain park (moguls and some smaller jumps), and I felt just as smooth in these as anything. The S90s do look a lot cooler than the Burtons. I really like the color scheme(s) Rome decided to go with for these. It's not a perfect match for every board, but there's a ton of boards these would work with. I'd recommend them if you're in the market for a great budget binding.
"Good wax, small package" 1/2/2013
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  • Name: 2012 Dakine Nitrous Cake All Temp Wax Small
  • Pros:  Smells nice, works great, cheap!
  • Cons:  small cake,

Experience:   Bought this to use with my first waxing job, and it certainly did the trick. The cake is pretty small (but that's already stated in the product description), about the size of a deck of cards. Used it on my Rossi Taipan and it soaked this stuff up like a sponge. I went pretty heavy with the wax anyway, but it scraped off quite easily, and buffed out nicely. It feels super quick on the slopes. Very happy with this stuff! Just will get a larger size next time. :)
"Nice goggle" 1/1/2013
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  • Name: 2012 Spy Platoon Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Well built, Extra lens
  • Cons:  Not entirely fog-proof,

Experience:   Got these as my free goggle option when I accumulated enough member points. Got em in the mail and tried em on immediately. They are super comfortable, and provide a wide field of vision. I was super excited to try em out on the mountain. The first trip with em proved disappointing. I had on a Serius fleece balaclava, and with it on, these things fogged up on a regular basis. Though I imagined that was due primarily to the balaclava, and not the goggles. So my next trip out to the mountain, I didn't bring my balaclava. Even with a few face-plant crashes in the powder, these things stayed super clear all day. Really loving these goggles now :).
"Excellent socks!" 12/31/2012
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  • Name: 2012 Smartwool Phd Snowboard Socks Men's
  • Pros:  warm, thin profile, comfortable, and nice padding
  • Cons:  none,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Great nice padding where you need it

Experience:   Got these socks from a local shop when I got new Salomon boots that fit too snugly for my older-style thick wool socks. These were exactly what I needed. My foot now fits perfectly in the boot, but I don't feel I've lost one iota of warmth. The padding in the sole is great, and they stay dry all day. I couldn't be happier. I'm hoping I can find a couple more pairs!
"Great gloves, great price!" 12/31/2012
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  • Name: 2010 Burton GoreTex Under Snowboard Gloves Women's
  • Pros:  Dry and warm!, comfy, has a goggle wiper!
  • Cons:  liner glove not the best, goggle wiper can freeze up,

Experience:   Picked up these gloves after an old pair fell apart. Took em out on the mountain a couple days later and could not have been happier. It was 15 degrees out and even with those temperatures, the outer glove was plenty warm enough to not need the liner. My hands stayed toasty and dry all day. VERY happy with that. The goggle wiper on the left index finger is extremely effective for condensation, unfortunately if your goggles start icing up, the wiper ices up too and renders it unusable. The liner glove is pretty cool. it has a textured palm for extra grip, and fits nicely (albeit snugly) into the shell. The only downside with the liner is that it is not warm at all by itself. I've worn them a couple times just when doing daily activities in the cold. And while it's better than having no gloves at all, you still don't feel like your hands are insulated. Paired with the shell they get hot in a hurry, but as a standalone liner style glove, you'd be better off with something else. The gloves as a whole are EXCELLENT though, and I'd highly recommend them to anyone in the market for an affordable glove!
"Excellent shell-style pant" 12/31/2012
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  • Name: 2012 Burton TWC Smuggler Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  dry, style (slimmer fit in thigh), plenty of room in lower leg for boots
  • Cons:  Not insulated, Button snap not the greatest,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Fitting, but enough room to move.

Experience:   Got these as a Christmas gift from the GF. I liked the slimmer looking thigh, as opposed to overly-baggy style of pants. Wasn't real sure what size to order, but went by Burton's guide and they fit very true to size. Took em out for the first time 2 days after Christmas. Loved the pants. The gaiter has a hook on the bottom to strap around a lace, so it wont move. The pants have plenty of room to move about any way you see fit. They're great pants with a couple caveats. While they do stay dry throughout the day, one downside is they're not real warm. I threw on extra layers the morning I headed out, as I'd rather have too many than too few. And I'm very glad I did. These would be great pants with a light underlayer in the spring, but in the 12 degree temps we were in, these benefited from more layers. The other downside is that the button on the waist (namely when pulled taut by layering) didn't stay snapped real well. I threw a nylon belt over it and that seemed to fix the issue.. just something to note. Great pants either way!
"Solid Starter Binding" 12/19/2012
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  • Name: 2012 Burton Custom Snowboard Bindings
  • Pros:  Cost, AdjustabilityStrap can be a bit difficult, Comfort
  • Cons:  Ankle strap can be a bit difficult, Not for advanced riders, A bit heavy
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   I got this set of bindings to pair with my '12 Rossi Taipan Amptek. I feel it's a great combination, as both products aim at pleasing everyone. I liked that for the price, the Customs offer a ton of adjustment options (I have only begun to tinker with many of em). The instructions it came with were pretty helpful, and it came with screws and mounting equipment for 2x4 and channel setups. I'm a fairly quickly-progressing beginner, and I feel like these should work for me for a while. I would say the build quality might not be high enough to work for advanced/very aggressive riders, but they're perfect for me :). On the mountain, they did GREAT at holding my boots in place, once I got the ankle straps to cooperate. I really had a difficult time with the left foot binding getting the ankle strap into the notch for tightening. Once it was in, it was in. But eff sometimes it took forever. It seems like it was just too stiff to want to conform to the shape of the boot(they were brand new when I first tried em this weekend). I will try to play with it a bit more in warm temps to see if i can make them a bit more pliable/broken in, and I'll add that to my review later when I test em out again. The toe straps were very comfortable, held me well in place, and I didn't feel any pressure points. I don't have a stomp pad on my board (yet), but even without one, I felt the highbacks were in perfect position to push my boot into when getting off the lift. The black color is nice, and pretty much goes with anything. I was aiming to get the red/black combo, but it sold out before I could purchase it. Either way, I'm happy with what I got. :) Very good all-around binding. Would recommend to friends.

Comments & Questions

j_lucky84
Adding to this review, as I said I would. I got out on the mountain again today, and the binding straps were CONSIDERABLY easier to set this time as opposed to the first time out. Still comfy, still a great hold.. Still highly recommended :)



"Great, simple bag" 5/21/2012
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  • Name: 2011 Sierra Logo Snowboard Bag
  • Pros:  Roomy, Cool, simple color scheme, Great for day/car travel.
  • Cons:  Not fit for air travel,

Experience:   I won this bag in the daily drawings about a month ago. I opted for the black/green color scheme. It arrived a lot quicker than I expected, and when I opened the package, I was extremely impressed. The green color is a lot like a kelly green; a bit different than the almost hint of aqua several of my monitors suggested. Absolutely not a complaint; I really like the color. The bag material seems solidly constructed, definitely thick enough to toss your board in, and roomy enough for the rest of your gear in for a day trip up to the mountains. I would not suggest checking in at the local airport. The straps/handles seem amply padded for comfortable carrying; though i haven't loaded it up yet to really test it. Definitely worth the price Trusnow charges; but if you're going to go that route, avoid the $15 shipping and just add $15 worth of items to your bag and get it all shipped for free).
"Decent t-shirt" 5/15/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Sierra Headphones TShirt Men's
  • Pros:  Cheap, athletic fit, cool color (steel blue)
  • Cons:  Fabric quality isn't the best, Could be a bit longer,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  Fits right in the shoulders, a WEE bit short in overall length

Experience:   I got this shirt after being awarded a free shirt through member points (actually ended up paying for this one, as I ordered the women's version for my gf and it was free). The reviews are correct in that it runs about a size small. I'm 6'3, 190, and generally wear a large for Ts, but the XL I ordered fits me pretty well. It fits great in the shoulders but it could bear to be a bit longer in length.. it's not a belly shirt or anything, just a personal preference. The material itself was pretty scratchy prior to washing it. It got a lot better after its first laundry trip, but I'd still prefer wear an undershirt beneath it. Despite its small flaws, it's a really good deal at around 10 bucks! I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it to a friend.
"Great fit, great shirt." 5/3/2012
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  • Name: 2011 Sierra Headphones TShirt
  • Pros:  Excellent feminine fit, Cool color, free!
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  S
  • Fits Like:  XS
  • Description:  It's true, it fits a size small.

Experience:   I purchased this shirt for my gf through member point rewards. I added this and the men's shirt to my cart, and I was really surprised to see that despite the ladies shirt being more expensive, the discount was applied to it. I got the eggplant color for her as the lady is fair-skinned, which was a great decision. The color looks great on her and she really likes it. I ordered a medium, following many suggestions that the shirt runs a size small, which it does. She's 5'6, about 130 and it fits her great. The length is ample for layering or whatever else girls do with clothes, and looks great with jeans or shorts. The fabric is not the softest (though it is softer than the men's version... made by a different shirt company), but after its first wash most remaining roughness went away. Whether you're getting it for free, or purchasing it, it's definitely worth trying out.
"$50 poorly spent" 4/4/2012
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  • Name: 2012 Dakine Crossfire Gloves
  • Pros:  Look pretty cool, better than nothing?!, comfortable
  • Cons:  Not waterproof, Not terribly well-insulated,

Experience:   Forgot my gloves when heading to the mountain for my last trip. The shop at the lodge had these (and a couple other Da Kine models) for sale. I tried these on and they seemed warm, they were comfortable and I liked the look, so I bought em. They did great for the first run or two down the mountain when my hands were dry, but after a couple wipeouts in the pow, my hands quickly went from being toasty to being icicles. The gloves did NOTHING to restrict water as it melted due to body heat, and soaked straight to my fingers. When my other gloves need replacing, I'll be sure to avoid the Da Kine section.
"Solid option for the price" 4/2/2012
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  • Name: 2011 Skullcandy Ink'd Earbuds
  • Pros:  Good bass reproduction, Lightweight, flexible cable, Girlfriend = happy :)
  • Cons:  Sound quality a bit lower than FMJs, No cable extension included,

Experience:   I received this when i replaced an old pair of Skullcandy Full Metal Jackets on warranty. The value of the old FMJ's was higher than the newer models, so i got FMJs for me and some Ink'd buds for the girlfriend. The sound quality of the FMJs is better, but I had no complaints about the Ink'd, especially for the price. I used these a couple times when I couldn't find mine. The lightweight cable is super portable, and never felt like it got in the way while working out. Overall a much better option for an exercise-bud than the FMJ. The bass reproduction was clear, and that was even with inserts that didn't fit. I imagine it would be even better with some foam inserts that fit me. Best of all, the girlfriend is happy. She's not an audiophile by any means, but she was really impressed hearing parts in songs she had never heard with the stock iPod buds. I'd recommend these long before the FMJs for anyone leading an active lifestyle.
"Decent sound, but clumsy" 3/30/2012
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  • Name: 2010 Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket Earbuds w/ Mic
  • Pros:  Decent sound quality, Compatible with iphone/droid, nice fit with foam inserts
  • Cons:  Wire tangles on everything, Mic catches on everything, adjusting wire can result in hissing noise

Experience:   I got these as a warrantied replacement from my older model (pre-mic) FMJs after the wire mesh covering the speaker fell off. The sound quality with the new model has improved, and the wire insulation itself seems very durable. The mic is a nice bonus for iphones/droids; they are compatible and it does work pretty well in a phone convo. The foam ear holders are very grippy (at least for a year or so). Unfortunately, any excess movement causes the mic to hang up on anything, usually resulting in pulling the left bud out of my ear. The cord, though of high quality, also tends to get hung up when it comes in contact with damp skin. I'm constantly having to adjust it when jogging. This leads me to the third con; when adjusting the phones occasionally make a hissing interference noise. If you're planning on using these buds as a business tool, I can totally see them working out for you. But if you aim to use them as part of an exercise regimen, look elsewhere.

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