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rook Name Rook
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"^^ RainbowHorsemanpissing by: Herbbread" 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 114
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 7
Average Days/Year: 35
Skill Level: resort powder rider
Riding Style: freeride
Area of Expertise: freeride
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 6'2, 200 lbs
Board Size: 164ish
Boot Size: 12
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: M
Ride with Me  
Region: South Globe
Location: Africa
Resort: Afri-Ski Leisure Kingdom
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PRODUCT REVIEWS   (view all brand reviews)
"Great Freestyle Pow board" 10/26/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 K2 Gyrator Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  High Speeds,Off Trail,Powder
  • Pros:  Tons of Rocker, Harshmellow,
  • Cons:  Tons of Rocker,

Experience:   This is a great freestyle powder board, can be ridden switch or regular in pow no problem. It doesn't have the float of a board with taper, but is great to have as a 4-8 of fresh board. Not a one board quiver but definitely a compliment to one. I have ridden the 08 and the 011 the 011 has harshmellow underfoot which really cuts down on groomer chatter, but lets be honest you are not going to buy a gyrator to rip groomers.
"Nice pack" 4/9/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2008 Dakine Pilot
  • Pros:  Durable, Not to fancy,

Experience:   I have used this pack at school all year, and it is holding up great. Fits 4 1 binders without any issues. Plus at 70% off can you go wrong.
"Nice mitts" 3/31/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Cougar Womens
  • Pros:  Warm, not Bulky,
  • Cons:  Need more Venting,

Experience:   I bought these mitts for the GF after many complaints of cold/wet hands. Now she no longer complains, and my days are much more enjoyable. They fit the same as all other mitts she has owned. She is a small in Burton and a small in these.
"Ok for a Cheap shovel" 12/8/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2004 Booster Snowboard Shovel
  • Pros:  Cheap, Metal,
  • Cons:  Cheap, Doesn't fully colapse,

Experience:   This a cheap shovel, it's fine for having in the back of your car to build jumps or shovel yourself out but it lacks the portability and strength of a good back country shovel. If you are thinking of buying this as an avy shovel don't..... but if you just want a small light shovel for your car/truck it's not bad.
"2 piece jacket, that functions best as a shell." 11/29/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 686 Smarty Marker Snowboard Jacket - Men's
  • Pros:  Good water proofing, Comfy/Warm, enough pockets
  • Cons:  No wrist gators, Pow skirt doesn't work well with liner in.,
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  Slightly Baggier than normal, especially when liner is out.

Experience:   Nice Jacket, with good waterproofing, it has kept me warm and dry for many days. The liner is soft and warm, but isn't as nice (zipper bunches a bit etc.) as I expected to wear on its own. Also, the powder skirt doesn't fit really nice when the liner in, and their are no wrist gators. Summary: The Jacket is nice but you might be better served to buy a 15K shell and just layer up, because I always just wearing the shell without the liner zipped in (unless I am using it off the mountain).
"Good freeride/AM bindings" 11/25/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Forum The Republic Snowboard Bindings - Men's 2008
  • Pros:  Good straps, Toe Strap,
  • Cons:  Binding adjustability,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   These bindings fit in the flex/response area between the 390 and Targa or the Cartel and CO2. They ride very similar to Union Datas except with a better toe strap. The only issue I have had with these bindings is the Highback rotation adjustment, it has 3 holes on each side (similar to union, rome and ride) but they are already off centre, so it is hard to get the highback rotated to a good spot (where is still moves up and down fluidly and the forward lean still works). The straps on these (2008 and the 2009s) are great, toe strap is one of the most secure in the business and the ankle strap has good padding. Bottom line if you want a binding with a bit more response than the 390's, Cartels, or forces pick these up.
"Decent mitts for the Price" 11/17/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Baker Mittens Men's
  • Pros:  Warm, Vented,
  • Cons:  No under glove, Thumb looses water proofing quickly,

Experience:   These are decent mitts for the price, nothing special with no under glove. I bought some thin moisture wicking under-gloves to wear with these and they are much better now. They are back-up mitts for me, and I re-spray them quite often to keep the water out. Bottom line if you have a very limited budget and these mitts are in it them pick them up, if you can spend a bit more on something nicer then do it.
"Decent softer boots" 10/26/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Hod Snowboard Boots Men's
  • Pros:  Consistant flex,
  • Cons:  Didn't last more then one year,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I rode these boots hard on non-hike/pow days for a year, they held up well and maintained a similar flex throughout the year. Rider in mind, wants a softer flexing boot at a good price with a reduced foot print. Also, don't forget there is no perfect boot that works for everyone, only a perfect boot for your foot so go try some on.
"Good stiffer binders......." 10/25/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Salomon Chief Snowboard Bindings Men's
  • Pros:  Great straps, highback flex (stiff front/back), Foot beds
  • Cons:  Ratchets leave a bit to be desired, Mounting hardware,
  • Flex:  stiff

Experience:   I picked up the oh11 Chiefs at the end of last year (rode them 10-15 days), and I was pleasantly surprised at their comfort and flex. They are a nice step stiffer in flex compared to Forces, 390s, cartels etc...... I use them on my pow sled for a comfy responsive ride. Their ankle strap is one of the nicest I have used and the toe strap is very secure. The ratchets leave something to be desired (they are my least favourite out of Union, Rome, Burton, Flux), they just seem a bit weak, but I have had no issues yet. Overall if you are looking for a binding with a stiffer flex (similar to Rome Targas) these might work for you.

Comments & Questions

rook
Just read the description about "softer" highbacks, they might be softer compared to previous years but on the binding stiffness spectrum these are not a 'soft' binding.



"Hey they are pants." 4/9/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 686 Smarty Original Cargo
  • Pros:  Warm, Zip out liner,
  • Pant Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  They fit a tiny bit big, maybe a 1/2 size big.

Experience:   These are nice pants, they keep you warm and dry (unless its pissing rain. I have always liked the 686 Smarty line for the zip out liners and these pants are no different. With the liner in they are warm enough on cold days and take the liner out and open the vents on Warm days. The fit a tiny bit big, so if you are normally just a bit tight in a large these pants will fit great, or if you normally get large pants but sometimes they fit a bit big go with the Mediums. All in all good pants they keep you warm and mine have been waterproof all years.
"No issues- Good bindings" 4/9/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Salomon Z12
  • Pros:  Light, Medium Din, Standard mounting pattern
  • Cons:  Medium Din, only 80mm brakes,

Experience:   Pick up these bindings earlier this season for my Girlfriend, that have held up very well, no issues at all. They are Din12 which is nice for bigger less aggressive skiers or smaller aggressive skiers. The only problem I had was I picked them up with 80mm brakes and her skies were 90mm (my fault not the bindings),but it was pretty easy to bend the brakes to fit (side note: you could bend these up to 95mm pretty easily). Overall they have been a good binding and there have been no issues with them.
"Good googles, nothing special" 4/7/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Von Zipper Feenom
  • Pros:  Good feild of view, No Fogging, Nice fit to my face
  • Cons:  Don't fit with my lid perfectly,

Experience:   Good goggles, with a nice field of view. Nothing special but they get the job done. Seem to be pretty durable to tree branch strikes as I have hit many this year and there isn't any major scratches. I have a larger face/dome and they fit my face perfectly. Only issue is the helmet/goggle fit is not great (I have a Salomon helmet).
"Nice mitts for most days" 3/25/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Baker Under
  • Pros:  Warm, Comfy, Vented
  • Cons:  Can get wet, no liners,

Experience:   Nice mitts really warm (when they are dry). They are vented which is really nice for warmer days. On warmer wet days they can suck up water like a sponge, but other than that they have been good.
"Nice Jacket" 3/18/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 686 Smarty Radiate
  • Pros:  2 Layer, Shell is fairly light, good ventilation
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  Fits good, similar to Westbeach (for you other Canadians out there) and smaller than billabong and Sessions.

Experience:   This jacket is very nice, warm, not super heavy and comfy. I am 6'2 and 200lbs and where this jacket in an XL. If I had shorter arms I could get away with a large.

Comments & Questions

rook
I ment to say larger than sessions. To review, same fit as westbeach. smaller than billabong larger than sessions.



"Pair #3 and still loving them" 1/21/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Salomon Malamute
  • Pros:  Stiff, Warm, Fit my Feet
  • Cons:  Laces pop out one in a blue moon,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  stiff
  • Shoe Size:  12
  • Boot Size:  12

Experience:   I don't really like to give excellent, so these are are close to excellent without giving 5 stars (4.5 gold stars for you -- Jack Black). These are pair #3 for me, I love them great for hiking to find fresh lines at 3pm, great for hiking to an upper chair before the mountain opens for fresh lines. These boots help me feed my never ending hunger to find more powder. I really can't say anything bad about them except one in awhile the lace will pop out of its holder. If you want stiff boots and these FIT you properly then look no further. ---- Rook

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