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fostpaint Name Ben
Location Ellington, CT, US
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"Will paint for lift tickets..." 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 37
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 7
Average Days/Year: 20
Skill Level: N/A
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 6'2, 195 lbs
Board Size: 156-160
Boot Size: 11
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
Ride with Me  
Region: East Coast
Location: Massacheusetts
Resort: Wachusetts Mountain
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PRODUCT REVIEWS   (view all brand reviews)
"Gotta feel the flex" 2/11/2010
Helpful Review?   (4) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton P1.1
  • Pros:  responsive edge to edge, light,
  • Cons:  flex takes some getting used to,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   I'm slowly growing to love my P1.1s, but it's been a maturing relationship. When I first got these, I expected the flex to be on par with my Triads, which is somewhat true edge to edge. However. where you really feel the difference on the P1.1s is torsionally-- I noticed, especially on my stiffer boards, a lot more flex in the binding when pressing and buttering-- so much different than the Triads that I was convinced my binding must be loose. Much as these are marketed as a freeride binding, I'd argue they really will shine as an all mountain freestyle binding on a mid to soft flex board-- responsive when you need it and flexy when you want it.
"King of Pop" 2/11/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Un Inc
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Park,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Super poppy, mid flex to do it all,
  • Cons:  Liveliness makes chop turn knees to jelly,

Experience:   I've been eyeing up the UnInc line basically since I started snowboarding, and with the addition of some slightly wider waist widths in the piggies final year, I decided it was time to get my pig on. The Uninc is a killer mid-flex board that can handle the whole mountain. The pop on the uninc line is legendary, and this year was no exception. This thing rockets off booters and is super stable in the landings. The flex changed up in the 09 line to be a little softer overall but a little stiffer in the tail to keep that pop, allowing the board to still kick the super ollies but retain the buttery goodness. My only complaint on the Uninc is a personal one, and thats that riding this paired up with my UnInc ESTS, all the liveliness of the board and lack of dampening means my old man knees take a beating in the chop.
"Solid Glove" 11/2/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Dakine Bronco
  • Pros:  lower profile, dry, good mobility
  • Cons:  not warmest glove, runs a touch small,

Experience:   I picked up these gloves on a whim looking for some decent Gore-tex hand protection. Sizes run a touch on the small size-- I usually wear a men's M glove and needed to get a large in these. The gloves are low profile and mobile-- some reasonable dexterity in them (though not as much as pipe gloves, I'll take the added dryness as a trade off). While the low profile means not a ton of insulation, I never found I was especially cold wearing these. A great glove at a reasonable pricepoint.
"Mountain = Muffin" 2/11/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton The Hero Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,Low Speeds,Park
  • Pros:  Easy to press, hard to catch ,
  • Cons:  chattery at speeds,

Experience:   The Hero is a super playful, soft rocker stick. This was my first reverse camber experience, and the Vrocker combined with the soft flex on the Hero made pressing and buttering a breeze on this thing. However, the same playfulness inevitably translates into some instability landing off kickers and chatter at speeds and on ice. Overall, I'd say this is a fun board for someone who likes to rock the ground tricks or jib the parks, but won't shine bombing the blacks.
"Sick Goggs" 3/31/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Von Zipper Feenom
  • Pros:  Huge field of vision, rubber grip on inside of strap keeps from slipping on helmet, durable
  • Cons:  Helmet hinge on side of goggle doesn't open as much as other goggles I've used (Smith Phenoms, Anon Figments, Dragon Mace), but still seems to do the job with my helmet, Cost

Experience:   Was dissapointed when I ordered these on Friday and saw they shipped USPS rather than UPS/FedEx, but all concerns were averted when they were on my doorstep Monday morning (in CT, so coast to coast). Really psyched with the speed of shipping
"Represent the Crew" 3/6/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Sierra Crew
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Carving,Groomers,Jumps
  • Pros:  lightweight, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Great value
  • Cons:  Top sheet scratches

Experience:   Nothing compares to the feeling of winning, and winning this board is no exception. After putting the board through the paces, I can honestly say that I'm surprised/impressed with Sierra's "house" board. It rode like a champ, was responsive, relatively light, and quick edge to edge. It's soft enough for presses, but still poppy and stable at higher speeds. I would have loved a sintered base on this thing, but that's about my only complaint performance wise. (Aesthetically, I had the same topsheet scratches in the near-mirror finish that other folks had, but it doesn't really bother me). Thanks SS for the hookup!
"Comfy cush" 3/6/2009
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  • Name: 2008 Burton Triad
  • Pros:  Boot hold, Lightweight, Comfortable, Well known brand
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   I finally got enough runs in on my Triads to really put them through the paces. Great binding, super comfy, and boot fit is awesome with my Hail boots. The bindings were a little softer/more forgiving than my Cartels, but not in a huge way. After some adjustment getting the straps right and highbacks rotated, I had no pressure points and really felt like I could ride for a week in these things. Bindings do feel a little cheap/plasticy, but I have yet to have any durability issues with these. Great overall binding.
"Compact, but not overly durable" 3/6/2009
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  • Name: 2008 Burton Zip Tool
  • Pros:  Nice compact tool for throwing in a pocket to take on the slopes. The flat/wide design and rounded edges mean you're not going to stab yourself if you fall on this thing.
  • Cons:  The plastic housing feels a little on the cheap side. More than once I've been cranking down bindings and been a bit afraid that something was going to snap (but it's yet to fail me so far)

Experience:   Decent tool for the money, especially if it's going in a pocket.
"Too bad they didn't picture the Avacado" 2/6/2009
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  • Name: 2008 686 Crown Print Youth Girls
  • Pros:  Warm, Waterproof
  • Description:  WEATHER: Blue Bird Powder Day, Cloudy and Cold, Cold and Blustery Day, Sleet, Storming and White Out, LEG: Relaxed, WAIST: Feels true to size, INSEAM: Feels true to length,

Experience:   Actually bought these for my wife, who is relatively petite, and she loves them. The avacado is a bit more subdued (varying shades of army-type greens) than the chocolate color scheme, which made her happy. The bottom of the pant legs have a rippable seam to add up to an inch (though they say 2", I'm not sure how 686 figures that) to the length-- an awesome feature to customizing the fit, and likely even better for someone buying these for a growing child-- I would expect it to add another half to full season to the usefulness of the pant, depending on where your child is to begin with fit-wise. All in all a great purchase at a ridiculously low price.
"Decent Shell" 2/6/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Hook Softshell
  • Pros:  Nice low profile soft-shell jacket. A little nicer/less casual than my usual Shell, so I'm rocking this off the mountain quite a bit. Warm with layers underneath. Waterproofing seems pretty solid.
  • Cons:  Missing some of the features of my usual riding shell (snow skirt, audio pocket). Runs a little slim to size, contrary to some of the reviews I read, so tougher for me to layer underneath than what I had planned. Would like removeable hood.

Experience:   Given the lower profile than expected, this will likely end up as a liner to my usual riding shell and/or a nice spring/fall jacket. Definitely a nice softshell, just not going to get the use I intended for it.
"Great bindings" 1/20/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Union Force
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Easy in & out, Durable, Good construction quality, Comfortable
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   I convinced my brother to pick these binders up last season on a great sale from Sierra, and he's not dissapointed. Durability is great, construction is super solid. Having been on these and my 08 Cartels, I have to say I would have a hard choice choosing between the two. Forces are a little more middle of the road flex/responsiveness, which makes them a great all around binding, and well worth the money
"Burton Element Review" 1/20/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Element
  • Pros:  Lightweight
  • Cons:  Doesn't Breathe, Inadequate Protection
  • Description:  WEATHER: Spring Day, CHEST: Feels true to size, BODY: Feels true to length, INSEAM: Feels true to length,

Experience:   This Shell does the job, but certainly is not top of the line gear. 5K Waterproofing is not quite adequate for the real wet days, lack of a liner means you really need to rock the layers underneath for the cold days. All in all, does what is advertised but not a lot more. On the plus side, I've gotten a number of compliments on the jacket off mountain, so there's a fashion factor there.
"Super solid binding" 1/20/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Cartel 2008
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Easy in & out, Good construction quality, Comfortable, Well known brand, Popular model
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   These bindings will take you anywhere. Super responsive, trending towards the stiffer side, but really solid all mountain binder at a reasonable price.
"Great Grom helmet" 1/15/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Smith Holt Jr
  • Pros:  Adjustable fit fits wide range of head sizes, warm
  • Cons:  Kid looks a bit like Darth Helmet from Spaceballs in this thing

Experience:   I picked this up for my 3-yr old Grom in training. The adjustable sizing system is great, and means I've got years of use out of my purchase. However, with the hat-band adjusted all the way down to fit my Grom's head, it does look a bit oversized on him (even if the fit is great). All in all, a worthwhile purchase the kid can grow into.
"tool might be worth it, even if the wax isn't" 1/3/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Basic Kit
  • Pros:  tool is lightweight, compact, and closes up with not protrusions (unlike other tools I've owned)
  • Cons:  zip tool is mostly plastic, wax not really worth it.

Experience:   I've fallen on more than one tuning tool, and have some scars to prove it. Although this zip tool is lightweight plastic (and could be prone to breakage) the compact shape when stored means you're not going to stab your beans on a nasty digger. Probably worth getting the tool separate from the kit....
"Great for my oversized mellon" 1/3/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Boeri Vortex
  • Pros:  comfortable, warm
  • Cons:  not the sexiest brain bucket out there

Experience:   I was surprised how limited my helmet choices got when I measured my dome. Luckily, the Boeri swooped in. Has nice snap goggle strap on the back, comfy ride, and adjustable vent plugs to adjust to heat for warmer or cooler days.
"Sweet Boot" 12/19/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Hail
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Durable, Good quality, Warm, Well known brand
  • Cons:  Difficult in & out
  • Fit:  average

Experience:   Bought these from Sierra last year, and they're some sick boots. Super comfy once you're in them, though a little slow in and out (but then most boots are). I loved them so much, convinced my bro to go out and buy a pair a couple weeks later.
"Great binding" 12/19/2008
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Cartel 2009
  • Pros:  Good construction quality, Lightweight, Comfortable, Well known brand, Popular model
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   Won these from Sierra last year. Sick binding with great control. Super comfy with Burton's boots, and really locks you into the board to maximize control. Highly recommended.

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