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zhenjie Name Z L
Location Melbourne, Vic, AU
Level Board Member  (12560 points)
Member Since 6/20/2008
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Gender: Male
Age: 31
Languages: view all languages
Years Riding: 1
Average Days/Year: 30
Skill Level: medium features
Riding Style: freestyle park
Area of Expertise: freestyle
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'7, 150 lbs
Board Size: 152
Boot Size: 9
Clothing Size: S
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
Ride with Me  
Region: South Globe
Location: Australia
Resort: Falls Creek
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PRODUCT REVIEWS   (view all brand reviews)
"Good pop, excellent dampning" 5/31/2010
Helpful Review?   (5) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Ride Society
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Solid pop , Excellent dampining of microvibrations, Lightweight

Experience:   I enjoyed this board thoroughly on a icy demo day. The board has a very good amount of pop, not as much as some of their UL models but plenty to keep you happy and flying over features. The greatest thing was the ability to dampen the ride on a icy and hard surface. Microvibrations were very limited thanks to the slimewalls and board constructions
"Light weight, warm and well vented" 3/19/2010
Helpful Review?   (4) Yes    (4) No

  • Name: 2008 Giro G10 Wireless Audio Snowboard Helmet Men's
  • Pros:  Good amount of vents, Warm,
  • Cons:  Ear pads can feel a bit stiff,

Experience:   As with most Giro high end models, the vent and warmth provided is great. Low to medium profile, so it doesn't feel bulky on the head. Ear pads with audio can feel stiff and pressed against the ear for extended periods of time can begin to hurt. This may be due my ear shape though. Replaced with regular ear pads and all is fine. In case you are wondering: doesn't come with the headset as pictured. Speakers are in earpads :)

Comments & Questions

I actually did think it a little odd that they considered putting headphones on top to be integrated wireless audio.

You say "replaced with regular ear pads" So does that mean you took out the earpads with speakers in them? Why would someone spend so much money on this helmet and take out the pads w/ speakers...

"Good park board. Not super soft flex" 3/16/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Gtwin Womens
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Good in park and groomers,
  • Cons:  Not as soft as expected,

Experience:   Burton's GTwin is a great board for those looking at progressing into the park. It has a soft medium flex, but not a uber soft wet noodle flex. Means its capable of hitting park featues and jumps without being an absolute noodle. Holds a decent edge on groomers but definitely not a speed machine, espcially in smaller sizes.
"Should have learnt my lesson.." 6/16/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Waffle First Layer Polo
  • Pros:  Too big!,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  S
  • Fits Like:  L

Experience:   After buying the Burton Flannel Shirt (reviewed), I should have learnt my lesson. Burton casual wear is HUGE and baggy. Almost to the point where its no longer fashionable and totally not functional. I don't mind a bit of baggyness but when a Small fits like an XL it kinda sucks for the small dudes. But anyway! The fabric is ace, soft and has held up in the wash. Unfortunately didn't shrink for me, but that's a good thing right? Would I call this a thermal? Nope, not much insulation. Would I call it a base layer? yeah, it could work!. Definitely a good casual out about town shirt that has held up well.
"Is this a womens vest?" 5/20/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2010 Rome Pleasure Womens
  • Pros:  Looks great...,
  • Cons:  SMALL SMALL FIT, Womens fit?,
  • Fit:  Too small
  • My Size:  S
  • Description:  CRAP! Short, small opening, super slim cut.

Experience:   I'm 5'7 and usually fit into Size small outdoor apparel. I ordered this in a size Medium as the product photos look like its pretty short cut and slim fit. I was correct, it was slim fit...but more so then I thought! A size medium and it was hard to put my arms through the sleeve openings. YES, the arm openings are SMALL. So small it feels like cutting of my circulation around my shoudlers/armpits. The length is shorter then expected also. I have a feeling this is a womens cut or something has gone extremely wrong at Rome sizing department. There is NO WAY this is a size medium vest for male adults. I'm wearing a t-shirt and have trouble fitting through the arm holes. Giving this one to my mum. ack!

Comments & Questions

UPDATE: THIS IS CONFIRMED BY ROME AS A WOMENS VEST!. Notice the tapered cut in the waist plus other female touches such as smaller armpit holes and short cut. What a bummer :(

"Tight fit aruond the neck" 5/3/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2010 Sessions Thermatics Hybrid Clava Top
  • Pros:  Nice smooth thermal material, Keeps you warm. , Clava is thin but useful
  • Cons:  Tight around the neck,

Experience:   Fit and material were fantastic as you can expect from Sessions. Perhaps I'm sensitive in that region, but I felt the clava was a bit tight fitting around the neck. But I'm the type of guy who wears business shirts and ties. Might have been better if you ordered a size up, but I prefer not to swim in my thermals especially the base layer.
"I'm sold!" 4/30/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 K2 Parkstar
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Less chatter then Sierrascope/Indoor Survival, Like a WWW on steroids, Very good Reverse Camber

Experience:   Quite possibly the bet implementation of reverse camber technology of all the boards I've tried. Rode this back to back with a Sierrascope, and while I do like the Sierra, I'm taking this board for the season. The kicker similar to FK, but more predictable as it doesn't have as aggressive kick to it. The board between the bindings has stiffer flex then the Carbon stringers on the Sierrascope/Indoor, so I think it far more stable charging down groomers. The Sierrascope suffers from large amounts of chatter, not the Parkstar!. The flex at the ends are similar between the boards. Both soft and easy to lock into presses. This board for me is a clear winner over the Capita variants as I felt its more stable on groomers. Both are equally fun for buttering around.

Comments & Questions

I want to buy this board. Can you tell me how it is in powder and deep snow? I really ejoy to do freeride esspecialy in deep snow. But I also want it for the park. What do you think about this board? It's easy/hard, fun to ride this board in pow? Thanks!

"Functional, looks dorky, crap waist strap" 4/20/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Zoom 28L
  • Pros:  Compartments are great, Well padded and protective,
  • Cons:  Sits very high on body, Incredibly high waist strap,

Experience:   From pics, the pack looks great. And in real life, the compartments are certainly very functional and great for DSLR, lenses and equipment. However, what you don't see is how it sits on the body. sits incredibly high on the torso. If you tilt your neck back some people might hit the top of the pack. It looks incredibly funny and dorky as the actual bag is not very long. As a result of this, the waist strap is in a position where it is completely USELESS. It sits on the rib cage and does not bear any weight of the pack. This is nothing but poor design and means the pack can not be used for any serious or extended wear. If the pack sit better on the torso and had a functional waist strap, I'd give it a 4 or 5 stars
"Great colorway & nice fit (relaxed" 4/16/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Bonfire Baker Snowboard Jacket Men's
  • Pros:  Perfect relaxed fit, not baggy, Plaid is amazing in real life,
  • Cons:  Not that great vs wind,

Experience:   With the specs in mind, would have thought it would be a bit better against a winter chill. Wind chill was up and I felt cold in this, more so then other jackets I demoed the same day. Apart from that, enjoyed the fit of this jacket. Enough length to cover your back side, without being park baggy. Arms covered up past wrist, just perfect. And nice cut across the torso, so you don't look like you are pregnant like other baggy jackets.
"High profile, grippy!" 4/8/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2006 Dakine BFly Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  Grippy,
  • Cons:  High profile, Stands out,

Experience:   A female stomp pad that really stands out. Like the male version, the Venom, this is very high profile. It hardly ever gets covered completely by the snow, so grip is always there!. Girlfriend loves the design. It really does stand out. If you want a low profile stomp, look elsewhere. If you want excellent grip, ALL THE TIME, this is it!
"Very warm. Gaiters are hugeee" 4/6/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Cougar Womens
  • Pros:  Large gaiters, Well insulated,

Experience:   Very warm for a cold winter day. Waterproofing yet to be tested but looks like it will do the job for most conditions. The gaiters are huge for a girls mitt, thats a plus or negative depending how you like gaiters. Will easily fit over any sleeve!
"A more fun Custom!" 4/6/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Custom V-Rocker LTD
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Solid Construction, Reverse Camber makes the Custom more playful,
  • Cons:  ICS?,

Experience:   Firstly, to those wondering. The Custom V-Rocker LTD is basically a regular Custom with V-rocker. (der right?). Well, it differs to the regular Custom V-Rocker (not LTD) as it retains the same waist width of the custom (thinner then regular V-rocker) and does not have PDE edges like the regular V-rocker. The flex is also very slightly different between the regular V-rocker and LTD (5/10 vs 4/10). Minor differences, but something to be aware of. The reverse camber adds a different element of fun to the already famous and popular Custom. Less catchy due to the raised contact points, I also found it easy to butter and press. The regular Custom was always a challenge to press, had to really fight it. The V-rocker certainly helps but you still need to put in effort (compared to soft park boards). The mid-flex helps with stability accross the entire mountain. Truly an 'all mountain' freestyle board. If you only want to invest in one board, certainly consider this!
"Good All-mountain killer, but chatter :(" 3/15/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Capita Sierrascope FK
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Butters,Groomed,Halfpipe,Jibs,Jumps,Low Speeds,Off Trail
  • Pros:  Soft tip and tails, Solid edge hold on good surfaces,
  • Cons:  Chatterrrrrr!!, Topsheet chipped easily, Slow base

Experience:   Loved the Sierrascope the first time I stepped onto it. But that was perhaps due to the 4 days of Niseko powder I got to ride it in. Capita's FK did well in light, dry, pow. Helping keep the nose floating. After the pow was gone though, I had a chance to take the board into the park and groomers. For park riding, this board is certainly more then capable on medium jumps and all manners of park hits. Tips and tails are soft and great for pressing yet being solid enough to handle some off-centered landings better then the Horrorscope. On the groomers, I found the board chatter more so then other boards I Was riding that week. I'm not exactly what caused it, either the stiff centre and soft tips, or a combination of the both. But the board would always chatter more then I would have liked on slashed up groomer surfaces. It may be my less then perfect riding skills, but I did not experience the same amount of chatter on other boards with similar flex. The chatter, along with a slightly slower then average base was the only downside to an otherwise versatile board.
"Freestyle champ!" 6/16/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Signal OG Series
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Stiffer then Park Rocker,

Experience:   I demoed this board with a Signal Park rocker. After stepping off the Park Rocker this board felt moderate flex for park, but in hindsight, it was probably the stupidly uber soft flex of the park rocker that threw my senses out. What can I say, its my favotite board from Signal thus far. I didn't enjoy the Omni, thought there were way better contructed boards from other brands. Signal Park rocker is fun for a little while. But if you needed a deck to handle your park and freestyle from Signal, I would go the OG. Its lightweight, and I love lightweight boards. Throwing this thing around was a breeze. Both off jumps, onto jibs and on the ground. For something without reverse camber, it was surprisingly playful and poppy at the same time. How often can you say that about a non-noodly camber board? So if you looking for a chuckable, play friendly freestyle deck that you can use all seaon, be sure to give this a try!
"Capable all-mountain ride" 6/16/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Nitro Team
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Rides like a soft custom, Excellent grip on fresh groomers,
  • Cons:  Lacks stability at high speeds,

Experience:   If you like the cambered Burton Custom, but want board is ever so slightly softer, then look no further then the Nitro Team. It rides very much like the Custom but is more playful due to its softer nature. That is its plus and negative. Its more forgiving in the park, but looses some of the Customs stability at speeds. Pop is good as expected from a camber board. Edging and carving on fresh groomers was fantastic especially after a season of riding reverse camber boards. Camber is the new black! As with many other nitro boards, the board is light, but topsheet has shown more signs of wear then other brands.
"Great for wide feet" 5/4/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2011 Superfeet Red Hot Footbeds
  • Pros:  Solid underfoot support, Great for wide feet (and other foot widths),
  • Cons:  Foil underbase is a bit of a gimmick,

Experience:   Upgraded my Green superfeet to the REDHot ones. Have not noticed much difference when it comes to warmth, but I have a well insulated boot anyway. For someone with wide feet and pes cavus (high arch) these are great replacement of the shoddy regular insoles found in regular snowboard boots. The solid insole (it is NOT SOFT) props your feet up and does not let it collapse, which generally tends to make your feet spread out, causing pressure points. So for those who suffer from tired feet at the end of the day, this is a good solution that may alleviate the pain.
"LOVEs the big park lines" 5/3/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Love
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Med flex to let you charge,
  • Cons:  Not butter friendly,

Experience:   LOVE has one of the best flexing boards from Burton for those who want to charge the big lines in the park. Unlike the Custom, its a bit softer, yet not as soft as a Hero or Blunt. My fav Burton board to hit the big lines in the park with a few jibs here and there. Not press friendly due to flex and shape, but still definitely possible if you got the technique down. Would love to see Burton offer this board in more camber/reverse camber profiles!
"Near perfect, except for the bladder!" 5/3/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Tactic Pack
  • Pros:  Perfect design for skiers/snowboarders, Streamlime,
  • Cons:  1500cu might be small for some backcountry trips, Bladder is hard to place into bag!,

Experience:   The Dakine Tactic is a near perfect bag for skier and snowboarders alike (hard to find a bag suitable for both sports!). The diagnose carrying system for skis is innovative and works very well. Boards are strapped up nice and tight for boarders. Straps are small and streamline, which is good in some cases but hard to use with gloves. The biggest design flaw with this bag is the bladder. It is so hard to put into the bag once filled, that it is better to leave it in there to fill up.
"Great board, but I prefer Parkstar" 4/30/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 K2 Turbo Dream
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Similar to Indoor Surival/Sierrascope, Rocker is very playful yet versatile,
  • Cons:  Parkstar excels in more areas,

Experience:   This board reminds me very much of the Sierrascope/Indoor surival from Capita. Similar reverse camber profile, allowing for catch-free riding all over the mountain. Slightly stiffer in the centre but the flex didn't really appeal to me as much as the Parkstar. It suffers from the same problem as the Sierrascope/Indoor, CHATTER on hardpack and groomers. Something I just did not enjoy. Excellent soft flex on the ends of the board to let you play on the slopes and park. Its a great board, but if you have the chance try to compare this back to back with the Parkstar!
"Heli Pro's little bro. Very basic" 4/20/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2008 Dakine Pilot
  • Pros:  Insulated sleeves, keeps water from freezing, Nice size for day resort riding,
  • Cons:  Very basic,

Experience:   This is the Heli Pro, stripped down and shrunk into a size perfect for day resort riding. It carries the Heli Pros nicely insulated sleeve for hydration packs, meaning frozen tubes is a thing of the past. However, Dakine has taken away some of the nice compartments from the Heli Pro, and whats left is a pretty basic pack with few compartments. Still great if you need a BASIC pack for day resort riding. Would like to have seen more compartments and features carried down from the heli pro though.
"Extremely comfy. Long length and baggy arms" 4/16/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Tech Flannel
  • Pros:  Warmth, Softness of flannel, Durable
  • Cons:  Long length, Baggy arms,

Experience:   The flannel material is A+ quality. Very soft against the skin and provides ample warmth. Great for wearing out and around the house. the only thing I don't like about this is the long length.I 'm 5'7 and the small feels long on me :(. Its not to bad if you like the baggy look. However, the worse thing about this imo is the baggy arms, especially around the bicep area. Looks like you can fit a melon in the loose baggyness. Would love to see this flannel in a more fashionable cut next year. For now, I wear this around the house 7 days a week
"A soft V-rocker" 4/14/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Blunt
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Soft V-rocker, fun,
  • Cons:  Sketchy at speeds,

Experience:   Rode these with Triads and they were a good pair. Soft enough combo to take to the park and play around on the ground, while not so soft that you can't go fast on groomers. On hard pack/ice, it was real sketchy, very loose and felt like I didn't have an edge at times. Good alternative to those looker for a softer board then the Custom V-Rocker
"Classic Custom" 4/14/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Custom
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Perfect all-mountain flex,
  • Cons:  Not as playful as V-rocker,

Experience:   The Custom has always been tailored as the perfect all-mountain board. A solid mid-stiff flex, it lets you charge groomers, powder and anything you through at it. Hit kickers, hit jibs (although, its not easy to press), just about anything in the park it can handle. Edge hold seems more solid this year them previous years, I have a feeling they stiffened it slightly. Will always be one of my favorite camber boards.
"Excellent low profile stomp" 4/8/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2006 Dakine Mountain Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  Low profile, Good grip, Glue is durable
  • Cons:  Easily covered,

Experience:   A great low profile stomp pad with good grip (not the best, but adequate). Best for non powder/snow days, as it gets covered by snow very easily due to the low profile. Hard to remove snow compared to some other stomp pads.
"High profile, excellent grip" 4/8/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2006 Dakine Venom Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  Excellent grip,
  • Cons:  High profile,

Experience:   A large, high profile stomp pad. Grip is certainly not a problem, probably the best grip of any stomp pad I used. Really stands out on a board, so don't get it if you want to be subtle.
"Fab burton park stick" 4/8/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (3) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Fix
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Party rocker is mad!,
  • Cons:  Too soft for all mountain, Washy,

Experience:   Easily my favorite dedicated park board from burton. Flex is similar to 09, nice a soft, easy to butter without having to fight hard against it. Made even better this year with party rocker, its almost catch free whatever you do! A bity 'washy' feeling in hard pack, but use that to your advantage and do some gnarly ground tricks!. Not a board built for speed!
"My favorite fleece" 4/7/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 North Face Tka 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip
  • Pros:  Thin, but warm, Perfect 2nd layer, Does not pill

Experience:   How often do you find a fleece that is thin yet warm, doesn't pill in the wash and best of all, fits and looks great! No super short torsos or extra long arms, this is just right. The fleece is thin as the name/weight suggest. Great as a layering piece or on its own around the house. After 10 washes I have yet to see any signs of pilling like other fleece jackets.
"Improvement from last years. A softer Custom" 4/7/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton The Hero Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Better edge hold then last year,
  • Cons:  Does not perform on ice,

Experience:   A much improved board from last years model, which I found too soft and had average to bad edge hold on any hard groomer surface. The Hero still retains the nice quality flex with the V-rocker. Stability has been improved in this years model. It certainly feels much like a softer Custom V-rocker. So its great if you intend to do more park and/or ground tricks.
"Vents are so" 4/6/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Giro G10 MX Snowboard Helmet Men's
  • Pros:  Venting options are great,
  • Cons:  Brim is not practical,

Experience:   Have always loved the G10 and Giro helmets. Best options for vents from any helmet company. The Brim seems to be more aesthetics rather then being practical. Did not find any sun protection apart from sun directly above your head at noon.
"Wong sizing!" 4/2/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Foursquare Wong Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  Heaps baggy!,
  • Cons:  Not the warmest pair, Average contruction,

Experience:   F' me these pants are massive, even for Foursquare standards. Would have thought Special Blend make baggy pants, these top it! A size small felt like a size large, you could fit a 34 waist into them. Length was longer then average aswell compared to SB and 686 pants I own. The construction is basic. Thin outer material and minimal insulation. Would recommend a nice thermal under these at least. I would recommend spending a bit extra to get the Foursqaure Q pants, with slightly higher construction and surprisingly a better fit!
"Solid contruction and great fit" 4/2/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2008 Giro G10 Snowboard Helmet
  • Pros:  Excellent lining, Enough vents, Warm earmuffs
  • Cons:  Earmuffs are a bit tight,

Experience:   G10 is a great helmet that would please most people looking at a quality helmet. Excellent construction, nice lining, enough vents (but not as many as the Giro Fuse) and warm earmuffs. Found the earmuffs to be a bit right/squeeze on my head, especially with Tuneups (which are crap, stick with the regular earmuffs).
"'Just right' Fit, not too big or small" 4/2/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Smith Phenom Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Average profile. Great looks, Sensor mirror very versatile,
  • Cons:  Not for small nose bridges,

Experience:   The Sensor mirror is a versatile lens in average to bright conditions. Will struggle with contrast some what in very flat or low light, however will still be better then the platinum or very light blocking lenses. The frame itself is of average size. So great if you don't want a uber small lens or massive goggles. Straps have plenty of length to fit over helmets.....unlike Oakleys!
"Fantastic contruction, great features" 4/2/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Heli Pro Womens
  • Pros:  Insulted hyrdro sleeve, never get frozen tubes, Right amount of compartments, Perfect size for day trips

Experience:   The Dakine Heli's have always been my favorite backpack along with the Backcountry Access series. Plenty of features with the snowboarder/skier in mind. Insulated sleeve so you never get frozen tubes from the hydration packs. Not a whole lot of excessive straps to get caught in chairlifts. A+ quality construction that will last you many seasons. Good size for day trips, not for any serious backcountry trips.
"Same experience as others!" 4/1/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Dakine Cross Studs
  • Pros:  Look cool....for the first minute they stay on,
  • Cons:  Say good bye after a run,

Experience:   Thought I'd take the plunge even after reading all these negative reviews, hoping that maybe a new batch has arrived and fixed the adhesive problem......NOPE! DO NOT BUY unless you want to say good bye to the studs after a run. This is one product I think Sierra should pull from the shelves or even start a recall :(
"Another sweet SB baggy jacket" 4/1/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Special Blend Brigade
  • Pros:  Baggy fit, Impressive colorway, Nice features
  • Cons:  Hood small for some helmets,
  • Jacket Fit:  Too big
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Baggy!

Experience:   Another massive baggy jacket from Special Blend. I always order a size down and still find it very roomy. Nice length at the arms and backs. The hood strangely enough feels a bit small compared to some other jackets. Hardly fit over my Giro helmet. Shame because I would have kept this jacket :(. The grape colour is actually more loud in person. Certainly gets attention!
"Great idea!" 4/1/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 686 Luella Snow Tool Womens
  • Pros:  Never have to carry multitool again, Stylish,
  • Cons:  Hard to get torque, Can't wear it onto airplanes,

Experience:   A lovely idea and invention from 686. I have the mens version and its fantastic for those who always forget to bring a multitool upto the mountain. The toolbits are well constructed and you'll forget they are there on the belt, that's how well interegrated they are. When using the tools however, it certainly requires more effort then a regular screwdriver, as there is no proper handle and it twist and turns alot. Enough to do the job in an emergency situation, but not good for using it to setup bindings or more serious use. Don't forget not to wear this belt through metal detectors at the airport! You will have alot of explaining to do to security officials. Almost had this belt confiscated :(
"Nice basic pair, great lens" 3/31/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Smith Scope Graphic
  • Pros:  Ignitor lens is very good,
  • Cons:  Small FOV,

Experience:   A great pair of goggles for first time buyers. Lens is very versatile for all conditions, except maybe very flat light due to the mirror finish. I found it didn't contrast the surface as well as amber lens. Still a great lens to take out in most conditions.
"Wide FOV" 3/31/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Von Zipper Dojo
  • Pros:  Similar to Feenom, but cheaper,
  • Cons:  Not as polished as Feenoms,

Experience:   Likes its bigger brother, the Feenom, this pair of VOn Zips offers a wide FOV. Much better then similar prices competitors. Lens are durable and will last if care is maintained. Fit is for Medium to large heads.
"Massive peripheral vision!" 3/31/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2010 Von Zipper Feenom
  • Pros:  Wide FOV, Big profile,
  • Cons:  Not for smaller heads,

Experience:   Fantastic goggles and lens combos. Has not fogged or missed a beat. Have found the lens to be more durable then Oakley. The wide FOV is fantastic along with the big profile of the goggles. No more gaper heads with helmets. Not a pair for people with small heads or low nose bridges.
"Almost perfect shell" 3/30/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Quiksilver Everblast Snowboard Jacket
  • Pros:  Perfect spring shell,
  • Cons:  Windproofing could be better,

Experience:   This is my favorite shell for 2010. Mad colourways, perfect fit for snowboarders and very lightweight. It would have been perfect if was just a bit better at windproofing. Even with a few layers on I could def feel the wind coming through at times. Can't really compare with a high-end North Face shell but then again, you're paying 1/4 the this looks heaps cooler.
"Long arms, long length." 3/30/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Poacher
  • Pros:  Good for baggy fit,
  • Cons:  Arms a little longer then I like,

Experience:   Arms are a little longer then I generally like. Adds to the steeze factor though, but sometimes can be a hindrance. Survived drizzle and rain. Fabric is good, not much of a plastic feel to it like some other cheap jackets. Very decent for the money
"Wet, wet, wet!" 3/29/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Profile
  • Pros:  Good looking,
  • Cons:  Waterproofing is poor,

Experience:   They look good, are decently priced, but really aren't that waterproof especially when compared to the Goretex models. I would say they are ok for Spring, but then again, its a bit warm for spring condition. So wear these gloves if there is no rain forecast, but if there is, get another pair! Still recovering from frostbite (exaggerating a bit, but you get the point). Recommend for a casual snow visitor, but not a 10+ day shredder.
"Great value for money" 3/29/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Gore Under
  • Pros:  Goretex....need I say more?, Decent build quality,

Experience:   A very reliable glove for all weather conditions (bar the heavy rain downpour, but hardly any snowboard glove wouldn't get soaked). Very true to fit, no super long fingers like Dakine gloves. Build quality is very decent with no seams splitting or palm wearing out after a season. Same can't be said about Burton's cheaper model, 'Profile'.
"Lightest helmet on the market!" 3/29/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Smith Maze
  • Pros:  Lightest helmet on the market, Low profile,
  • Cons:  Doesn't feel as protective as some other helmets, Ear pads feel big,

Experience:   This helmet is so light, that my beanie sometimes feels heavier then this! I rocked Giro's top model Fuse and Omen's and neither of them felt as snug or lightweight as this helmet. The only advantage the Giros have are the vent options, but the Smith MAze still doesn't let you down. Its vent does well enough to minimize goggle fog and to make sure your head doesn't cook. Great low profile look. Ear pads do tend to stick out though, thats the only minor point. This is absolutely the BEST helmet I have ever worn, and I've pretty much tried them all!
"Sketchy....FUN!" 3/26/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Signal Park Rocker
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Loose, playful ride, Presses by default,
  • Cons:  Sketchy,

Experience:   Lean forward, and you'll be doing a nose press by default. The rocker is so extreme you can actually see it visibly even when riding. As expected, grip and edging on hard pack was pretty poor and even at moderate speeds it felt sketchy. Handled small jumps ok but anything bigger and it easy to revert when landing spins.
"Pants for extreme conditions" 3/26/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Burton AK 3L Hover
  • Pros:  Fantastic waterproofing,
  • Cons:  Quality issues,

Experience:   If you want pants for some nasty weather, this is it. Had pants that are 10k, 15k, 20k, 25k rating, yet I always find Goretex to be the best in terms of waterproofing and breathability. Sure, its hyped up and a 'brand name' fabric but it does the job and does it well!. These pants are good fit, not too baggy, nice technical look to them. My buttons however fell off and had to be stitched back in. Pretty disappointing for such an expensive pair of pants, especially when my regular Burton Cargo's don't experience the same issues.
"Baggy, but nice!" 3/26/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Cargo Snowboard Pants Men's
  • Pros:  Baggy fit,
  • Cons:  Long for shorties like me,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Baggy steez

Experience:   Every year I have a pair of Burton Cargos. They are quality pants that hold up for an entire season of abuse. I do find them baggy, so order true to size for a baggy fit. The length is quite long, so for people with short inseams I recommend getting a shorter pair of pants or invest in a damn good belt. Only sign of wear is the cuff at the bottom due to scraping when walking. Arse and knees are holding up well.
"Well thought out pack" 3/22/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Heli Pro - 20L
  • Pros:  Lots of storage space, Pockets, features, Minimal straps

Experience:   Dakine have always produced great packs and luggage. Pack has heaps of room for daytrips. Pockets and layout is well thought out. One thing I love most about this pack is the minimal straps compared to some other 'snowboard' bags. Too many straps = stuck in chairlifts. Haven't had one problem with chairlifts with this pack.
"Average binding" 3/19/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Custom
  • Pros:  Works in all conditions, Easily adjustable,
  • Cons:  Performance isn't the best, Feels cheap,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   You get what you pay for. Unlike the higher end Burtons the parts (especially toe-strap) feel cheap. They do their jobs, and can be taken all mountain but doesn't really excel in any department. Good for beginner to intermediate rider with a mellow setup who does groomers. Push its limits, and it won't like it.
"$1 bargain. Crazy style" 3/19/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Special Blend Get Rad Bandana
  • Pros:  Purple suits many outfits,
  • Cons:  Won't keep the wind and cold out,

Experience:   Cool bandanna but won't keep the wind or cold out. I recommend for Spring riding or when windchill is not low.
"A bit tight for large heads" 3/17/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Coal The Code Head Band
  • Pros:  Looks mad cool, Fabric is nice and not itchy,
  • Cons:  Tight for big heads,
  • Fit:  Too small
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  Tight

Experience:   Looks great, feels great on the skin/head, but tight fit for larger then average heads.
"Springtime only" 3/17/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Tahoe Womens
  • Pros:  Looks great, Cheap,
  • Cons:  Not very warm, Not very waterproof,

Experience:   Light drizzle would get these gloves wet, especially if you have your palms on the ground a fair bit like most snowboarders. Lovely looking gloves but the construction is very basic. Has held up well to average use over a week, but can't imagine it lasting more then a season.
"Good Value - Average gloves" 3/17/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Bronco Glove
  • Pros:  Good value at discount, Warm in most conditions, Medium profile
  • Cons:  Not great waterproofing,

Experience:   A very nice medium profile gloves which don't feel bulky or restrictive. However, the waterproofing isn't the best and will get soaked in rainy conditions. Average pair of gloves, nothing flash. Will work good in most conditions.
"Great Fit, Quality construction" 3/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 686 Acc Fuse Snowboard Pants Men's
  • Pros:  Great fit, Quality construction,
  • Cons:  Simple pants, no cool 'extra's,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  True to size. Not baggy, not slim

Experience:   A simple pair of high quality pants from 686. Fit is perfect for those who don't want slim or baggy. yes....NORMAL! Lime colour is wicked green. Average insulation but low profile so you can wear layers underneath very easily. Still holding up well even after a couple of lengthy bum skids :)
"Excellent stomp pad" 3/15/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Spade
  • Pros:  Chicks love it,
  • Cons:  A bit small,

Experience:   My partner loves this stomp pad on her board. The clear is unobtrusive and doesn't hide the boards graphics. You can hardly tell its there. The spikes are SPIKY and grip very well. Only negative is that its a bit small in terms of area covered. It still grips well, but more real estate would be nice as well.
"Buy two" 3/15/2010
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  • Name: 2006 Dakine Vapor Snowboard Stomp
  • Pros:  Looks great, Sticky,
  • Cons:  High profile,

Experience:   Didn't really enjoy this stomp pad. It was weird combitnation of being very thin but very high profile (height wise), that would raise your boot up a bit from the board. Didn't give as great control as more low profile stomp pads.
"Cheap, stylish." 3/15/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Forum Destroyer Bandana
  • Pros:  Cheap, Stylish,
  • Cons:  Not warm, Not wind-proof,

Experience:   These are cheap and stylish and all. But like other bandanna's, its just for show and style. It won't keep you warm like a fleece lined bandanna or gaiter, and regardless of what others say, it wont act as a wind barrier either. For $.99, can't complain!
"Overhyped, but still good" 3/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Union Contact
  • Pros:  Nice Flex,
  • Cons:  Crappy Toe-strap,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I wanted to like these bindings, after all the hype I read about Unions. I just don't find the hype justified. While the tech sounds impressive on paper, it just doesn't translate aesthetically to the bindings in real life. Buckles looked and felt cheap. Things loosened up after a weekend of riding (yes, you could use loctite but other bindings don't have the same issue). And the toe strap......oh the toe-strap. Some say it works great on their boots, but as with other reviews, it just SUCKS on certain brands and shapes of boots. To me, that's a major downer. Other companies have designed a toe-strap versatile enough to fit on the majority of boots, but Union it seems only fit on a far smaller number of boots. Onto the actual 'ride' side of things. These are good soft bindings. Flex was predictable and very fun to play with once you get the hang of it. It's well cushioned ride and very damp. You either love it or hate it. I loved it in park and didn't like it so much on hard charging (felt slushy at times).
"Great advancement to the legendary Custom" 3/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Custom V-Rocker
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,Park,Powder,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Solid construction,
  • Cons:  ICS ,

Experience:   The original cambered Custom has been a staple in the snowboarding world. I, like many others, started their snowboarding on this popular Burton board. However, despite it being a great board, the cambered Custom lacked the playfulness of other boards in the market. Soon, many would ditch the Custom for softer boards or as seen in the past few years, reverse camber boards like the Skate Banana. It would such great news to hear Burton was adding the V-rocker to the Custom. Now you have the great qualities of the Custom (its predictable flex pattern, pop,etc) with the advantages of a catch free ride thanks to the V-rock. Have found the V-rocker stable at speeds on groomers, still retains its solid pop and edge hold was very good, with only a few slip outs on icy surfaces. Flex is still mid-stiff even with the V-rocker, so don't expect it to be a buttery board by default, you really need to put effort into butters and presses more so then soft park orientated boards. The v-rock has certainly helped to be catchfree and more playful on the tips and tails.

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