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ozmotion Name chris
Location new brunswick, NJ, US
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Gender: Male
Age: 114
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Experience  
Years Riding: 10
Average Days/Year: 10
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: freeride
Preferred Terrain: park, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'9, 165 lbs
Board Size: 158
Boot Size: 9
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: East Coast
Location: New Jersey
Resort: Mountain Creek
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"One of the best helmet values" 5/19/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Giro G10 Snowboard Helmet
  • Pros:  Adjustable retention system, Adjustable vents ,

Experience:   I've owned or tried on several G10 series helmets starting from around 2006 or so. They've built a legacy of successful design, with some small incremental improvements or styling changes each year. They all come with adjustable vents for temperature management which is important because you want to be able to stay cool with your helmet on, and not be tempted to take it off when you start to warm up. The 2008 model offered on this site is my first recommendation to friends looking for a helmet. It's one of the earliest G10 models to offer the adjustable retention system, which in my opinion was the only critical improvement to be made on the G10 over the past several years. Since it's a little bit old, you get a great value. It'll stay on your head, fit well, and protect your head. And that's really all you need.
"Keeps you high and dry" 7/13/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton TWC
  • Pros:  Very breathable, Long wrist cuffs, Flexible palm

Experience:   These TWCs use the DryRide 'insane membrane' 2.0 which is more breathable than the 1.0 version, with about the same waterproofness. In terms of breathability the construction is one of the best besides the models using Gore-Tex. The palm is waterproofed leather as opposed to synthetic material like on many leather gloves, which seems to help it breathe better. Also, the wrist cuffs extend pretty far, which is important for keeping snow out because it lets your jacket cuffs get a secure cinch over them.
"Good value " 7/13/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Moto
  • Pros:  Comfortable fit and flex, Speed-lacing ,
  • Cons:  Low durability, Low response,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  soft
  • Shoe Size:  9
  • Boot Size:  9

Experience:   Burton's latest iteration of its speedzone lacing system is incorporated into the Moto, and it makes putting these on a breeze. Once you're in, you're treated to a really comfortable ride with soft padding throughout and flexible outsole. It's a mellow flex like the description says, which isn't going to impress any performances junkies who want response, but it makes up for this shortcoming in comfort. It might actually be one of the most comfortable boots I've ever ridden in. Most days I ride stiffer boots for the response and high-speed stability, but sometimes if my feet hurt or I'm just going easy with beginner friends, I strap these on to give my feet a break. They have their place in even the experienced-rider's collection. It should be mentioned, though, that due to the soft padding, these boots tend to pack down rather easily. Because of this, the lacing will tend to loosen over the course of a day, and you might have to retighten every so often (this wasnt terribly annoying). Also, they won't last as long as pricier boots, but at this price point it's still an excellent value.

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snow-man
how did you get size 9



"Low profile laptop bag" 7/12/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Gravis Metro
  • Pros:  Numerous compartments, Compact size , Padded laptop sleeve
  • Cons:  Unlaminated zippers,

Experience:   This is a fairly well-built pack with padded laptop sleeve and a whole host of zippered compartments that each have a number of organizing dividers. It's basically a commuter bag for someone who needs their laptop and electronics accessories with them - ipods, cameras, memory cards, power cables, and the such. It's very useful for organizing a lot of small items, and by keeping the main compartment tight, the whole package is slim and low profile. On that same note, this bag isn't ideal if you have a lot of bulky items to carry. Gravis says its volume is 25L, which is about 1500 cubic inches (the unit that most backpacks quote their size in). To give you an idea of the size, the smallest backpacks that Jansport makes (those generic-looking ones) are 1500-1900 cu in. For a day's worth of textbooks you'll want something closer to 2500 cu in.
"Good standard sock" 7/12/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Buffer
  • Pros:  Low profile fit, Moisture wicking fabric,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  Snug, accurate fit

Experience:   These socks fit well. I wear a size medium in my normal socks, and a size medium is a very similar fit in the Buffers. When I first started riding, most of the snowboard socks I owned were thick and padded very heavily. These days, the emphasis is on the boot to provide the warmth, and having a relatively thin, low-profile sock to provide moisture wicking with a comfortable layer that fits snug to prevent chafing or rubbing on the skin. The Buffers are made in this style and work as promised. They're sturdy and mildew-resistant enough that i can ride them for a few days without them getting grimey.
"Standard large-ish goggle" 7/12/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Giro Roots Goggles
  • Pros:  Triple layer , Extended strap anchors,

Experience:   This goggle will fit medium-to-large faces, as the frame is on the larger size. I've got an medium average-sized face, and it fits well; the large frame doesn't cause any fit issues, but actually is a plus as it improves peripheral vision. I paired it with a Giro G10, and the fit was actually quite good, but you might want to try it with your own helmet to make sure the goggle doesn't push the helmet up. The strap anchors are extended a bit outwards, and I think these help relieve pressure points a bit.
"Does the job, but other options are better" 5/25/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Dakine Cool Tool
  • Pros:  5 interchangable bits, small size,
  • Cons:  not pocket-friendly, no storage space for 5th bit,

Experience:   This is a small snowboard tool with 5 interchangeable bits, 4 of which slide into the handle, the last of which stays on the head. If you want to be carrying all 5 bits with you, it means that the 5th bit will remain on the head, which is not going to be safe sitting in your pocket. So I guess it's meant for the board-bag, but then if thats the case, they should have made the tool bigger to make the work easier. Not to mention, there's no place to put the wrench! If you're going to grab this cheap tool, i'd recommend keeping just the 1 or 2 bits you actually need, in the handle, and just bringing it on the slopes.
"Average pipe gloves" 5/17/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Ronin Piste Off
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Excellent grip,
  • Cons:  Palm material may be uncomfortable,

Experience:   Pipe gloves should be form fitting with a subtle stretch to them, so that you can maximize the extra dexterity you get from a low profile glove. They should also have some grippy material on the palm that provides traction without adding bulk. These are not bad, but the palm material is this sort of fully-rubberized leather material that kind of bunches up around the fingers, leading to slight discomfort. The grip is awesome, though.
"Good compact day pack" 2/28/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Day Hiker 20L SS Pack
  • Pros:  Water reservoir pocket, Fleece lined goggle pocket,

Experience:   A simple basic day pack. Not too much storage but you want to keep things light so you stay maneuverable out on the slopes. There's pockets for necessities including snow shovel and goggles. Two straps hold your board down in the back.
"Does the job well. " 2/27/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2007 Dakine Replacement Snowboard Files
  • Pros:  Inexpensive, Effective,
  • Cons:  No adjustments on the tool,

Experience:   This file is gonna be good enough for at least about 90% of riders out there. You can get more expensive sharpeners that let you swap out different 'grits' of files, and adjust the angle of the bevel, but unless you're super picky about that sorta thing, this will do just fine. As you can see, the replacement files are inexpensive.
"Mediocre" 2/27/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 2XL Spoke Earbuds
  • Pros:  You may like the styling,
  • Cons:  Poor construction, Poor sound quality,

Experience:   These are shallow in-ear buds, which is to say they don't go that deeply into the ear, so the isolation is not that great. 3 different sized tips come with the package to help you adjust the fit. I didn't find them any better or worse than Skullcandy Smoking Buds, probably because they're rebranded Skullcandy buds. The sound is pretty bad. I could see someone getting these only if they really dig the looks of them.
"A travel wallet" 2/27/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Gravis Terminal
  • Pros:  Sized to fit travel documents, Eases organization,

Experience:   This item had no description or details at the time of this review, so I can fill in some info here. This is basically a passport wallet. It has an exterior pocket probably meant for a boarding pass, and several interior pockets that hold a passport, driver's license, etc. Measurements are about 9.75 x 5.5. Nothing particularly special about the materials or construction.
"Reliable style, if anything" 2/27/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Nike 6.0 Dunk Shoes Men's
  • Pros:  Durable upper,

Experience:   Whats to review in a shoe? Not much really, for a relaxed pair like this you either like the style or not. The fit is casual, which is to say it's a little wider than typical Nike sneakers, which tend to run narrow. So if you've got wide feet and usually avoid Nike for that reason, you can still consider giving these a try.
"priced just about right" 8/16/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Skullcandy Smokin Buds
  • Pros:  colorful styling, if thats your thing, decent sound, cheap

Experience:   These have been around for a while, every year they come out with new looks but they sound about the same. It's not bad and the average listener won't have any complaints, but nothing special. Get these if you like how they look. Oh and the construction is a little bit on the cheap side.
"Simple and easy protection" 7/13/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Rome Bowery
  • Pros:  One-piece construction, Easy-flexing palm,
  • Cons:  Painted finish will wear quickly,

Experience:   This is a no-nonsense mid-range glove that will keep you warm in dry in average conditions. Very cold weather will demand an additional liner, and under very wet weather, the leather and liner will become saturated and allow moisture buildup. For a typical day, though, it offers the simplicity of a single piece construction (no fiddling with liners). The decorative paint on the glove is not so durable and will show wear very quickly, but this is only cosmetic.
"A solid case for your old iPod" 7/12/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Gravis AV
  • Pros:  Clear layer protects iPod screen,
  • Cons:  Awkward shape,

Experience:   If you're considering this wallet you should keep in mind that it was designed for the 1st and 2nd generation iPod Nanos. The later generations are a different form-factor and won't squeeze into the space. Also, this is basically a standard folding wallet with a iPod case on the side of it. Convenient for keeping everything together, but you'll have a very hard time fitting it in your pocket.
"Retro Kitsch" 5/21/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Analog Skool Dayz
  • Pros:  Unique graphic print wash,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  True to size

Experience:   These are as they appear in the photo - boardshort cut and function with a mock washed-denim appearance printed on the fabric. Another reviewer felt that these ran small. To elaborate, the waist fits true to size, but the length seemed short, almost to the point of being a bit flamboyant. All part of the cut-denim-short styling, I guess. NOTE, however, that two inseam lengths are available. I tried the 16 which was too short for my taste, but the 22 inseam is cut more like a typical boardshort. Most people will probably prefer the 22. Function is typical of boardshorts, with the added bonus that the back pocket is zippered. Velcro is annoying!
"Looks good, fairly useful" 5/10/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Dakine Mega Blaster Snowboard Tool
  • Pros:  Multiple tips , Ratcheting driver,
  • Cons:  Loose storage panels, Bulkiness,

Experience:   This is ratcheting driver with interchangeable bits dressed up to look like a space-gun type thing. The unfortunate points are that the plastic panels that store and conceal the bits do not snap closed very securely, and the bulk of the tool itself means that you can't bring it with your comfortably on the slopes. So, although it's a bit prettier, it's not much more useful than keeping a cheap wally-mart screwdriver in your bag. Considering its discounted price, though, good deal.

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