Cons: I can only go three days, They're going to run out of booze, Their hot tub can't fit 78 people
I didn't get to go last year but I saw photos of Matt there and he looked pretty happy. Judging by the overwhelming enthusiasm of the community, I'd say this is going to be quite the jump off. I'm just hoping that we get dumped on so that someone lets me become a man and ride a board larger than 155...I can't deal with the antagonizing of Jenn anymore.
Cons: Base Dries Out Quickly, Topsheet Chips Easily,
I've now been riding Capita boards for over a year and have been very happy with their performance; the Ultrafear FK and the Stairmaster have been my two primary quiver boards until I picked up this beast in a 152. I was given the board after it had been demoed and the base was a bit dry to I gave it a nice wax and headed to the hill. I was incredibly impressed with how fast the board was, how well it held an edge, and how stable it was even at higher speeds; apparently the carbon between the inserts really made a difference. Being a jib board, I thought it was only appropriate to take some park laps. Snappy, great swing weight, and uber playful; at first I thought the board would be too flexible but I was quite wrong.
The only qualm I had with this board was the same that I have with most Capita boards; the topsheet quality was sub par. I understand that boards are meant to be ridden and destroyed but I don't feel as though this should be the case after a few runs. Also, after a day of riding the base was practically bone dry.
With that being said, they Sierrascope has been one of my favorite 2010 decks and would be an incredible addition to any board fiends quiver; just don't forget to pick up a few bars of wax with your order!
As always, 686 does not disappoint. I've been riding their gear for a few seasons and I have to say that this jacket is my favorite so far. 15k water resistant, breathable, stylish, plenty of stash pockets, and roomy. I've ridden the jacket with just a base layer underneath in the teens with snow a'dumping and was still very comfortable; I feel like their materials are a bit less porous this year.
While I must admit that I am a fan of the slimmer more European cut clothing, I still enjoyed the Index; I figure they're just giving me room for a hoodie underneath for added style points. The only qualm that I have with this jacket is the price point...sure it's a great jacket that will last you years and years but the $300 price tag initially deterred me. However, when compared to comparable products from companies such as Burton, it's not too bad.
If you're looking for a high quality product that will be sure to make all the women at the lodge flock to your table don't hesitate to pick up the index!
Pros: Durable, lightweight, Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Popular model, Strong edgehold, Great value, Popular on mountain, Well known brand
Great all around board. A little stiff when I got it but after a few laps it was as soft and poppy as I could've ever asked for. In my few days on the board I managed to hit quite a few rocks and there are only minor scrapes as a result. I've ridden this board while hitting boxes and at a centered stance in 2 foot powder...both situations were easily handled. The graphic isn't too bad to look at either.
Description: WEATHER: Spring Day, Blue Bird Powder Day, Cloudy and Cold, Cold and Blustery Day, Snow and Rain Mixed, Sleet, Storming and White Out, LEG: Baggy, WAIST: Feels true to size, INSEAM: Feels true to length,
I bought this pants on a whim at the beginning of the season as I was headed out for the mountain one day. At first they seemed like the perfect fit just a tad bit baggy for my liking. I took them to canada with me and was riding in -40 weather with just these and a baselayer on and was fine. Over the course of 3 months, they developed a small tear in the butt area which eventually let water in and froze the area. I really like four square in general but I think I'll stick with another company as far as pants go.
Pros: Durable, lightweight, Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Popular model, Strong edgehold, Stiff
I bought this board to serve primarily as my backcountry board as it is known to be pretty stiff. When I took it on the mountain I was surprised by how poppy it was and how fun it was even in the park. The board is very fast, holds a great edge, rather durable, and it looks good. The only negative I saw with this board was the price point but since I got it on sale for under $200 it wasn't a big deal at all.
Pros: Adjustability, Easy in & out, Boot hold, Durable, Good construction quality, Lightweight, Comfortable, Well known brand, Popular model, Easy installation
Fit: fits fine
I bought a pair of Cadet DLX's for my first setup and I fell in love with the Union company. I have had a few minor problems with bindings (loose screws, ripping straps, etc.) and the company sent me out a handful of new parts. After I purchased a second setup I wanted another pair of bindings and at $75(yeah...not a typo), I grabbed a pair of Forces. The overall construction of the binding is phenomenal. Just holding the binding in your hand you can tell that it's built to last. It's a great all mountain binding and will never cease to impress.
Description: WEATHER: Spring Day, Cloudy and Cold, Storming and White Out, CHEST: Feels true to size, BODY: Feels true to length, INSEAM: Feels true to length,
Since I saw this jacket in teal I knew it was the one for me. A friend of mine had it in black, tried it on, and fell in love. With the liner attached the jacket is perfect for a sub zero day with only a base layer being necessary (I wore the jacket in -40 wind chill weather in Canada and was fine). If it's a little warmer out you just unzip the liner and pull down pitzips and you're good to go.
The jacket is a bit longer than most but nothing absurd. One of my favorite aspects of the jacket was the amount of pockets; from cell phones to keys there's a pocket for just about everything...they're even labeled for those who've had a bit too much to smoke on the lift ride up the mountain.
The only downfall I saw on this jacket was that after a 1/2 season of riding the seams on the side have begun to wear and rip...nothing too serious.
Sure the jacket is a little expensive but in reality you get what you pay for here..quality.
I'm generally not too big on wearing a helmet (stupid I know) but at certain resorts its a necessity. I picked up one of the Traces before my trip out to Canada a few months back. Even in -40 weather the helmet was beyond warm. You also can't hate on the price point..picked mine up new for about $40. If you need to rock a helmet don't miss out on this deal.
Description: LEG: Relaxed, WAIST: Feels true to size, INSEAM: Feels true to length,
Finally a pair of pants that you don't swim in. I've had a few different companies and I've always hated the massively baggy look...I get that you need mobility but only to a certain extent. These pants have a nice relaxed fit, great waterproofing, a stylish look, a ton of stash pockets, a removable liner, and don't break the bank at all. My only complaint is that I didn't buy these pants the first time around.
Pros: Heel hold, Comfortable, Easy lacing, Durable, Traction, Good quality, Warm, Breathable, Waterproofing, Easy in & out, Well known brand, Popular model
I got these boots after 12 days on the Burton Moto's. The Moto's pretty much ruined my feet creating numerous problems in my ankle as the result of poor support/pressure points. Right out of the box the Lashed fit like a glove. I couldn't be happier with the boot as a whole. I'd hands down recommend it to anyone.
Pros: Durable, lightweight, Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Strong edgehold, Great value, Soft
I have been riding on and off for a few years now but I finally decided to delve into the spot and picked up this board at the beginning of the season. I wanted more of a park board as I'm coming from a skateboarding background. With the recommendation of a friend I picked up the Kink and now 1/2 a season later I can still comfortable say that I'm in love. The board has the perfect ratio of stiffness vs softness so it performs well all mountain. It holds an edge very well and is just a great board. Highly recommended.
Like an idiot I decided to spend money of my savings on a good board/binding combo. I thought that just any boot would do but after 12 days in the Moto I've realized I couldn't have been any more wrong. The boot, overall is made rather poorly with the only good aspect being the speed lacing system. The main problem that I've experience with the boots is the arch support; or rather the lack there of. After every few runs my foot cramps up horribly and I have to completely stay off the ground in order for it to dissipate. In addition, I have also have noticed a substantial loosening of heel support after the boot has begun to pack out.
In closing, anyone thinking about saving a few bucks and skimping out on quality...don't.