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mbesp Name Michael
Location Vadnais Heights, MN, US
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Gender: Male
Age: 29
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 10
Average Days/Year: 7
Skill Level: high speed groomers
Riding Style: freeride
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 6'0, 158 lbs
Board Size: 152
Boot Size: 12
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: L
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Region: Mid West
Location: Minnesota
Resort: Afton Alps
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"Nice Stone" 1/26/2014
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Dakine Pocket Stone
  • Pros:  Small, Solid,

Experience:   Does exactly what you would expect it to do. I use it to remove burs from my edges and the stone gets a little extra work on my hockey skate blades. If you're looking for a stone for little fixes this is the one for you.
"Working for me" 3/18/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Ride DH2 Wide Snowboard 154
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomers,High Speeds
  • Pros:  Wide enough, Fairly light for size, sweet graphics
  • Cons:  slower side to side transitions,

Experience:   I grabbed this board this year as my first wide board in over 10 years. My first day out on it was a little rough. The extra width took some getting used to and I wasn't sure the board was going to work for me. When I took it out the second time the board became much more comfortable to me. I can still notice the slightly slower response edge to edge but after riding it all year it is familiar and not an issue. The board claims to have some sort of micro rocker. I cant really see this but it does seem to have a slightly looser feel that a full on traditional camber board. It is nothing like reverse camber though, and is much more stable. Pop is good and best of all no toe drag. This board will be around awhile for me, I wouldn't hesitate to give one a try.
"No Complaints" 1/26/2014
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2014 Burton Cable Snowboard Lock
  • Pros:  Lightweight, small size, easy to use

Experience:   Been using this lock for a while now and it continues to function like the day I got it. I am sure the cable would be very easy to cut if someone really wanted to get my board but it is at least it provides a good deterrent to a would be thief.
"Solid goggles" 1/29/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2012 Anon Figment Painted Goggles Blue Frost/Blue Amber Lens
  • Pros:  Smaller Frame, Really soft Foam,
  • Cons:  replacement lenses are spendy,

Experience:   I have been riding these for a year now so maybe they are a 2011 model. I have the limefish frames. I picked these goggles because the foam is extremely soft and feels really good on face and the frame itself is a little bit smaller than other frames out there right now. They fit great with my smith Holt helmet. I have not experienced any fogging with them yet. Maybe this is a common price but it seemed kind of steep at $30 for a yellow lens.
"Working great" 2/17/2011
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  • Name: 2010 Anon Figment Snowboard Goggles
  • Pros:  Very soft foam, lots of lens choices,
  • Cons:  easily fogs from breath,

Experience:   Picked up a pair of the painted limefish to work with trying out a helmet. The reason I went with the figments was after tying a bunch on in the store they seemed to be the most comfortable. I also liked how they are not extremely huge. It seems like lots of goggles are getting so big, these have a smaller profile. vision out of them is great. My only issue so far has been that my breath can fog my goggles when it bounces off my coat.
"Great board" 1/11/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Capita Ultrafear FK Snowboard - Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,Off Trail,Powder,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  Natural Feel, Light weight, Fun Graphics
  • Cons:  Top sheet easily damaged,

Experience:   This was my first venture into the reverse camber world and I was nervous that I was going to have a hard time feeling stable and making hard turns. Luckily for me this thing felt perfectly natural the first run on it. I purchased this board right before a trip to steamboat and decided to bring it and test it there. I thought it might be too short for out there. Again I was happily proven wrong by the board. Our first day of riding was in a half to a foot of powder. This board was amazing. I floated easily through the pow. During the course of the trip I got to ride through trees and on many other conditions. I found that the board was great at almost every situation I threw at it. So here is where it wasn't as nice as a cambered board. I felt less stable when trying to ride flat on cat tracks. This was greatly exaggerated when riding switch. I felt it while riding normal but it wasn't a problem. The other time it wasn't amazing was on very steep runs that were icy or very hard pack. Overall this is a great all around board.
"Great bag" 12/21/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Board Sack Snowboard Bag
  • Pros:  Padding, Shoulder Strap, I enjoy the pattern

Experience:   I got this bag to use for travel. I have taken it on the plane and it made it through unscathed and protected my board as well. Mostly i just use it when driving to local hills. I can fit multiple boards in the bag easily if I take the bindings off all but one of the boards. These things are so cheap I am considering picking up another one. The bag comes with a couple small zipper bags that attach to the inside via clips to stick boots and other misc. gear in. Overall it is a great bag.
"Who doesn't like cats?" 12/15/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Artec Laura Hadar Snowboard Women's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds
  • Pros:  Great ride, Nice and Light,
  • Cons:  None,

Experience:   This is the board my GF rides. The initial purchase was heavily swayed by the fact that there are cats on the board. She got a 150 which was slightly longer and wider than the burton feather she had prior. After getting used to it she loves it. She says it rides perfect and is nice and light. Great board with awesome graphics.
"Solid performer" 12/15/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Union Trilogy Womens
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Solid construction,
  • Cons:  Strap Screws come loose super fast., Straps are kind of short depending on boot.,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   These were a gift for my GF. She has been using them for a year now. I got her the M/L size and she wears a size 8 boot. I had to set the binding to the biggest settings so she could get the straps around the boots. A second issue is that the straps screws constantly unscrew themselves. The little washer in there doesn't seem to be doing it's job. Will have to put some locktight in there to try and stop the problem. They can pretty much back themselves all the way out in 3 hours of use. Luckily we noticed it early on and never had one completely fall off. She originally complained about some difficulty getting the ratchety strap onto the other strap but she seems to have gotten used to them and it isn't an issue anymore. She Enjoys the bindings and once we get the screw backing out issue solved everything should be great. Maybe someday i'll find a mens size non-ratchet side strap to put on there. They are comfortable and responsive.
"Good gift" 12/15/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Sapphire Snowboard Boots
  • Pros:  Comfy, Soft pink fuzzy inside, cute pattern, easy to get on and off, super warm
  • Cons:  Weird ankle cup puts foot to sleep.,
  • Fit:  stiff
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  8
  • Boot Size:  8

Experience:   I purchased these boots for my GF as a gift. She has been happy with them. I got her the white with kinda patchworky look. One issue was that her bindings were bleeding color onto the white parts. This is probably an issue with the bindings but just something to think about before getting white boots. The main issue she had is with the ankle spot. for some reason I have yet to figure out, they make my feet fall asleep. I can’t tell if it’s the “heal/ankle padding” or the general shape, but I’ve figured a way around it anyway. I have to tie them on the more looser side to avoid foot zzz’s. this of course makes my heals pop out of the fit a little when I’m riding. I’ve grown used to it now.
"TM-Two" 3/3/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 32 TM Two
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Heel hold, Comfortable
  • Cons:  Uncomfortable
  • Fit:  heel is snug

Experience:   So I have only gone out with these boots one day so far. My right foot was extremely comfortable all day and I had zero issues with it. My left foot on the other hand was having some trouble with a pressure point on the top of my foot and it was gettin all tingly. I went in and took it off and put it back on multiple times. I was able to finally get it fixed by the end of the day. Hopefully going forward they will remain comfy as I do enjoy the boots. I switched to these from an older pair of lashed and the footprint of these is significantly larger then my lashed were. The toe is also much more squared off and taller so remember to check your toe straps before going out. The internal boot has the quick draw tighten thing on it. The lace they use for this is super thin and was rather difficult to get off when my hands were cold. The main lace is kind of a spongy lace. This is nice as it doesn't hurt you hands when renching the laces tight but it does tend to get stuck in the lace eyelets. When the left boot wasn't being lame I liked these boots a lot and would recomend them.
"Union Force" 2/26/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Union Force
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Easy in & out, Boot hold, Durable, Comfortable, Popular model
  • Cons:  Uncomfortable
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   I selected Comfortable and Uncomfortable because when I used them the first time I was having some pressure point issues with the heel strap. I was able to avoid it by not cranking down so much and now I really like the bindings. Super easy to get on and off. So far they seem pretty tough. I saw a picture of someone whos screw plates were cracking. Mine have not done that yet but I am going to watch them carefully to make sure that it doesn't happen. Also These things are super squeeky. I'm not sure if it is my boots rubbing against the inside of the binding or what but when I run around while strapped in there is a ton of squeekyness. This does not effect performance in any way though. I would recomend these bindings and I'm considering picking up a second set.
"Arbor Westmark" 2/25/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Arbor Westmark
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Easy to carve, Stable at high speeds, Strong edgehold
  • Cons:  Top sheet scratches

Experience:   I like this board a lot. I havn't done much in the park with it but I didn't have any trouble hitting a smaller jump and a flat box. The topsheet seems to get scratched easy and the little red foil on top is scratching off super fast. It feels a little heavy but I was just expecting it to be lighter then i should have. This board looks awesome though. It looks so good I dont like riding it in the park cause I dont want to ruin it. I have not really noticed any difference because of the direction twin shape while riding switch.

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