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zakk Name zakk
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"live the dream, enjoy the ride" 
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Languages: view all languages
Years Riding: 7
Average Days/Year: 60
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'9, 666 lbs
Board Size: 158
Boot Size: 10
Clothing Size: XL
Jacket Size: XL
Pants Size: XL
Thermal Size: L
Ride with Me  
Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Sierra-at-Tahoe
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PRODUCT REVIEWS   (view all brand reviews)
"Best Burton boot I've ever worn" 11/21/2011
Helpful Review?   (4) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Burton Hail Snowboard Boots
  • Pros:  Flexy, comfy, Imprint 3 liners!
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  soft
  • Shoe Size:  11
  • Boot Size:  10

Experience:   My 2011 Burton Rulers that were sent to me by Burton as a warrenty deal did not fit like my 2009 Rulers. I suffered for the 5 or so days I had those 2011's and knew i needed something for the 2011-12 season. I had my heart set on Ozones but they stopped making them in 2010 and so looking at the spec sheet, the Hails were the same boot (more or less) minus the SpeedZone lacing (which I loved) But after a week on the Hails, I am stoked on them. The imprint 3 liner is amazing! It holds my feet perfectly with zero heal lift. the stay puffed tough really does cut down on the pinch you'd get when you have to really tighten the boots down. the real awesomeness is the articulating cuff that really helps you bone out grabs, and get your presses looking good. It still offers lots of support but allowing the flex of freestyle/park boots. One weird thing is I'm in a size 10, but my street shoes are 11's and I had been in Burton 11's for years. Oh well. It's not bad, like I said, just weird.

Comments & Questions

it's actually the Flex liner, but it looks much like the imprint 3's and have the same great feel. my bad.

gunda pickle
How have these held up? Did they get too soft?

they lasted a season for me and i still have them as my backyard session boots.

"Another great goggle from Smith" 1/17/2011
Helpful Review?   (3) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Smith Prophecy Goggles Black/Red Rise&Fall/Ignitor Mirror Lens Men's
  • Pros:  good field of vision, good fit,
  • Cons:  Lens lets in more light than I thought,

Experience:   My old Von Zippers are getting pretty messed up as my only bluebrid day goggles. I thought it would be a good idea on those hot days to have a spare pair ready to go. My Smith Phenoms with the Sensor Ignitor mirror lens have been amazing, so I definitely wanted a pair of Smith. I got these with the red Sol-x mirror lens and was really surprised how much light it let in. My VZ's with a similar lens (Fire Chrome) are more like sunglasses that REALLY keep the sun out. By the third day with the new Smiths the benefit of improved snow definition and clarity came with a bit more eye fatigue than usual. not saying its bad, just really different. I can see these being a sun n' clouds goggle for me and keeping the VZ's for the days without a cloud in the sky. Still really happy with the new Prophecy goggles, though.
"Great do anything binding" 11/23/2009
Helpful Review?   (3) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Flow Minx Womens
  • Pros:  easy to use, easy to ride, easy to love
  • Cons:  some lost performance, set-up,

Experience:   I got these for my wife as her second set of Flow bindings. The improved strap and stiffer chassis is a huge difference in this binding. Perfect for the all mountain riding she does, there was an instant improvement in her stability at speed and turning, both as I saw and she commented. While the Flite 2 was a great starter binding, it is outgrown quickly. Get the Minx for your lil' minx and she'll love you for it.
"Solid pant with a traditional fit" 8/3/2012
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2012 32 Thirty Two Blahzay Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  great fit , lots of pockets, cuffs don't drag
  • Cons:  don't breathe great, vents are nearly closed off,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  totally neutral, fits like it should

Experience:   I won a pair of these from 32 in the HCSC dodgeball pit. Rocked them for a few days on hill and really liked the fit. not too baggy, but plenty of room for movement. the one thing I didn't like is the vents weren't true mesh so there wasn't a lot of airflow for the August heat up on Mt. Hood so I took a knife to them to open them up. the Camo colorway is sick, the fit is great and the price is right.
"Best jacket I've ever owned" 11/30/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Volcom Gigi Ruf Snowboard Jacket Men's
  • Pros:  warm, dry, great fit
  • Cons:  neck a bit loose, small hood,
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  great fit and length

Experience:   Me and jacket’s do not have the best relationship. It seems every time I get one, I just don’t seem all that thrilled with it after a few days. It’s always something and I can’t seem to be thrilled with any purchase. Until now. My Volcom Ruff jacket is as close to jacket nirvana as I’ve found. The sleeves aren’t too long and the jacket doesn’t fit like a tall-tee shirt. It’s the perfect balance of warmth without giving up flexibility and almost no bulk. Grabs are easy, you don’t look or feel like the Stay Puff’d marshmallow man. As much as I dig this jacket, there two things I’d improve. One, is tighten up the neckline. I learned on my first pow day to stuff a neck gaiter or a good face shot can get you a snowy chest shower. The other is if you like to wear a hood over your helmet, the hood is fairly small. I always unzip my hood (never buy a jacket without a removable hoodie!) so it means nothing to me but it might to you.
"Adjustable for every rider" 9/1/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Vans Veil Womens
  • Pros:  medium flex, comfy,
  • Cons:  top is bulky,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  6.5
  • Boot Size:  6.5

Experience:   My wife went on a 2 week bender for boots this past winter, her old Vans (don't even remeber what they were) were getting sloppy to keep her foot stable. She had to ratched down the single BOA chord constantly. Not good. Pretty soon she was getting brusies from them, impacting our shred time. Really not good! She tried on at least 9 differnt boots. From Rome, to 32, to more Vans, to DC, to Burton. The Vans just fit her feet better and the dual BOA of the Vail let her dial in both the top adn bottom so that was the winner. Her one gripe is the top is fairly bulky, so getting women's snow pants over them takes a bit of finese, but still doable.

Comments & Questions

Hey I was just wondering if anyone knows if Sierra has boots that have the twist tie thing made by a different company. Thanks! I just havent seen any.

BOA is a proprietary technology but they "sell" it to other boot makers to incorporate it into their boots. DC and 32 come to mind, along with Vans, of companies that use BOA. This boot has Dual BOA's meaning there is a system for the top and bottom that allow a better fit.

"Excellent mid-flex boot " 4/16/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Nike Zoom Kaiju Snowboard Boots
  • Pros:  well developed lacing system, out of box fit and comfort, great mid-level flex
  • Cons:  liner velcro strap, cheap insoles,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  11
  • Boot Size:  10.5

Experience:   This is my very first boot that hasn't been a Burton. Ion, Imperial, Ruler, Moto, Hail, Grail, Ambush, I've seen them all. the last go around seemed to change the feeling of Burton boots to me and so I had to move on. I tried on a pair of Nike's whilst in Seattle at Evo and pulled the trigger on the Kaiju's. the first thing I noticed when i got them on snow was the out of the box feel. very comfy, very warm (not so good in the Tahoe spring, but oh well) and ridable on day one. The lace lock helps you have options on where you want the boot snug or loose or whatever you're needing for the day. the laces did loosen up a bit, but nothing compared to my Hail's. the liner was magic, feeling wonderful, keeping my foot locked in and just being awesome. The velcro strap on the top is cool and it helps, but I have some monster calves and would be more comfy with another inch or two on the strap. the tongue seems very narrow as well, some more coverage for my shin would be nice, but not a deal breaker. the boots are a great flex profile, offering lots of support on the groomers and in the pow as well as enough flex for boxes and rails. Overall a very solid do it all boot that leaves very little to want.
"Great starter split " 2/7/2013
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Rome Whiteroom Splitboard Snowboard
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  High Speeds,Powder
  • Pros:  great touring, good float in pow, good length options
  • Cons:  tough riding chop, mixed feelings on piste,

Experience:   I've had this board out in the back country on a few occasions here in Tahoe and in Japan both resort riding and in touring mode, it is the best of the 3 boards I've used in my limited experience. It skins well, the tips will help your kick turns and keep the skinning surface ample. for a splitboard it is very poppy and has a decent amount of flex, but the setback doesn't exactly make it a park board under foot. the s-curve is nice in the pow and it floats nicely. What I'm not a fan of is riding my Whiteroom on the groomers or in crud and chop. I've had days on both and the board really struggled. Wind-blow or icy surfaces and it really gets dicey, more so then my NS Evo or my Jones Hovercraft. its more of a surfy ride as opposed to carving down the corduroy runs of the local resort. The float and stability at speed make it idea for fresh BC tracks or on a pow day where it really shines. For me its a great starter splitboard as you earn your chops in the BC, and it is servign me just fine as I work on transitions and technique skinning. But as my BC skills expand, I think I will find its limits.
"Amazingly small & light" 11/2/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Burton Ambush Snowboard Boots
  • Pros:  Feather lightweight, shrinkage tech!, well rounded boot
  • Cons:  None,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  11
  • Boot Size:  10

Experience:   I picked up a pair of these back in June and had them for a session at HCSC and for some volcano riding in Chile, and now a few days at Boreal. I rode 99% of last year in my Hails and I thought I liked really soft boots, but the multi-dimensional Burton Ambush changed my mind. Some flex to help you tweek and get your press on, but enough support to stomp landings and not fold in half when charging the steeps. The one issue I have is the size 10 is right between a Medium and Large size binding, and the shrinkage tech on these is more than any of the others I have tried. the size 10 hardly fits into a size Large Rome binding.

Comments & Questions

gunda pickle
Any problems with the speed laces breaking?

"Def one to take a look at!" 12/19/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 GNU Park Pickle BTX
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Butters,Jibs,Jumps,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  Asym sidecut, soft!!, butters for days
  • Cons:  maybe too soft,

Experience:   I got to ride my friend's Park Pickle for a day and it was a lot of fun. it would hold an edge well, I *really* dig the asym side cut and it nearly eliminated any heel side chatter when carving super hard. the one thing I did like/dislike was how soft the board was. It would throw butters like nothing, nose press with ease but it could easily get away with you and wash out, especially on bigger landings. If I was just there for jibs, this might be the board, but I need something a bit stiffer. While it wasn't the board for me, I can see why this stick does get the reviews it does.
"should be the Rome Meh-board" 11/22/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Rome Anthem Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Powder
  • Pros:  light weight, fast,
  • Cons:  feel is dull, pop is meh,

Experience:   I'm really not all that thrilled after two days on this board. It feels very sloppy & dull. I got this is the hybrid tech hoping for some improved float in powder and it was sadly lacking there as well. Pop on the board didn't live up to what I have experienced on my Rome Riff or during a demo day on an Agent. The whole weekend this board just left me wanting more out of it. I honestly thought my old 2007 Forum Raider did a much better job in all respects, and it's the exact same size (163w). Maybe this board will grow on me over the coming years as I hold onto my board for a few seasons but after a few days on this board, I'm not sure I'd reach for it out of my quiver. This has me totally confused as I'm usually a big fan of Rome but this board is just not for me. It was really fast when I could coax some life out of it, edge hold was decent but what you'd hope for.
"A leap in binding technology" 10/30/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Rome 390 Boss Snowboard Bindings Men's
  • Pros:  cant foot beds, super adjustable, amazing comfort
  • Cons:  install is tough,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   There really is nothing at all lacking in the 390 BOSS. The 390 has been a standard for freestyle riding that can easily handle itself outside of the park and the 2011 BOSS will do more of the same. The adjust-ability Rome is known for is still present, along with asymmetrical highbacks and the new Vrod base increases already excellent response and feel. The absolute comfort of the cant footbeds (I'm using 3.5 degrees) for someone like me who was a few knee issues, these immediately helped.
"Easily the best snowboarding movie ever" 10/25/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Thats It Thats All Travis Rice Snowboard DVD
  • Pros:  epic , inspiring , amazing
  • Cons:  none,

Experience:   As the title suggests, this is easily the best snowboarding movie ever. It isn't even close. The intro sums it THIS IS A DARN GOOD MOVIE!! SHUT IT! From the opening with M83 blaring and the amazing scenery passing by, you get a feeling that is hard to describe. The kind of feeling as you watch That's It, That's All on your iPod on a trip somewhere. That jonesing feeling of shredding with your friends, drinking some beers at the end of that day, all the good that comes with a day on the mountain. This movie is as inspiring as it is amazing. So many amazing shots and huge parts on beastie mountains around the world. buy this DVD now.
"Great bang for the buck board, not for the park" 9/23/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Flow Merc
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  great price, great features for the $,
  • Cons:  a bit too stiff ,

Experience:   My cousin has this board and I've rocked it a few times at Sierra at Tahoe when he wanted to try out my NS Evo, so I'd say I've more demo'd this board. Checking out what Flow says about it, I'd say its spot on. It's a great all mountain board, a ton of features for the money, basic graphics, just a solid mid-level rider board. Where I disagree is saying the board is on the softer side. This board, even in a 156, felt as stiff as my Forum Raider. In the park, the lack of flex made presses tougher, but still doable. Otherwise, cruising around the runs and in the trees, the thing was a blast with good, solid carves and stability at speed. A solid all-around board for the intermediate rider.
"Burton Mayhem Review" 3/23/2009
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Mayhem
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomers
  • Pros:  Durable, Easy to carve, poppy, Soft, Well known brand
  • Cons:  Sluggish

Experience:   I spent a day on this board and its OK. I didn't like it as much as my Deuce that I had at the time, and there was something not quite right about the Mayhem. I can't even now tell you what it is. It just didn't have much life to it. It being a directional didn't help, but there wasn't a soul to pull out of it. A "meh" feeling on a board if I ever got one but it wasn't crappy like the Dominant. I dunno. I guess 3 stars as it was very middle of the road for me.
"great pack for a day trip" 3/19/2009
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Day Hiker 20L
  • Pros:  holds a lot of gear, plenty of stash areas
  • Cons:  staps a little narrow, IMO

"Interesting mix" 4/20/2012
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Burton Super Hero Snowboard Blem
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Butters,Groomed,Halfpipe
  • Pros:  scoop tech,
  • Cons:  stiff,

Experience:   My friend has this board and I got to ride it a few times this year and it's a bit odd. the scoop nose and tail made butters and such super easy, but the flex was stiffer than it should be to go with this tech, presses seemed harder than they needed to be. the edge hold at speed was great and even with a smaller board, held fine on a fast groomer day. EST still isn't my bag, but the Hero had much better feel through the board than some other EST models I have tried. Opposite of that, ollies were amazingly powerful and nearly killed me the first one I tried. I totally loaded up then nearly hit a plane going overhead. Solid all around board that will do everything very well, but nothing perfectly.
"Totally don't get the hype" 8/27/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (6) No

  • Name: 2012 Union Force Snowboard Bindings Men's
  • Pros:  interchangeable parts,
  • Cons:  poor straps,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   Another item I demo'd at HCSC these bindings are the hot ones the past few years and I completely don't see how, outside of making Frankenbinders. The fit was really poor with my Burton Rulers. Just plain uncomfortable. The straps didn't seem to ever like fitting my boots after many rounds of adjustment. I didn't feel like they were responsive, yet they were stiffer than I though they would be. I'd put these below the Cartels (which I loathe)

Comments & Questions

thats cause you have shitty burton boots get thirty twos and then these make a power combo

Why would you ever get Burton equiment? So over priced and they don't even produce good movies anymore

Wow, such helpful comments. I like Forces a lot, but they are somewhat overhyped. However, i don't think you can properly judge these when admittedly there's a poor fit. Adjustability is a bit on these, I agree.

"Sloppy, but I can see how others would dig it" 8/27/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2012 Capita Ultrafear FK Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  already on sale,
  • Cons:  sloppy edge to edge, stiff than I thought,

Experience:   I'm sure I'll get nailed for this but after demoing this board at HCSC, I'm really not sold on flatkick. I rode the 155, which should have been a short, fun, flexy board for me but it just wasn't. I didn't help I was on Union Force binders (which I really didn't like) but the board just felt clumsy. I really had to get over the nose or tail to press and the swing weight made 3's much harder. Maybe on the bigger stuff the extra stiffness and flatkick will help on landings, it just didn't suit my riding style.

Comments & Questions

yeah i felt the same way on presses, it's just not the same as lasts years.

Agreed I usually ride a 151ish deck and the 2011 147 is a good match for me. I can't press it nearly as easily as the 2012 K2 weapon, but with a stiffer binding, It's controlable on rails. Wouldn't reccomend it to someone who wants to do jumps over jibs. I learned 270's off and on with this deck, but can no longer cork 5 using it(I can do them all day on my friends rossignol Jibsaw)

Yeah I am debating if I should flag this or not........

"Great pants for spring conditions" 8/26/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 Burton Poacher Snowboard Pants
  • Pros:  solid, reliable, lots of colors to chose from,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  Perfect

Experience:   this is the second pair of Poachers I've owned and they always do the job. I wore these all spring in Tahoe after wearing my AK's all winter with all the pow dumps. A great pant with plenty of movement for spring park days and still keeps you dry. The Sunchoke color is a brighter, more vibrant color than the photo here shows, really dig it!
"love these shoes" 8/26/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2009 Nike 6.0 Air Mogan Skate Shoes Men's
  • Pros:  like the style, comfy,
  • Cons:  tongue is *really* poofed out,

Experience:   I got this shoes on a sick deal and they have been my daily shoe for over 6 months. Super comfortable, love the blue/black/agent colorway and they are prefect for skating and disc golf. total versatility! One slight draw back is the tongue is super poofy, but that isn't a big deal
"Shrunk like hell!" 8/26/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 DC MLF Star Fill Core TShirt Men's
  • Pros:  classic logo and tee,
  • Cons:  turned into a women's belly shirt,
  • Fit:  Too small
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  M
  • Description:  Belly Shirt

Experience:   I got this shirt with a few other items I needed before heading to HCSC and wash all my gear before wearing it, the starch or whatever of band new clothes makes me itch like mad. anyway I got this out of the dryer and it shrunk to a medium. No joke. Usually most XL's a comfy and a touch roomy which I like and in this it's like a belly shirt. totally sucks.
"A great Freeride boot with all day comfort" 3/22/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Ion
  • Pros:  Stiff, great response,
  • Cons:  interesting arch area,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  stiff
  • Shoe Size:  11.5
  • Boot Size:  11

Experience:   I got these boots on a going out of business sale at a local shop. My Burton Rulers were just not cutting it when it got steep and deep and the Driver X was waaaay too stiff for me so the Ion's were next. The fit of these boots is great and offers lots of support. the Imprint 4 liner is a thing of beauty. These are now my go to boots on Monster pow days and when you just have to point it downhill.
"great mid-weather glove" 3/13/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 Grenade Brainwasher Gloves
  • Pros:  warm for a park glove, good movement,

Experience:   I got a pair of these on close out with the Pow Ozone's I had were just too cold even for Tahoe. These offer a great midgle ground. They are perfect for a dry, tahoe day in the park and keep your hands just warm enough while having almost no bulk to them. They do seem to absorb water pretty easily, but hopefully you're not bailing too much in them =o)

Comments & Questions

do they hold up to a tow rope, or do they get all shredded?

they are wearing out pretty quick. I hardly wear them any more.

"A great all mountain choice" 3/7/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 Burton Ruler Snowboard Boots Men's
  • Pros:  mid stiff, great price point,
  • Cons:  100 days is all you get, boot liner lacking,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  11
  • Boot Size:  11

Experience:   First, the Burton W48 program is legit and they sent me the 2011 Rulers to replace my 2010 Rulers with about 100 days on them after the sole separated from the boot. The 2011 is mainly the same boot with a great mid-stuff, with an improved liner locking mechanism,a firmer feel for the SpeedZone lacing and more cushioning in the boot. These three improvements really make the boot better in the park and a better all day fit. The one downer is they seem to be about a .25 or .50 size bigger than the 2010. I think I would have preferred the size 10.5 as I put on the 11 and it fit just how my packed out 2010 editions did. Maybe size down 1/2 a size on these. I use these for my in-bounds riding, they are too soft for the steeps and monster pow days, that's when my Ion's come out.
"Stiffest boot ever" 2/24/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 Burton Driver X Snowboard Boots - Men's
  • Pros:  response, feel,
  • Cons:  hard as a rock,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  stiff
  • Shoe Size:  11.5
  • Boot Size:  11

Experience:   This boot is so stiff, walking from the Demo tent to the lift was seriously nearly impossible. The response however of this boot was too much for me. Every twitch made the board get on edge like nothing else. On my park board screwing around on the groomers turned my Evo into a mountain bomber that was on edge like nothing. It fit my foot much better than the Ion's I wore before them, but I wasn't a fan of the stiffness. If the Driver X had the stiffness of the Ion, I'd have the perfect all mountain bomber boot.
"Most amazing pow board ever" 2/23/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2011 Jones Hovercraft Snowboard - Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Off Trail,Powder,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Short, floats on top of endless pow, great price point

Experience:   Words cannot do justice to what this board is. With the length of a 156cm they somehow pack 178cm of volume with a massive shovel nose that will keep you above the pow and at the same time smooth out the afternoon chop to keep you bombing down runs. The underfoot stiffness will allow some monster drops, carves and slashes in all type of terrain. I've had this out on a 10 day and I've had in the back country in waist deep pow and it makes any amount of powder an amazing experience. For under $400, this board simply makes most other powder boards completely useless and expensive. If you want to have a religious experience whilst destroying the freshly fallen powder, this is the board for you.

Comments & Questions

Thanks for posting this. How is it in heavy powder and/or chop? Can this be a resort powder board? Or is it too specific?

"Once again, the best boot for Slay Everything riders" 2/4/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Ruler Snowboard Boots Men's
  • Pros:  Great fit, roomy toe box,
  • Cons:  needs articulating cuff,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  11
  • Boot Size:  11

Experience:   Another pair of Rulers now have over 100 days on them. Year after year these are the boots that I reach to for all mountain riding. they handle the park well, the pow with ease and hard groomers like a knife through butter. There really isn't anything these boots cannot do. Burton continues to have the best boots on the market for my Flintstone sized feet and the consistency of these boots is unparalleled. Many companies say their product does it all, and most of the time its lies. But I can say from 2 model years and months spent in these boots, they are the best slay everything boot that Burton makes.
"I love these socks, wish they were in stock" 2/4/2011
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Euro Silver Board Zone
  • Pros:  tight, fits over your calf, doesn't fall down
  • Cons: is out of them,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  the perfect sock for snowboarding

Experience:   I seriously cannot express how much I love these socks. I have 3 pairs of them and I need to buy more for a trip and they are OUT! They have NONE! OMG. I can only hope and pray these come back into stock before my trip to Mt. Hood. That's how good these socks are. I have to find them, and if I don't I'll be a sad panda and my feet will be too.
"Reef does a foot good" 1/21/2011
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  • Name: 2010 Reef Awol Sandals Men's
  • Pros:  tough , good grip, comfy
  • Cons:  looong break in,

Experience:   I picked up a pair of these sandals at O'neill's parking lot sale in Santa Cruz for $5. at first I thought they would be a good pair of throwaways but these are tough sandals. I wear them all summer long and still have lots of sole left on them. The straps are very sturdy and I've taken a few fall in them catching the toe on curbs and they don't split like others might. One thing that might be a key to their longevity and toughness is the break-in seemed to take much longer than other sandals I've owned. This can be bad, but if it means they'll last like these have, I'll deal with it.
"the ultimate way to travel!" 1/19/2011
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Board Case Snowboard Bag
  • Pros:  good protection, padded everything, holds 4 boards easy

Experience:   I picked up this bag at a Burton warehouse sale in NorCal a few years back for a song ($60 or so) and the thing has been all over. SLC 3x, Mt. Hood, Whistler, and every time, no matter what those airline jackasses do to the bag, the boards come out fine. I can easily travel with 4 boards, two pairs of boots and place the binders in between it all (boxed up) and everything goes smoothly. It's also a nice summer storage unit for all the mentioned gear as well and makes an easy way to pack for a mid-summer run to Govy Camp. I love this bag!
"easy to use iron, 10x better than a household iron" 1/19/2011
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Hot Stick Iron
  • Pros:  easy settings, nice flat base, heats up quickly

Experience:   I've used my Burton hotstick dozens of times by now and I've been very pleased with the results. The iron is quick to warm up and the nice flat base does a bang up job. I got mine on sale from a local shop and had an extra 10% off coupon, so it was a complete deal. a much better items that a steam iron you'd get at wal-mart. get this iron, spend an afternoon on youtube, and never pay for another board wax again.
"Decent scraper to get you started" 1/19/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Burton Tri Scraper Snowboard Tool
  • Pros:  lots of edges, nice starter tool,
  • Cons:  dulls really quick, hard tohold,

Experience:   This scraper is the first, but not the best scraper I've ever used. While it is effective for the first few months, it seems to get very dull pretty quick, requiring more work after waxing your board. The triangle isn't comfortable to hold, but the groove a nice, if unneeded feature to clean-up wax from the edges. I have had more luck with scrap pieces of plastic from TAP plastics down the street and at a fraction of the cost. this is a nice item to learn how to tune your own boards, but as you learn more about turning and what works for you, you'll see the shortcomings of this item and find something that works better for your setup.
"The ulimate light fleece" 1/18/2011
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  • Name: 2010 North Face Tka 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip
  • Pros:  light weight, comfortable fit, just warm enough
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  ideal

Experience:   This fleece, as others have mentioned, is the best of all worlds. It's so good in fact, I went back and bought a second! The fit is perfect on an average height male and the fit is roomy without being baggy. the 1/4 zip is perfect for when the sun starts to peak out or when you need to keep the weather out so you zip it all the way up. The neck also seals well when zipped to keep wind, moisture, etc. out. While not overly warm in itself, a shell jacket and this fleece can easily keep you warm on all but the most brutal of days. By itself, it's a perfect around town sweater to keep you just a bit warmer. I'm glad I got two, I would have worn through one by now!
"Moderate trails need a tougher shoe" 1/18/2011
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  • Name: 2010 Merrell Moab GTX XCR Low Hiking Shoes
  • Pros:  excellent traction, waterproofing,
  • Cons:  narrow lacing,

Experience:   Merrel has always been a solid shoe once the pavement turns to trail and the trail gets rough. The low-top goretex hikers offer just the right level of protection and comfort for those moderate day hikes. the traction is excellent and can deal with muddy conditions quite well. For the amount of protection they offer, I'd also call it mid-weight so it doesn't feel like you're doing leg lifts with each step. One draw back is even with my mid-wide feet, the lacing pattern was very narrow and needed to readjust the shoe every so often. a very minor issue with a very solid trail shoe.
"perfect pipe glove for a great price" 1/17/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Pow Ozone Snowboard Gloves Men's
  • Pros:  great dexterity , snug fit , comfy wrist closure
  • Cons:  none,

Experience:   finally, after three pairs of pipe gloves, a pair that I love! No more glove liners for me on those hot days! My wife has a pair of POW gloves for a number of years now and swears by them. I took a bit of a chance on these and was shock, SHOCKED I TELL YOU how these gloves fit my paws. three days straight and the comfort and warmth on a nice Juneuary day in Tahoe was a perfect match for the Pow Ozone. Also, the wrist closure doesn't bind like some others do. Great range of motion and still keeps the snow out.
"Burton AK uber dry pants" 1/17/2011
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  • Name: 2010 Burton AK 2L Cyclic
  • Pros:  bone dry, great fit, $180 for goretex panaloons!
  • Cons:  single cargo pocket, short ghetto slits,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  classic Burton - just baggy enough

Experience:   I'm really happy with this buy. I got these on sale for around $180 and they are amazing. super warm, very dry, even on a slushie Tahoe day. The thigh vents face forward and keep spray out. I didn't get the placement at first, but it's a brilliant touch. The zippers are a bit clunkly, but do the job, the single cargo pocket is a bummer, but a minor one. The fit is perfect, with enough room to be baggy for movement as opposed to the massive amounts of extra fabric. Worth every penny at the sub-$200 level.
"Cool bag once you start to get used to it" 1/14/2011
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  • Name: 2008 Burton Gauge
  • Pros:  padded laptop pouch, good volume,
  • Cons:  lack of board straps,

Experience:   I got this bag for free from TruSnow so I can't complain. when I was going though the loot, I was messing around with it and couldn't believe how padded the media pouch is. my laptop fits really nicely in there and there is an extra spot to drop your iPod into and a cable that come out of the pack and have a jack for your headphones. it's a nice thought, but its up at shoulder level and leaves a ton of slack in the headphone cord, so I don't use it. The middle pouch expands way further out, easily allowing for a change of clothes for a weekend adventure. The goggle pouch is more for sunglasses, didn't want to jam my VZ's in there. The one bummer is the lack of board straps. I'm hiking out more and the straps on my little 20L backpack are a big help. The lack of board straps will keep this pack on civy duty for me.
"White's a tool, Jones is a killer" 1/13/2011
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  • Name: 2009 For Right Or Wrong Snowboard DVD
  • Pros:  Jeremy Jones, Mueller ,
  • Cons:  White, olympics,

Experience:   So I got this dropped in my box that TruSnow sent me. It's much more sports movie than it is a traditional snowboard film. White seemed like a total tool to me. I'm not a comp guy, it just doesn't do it for me, but White's gravy training brother saying how he has it before the run is just lame.. It was cool to see Jake Burton riding with his kid in Russia, even if you needed to be armed to the teeth. Jeremy Jones was awesome. His riding is always amazing and to hear some of the crap he says was hilarious. The guy can just put it down. Mueller's parts were awesome as well and his attitude of doing it all for himself was a nice breath of fresh air in the overly produced flick.
"awesome video!" 1/12/2011
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  • Name: 2009 All Day Everday Snowboard DVD
  • Pros:  urban jibs, sick tricks, just all around fun
  • Cons:  more pow,

Experience:   The jibs in this video were sick. just awesome hit. The video is fast paced and a lot of fun to watch. The few pow and backcountry shots they have are awesome and I wish they had sprinkled in a few more of those. the video from the stop in Spain was my favorite part. The soundtrack was good but the number of N-bombs in it were a bit much, even for a sailored mouth asshole like me.
"funny fit, great colors" 1/12/2011
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  • Name: 2010 Foursquare Heather Stripe L/S Shirt Men's
  • Pros:  great base layer, bright colors, light weights
  • Cons:  tight shoulders,
  • Fit:  Too small
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  big arms and tight chest

Experience:   So I got this more as a base layer and it's a good thing. the fit across the shoulders is way tight! but that's perfect for layering a t-shirt over it, so I'm good with that. The colors for the bali are way brighter than the photo looks as well, more like Miami Dolphins colors. the length is good, not too short and not too long, overall a great base layer for bluebird and spring days on the mountain. If you're looking to rock this just on its own, order a size up.
"Best X-mas sweater ever" 1/9/2011
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  • Name: 2011 Neff Corpo Hood Hoodie Men's
  • Pros:  mid-weight, baggy,
  • Cons:  none,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  classic Neff fit - a bit baggy

Experience:   This is the best Xmas sweater I've ever got! Usually you get crap with trees and reindeer on it, but I got a Neff guy on mine! The fit is classic Neff, so it will fit somewhat big but still in the range where you can buy your normal size. The mid-weight of the sweater is perfect for bluebirds in Tahoe. It's warm without being hot, and I love hoodzips for letting some fresh air in when I'm hiking.
"Perfect ride as you're learning" 1/9/2011
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  • Name: 2009 Atomic Tika Snowboard Women's
  • Skill:  Beginner
  • Use:  Groomed,Low Speeds
  • Pros:  Affordable, forgiving,
  • Cons:  groomers only,

Experience:   This was my wife's first snowboard that she owned. She was borrowing a friend's Burton Twin for her first few days then we got her the Tika on a awesome sale. For what she was doing (groomers, greens, and learning to link turns) it was a very forgiving board and one that helped smooth out her learning curve. Once she was off the Twin and onto the Tika, things started clicking for her. She rode this board for almost 2 years and went looking as she really outgrew the board. Float in pow is very good, it was soft for charging, and it was just time for a step up in equipment. But for learning, it was the best and really helped her progress and gain confidence.

Comments & Questions

Hi my name is saskia and I'm about to do a season In Australia of snowboarding. Ive never snowboarded before but wanted ask you about your board your selling and how it would go for a first time boarder! Also the condition it's in? Looking forward to hearing from you. Kind regards saskia.

"not very durable" 1/2/2011
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  • Name: 2008 DC Bar Snowboard Pants Men's
  • Pros:  cheap,
  • Cons:  cheap, thin,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  almost like a pair of boot cut jeans

Experience:   I had a pair of these pants last year and they lasted about 12 days. they were really thin, and seemed to tear for any reason, including something just being sharp and within 10 feet of these pants. Once nice thing was the straps that kept the bottoms from dragging. Maybe they are just bad luck, but there are other DC pants that I like that I'm staying away from now.
"Great price in a small space" 12/31/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Dakine Cool Tool
  • Pros:  cheap, good for adjustments,
  • Cons:  funny design,

Experience:   Another one of those little x-mas gift you get, I was stuck on top of Northstar with a broken binder so this ended up coming my way. I've had other Dakine products and the quality is usually very fair for the modest price you pay, and this is no exception. the one worry I have is landing on this thing. I usually don't ride with a pack, so I'm a little hesitant. Maybe find a small pouch to put it in? We'll see. But operationally, it's a great emergency tool.
"Not the socks for me" 12/31/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Smartwool Phd Snowboard Socks - Women's
  • Pros:  Didn't pay for them,
  • Cons:  bulky, oversized,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  socks run big and seem to bunch easily

Experience:   these socks were left in my stocking, I think St. Nick hates me. They seriously cost me half a day on the mountain. I didn't bring an extra pair of socks with me and the bunching in my boot was driving me wild. they were way too big and did want to stay on my calf either. after half a day on the mountain these are now just an expensive pair of around the house socks from the wintertime.
"For $8 you can't beat it!" 12/29/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sessions Alpha Long Sleeve
  • Pros:  cheap!, comfy,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL

Experience:   I picked this up at the Sessions warehouse sale for $8 and you can't get a regular tee for that price. I like the black as it makes the colors really pop. also, like all sessions gear, it some some weight to the fabric, so this will be ideal to protect my arms come spring time. Even the price of $17 is a fair price for a great l/s shirt.
"Great beginner Flow binding" 12/28/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Flow Muse Womens
  • Pros:  The ease of Flow tech, forgiving flex, great price point
  • Cons:  plastic adjustments & snaps,
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   My wife has is a diehard Flow fan and these are on her V-spot. The soft flex of these pair nicely with someone learning park. Adjustments are just the same as any Flow binding. Setting up flows isn't easy, but it doesn't have to be hard. get it comfy at home and make MINOR adjustments on the hill. Having a buddy help you is nice as well, so they can help you stay still on the side of the run and add click of room or so. The one bad thing is these snaps are plastic and seem to come undone a lot easier than my wife's Minx or my NXT-AT's. But at the price point, it's a manageable issue.
"Not quite a park pickle but still fun" 12/27/2010
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  • Name: 2011 Lib Tech Skate Banana BTX Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Butters,Jibs,Jumps,Switch Riding
  • Pros:  fun, buttery, stable at speed

Experience:   I've demoed a few Gnu boards, and the Skate Banana is more of an all mountain/freestyle board. Still nice and flexy with a bit of hard charging in it. The banana shape really helped in 6 of pow and on the groomers it was a super fun board for side hits and more. Magnetraction is still the real deal and I super dig it.
"Somewhere between the park the the mountains" 12/27/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Union Force
  • Pros:  well dialed in mid-flex, decent straps,
  • Cons:  tallish highbacks,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   I rode in these on a friends Skate Banana. I pretty much only rock Rome bindings these days, but the flex was really nice. Something between a Targa and a 390, so the all mountain ride they talk about is the real deal. The feel of the binding was good, but the highback felt a bit tall to me. They are some good binders that would be fantastic on a real all-mountain board. They might be a bit soft for a pow or free ride deck, but I could see them performing well in the right set of hands...errr...feet, legs, whatever =o)
"best socks on the mountain" 12/26/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Euro Board Supreme Sock Men's
  • Pros:  thin, tights, tall
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  tights and thin

Experience:   I have four pairs of these socks and I love them. No extra material, thin and tight to the foot to keep bunching away. I have a pair that I've had over 3 years and the elastic is still perfect and doesn't slip. what is also nice is this is an over the calf sock which I prefer.
"Still can't stand Burton footbeds" 12/19/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton P1.1 Snowboard Bindings
  • Pros:  meh,
  • Cons:  stiff, uncomfortable,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   These were on a board I demo'd and I still can't stand Burton footbeds in their bindings. I've tired the Customs, Cartels, P1's, and Freestyles and they just don't feel right to me, which is super weird because my feet fit perfectly in Burton boots. You'd think a 2010 Ruler boot would fit nicely in a 2010 P1 or Cartel. I guess that is assuming too much.
"A park board for the Shred Betty " 12/14/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sierra V Spot Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Jumps
  • Pros:  flexy, catch free, dirt cheap!

Experience:   I got this board for my wife and I have this terrible habit of trying out her boards, especially the park ones that I can press the living life out of. heel and toe drag be damned! First, this board is amazingly soft. Both the wife and I commented how much softer this was than her Never Summer Infinity-R. While the NS is also a reverse camber, the v-rocker is no joke. She certainly had some trouble skating on it in the lift lines. True to form it felt a bit loser to both of us than the NS rocker, but pressing and buttering was beyond simple. I spun out and she got the nose way up with very little effort. Even her Atomic and NS Lotus was stiffer, even though both were park-lite boards. I'm a bit torn on who to recommend this board for, because I can see how the catch free feel of v-rocker can be good for n00bs learning, but the v-rocker might be a bit extreme and best left in the hands of people that are intermediate or higher. For the money, I think you'd be hard pressed (get it!?) to find a better women's park board on the market. If your a new rider and are dead set on being Queen of the Park, it might be a good starting point but require a bit more patience. Either way, the V-spot is easily 5 stars and another killer board from the Sierra line-up.
"good mid-weight tee" 12/1/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sessions Linked TShirt Men's
  • Pros:  bright, good fit, not too long
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  juuuust right

Experience:   One of my favorite shirts in the drawer. The pic here doesn't do it justice, the green really pops out. I dig the yellow graphic that is simple and clean. I love this shirt with a long sleeve under it for spring riding and around town. It has some weight to it, so the wind won't slice right through it like some other shirts. I think the mid-weight to it has also allowed it to survive 20+ spring days last season.
"toque with a monster pom!" 11/30/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Sessions Billboard Beanie Men's
  • Pros:  monster pom, bright, really warm
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  snug fit, not much slack

Experience:   My favorite Neff beanie is on it's way down and getting really ratty and stretched out. I wanted a toque with a monster pom on it, and this sessions model did it in spades! The pom is huge. you can't tell from the pic but it's massive. the fist is snug and it hasn't stretched out much, but it is amazingly warm. The lack of slack in it doesn't let you wear it like a hipster, but that's cool with me.
"Dry and warm - ideal for NorCal pow days" 11/24/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Burton GoreTex Gloves
  • Pros:  Dry hands, Velcro cuffs, awesome liners
  • Cons:  slightly bulky,

Experience:   these are easily the best pow gloves I've ever owned. The GoreTex obviously goes a long way with this, but it's the little features that keep it that way. The Velcro cuffs get you a nice tight seal that works awesome with my Volcom jacket's wrist gaiters. Using the jackets Velcro cuffs over the top of these gloves I can tell you no snow gets into my gloves without my say so! Also for a pair of gloves, the warmth is above average. add in the liners and it's toasty. The liners themselves are my spring gloves and I love them. The one draw back is they are a bit bulky so it does mess with some dexterity. No messing with your iPod with these suckers on, but plenty nimble enough to mess with your bindings, jacket, etc.
"Worst pants I've owned " 11/2/2010
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  • Name: 2008 DC Kelvin
  • Pros:  cheap,
  • Cons:  cheaply made, gets soggy, dead in 10 days
  • Pant Fit:  Too small
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  tight waist, HUGE legs

Experience:   these were easily the worst pants I've ever owned. I picked a pair up cheap at a Snowbomb show and I'm glad I got them for $75 but am still pissed that they lasted about 10 days. Day one I knew I was in trouble when they started getting soggy sitting on a lift at Northstar. This was in early December. By January 1 the stitching was coming undone on the outside of the hips, one of the cords that keep the pants up (a nice feature) had ripped out and they seemed to be fraying rubbing up against anything. Stay away from these pants! Don't waste your money. I tossed them in the garbage after a trip to Crystal Mountain when the lower leg started to split open. So I owned these pants, not they are in some landfill with the rest of the garbage.
"Right up there with DC's" 11/1/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Etnies Ronin Low Skate Shoes - Men's
  • Pros:  great fit, bright colors,

Experience:   I'm hard on shoes and never have much cash to spring on them. I picked up a pair of Etnies Ronin in a sick black/white/green/purple color scheme at a local mall store. I'm usually pretty loyal to DC's but these were on special for $19. I wear a 11.5 in DC's and my Ronin fit identically in a size 11, so for me they run a little big. Also the heel is a bit roomier than DC's which is nice for me cuz I have Flintstone feet, but if you have narrow heels it might be an issue for you. there also seem to breathe a bit better than my DC's which is nice when it's warm out but its going to suck this winter. these were my first pair of Etnies so I'm hoping other models fit as well as these.
"$30 hood FTW!!" 9/28/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Analog Crtsian Basic
  • Pros:  mid-weight, lots of color,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  perfect!

Experience:   I got this on special with 60% off, just looking for a street hoodie, and it's a perfect fit for the bill. It's mid-weight, so you wouldn't be getting super hot in it, so it's perfect for around town and cool winter days. The sizing is true, zipper isn't a cheapie, just a solid deal on a solid hoodie.
"Best boarding socks on the market" 9/22/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Euro Board Zone
  • Pros:  minimal stiching on toes, stays on your calf, doesn't bunch up
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  nice and tight, good toes

Experience:   These are the only socks I ever wear. I've tired some burton socks and rome socks and both days I hated life. I wear an 11 boot, so I'm between a L and an XL, but I like tight, thin socks so the L were absolutely perfect for me. These aren't the warmest socks out there, but what you gain in comfort (assuming you have at least half-assed boots) there will be no issues on the mountain. they also stay up on your calf so you don't get the sock all bunched up in your boot halfway through the day. A solid addition to every gear bag and sock drawer.
"My favorite goggles " 9/22/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Smith Phenom Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  great fit, works with helmets, awesome field of vision
  • Cons:  None - they are perfect ,

Experience:   I've had a few versions of Smith goggles and also have a pair of Von Zippers. These Smiths work to perfection with my Smith Holt helmet. a nice big field of vision while not being bulky like the VZ's and a great fit across the bridge of my nose. I have the Sensor mirror on mine, and I can tell you that lens is good for everything short of a bluebird spring day, where you wish it cut a bit more of the glare.
"My favorite beanie ever" 9/19/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Neff Trio
  • Pros:  warm, colorful, pimpy
  • Cons:  I can only wear one at a time,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XXL
  • Fits Like:  XXL
  • Description:  big and baggy

Experience:   Everyone that spends time in the snow has the one beanie that they go for. Kinda like that pair of shorts you lounge in while you watch football or the old DC's you toss on for any occasion, you have THAT beanie. This is my most favorite beanie ever. The fit is big, lots of room for my Flintstone sized head. I love this beanie!!!!1
"Snug shoulder, great shell" 9/19/2010
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  • Name: 2009 Neff Checkerface
  • Pros:  light weight, bright,
  • Cons:  no vents, snug shoulder fit,
  • Fit:  Too small
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  tight in the shoulder

Experience:   I got this jacket on special thinking it would be good for the spring time riding. I should have read the description better. The lack of vents, right off the top, keep this thing on street duty for me. Also, across the shoulders its way snug. Too snug for my liking and really restricting movement. It's still my favorite shell, but just too many drawbacks for on-mountain duty.
"Best bet for rocking tunes" 9/19/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Skullcandy Smokin Buds
  • Pros:  light weight, good fit, low profile, good with a helmet
  • Cons:  plug durability issues,

Experience:   This is my second pair of Skull Candy ear plugs as I call them. First pair I thought I lost, but were in the bottom of my gear bag. Both pairs have been solid after 100+ days on the mountain, flights, days at the gym, you name it. The sound in these things is amazingly clear, even at the highest volume. The one issue I have with both is where the cord mates with the jack, there is fraying on both, leading me to think this might be a design issue. But while both have some fraying, nothing is lost and they are still rockin' so I guess it's a wash, but just a FYI.
"worst pants ever" 2/23/2010
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Poacher
  • Pros:  cheap,
  • Cons:  made cheap,
  • Pant Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  XL
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  baggy

Experience:   Really not thrilled with the poachers. super long (longer than my Burton Cargo's) and with just the one leg pocket it always seems to need more room. the bottoms frayed super fast as well. Far better pants to be spending your $$$ on than these.
"super warm hoofs!" 12/21/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Baker
  • Pros:  warm, warm, warm
  • Cons:  can't use your fingers, gloves are really long,

Experience:   these are my pow gloves and they are super warm and zero dampness comes in. what sucks is how clunky the fingers are, its like you have a hoof instead of a hand.
"Most comfy helmet around" 12/14/2009
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  • Name: 2010 Smith Holt
  • Pros:  look, feel, protection
  • Cons:  none,

Experience:   the Smith Holt is the best helmet around. Super comfy, warm when you need it to be with the ear covers that you can take out for those bluebird park days. Great fit as well, doesn't look like some lame racer helmet. I've smacked my head a few times and this helmet just keeps my melon from cracking open. What more can you ask for?
"Love the '10 Ruler! Hate the '10 Speedzone!" 11/23/2009
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  • Name: 2010 Burton Ruler
  • Pros:  great fit,
  • Cons:  Speed zone in '10 not as good as in '08,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  11.5
  • Boot Size:  11

Experience:   So I had some Moto's that I loved and got easily 100 days out off. They are complete mush. Your slippers at home are stiffer. So after going back and forth on getting Ozones or Rulers, I eventually settled on the Rulers and I’m pretty happy I did. The stiffness after a few days on them is still somewhat surprising but I’m getting used to it. Pressing and buttering is not as easy, but the boots fit great and hopefully after a few more weeks they’ll be full broken in. The new Speedzone sucks. I had the 2008 version of Speedzone on my Moto’s and it was light years better than what’s on the Rulers. They constantly come “undone” and that sucks. The boot itself is a winner but the “improvements” to Speedzone by Burton leave lots to improve on in 2011.
"Great performance once you get the straps dialed" 4/6/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Rome Targa
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Easy in & out, Boot hold, Comfortable, Well known brand, Popular model
  • Cons:  Heavy, Tricky instillation
  • Fit:  must be adjusted bigger

Experience:   I had a pair of Flow NXT-AT's that I had been using for about 50 days and they gave up the ghost. I was back and forth on another pair and found a deal on some Targas. The amount of performance I was missing, specially in the park, was insane. It took half a day just to get used to how responsive these bindings were over my flows. Easily bombing runs (I'm not a bomber, either) and knowing the board is under me. If anything it felt over-responsive, but I'm sure that is coming from the slop I had to deal with in the Flows. I did have to pull out all the slack on the straps with a size 12 boot, and don't over tighten with these, they hold true with just a "snug" fit. Over tighten and it'll pinch. Or that was my experience. I still love the ease of Flows and have them on my Pow board, but for the park and all mountain goofing off, I gotta say these bindings are above the Cartels without a doubt.
"awesome dvd" 4/3/2009
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  • Name: 2006 Mnt. Lab
  • Pros:  Mtn Lab is just plain fun. Who the hell makes a run THROUGH their cabin to a box? that is sick. Just a good DVD with some people have a blast. Gotta love it.
  • Cons:  I'm not in it.

"good music, love the action" 3/25/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Warren Miller Playground
  • Pros:  Won at a show, it was free, and still pleased how good a flick it was.

"Great board for groomers and all mountain riding" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Rome Slash
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Carving,Groomers,Jumps,Powder
  • Pros:  lightweight, Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Popular model, Strong edgehold, Great value, Well known brand

Experience:   I demo'd one and after riding it, I got the Riff as its the true twin version of the Slash, with a nearly identical construction. The Slash is a fantastic board if I didn't hit the park or ride switch so much. It was amazingly stable at speed, the board had more go in it than I did. Great pop as well for a directional. I can see how this could be a great all mountain board for people slaying it. If you like directionals, get a Slash. If you like twins, get a Riff.
"$6 shirts!" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2007 Four Square Color Filled Icon S/S T-Shirt
  • Pros:  $6 for a shirt!? Come awn! Love the mocha brown as well.

"Skulls! What else do you need!" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Sessions Skulldugery Short Sleeve
  • Pros:  Skulls are just pimp.

"Great helmet with crappy earphones" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2008 Smith Holt + Skull Candy Audio
  • Pros:  great helmet that has saved my dome 5 times (as of 3/23/09) Comfortable no pinching realy simple and clean design
  • Cons:  crappy earphones that broke twice, now I just use Skullcandy ear buds The material on the inside isn't that great on a hot day.

"My first sherd stick" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2008 Forum Raider
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Carving,Groomers,Powder
  • Pros:  Easy to carve, Stable at high speeds, Strong edgehold, Great value, Well known brand
  • Cons:  Heavy

Experience:   I'll always love this board, it was my first. I still use it on epic pow days, as it floats with the best of them. I don't ride her much on other days as I have too much fun on my Rome Riff, but when it's puking and I'm waist deep, this is the stick I pull from my quiver. It was a great board to learn on as well. It'll do exactly what you tell it to. Pretty forgiving in all types of snow as well.
"Fits a ton og gear, perfect for all kinds of traveling" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Overhead Luggage Bag
  • Pros:  can fit all my gear for a two week trip in here for my wife and I. HUGE capacity, will hold two bodies.
  • Cons:  Won't hold three bodies

Experience:   Perfect for business travel too when you have a ton of gear to haul
"perfect on mountain fix-it tool" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Dakine Torque Driver Tool
  • Pros:  great size everything you need in the handle great design for easy use & fitting in tight areas
  • Cons:  can rust easily as others have said.

"small lock that keeps the honest people honest" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2007 Dakine Micro Lock
  • Pros:  small, fits into any pocket
  • Cons:  can't turn the dials with gloves on.

"huge, sharp stompy" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2007 Dakine Spike Stomp
  • Pros:  cuts through the snow. you'll never slip on this baby. I've had this on all three of my boards, wife loves it on her board too.

"big bag for multiple boards" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Board Case
  • Pros:  holds three board and two pairs of boots no problem boot bags on inside lots of padding really tough
  • Cons:  None that I can think off. better shoulder strap would be nice, but that's getting picky.

"Great winter conditions glove" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2008 Burton Gore Tex Under
  • Pros:  great grip super warm hands stay dry
  • Cons:  lots of bulk

"water sponge for park days only" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2008 Rome The Doubledown Glove
  • Pros:  short cuff great flexibility
  • Cons:  always wet doesn't repel water at all it seems late spring park only gloves not very warm (even for Tahoe conditions)

"Great all mountain binding" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2008 Flow NXT AT
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Easy in & out, Boot hold, Durable, Good construction quality, Lightweight, Comfortable, Well known brand, Popular model, Easy installation
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   I frickin' love my Flows. I know its a love or hate thing, but if the boots you have fit these well, there is nothing better. down the ramp from the lift, kick your foot in and go. I haven't sat down to put on my bindings all season. In powder, it can be a bit tougher, but just dig a bit behind your boot and its all good.
"Great goggle for medium faces" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Smith Prodigy
  • Pros:  open or close the vents great, all day comfortable foam great lenses with replacements you can find works perfectly with a Smith Holt helmet
  • Cons:  None

"Perfect for use with a helmet" 3/23/2009
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  • Name: 2010 Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket
  • Pros:  fits snugly in the ear great sound tough
  • Cons:  some feedback with the wire rubs on something a bit pricey

"Everyone is on crack" 3/19/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Cartel 2009
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Pros:  Lightweight
  • Cons:  Poor adjustability, Uncomfortable

Experience:   I demo'd these on three different boards for a total of 2 days and I hate them. I hate the toe ramps, the straps that never seem to be prefect, the colors, everything. they had nice flex, but that' was about it.
"Burton Cargo Review" 3/19/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Cargo
  • Pros:  Durable, Warm, Waterproof
  • Description:  WEATHER: Spring Day, Blue Bird Powder Day, Cloudy and Cold, LEG: Relaxed, WAIST: Feels true to size, INSEAM: Feels true to length,

Experience:   The perfect pant. Between price, function, fit, warmth and weather proofing is the Burton Cargo Pant
"The Perfect Tahoe Pant" 3/19/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Poacher
  • Pros:  Durable, Lightweight, Waterproof
  • Cons:  Not Enough Pockets or Features
  • Description:  LEG: Relaxed, WAIST: Feels true to size, INSEAM: Feels true to length,

Experience:   I dig these. They are perfect for Tahoe as it never gets *that* cold, but these pants on their own didn't cut it in BC when it was -5 Fahrenheit. I'd like to have cargo pockets on both sides, but that is a minor complaint.
"Great goggles if you have a monster sniffer" 3/19/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Von Zipper Feenom
  • Pros:  Great lenses, cool looks, great strap that works perfect with helmets, all day comfort
  • Cons:  huge nose gap, but that's great on a hot spring day

Experience:   Gold Chrome is the best lens ever. Kinda pricey and the lenses are not that durable.
"Meh. Never felt quite right. " 3/19/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Custom
  • Skill:  Beginner
  • Pros:  Popular model
  • Cons:  Poor adjustability, Uncomfortable
  • Fit:  fits fine

Experience:   I'm just not a fan of these bindings. Constant adjustment and the tow caps still never fit my Moto's. They'd be great for a beginner or if you got them on a sick deal, but for the MSRP, no way.
"Burton Dominant Review" 3/13/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Dominant
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Boxes,Rails
  • Pros:  poppy, Popular model, Well known brand
  • Cons:  Too soft, Sluggish

Experience:   I used this board for a demo day and it is the ultimate job stick. WAAAAAY too soft for anything outside the park. Trying to bomb a blue to get to the park actually caused it to fold up on me and bail. Chatter doesn’t begin to describe the feeling of this board at speed, I had to have all my fillings put back in! Once on a box, this board was amazing. I could press this thing into anything imaginable, I made it into a sword (like those made out of balloons) for a smalls that was in the park. His friend was jealous. Landings off of kickers and table tops were a bit of an adventure, not as stable on the landings as my Deuce but fairly forgiving. How much fun it was in the park, it would be great for a mountain like Boreal or Sugar Bowl that have entire runs that are a park, but wouldn’t ride it outside of the park.
"Great all around boots" 3/10/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Moto
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Pros:  Comfortable, Easy lacing, Warm, Well known brand
  • Cons:  Difficult in & out
  • Fit:  average

Experience:   I’ve had these boots for awhile and I love the speed lacing. Love it. I have some minor heel slippage, but these are medium boots that break in a bit to be great for everything. I’ve ridden waist deep pow to slushy park days and these boots handle it. I’m on my second set of laces (still need to put them in) so that is a bummer, but still love the feel for these boots. Great value for the money.
"Meh...ok for your first twin" 3/9/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Burton Deuce
  • Skill:  Beginner
  • Use:  Boxes,Groomers,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Easy to carve, Stable at high speeds, Popular model, Great value
  • Cons:  Doesn't perform, Sluggish, Low quality

Experience:   I’m not going to say this board is bad, because its not, but I outgrew it in half a season and it couldn’t keep up. The tail cracked on me, the “infinite ride” gave up the ghost and its WAY softer than it was when I got it. The three hole sucks, and it was just kinda slow and not really great. No pop to speak of, especially with its directional flex. It’s a good deal if you’re learning park (like starting from ground zero as I was) and you get it on sale
"Perfect for Bigfoot and perfect for you" 3/9/2009
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  • Name: 2009 Rome Riff
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Groomers,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  lightweight, Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Well known brand

Experience:   I only have a few days on this board but it is worlds better than the Burton Deuce I had and killed after only 30 or so days on it. The centered twin shape has awesome pop, the board is stable bombing down the mountain and landings are silky smooth, unlike a lot of NS and Burton boards I've ridden the Riff is the best board I've ever ridden, bar none.

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