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dougfagel Name Doug Fagel
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"Teaching how to Dougie!!" 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 17
Average Days/Year: 140
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: professional instructor
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'9, 180 lbs
Board Size: 155
Boot Size: 8.5
Clothing Size: M
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: M
Thermal Size: M
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Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Northstar-at-Tahoe
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"Top Pick for Your Next Stunt!!" 1/26/2010
Helpful Review?   (85) Yes    (9) No

  • Name: 2010 Sierra Stunt Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Super Buttery and Flexi, Great Pop and True Twin Consistency , Fun all over the hill & kills it in the powder
  • Cons:  Could be seen by some as too soft, Extruded Base is durable but not super fast, No reference marks for width stance

Experience:   This board with its reverse camber and true twin shape and flex, modeled after the Burton V-Rocker has a great playful shape and killer design. The board is great for cruising around on the groomers, riding in the park (I tested it on some medium sized features), and performed great while riding in the powder through the trees and even did well in the pipe. The all mountain freestyle rocker is still my personal favorite board press design for riding in the powder and with the true twin shape it makes it an ideal weapon for the rider that wants to enter the realms of switch riding. The soft flex of the board allowed it to be easily manipulated from turn to turn while shredding the tight trees at Steamboat. While riding the board in the pipe it gripped the ice vert wall way better than I would have expected from a soft flexing rocker board. The Stunt while sitting flat on a hard floor will spin like a top. The boards base sits low with the edges pulled away making for a great catch free ride whether holding onto the longest 360 butter in history, popping from one press to the next or just linking some turns after a night of celebrating. The true nature of this board may come from allowing new freestylers to progress their jibs, airs and butters faster than ever, but what I found was it was a board that made me smile as I pushed from one side of the mountain to the next. I personally will recommend this board for riders that want any one of these aspects in a board: easy to turn, fun in all aspects of freestyle, will be riding much more than just snow, want to ride powder like a freestyler, and any rider that is not scared of learning how to get jibby and playful around the hill. I love the graphics, even more when it is strapped to my feet.

Comments & Questions

CadillacTramps
Quite possibly the best in-depth review of any Sierra board. Thanks a lot, this will figure into my decision when I buy this board!

Justpha
I agree with cadillac...

JustinCred1ble
Great description, leaning towards purchasing this board for tricks and having fun!



"The Next Level of Anything, Anytime, Anywhere " 11/5/2009
Helpful Review?   (8) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Custom V-Rocker
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Powder,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Extremely Lively!!, V-Rocker floats great in the powder!!, Complete balance of flex and pop!!
  • Cons:  Harder to hook off the lip of big jumps vs. camber, They did not make this board sooner,

Experience:   My top pick for boards in 2010. The Custom V-Rocker is extremely playful with a ton of pop in the nose and tail. The directional shaped core and slightly set back stance still has a very twin like flex in the nose and tail. The new tech construction allows the board to hold and edge and be very responsive at high speeds, while still be soft and flexi when jibbing and buttering around. The profiled core between the feet allows the Custom V-Rocker to really lock onto rails, even with the V-Rock at the center of the board. The board has a looseness that is great all over the mountain while it can really hook up and accelerate when laid over. The board is a bit different for spinning off big jumps. It feel like you are always fading off the lip of a jump rather than hooking off your edge. This can be great for small and medium features, but is a bit scary off the big boys. The board is also not my favorite pipe board. This board can do it all and I feel is one of they best boards in all terrain environments.

Comments & Questions

boardlord11
Thx for the review. I was going to test a couple boards out this weekend! I will try this one now seems sick!!



"390 Performs!!" 8/26/2010
Helpful Review?   (7) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Rome 390 Snowboard Bindings Men's
  • Pros:  Responsive and snappy under foot, Doesn't feel like it is there, Great balance between metal and composites
  • Cons:  I did not try them sooner, A little tricky setting up the 1st time,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   The 2011 Rome 390 perfoms well in all the tests I put it through. I have spent many years riding Burton and Salomon bindings and was able to put a pair of the 2011 390s to the test this spring and summer. What I look for in a binding is something that I don't have to pay atttention to while I am riding. These bindings truely disapperar under my feet. Once you learn to set them up, which is a bit tricky with the four seperate components under foot that make up the foot bed, they are quite easy to dial in for the size and shape of your boot. I ride a 8.5 boot and find that I want to ride a L/XL so that the metal frame of the binding extends closer to the toe edge of the board for better response. I could easily ride a M/L but would recommend a L/XL for any rider with a size 9+ boot. I used this binding in steep terrain, in the pipe, on jumps big and small, on jibs and just cruising around the hill. I can say what I have been spending the extra time each day I go out to ride to put the 390s on what ever board I am pulling out of the quiver. If you are looking for jib specific you may want to go with something that is a little more low profile under foot, but for everything else get your self on a pair of 390s. I also got a chance to ride the x which I loved, but am yet to ride on a pair of the new Boss 390s. I am not into the cant beds so the Boss 390 is an unnecessary upgrade for me. By the way, these destroy the performance I get out of my Cartels.

Comments & Questions

Goofyvez
ton you thinks the L/XL fits with a board that has 146 of waist width ?

Goofyvez
do you think the L/XL fits with a board that has 146 of waist width ? sorry for the mistakes.

bhswrestler150
quite a few post about these guys being a bit tricky to set up, any tips? They should be arriving Friday



"Signal Omni - 2010" 7/1/2009
Helpful Review?   (7) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Signal Omni
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Boxes,Groomers,Powder,Rails
  • Pros:  Popular model, Great value, Popular on mountain
  • Cons:  Sluggish

Experience:   This board is an all mountain board and is a very easy board to ride with a very damp feel and forgiving ride. When riding the board on the hard pack the board absorbs much of the vibration that other boards do not and helps to keep the rider centered due to the between the feet camber. The Omni does give quite a bit of control when carving and on edge and this control is very predictable from the smooth flex patterns of the board. The Omni is the exclusive representative of Signal's Wavelength Technology; the traditional camber between the feet helps lock on to boardslides and lipslides while the reverse camber allows for a buttery feel when pressing out the nose and tail. The wave design helps the nose and tail of the board to flex up as the cambered area of the board between the feet is pressured which results in a nice floaty feel in the pow. The board's press shape although may sound like the Burton "S" Rocker it is very different in many ways. It is a rocker that may get the nose to float but in a board that is much more twin and freestyle oriented. The flex is very simple and predictable, yet lacks the pop that I look for in a board designed for advanced riding styles. The Omni does float in the pow at lower speeds which is nice, but it does not have a large amount of rebound when flexed backwards. For me it is not the board to push your big airs to the next level due to the soft pop even though it will be a good board to pull out a not so smooth aerial maneuver. The vertical side wall on the board acts as an energy sponge that eats up unwanted edge vibration and in turn creates an additional lose of energy exerted into the board from the rider. Overall this is a good board that is innovative and unique in many aspects of board construction made from one of the smaller USA snowboard manufacturers. The Omni could be a great all mountain board for a novice to intermediate rider, or a rider that likes a mellow riding deck.

Comments & Questions

mathwiz172
this is actually a very helpful review.... thanks



"No need to Modify this!!" 8/18/2010
Helpful Review?   (5) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Rome Mod Snowboard
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Groomed,Off Trail,Park,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  True Twin Camber All Mountain Freestyle, Huge Pop!! - Love the Camber, Rides Great in all terrain!
  • Cons:  Can be a touch soft riding fast in off-piste,

Experience:   This winter at the Bettypallooza at Stowe Vermont I got a day on the 2011 Rome Mod. It held up really well on the hard pack as I cranked up the speeds it locked into the firm snow. I then was sent one to ride while at Hood for the summer. I used it for everything from jumps to rails to pipe. I even rode it off the summit of Hood which has an impressive 1000 feet of big mountain riding, 40 degree plus, from the top! I ride a lot of rocker boards these days, and the Mod has been like a breath of fresh air to my riding. The camber is forgiving enough that it lets you lock onto rails and boxes with out a problem. I think that it might be a little easier at times to lock on with this board onto single barrel rails than a soft rocker board. Jumps big and small it gives you a ton of pop and grabs a landing with some teeth so you can stomp your spins and rip to the next feature. As the jumps get bigger the board performs better and better. Cambered All Mountain True Twin, is it too much to ask for a true twin all mountain camber board? It if for Burton. Thanks Rome for keeping a full on True Twin Camber Board in the line that can actually shine all over the hill. For freeriding the board holds up well in tight trees and I cannot wait to get mine out in the backcountry for some powder lines and cliff drops! Needless to say I highly recommend the Rome and I will for sure be on mine a number of days this season!! Also be sure to upgrade to a pair of the Rome Bindings.

Comments & Questions

Phatman
told you it was a man board!

BNeibel
Would the Mod and 390 bindings be an awesome park setup?

dougfagel
For sure. The Mod and 390 is what I rode much of the summer at Hood.



"Sierra Exclusive Lightweight Contact" 1/26/2010
Helpful Review?   (5) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Union Sierra Contact SL
  • Pros:  Super lightweight , Super Simple , Straps stay snug
  • Cons:  Basic plastic baseplates, May be softer than some riders are used to, High back rotation is limited
  • Flex:  soft

Experience:   I found that riding these bindings on a flexible freestyle board worked out great. The plastic baseplate of the binding allowed the board to have a more true flex do to the softness of the plastic. The bindings are extremely light weight and help to keep your setups weight down. The lightweight high back had a quality freestyle feel and was easily adjustable without any tools. I found that I like the feel of how the high back integrates into the rigid heal cup and plastic base plate. The foot bed gave a really nice ride, cutting down vibration with still plenty of feel of the snow. The ankle strap that looks to be almost too simple and is a bit clumsy when not in use proved to have a great feel and all that I need for shredding hard all day. The toe strap which is unique to these bindings was great. Again very simple but never seemed to slip off the toe of my boot. With the added adjustability of the heal cup depth this binding allows anyone to center out their boot on the board. For binding that is as simple in construction and design as it gets, I am happy to toss them on any of my all mountain and freestyle boards to go out for a shred.
"You don’t have to live in Tahoe to enjoy a Blue Bird Day!!" 4/28/2010
Helpful Review?   (3) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Sierra Bluebird Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Carving,Chop,Crud,High Speeds,Off Trail,Powder
  • Pros:  Rides powder well switch, Good response, Best looking Snowboard!!
  • Cons:  Have to size up for powder, Stance Width Options, Extruded Base

Experience:   The Sierra Blue Bird is a powder board and so much more. This board with a little bit of taper and true camber design offers a great board for the all mountain freerider’s a one board quiver or as a powder board that can also charge around the mountain switch. By not having a ton of taper and having a pretty true twin flex, the board performs quite well switch whether landing tricks are playing around in the fresh snow. The Sierra Blue Bird holds up great under speed and locks well into a carve. The progressive sidecut seems to offer a good amount of hook and return at the end of the turn and the profiled core makes the board have good flex between the feet without twisting out of a carve. I ride my Blue Bird a few centimeters longer for the extra float in the powder. Being really happy with the performance, it does not even touch on how much I like the looks of this board. The Blue Bird is a snowboard that is hard to keep in the garage. Mine is currently up on my wall in my living room. One of the best-looking boards I have seen in years.
"2010 Sierra Crew in the House" 12/13/2009
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Sierra Crew Snowboard Men's
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Nice Pop and Return, Quality Construction, 2x4 Bolt Pattern
  • Cons:  No stance markers, Board will get soft as it breaks in,

Experience:   I got out on the 2010 Sierra Crew for my first time today, a sick pow day in Tahoe. Even though I did not detune the board it handled the deep powder better than I expected. The traditional camber board had a ton of return after slashing through the powder. The board is really quick edge to edge and handled really well when charging through the trees. Switch riding is not a problem. I rode the board with a 22.5 stance and could almost center the board out by using the most forward inserts at the front foot and the set one back on the rear foot. The nose is a touch softer than the tail so switch ollies are super friendly. I did not get a chance to ride park or any jibs, but I expect it to hold its own on kickers and lock onto rails like any other mid flex camber board. The board is a great all around resort board for any novice to advanced rider that want a traditional camber board. The 2010 Sierra Crew is a huge upgrade from the past Crews and the Sintered Die-cut base is awesome and holds wax really well. I look forward to see how this board performs in other terrain as I push it on the resorts and the backcountry.
"Pow Machine!!" 9/22/2009
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Malolo
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Chop,Crud,Powder
  • Pros:  Sick in the Powder!!, Fun in the Chop!!, Great Rebound and Construction!
  • Cons:  A little catchy at times on the Hard Pack.,

Experience:   I rode this board during the big pow days at Squaw last Spring (2009) for a few days and had a blast on it. The board with the new S-Rocker is a bit more powder specific than the Malolos of the past. So if you are afraid of change you better get the 2009 models while they last. The Board is almost hard to sink the nose while riding pow and the camber under the back foot, that was created to get more float. Also gives the board a quick snappy rebound in even light powder. The base is fast and the EST is the bomb. I rode switch a bit and it definitely took a bit to get used. The board is quite fun in bumps and end of the day chop. I look forward to the next time I can get on the S-Rocker in the pow, very fun!
"Un Inc 157" 5/18/2009
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Burton Un Inc
  • Skill:  Advanced
  • Use:  Boxes,Carving,Groomers,Jumps,Rails
  • Pros:  Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Popular model, Strong edgehold, Great value, Popular on mountain, Well known brand

Experience:   The last year this board will be under the UnInc name. Expect a replacement for coming seasons under a different title. This is the board of choice for me for throwing down on the big booters. It is a medium flex board so that you can flex it out when needed, but will hold up when you need it at high speeds. The directional flex, tail is a bit stiffer than the nose and twin shape make for a good combination while charging switch and regular. This is my top Big Air board of the Season!! And it glows in the dark, so it is the board of choice for all those night shoots...
"Good for Protection, not the best for mobility..." 5/8/2009
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2007 RED Rail Guard
  • Pros:  The guards are a full coverage guard that will defiantly protect against knee impacts as well as rail bang.
  • Cons:  Too much bulk behind the knee! This limits your range of motion and can cut off blood flow to the lower leg. I recommend a guard with less material in the back, where padding is not needed.

Experience:   I wear a pair of Thor motocross knee and shin guards, the Fox ones are good as well.

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