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Gender: Male
Age: 32
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 20
Skill Level: advanced
Riding Style: all mountain
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Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 6'2, 215 lbs
Board Size: 164
Boot Size: 10
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
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Location: Vermont
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"Great Goggles For Big Heads" 10/30/2010
Helpful Review?   (11) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2011 Electric EG2 Goggles Men's
  • Pros:  Field of View, Spherical Lens, Clarity
  • Cons:  Too Big For Small Heads/ Helmets,

Experience:   The main reason I bought these goggles is because the field of vision is great. I notice it in the peripheral a lot, where it's most important, but you get a lot more visibility looking up as well. It doesn't seem like you've got some big bushy eyebrows blocking your view like you get with some other goggles. I wear a Bern Baker 'hard hat' helmet in size L, and it's a tight fit where the top corners of the goggles meet the helmet, but they fit. I've found that the 'hard hat' versions of the Baker fit a lot lower than the regular EPS foam ones. So I would speculate that an EPS helmet in a smaller size will fit, but I might be wary in a hard hat version in a size smaller than a large. They smooshed my nose when I first put the on, but I moved the strap from running near the top of my helmet to down near the bottom. That redistributed the pressure, and they fit much better now. So far they've held up well for me, and I've done a few cartwheels with them on. I'm a little worried about how far the lens sticks out (might be more likely to scratch), but it's not that big of a deal. The field of vision makes it worth it.

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snoopy123
thanks for your post i am convinced i will buy these goggles for my boyfriend. He alwyas complains how much they fog.

live2hover
Dude, this is a great review. Thanks!



"Great Off-Piste" 1/4/2011
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Bataleon The Jam
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Off Trail,Powder,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Quick Turns, Smooth Edge To Edge, Good Float For Camber
  • Cons:  Below Average Edge Hold, Short Effective edge,

Experience:   Bataleon's Triple Base Technology has some downsides, but those issues can be forgiven because they have their upsides as well. This board has a shorter than average effective edge, so it sacrifices high-speed edge hold on big carves for agility and quickness when it comes to making turns in the steep and bumpy. The TBT makes it almost impossible to just 'check' an edge or put light pressure on it at low speed, but it makes for very smooth, rolling transitions from edge to edge at high speed. You get better powder float than a cambered board without sacrificing all of it's stability. The edges being upturned really help make it catch free on boxes and rails. It's not detuned at all, the contact points are actually lifted up off of the snow. This also helps it spin nicely, and makes it fast when you point it straight and ride flat because there is less contact with the snow. This board won't replace my longer cambered board for groomers and high-speed carving, but when there's a little bit of fresh snow and I want to ride something bumpy or full of trees, this will be my go-to board. Get yourself a Bataleon Jam if you like getting off of the groomers and out of the park because that's where it excels, and it'll take care of business on the cruisers and the boxes when you need it to.
"Nice Midweight Layer" 11/21/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Burton Camp Hoodie
  • Pros:  Not Too Heavy, Wicks Sweat,
  • Cons:  Not Very Warm,
  • Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Slightly Loose, Good Length

Experience:   I like to wear this hoody as a mid layer and I probably wear it more than any of my other mid layer tops. The fabric is much thinner than your typical hoody, but it's made of their dryride fabric, which wicks sweat so much better than any cotton hoody ever would. It won't keep you as warm as a heavy weight shirt would, but with a good base layer and a sturdy shell to block the wind, I can get through most cold days without ever being cold or sweaty. Even though it's polyester, it feels nice and soft to the touch. I really like having it because I just wear it casually, but it's technical enough to wear on the mountain too. I really can't find another hoody just like it, so I'm thinking about picking up another one. Or two.
"Waterproof, Warm, Too Baggy." 8/20/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Special Blend Annex
  • Pros:  Waterproof, Durable Fabric, Lots OF Pockets
  • Cons:  Fit Too Baggy,
  • Pant Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  XL
  • Description:  Baggy

Experience:   Good pair of pants. Great waterproofing, I've never felt cold or wet in these pants. I love all of the pockets, although sometimes it seem like there may be too many, I'd rather have too many than too few. I lvoe the South Beach blue color. My only complaint is that they're too baggy. It's not so much that the leg is big around, but from the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seems like a mile of fabric. I don't need the crotch hanging down by my knees, but I don't want to put on suspenders and wear these things like Urkel so they fit right. I usually end up putting on a belt and wearing them higher than I normally would. I dunno, maybe I'm just old and out of style since I'm in my upper 20's.
"Super-Responsive All Mountain Binding" 2/3/2013
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Ride Capo Snowboard Bindings
  • Pros:  Responsive Baseplate, Comfortable Straps, Great Adjustability
  • Cons:  Sometimes Sticky Ratchets,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   Like most Ride bindings, I think these guys take a little bit of time to get dialed in. There are a lot of things you can tweak and adjust, but a lot of those things are tool-free now, so that helps. Once you get them dialed in, they're great. I used to ride Cartels a lot, but I prefer the Capos. The aluminum baseplate is super-responsive, and the straps really allow you to crank down tight without being uncomfortable. Not everyone likes the aluminum baseplate, and I wouldn't recommend them for a park rat, because they just don't give. Cartels have moved to a softer, more flexible hinged baseplate, which is good for tip-to-tail flex, but not as great for power transfer. Capos really seem to get all of the power to your edges. I have other Ride bindings, so I knew I would like the canted footbeds, but the thing I like the most about these bindings is the highback. It's nice and wide and flat. This allows your boot to move front to back without the highback getting in the way, but it's still always right there behind it, ready to respond. I consider these a mid flex, but it's really two different ratings. Heel-to-toe, they are very stiff and responsive. You can crank them down hard if you want to ride some steep, gnarly stuff. Tip-to-tail, the flat highback allows you some extra play, and you can loosen the straps up a bit for some extra wiggle room. My only issue is that one of my ratchets sticks occasionally. It's just the one ratchet, and it only happens every once and a while, so I'm willing to overlook it for the most part. I haven't ridden every binding out there, but these are the best I have ever owned.

Comments & Questions

ejaeyoon
very good review. i agree with everything



"Great Jacket" 9/25/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 686 ACC Syndicate
  • Pros:  Warm, Good Length, Not Too Baggy
  • Jacket Fit:  Just right
  • My Size:  L
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Long, Loose Fit

Experience:   Warm, comfortable, the materials are really nice. I like the outer fabric, it has a subtle texture to it so it doesn't look shiny like some other waterproof materials do. Lots of pockets for just about everything, and the chest zipper is perfect. I can reach in to use my ipod or grab my phone without having to unzip the main zipper and let cold air in. The handwarmer pockets are nice and deep too. After reading reviews, I bought a size Large. At 6' 2, 220lbs, it fits perfectly. The powder skirt actually comes just below my butt, instead of riding up like other jackets usually do. Good length and room for me, makes me wonder who would actually fit an XL. I guess if you're very tall or into a really baggy fit that's the way to go, but really, this jacket is plenty big enough for me.
"Decent" 9/25/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2009 Spy Zed
  • Pros:  Helmet Compatability, Good Lenses For The Price,
  • Cons:  Field Of View,

Experience:   Got these with two different lenses that work great; the persimmon is really nice for flat light days and isn't too dark for riding at night. The mirror lens blocks a good amount of light, great for the bright days, so they make for a solid combo. The frame is a bit on the smaller side and the strap is a bit short, but not too much so. They fit fine with my size L Bern Baker. No fog issues, but I would like a little more peripheral vision. I have to turn to look over my shoulder a little more than I would like.
"Very Good, Not Great" 9/25/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Union Contact
  • Pros:  Lightweight, Durable,
  • Cons:  Soft in the heel,
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   Really nice and lightweight while still being durable. The M/L size says it only goes up to a men's 10, but is exactly right for my 10.5 Forum Kicker SLR boots. I've got just enough room to get my boot in and out, so they hold everything nice and snug. No problems with the buckles or the straps, but the foam in the heel makes for a bit of a squishy ride. Not sure why they designed them that way. It's fine when you're at really low speed, but as soon as I get moving any faster, it throws me off a bit.
"They've got a reputation for a reason." 8/20/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Burton Cartel 2008
  • Pros:  Adjustability, Tall Highback, Great flex
  • Flex:  mid

Experience:   Got these bindings after reading so many positive things about them, and I couldn't be happier. The adjustability of these is great. It might take a couple days, but once you get them dialed in, you don't ever notice them again. Just the right flex for an all-mountain rider. As a taller guy, I really appreciate the taller highback, and the fact that you can really crank the forward lean. When I crouch to get my center of gravity lower, it's right where I want to be. That makes for quicker response and lets me get for edge to edge even faster. I might buy another brand or model of bindings, but it'll be hard to beat the Cartels.
"All-Mountain Performance" 8/20/2010
Helpful Review?   (0) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2008 Ride Concept TMS
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds
  • Pros:  Stiff, Great Edge Hold, Durable
  • Cons:  So-so In Powder, Below Average For Park,

Experience:   I bought this board as my first board, and it really took me some time to get the most out of it. It's pretty stiff, and not made to be ridden at low speed. This board is best when you ride it fast and hard in groomed conditions. Edge hold is great, I really don't feel like I'm missing out on magna-traction when I ride it. It's quick edge to edge, and when you're in the groove, you can lay down some amazing lines. It's not a true twin, but it's pretty decent to ride switch. However, as soon as you slow down a bit, or get into the deep stuff, the stiffness of the board makes it hard to maneuver. It's ok for boxes, good pop for jumps, but buttering is really tough. They said it's good 'even in the park' but I don't buy it. You really have to take control of this board, and the long effective edge doesn't lend itself to small, quick turns. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this board for a beginner, but for someone more advanced who rides hard on the groomed stuff and hits some kickers, it's great. Just don't believe the 'ATV' hype and expect it to be a good park board.

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