Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte

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Aaron's Passions

Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

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Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on February 4, 2014

Jing-
163cm is the largest size available in this board, so 170 is not an option.

Burton has an interactive sizing tool here, check it out: http://www.burton.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Burton_US-Site/default/Product-SizeCharts?pid=W14-11540100

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Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on February 4, 2014

I've used these quite a bit and have not had that issue. The bindings are on a pivot hinge system, so the platform doesn't spring back into place like some snowshoes that use a tension or twist system.

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Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on December 13, 2013

Hi Kristi-

How old is your son? Will his board size be larger next year? A good snowboard bag can last for years so it may be wise to size up if there any questions. Also, It is common for snowboarders to take multiple boards on trips and the extra space can come in handy.

That said, from personal experience, I would suggest you look at the more structured bags from Burton and Dakine. The Dakine Tour bag for example is close to the same price but offers better board protection, extra storage and a firmer more structured bag is easier to manage than a soft bag while traveling.

http://www.backcountry.com/dakine-tour-bag-for-snowboards?ti=UExQIENhdDo6MTo4OmJjc0NhdDYxMTAwMDUz

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Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on November 20, 2013

Hey Jake, doesn't look like you can get these pants or this brand on Backcountry anymore. Check out their site though for current seasons colors on the L1 Americana Pant: http://l1outerwear.com/outerwear/americana-pant

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Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on November 19, 2013

A lot depends on your riding style of course and it's not always the length that matters; width, side cut radius and taper/shape all factor in, but at 190 pounds you're definitely maxing out this particular board.

It can be a lot of fun to throw around a shorter board at the resort. But, if your plan is to come out west and ride deep powder it will definitely be a little short. You'll find that you are submarining that board and struggling to keep the nose from diving.


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Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on November 19, 2013

Yes. Using this kit, you will be able to mount her current bindings on the new splitboard.

The bindings will mount to the Voile Slider Track with t-nuts (included in this kit) and then you just use the circular mounting plate the bindings came with, you'll adjust stance angle by moving the pucks and tighten down like a regular mount. No extra drilling is required.

To switch them back, you would just dismount them from the Voile Slider Track and remount them on her standard board.

If she really gets into splitboarding, you might want to look at some of the newer split specific binding options from Spark R&D, Voile and Karakoram that eliminate the need for the slider track altogether.

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Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on November 18, 2013

Hey Max, this is a hard one to answer because everyone is so different in terms of temperature control and comfort when they are touring (or doing any other cold weather aerobic activity).

I am personally a big fan of Arcteryx products; but its all about the right fit, weight, material, performance and of course, style for you individually.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of options but I think a few other specific alternatives you might look at are:

Black Diamond CoEfficient Fleece Hooded Jacket
http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-coefficient-fleece-hooded-jacket-mens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6YmxhY2sgZGlhbW9uZDoxOjQ6YmxhY2sgZGlhbW9uZA

Marmot Up Track Softshell Jacket
http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-up-track-softshell-jacket-mens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6bWFybW90OjE6MTY6bWFybW90

Dynafit Mercury Softshell Jacket
http://www.backcountry.com/dynafit-mercury-softshell-jacket-mens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6ZHluYWZpdDoxOjE2OmR5bmFmaXQ

Norrona Lyngen Warm2Flex Fleece Jacket
http://www.backcountry.com/norrna-lyngen-stretch-fleece-jacket-mens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6bm9ycm9uYToxOjg6bm9ycm9uYQ

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Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on November 18, 2013

Yes, it is very helmet friendly. In fact, one of the knocks on this jacket has been that it doesn't have a volume control cinching system. It has drawcords to pull the face opening tight, but no rear adjustment to tighten up the interior fit. So, if you are trying to use the hood with no helmet it can be a little like having a grocery sack on your head.

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Aaron Batte

Aaron Batte wrote an answer about on November 18, 2013

It works. The idea is that it has a very specific formula that optimizes the blend of glucose, sucrose and sodium to maximize the body's absorption of the fluid so you stay hydrated.

It also tastes pretty good, which is probably why Peter Sagan likes it.

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