Adam Shaleen

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Adam Shaleen

Adam Shaleen wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

If you were to base a shoe's rating on grip alone, the five ten freerider would be a 5/5. You just cannot beat stealth rubber. Rather than spending all your extra $$$ on fancy pedals, you can just wear these shoes instead, which turns just about any platform into a stable ride. Very solid ankle support, and foot protection. My criticisms; UGLY. Seriously, this is a bulky-ass shoe. It's not heavy by any stretch, just chunky and ugly. They are a little wide/large volume in the toebox. I have to put a pair of pillow insoles in mine to pad them out a bit, and they are still a little too big. Not length mind you, just overall size in the toebox. All said and done, if you're ready to to make the switch from some flimsy VANS (like I did) and want the best grip for your money, this is it. Now only if they'd make a good looking shoe too...

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Adam Shaleen wrote a review of on November 9, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have skinny feet, so even though I buy the appropriate size, there is usually too much volume in most boots. These are the exception. The internal BOA system makes them super snug and responsive. All in all, of the 5 different pairs of boots I tried last season, these are the best. Footprint isn't as small as Burton, but the performance more than makes up for it.

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Adam Shaleen wrote a review of on March 16, 2012

5 5

Absolutely the best goggle on the market. The fit, functionality, and look are great. The interchangeable lens system makes swapping lenses on the fly super easy. I've tried many goggles in my time on the snow, and these outperform the rest by leaps and bounds. Get some.

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Adam Shaleen wrote a review of on March 16, 2012

3 5

Could be a good park boot, but taking turns all over the mountain will wear your legs out quick. The Velcro across the toe box does virtually nothing, considering the stiffness of the outer shell. Overall, this boot just doesn't provide much support. I love the small footprint of Burton boots, and the aesthetics but they just don't perform well.

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Adam Shaleen wrote a review of on February 28, 2012

4 5

Best jacket I've ever had. I'm a tall, skinny dude, so finding jackets that ACTUALLY FIT is nearly impossible for me. This one fits the bill the best. The sleeves are LONG and the openings are WIDE, which means you can actually get your mitten to fit in there and they don't fall out when you stretch. 10,000 water proof is perfect for Utah (usually), and being a stand alone shell makes it perfect for layering with warmer under layers, or by itself for spring riding. Oh, and it doesn't fit like a garbage bag either (cough, airblaster, cough). The only reason I didn't rate it a 5 is because it has Louie Vito's name on it. WHO CARES ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT A PRO ENDORSES A JACKET! I don't. This is the closest thing I've found to a "classic" style jacket. You know, not too flashy but the right amount of style. Why does it have to have some dude's name on it? It's my jacket, not his. Anyway, 686 is great product for the money. WORD.

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Adam Shaleen wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

2 5

The rib knit hand gaiters are nice, but too thick to easily fit into mittens/gloves. A simple nylon would have been fine.

The photo on BC.com doesn't show the "fake" silver buttons along the zipper flap. I'd prefer it without the buttons, as they serve no function and would look better without. For the price it should still come with some venting. Zippers don't cost that much.

Oh, and it fits like a big black garbage bag.

I like the Airblaster message, but this jacket just doesn't measure up.

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