Alex Bass

Alex Bass

Brighton, Utah

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J A's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking

J A's Bio

I'm a snowboarder first and foremost. You probably wouldn't expect that coming from a Georgia boy who didn't start riding until he was 18, but that's me. I moved out here thanks to a scholarship offer from Westminster College, where I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Studies. A few experienced Ice Coasters who also moved out for school took me under their wing and helped me fall in love with the mountains.

In the winter you can find me spending every second of my free time lapping the park or seeking out powder at Brighton Resort, splitboarding in the Wasatch backcountry, or looking for urban features to hit in the city. In the summer I'm usually at the skatepark, cruising around the city on my bike and checking out live music, or hiking with my loyal mutt, Hank, never far behind.

Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the urethane highback makes tweaking out in the park really fun. however, they can be a little flimsy when it comes to big drops and jumps, and riding through chunder will wear you out really damn fast when you're riding these. I rock a stiffer binder on my pow board, but if you just need a park binding (or only ride park/urban), these are really fun. Also, the footbeds are a little annoying to lift up (there's no good way to grip it. you pretty much have to just use a screwdriver), but they shed snow like it's nothing so you don't get ice buildup underfoot.

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Alex Bass wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the cardinal ikat colorway, and I'm definitely stoked on how it looks. The nylon fabric on this color also makes it good for activities like river trips and spring snowboarding since it doesn't get waterlogged like cotton. Only downside is the backstrap is pretty cheap.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of those things you never realize you needed until you have it. It makes preparing meals in the backcountry so much easier thank to a cutting board that doesn't take up a ton of room and plenty of tools that, while perhaps not necessary, make life a lot easier. Plus, those bottles ensure I always have oil and hot sauce on deck, which, frankly, is the most important part.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I've been surviving Salt Lake winters for 7 years in skate shoes like an idiot. Got a dog last summer, so I realized my regular shoes weren't going to cut it for taking him out twice a day when we were in the middle of single-digit inversions. These things are plenty warm and gave me adequate grip on icy surfaces. Don't know why I didn't get them sooner. Runs large though, I'm usually a 9 and I have a pair of 8s in these that are perfect.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

...on anything besides this mitt! Why spend over a hundred bucks on a Gore-Tex glove with some flimsy nylon fabric when you can get the same protection and better durability from this one? Seriously, waxed leather is all you need. Kept my hands dry and toasty without any kind of liner in white-out blizzard conditions on mid-winter Utah pow days. Of course, I was also able to wear them on sunny park days too without getting too hot. Doubt I'll buy a different glove again, with the exception of pipe gloves for slush laps.

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Alex Bass wrote an answer about on October 18, 2013

Give our Gearheads a call or chat in if you get a defective item. They will help you out with return shipping and getting another pair out as soon as possible. Paying your own return shipping is standard procedure for most returns, but in this case we'd be happy to do more to help you get the gloves you need.

That being, said, these are my favorite gloves I've ever had. The leather is durable and grippy so you can confidently hold things on the chair, and Gore-tex keeps my fingers dry all day.

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Alex Bass

Alex Bass wrote a review of on March 5, 2013

2 5

they don't collapse very far and can be kind of a pain to adjust (plus they don't stay all the way collapsed, they slide around a few inches), but for how cheap they are I shouldn't be surprised. Wish they weren't listed as splitboarding poles, they're just too long to want to deal with if you have to put them away when you ride down. Probably fine for snowshoeing, but for backcountry snowboarding I'd say spend the extra money for something that gets significantly smaller

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Alex Bass wrote a review of on March 5, 2013

4 5

Got this in a 160cm (I ride park boards in the 150-154 range and pow boards in the 157-160 range) and am super stoked on it. The topsheet is gorgeous and the construction is the quality you'd expect from Arbor. I have it with a Voile kit right now, but definitely plan on upgrading to split-specific bindings in the future because even with the karakoram clips there's still some slop in the seam. However, that doesn't stop it from floating effortlessly in powder and it surprisingly rips through chunder and down groomers better than most regular boards I've ridden. The only complaints I have is that it's hard to maneuver at slow speeds, making it difficult to ride in tight trees. Once you open her up though, it's smooth sailing. My other gripe is that the rocker shape tends to make the tip and tail flex outward when skinning, which often makes me sink further into the snow even on established skin tracks. Overall, really stoked on it and excited to continue my Wasatch explorations on it.

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