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Alpinelight wrote a review of on March 8, 2012

5 5

I have 100+ days on my Rubicon pants - about 75% resort and 25% backcountry.

Close to half of those days are storm / powder days. Somebody asked if these are waterproof. Yes, they are fully waterproof in wet Tahoe conditions.

They're just roomy enough to not make me look like an adventure racing weirdo when I hit the park, but no problems when skinning in the backcountry on a splitboard.

Definitely heavier than typical backcountry gear, but they vent very well and I tend to prefer burly over superlight. Adventure racers will hate them.

I routinely fall on rails, bushwhack through thorn bushes, scratching my way through narrow gaps between trees, throw the pants in a bag where they rub up on sharp board edges. Nothing seems to have damaged them. I expect them to be indestructible for another 100 days at least.

Only issue is that the Patagonia label eventually fell off.

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Alpinelight wrote a review of on December 28, 2006

5 5

I love this jacket because it's:
1. light
2. compressible
3. warm when damp
4. cut to layer under a shell

Even though it insulates when wet, I'd advise wearing something weather resistant over it if there's precipitation.

100% satisfied.

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Alpinelight wrote a review of on December 28, 2006

5 5

1. super light
2. comfortable
3. vent system works great (both for keeping warm, and for cooling off)
4. audio earphones available

What more could you want? I love this helmet. Put it on and never notice it until I take it off at the end of the day.

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Alpinelight wrote a review of on December 11, 2006

5 5

I'm now on my third pair of Ions, having worn out the previous two pairs. I ride about 40-50 days a season in a mix of backcountry, resort riding, and terrain park.
I love the Ions because of:
1. Incredible comfort
2. Light weight plus durability
3. Burton's lacing system *rocks*
I was initially worried about the lacing system, but it held up perfectly through all of last season for me. The speed and adjustability are amazing, will never go back to old-fashioned laces.
The only thing I'd point out is that these boots have a medium flex to them. If you need an ultra-stiff boot (you know who you are), then look to something like a Driver X. (Which I also have, and which also rock.)

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Alpinelight wrote a review of on December 11, 2006

5 5

Now on my second pair of Spy Orbits - love these goggles. I took my old pair and put in a low-light lens, to use for storm days.
Basically, they:
1. fit great with a helmet
2. have excellent optical quality
3. are highly resistant to fogging
4. look sick
I have about 150 days of history wearing Orbits, so feel very confident in recommending them. There's no way you should be disappointed with these. Worth every penny.
Only other goggle I liked almost as well was the Oakley Wisdom, but it didn't fit as nicely with helmets.

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