Andreas Bruch

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Andreas Bruch wrote a review of on January 12, 2009

5 5

My nine-year-old is riding these for the first time this year, and they're excellent bindings - from the mounting system to on-mountain use. I was stunned to find that the highbacks can be adjusted independently of the binding, allowing you to square them with the edge of the board - makes proper riding much easier, and this wasn't a commonly available bit of tech a few years ago. The toe strap is Burton's excellent "cap strap" - no downward binding pressure on little toes. Very high-quality strap mechanisms. Sizing - my son's in size-two boots, and I had to go to the smallest adjustments to make the bindings work. No biggie, but if you're smaller than a size two these aren't going to work for you.

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Andreas Bruch wrote a review of on January 12, 2009

4 5

My nine-year-old is riding these for the first time this season - they're exceptionally solid, very no-frills boots. Sizing runs true - if your little guy wears a 1.5, buy the size 2. The boa system is extremely easy for youngsters to use, and it was VERY nice to not have to deal with lacing boots each morning. Subtle graphics let the world know he's ready to throw it down.

Only knock is that there was ZERO documentation in the box with the boots - how/where the sizing shims are is therefore a bit of a mystery. I'm sure it's easy to figure out, but minimal documentation would be a nice gesture on a $100 kid's boot.

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Andreas Bruch wrote an answer about on January 10, 2009

If you're a skier, I'd go with this pack - if you're a boarder, go with the Stash Rider. I have a Rider, and it's a great carry system for a board - properly hitching the board to the pack with the carry system yields and efficient way to do it. If you're a skier, I'd stick with this pack - the great thing about the diagonal carry is that it'll keep the skis out of your way while you hike. BCA designs some pretty smart gear.

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Andreas Bruch wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

4 5

A great update of what's gotta be one of the original snow-clogs in the business. The higher back heel is great, as is the slip-on pull-loop, which actually works on this shoe. Buy it a half-size larger than your usual - feet will not swim around, and you'll find them MUCH easier to pull on. And you can actually dress them up, at least a bit (for a snowclog).

All in all, highly recommended - I worry slightly about the long-term durability of the pull-loop, but otherwise expect that I'll have these for a long, long time.

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Andreas Bruch wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

4 5

Just installed the tracks on the top of my '08 FJ, and they absolutely rock. Totally low-profile rack solution, keeps the additional height of adding a rack to the absolute minimum. Interesting to note that the Yak tracks are identical to the Thule racks - once they're installed, you can install either brand's towers.

I'd echo everything erich mentions, with a few caveats, the most significant being the "vehicle-specific mounting guide" provided by Yakima. I was surprised to learn (and I'm generalizing here) that, unless installing the tracks on a pre-2001 vehicle, you're very likely NOT to have specific instructions for your truck/car. So your install's probably going to require a slight bit of winging it, which might make some nervous, considering you're drilling directly into the roof of your ride. Certainly made me jittery. If you can chat with a professional installer (like the Rack Attack guys), do so - you'll feel a bit better about doing it yourself. You should also know that Bondo sells a patch/repair kit, probably available at your local auto parts store for ten bucks.

Otherwise the install directions are crystal-clear, and it's actually a very simple process once you get the first one or two figured out. And the end product is absolutely rock-solid. Highly recommended - but Yak REALLY needs to update the vehicle guide (or at least put it on the web!).

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