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Ben Fowler

Ben Fowler

Appalachian "Mountains", Cascade Mts., Whistler/Blackcomb, Tahoe

Benjamin's Passions

Camping
Snowboarding

Benjamin's Bio

Ben Fowler

Ben Fowler wrote an answer about on February 16, 2012

It's a little bit of both. You can basically fold the bag in half when it's empty, but that's it. It's like a preformed shell on the backside of the bag with the exception of the center where it can be folded. It's a pretty durable bag. I own a previous years 166 model and have traveled with it at least the last 2 years. My only complaint (which is actually brought up in ultrakenji's review) is that the bag is too stinking heavy. I packed 2 Boards(159 Ride Concept UL, and a 153 GNU DK) a jacket, 3 pair of pants, my helmet, spine protector and impact shorts and was already at the 50 pound weight limit. This last trip was a pain trying to pack things in my other bag because this bag was maxed as far as weight. It's got a ton of space you can't use unless you wanna pay for overweight bags when you fly. If you're road tripping with it then that's another story, but for flying cross country, I don't plan on using this bag again because it weighs way too much. Hopefully this helps.

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Ben Fowler wrote a review of on January 19, 2011

5 5

My first pair of impact shorts. I got them last year, knew I needed some because I bruised my tailbone in '09. Anyway, I can say that I came away clean from last year. They do a great job. VPD is pretty sweet stuff. Stiff at first, but once you've had it on a few minutes it softens up. Comfy shorts. Not bulky, even though they look like they would be. They've just gotten tight, but that's my own fault for packing on another 15 pounds. :)

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Ben Fowler wrote a question about on December 27, 2010

These vs. Flow NXT AT?
I currently ride with Flow bindings, but need to downsize my boot by 1 size, which means I'm gonna have to swap my bindings because they will now be too big for the boots. I have a friend that digs these, but he's never been Flows before. Anyone out there have experience with both and a preference for any reason? I'll be using these mainly for pow and freeriding. I'm trying to decide between these and the Flow NXT-FSE. Thanks!

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Ben Fowler wrote a question about on May 2, 2010

I've tried on the oakley splice and really like the fit. How does the realm compare? And what conditions is the red gradient lens good for? I looked at anon's site, but couldn't find reference to it.

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Ben Fowler wrote a review of on February 9, 2010

5 5

I own the '09 NXT AT's and love them. I haven't gotten to use these on the mountain yet, but took them down a hill by the house the other day just because we got a little bit snow. Anyway, I REALLY dig the way flow tricked these things out over the standard AT's. Where the AT's have ratchets on the inside of the binding, the AT SE's have an adjustable fixed position instead of the ratchets. Setup after traveling will be way quicker. I can't really say much about the "rocker", yet. I will say that the new flared bottom of the highback makes it WAY easier to lock it in. I didn't have even the slightest bit of trouble with it. With the '09s it can be irritating to lock in at times, but it doesn't seem to be an issue with the '10 line. I have '09 Ride Ful Boots size 9.5 and my AT's and AT SE's are a Large. LOVE MY FLOWS!

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Ben Fowler wrote an answer about on February 9, 2010

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Ben Fowler wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

As one reviewer said, because of the number of adjustments on these bindings, it might take a few runs to get them how you want them. Get lower model if you're a beginner. After tweaking mine a few times, transitions have become almost effortless. The only waiting I do is when my friends are all on their butts taking forever to strap in. I am a little disappointed with the strap adjustments on the toe-side of the baseplate. The screw loosened during day 4, but I'll just put some threadlock on it and it should be good. I tried a demo board that had mission bindings, and I wasn't impressed. Step, Lift, DONE!

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Ben Fowler wrote a review of on February 12, 2008

5 5

I recently went boarding in Whistler/Blackcomb. On one of the days, I decided to go with just this shirt and my boarding jacket. It was maybe 10 degrees F at the top of the mountain. That's without a windchill, and not on the lift. It does everything it claims! The only time I was a little chilly was on the lift. And if you've been to Whistler, you know how long the ride can be in the open lifts. And like I said, that was the only piece between me and my jacket. The pants were warmer yet. I left my inner thigh vents open on my pants going down the mountain. This set is the BEST! Can't say enough about them.

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Ben Fowler wrote a review of on February 12, 2008

5 5

Hands down the best base layers I have are The North Face XTC Expeditions. Used them at Whistler. It was 10 degrees without the windchill, and I had my vents open on my pants going down the mountain. And I was still toasty! What's better is that nothing smelled at the end of the trip!!! If you live in the great white north, do what you can to get these! Worth every penny.

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