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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdel

I live in Denver and mainly ride Loveland and Vail

Brad Gobdel's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking

Brad Gobdel's Bio

Current set up:
Rome Mod Rocker 159
Rome 390 Boss Binding
Rome Bodega Boot
Von Zipper Fishbowl or El Kabong Goggles
Rome Index gloves
Airhole Facemasks

Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on February 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer



I've ridden the 159 and 163 Mtn Div boards and all I can say is I can't wait to get back on these boards. I took the 163 to Canada last year and rode some of the deepest snow of my life. I've never had a board that could ride small when you needed to make tight turns, yet run long in wide open situations. This thing also has tons of landing gear. The Turbo Rods in the tail snap you out of turns and stand you up on landings.
This isn't just a pow board. The camber profile allows you to rip all over the mountain.

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on February 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let me start by saying that I was in love with my old Mod Rocker, and didn't think it could be any better. But I am the first to admit, that I was wrong. The mad scientists at Rome somehow made my favorite board of all time, even better. I started riding this newly shaped Mod Rocker back in January and never looked back. The new shape with a longer flat zone just felt so right in all conditions. No joke. Hardpack- Killed it. Powder- effortless float. Jumps- tons of landing gear. I'll be the first to admit that I am not blessed with the gift of pop, but these new Turbo Rods had my back in a big way. I can't say enough about this new Mod Rocker other than it is the best all around snowboard I've ever ridden...again.

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on February 8, 2015

5 5

I wanted a glove with easy access so I could shoot photos while on the mountain...these are awesome. I was a little skeptical at first as they aren't really that thick, but they keep my hands warm and dry even in frigid conditions. I love these things.

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on February 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After being frustrated with tech laces and cables etc. I wanted to go back to an all mountain lace boot. I tried on a bunch of boots and found the Libertine fit my needs perfectly. I have a size 12 foot and worked my way into a size 11 Libertine. It was tight at first, but at the end of the 2nd day riding I was living in comfort. I have about 20 days on them now and they are the most comfortable boots I've ever owned and they are holding up great.

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on February 7, 2015

Simply the best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Airhole makes the best fitting facemasks in the world. Add merino wool to the mix and you have the ultimate in face protection. I have two of these that I wear every time I'm on the mountain. Even in frozen conditions, this mask keeps my face warm and dry on the inside.

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

A lot of people throw around the "one board quiver" title, but the Crossrocket is the real deal. I've ridden the 158 and the 161 and they are both a blast to ride. Camber between the feet for a predictable/stable ride, then the rolled up contact points keep the board loose and floaty in deeper snow. I rode the 158 at Loveland last season on the best testing day ever. Crushed groomers in the morning, then got on the Ridge Snowcat when it opened at 11am and rode 18 inches of new snow. I was worried the Crossrocket wouldn't have the float I needed, but I was so wrong. After the first turn I knew the Crossrocket had my back.

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on December 8, 2014

5 5

Fit: True to size

I got this jacket a few weeks again and have about 8 days on it. I love the cut and style of this jacket. Not too baggy, but long enough to cover your butt. You can't really tell from the photo, but the black patched on the shoulders of the Burgundy color are corduroy and it looks soooo good. The insulation isn't bulky at all. Just keeps you warm and dry on cold days.

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

This colorway is limited to only about 200 bindings in the US....once they are gone they are gone.

The Katana simply blows away all other bindings at the same price point. It is about 30% lighter than the Targa, but it doesn't sacrifice durability for weight. This binding is one of the most responsive and comfortable bindings I've ever ridden. The D30 Foam on the baseplate offers up a smooth ride in the bumpiest conditions and the pivot mount straps are like nothing I've used before. You can adjust the angles of the straps to a more aggressive upper position for more control, or you can lower them for more lateral flex. Such a cool option.
After riding these a few times I had to put my old 390 Bosses out to pasture.

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Brad Gobdel

Brad Gobdelwrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

The Katana simply blows away all other bindings at the same price point. It is about 30% lighter than the Targa, but it doesn't sacrifice durability for weight. This binding is one of the most responsive and comfortable bindings I've ever ridden. The D30 Foam on the baseplate offers up a smooth ride in the bumpiest conditions and the pivot mount straps are like nothing I've used before. You can adjust the angles of the straps to a more aggressive upper position for more control, or you can lower them for more lateral flex. Such a cool option.
After riding these a few times I had to put my old 390 Bosses out to pasture.

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