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Chris Kelley

Chris Kelley

Boston and Northeast Kingdom Vermont

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Chris Kelley

Chris Kelleywrote a review of on October 22, 2011

5 5

I'm on my third Custom X and it's always been my primary ride since owning them. If you charge hard and need to turn, huck, land, or go balls to the wall straight down the trail with precision then you can't do better than the X. This board is not for noobs. You got know how to ride this board or it will ride you (totally stole that line from a friend). If you're looking to butter around the mountain like a ballerina, don't buy this board. There are plenty of noodles out there for that type of thing. Works on rails and kickers but it's not forgiving. Miss your landing and you'll be kissing snow. Responsiveness is it's best feature.

I plan on always having a Custom X in my quiver.

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Chris Kelley

Chris Kelleywrote a review of on October 22, 2011

4 5

I replaced a traditional pair of well worn PI's and a pair of stopgap clipless shoes that I bought on the cheap from another online retailer, that were a commuter SPD more so than a mtb shoe. Overall I'm very happy with the Filters

On the first few rides the uppers of these shoes felt too stiff. But after 3-4 rides they softened up nicely. The 2 main features of this should that I like is:
A. the support of the uppers especially near the ankle, and
B. the large "platform" feeling I get with this shoe, as in I feel like I have better balance on the pedals with these shoes compared with the PIs I previously used. The position of the cleat also help with this.
Because of both these features I have more confidence when barreling down a fast FR line.

The cons of the Filters is probably the weight and the footbed. I will probably replace the footbed with a custom one, but I wish the one in there wasn't glued to the sole. And these are not the shoes for weight weenies. If you generally do long rides or need to sprint to the front of the line, this shoe may cause earlier fatigue. I'm a XC/FR rider that occasionally does DH But i don't want to give up my Atac pedals, so the Filters work just fine for these rides.

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Chris Kelley

Chris Kelleywrote a review of on October 22, 2011

3 5

These are a decent glove if you work/play in the snow but seldom make contact with it. I used these off and on for half a winter season in the northeast. They worked ok when I was moving a lot and kept my body temperature up. But my hands would get a bit too cold on the harshest of days, when the temps dipped below 10 degrees, standing inline or on the lift.

Also, I have a hard time believing the waterproofing claim as well. As a snowboarder, I tend to touch the snow a bit more compared to my skiing counterparts, who recommended these gloves. They were constantly getting wet. I tried adding some waterproofing, but that had little effect. When I visited the Pacific NW in mid March, I attempted to wear these gloves. They didn't last 1 run before the heavy, wet snow took it's toll and they were soaked all the way through.

They worked well when doing some backcountry, though. They were easy to get on and off compared to typical ski gloves with a gauntlet.

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Chris Kelleywrote a review of on May 4, 2009

4 5

I would consider this a medium flex boot, which I like. They worked well for me in the backcountry and around the mountain, including open groomers and in the park. Although, the boot sole is a bit thick, so I don't get the "feel" of the board that I have had in some other boots, but this also benefited when landing airs a bit flat. Not a big fan of conventional laces anymore, as I'm constantly adjusting them these days and I can't seem to get the upper boot tight enough. Do they make these with a Boa system? Also, the inner lacing system is only decent, but not efficient or well designed as some other boots (ahem..Burton). I found that the inner lacing system doesn't tighten evenly, causing some discomfort. I have only used them a few days though so this will probably get better. True to size.

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Chris Kelleywrote a review of on January 13, 2009

5 5

I have a pair from a few years ago. These fit like a glove. No hot spots. Feet never get cold. Heels always stay in place even when I keep them loose. Not the stiffest boot on the market, which is good. I previously had the Rulers and these are definitely softer than those as well as much more comfortable. I'm constantly messing with my laces throughout the day so the quick lace system is a godsend. I continue keep these on hours after riding, when I'm in the bar and never even think about loosening them up and it has nothing to do with how many Long Trails I've had. Best boot I've ever owned.

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