Clydesdale

Clydesdale

San Pedro CA

Clydesdale's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking

Clydesdale's Bio

6-4 230lb big torso guy with beefy legs. Recreational sports only. I ride motorcycles and hunt for people for a living. I enjoy 4x4 camping, motorcycle touring, snowboarding, astronomy, history, shooting guns, riding bikes, and getting to take a fricking vacation from time to time!!!
Preferred brands:
Kuhl / Oakley / Mountain Hardware / Arctryx / Pearl Izumi / Sugoi / Smart Wool

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on January 18, 2011

4 5

The main feature I appreciated about this product was how it works on all types of OEM crossbars. I installed this on OEM bars on a Honda CR-V in fifteen minutes with an extra pair of hands. Elliptical crossbars... I was happy with the road noise... unnoticeable. The locks are moody. You have to jiggle the key a bunch to manipulate it, but that is nothing new for these types of racks. I fit two 166-167 boards with bindings. I tried to over-under stack them and found I would have to remove the bindings on the lower board. I was a bit peeved my new Nidecker board got some rubs and scratches from where the clamps squeezed on the board. I would recommend if you are OCD about board damage, put a rag across the top to protect your baby. I like how the red latch draws attention to the locks. I hope it is a deterrent. Perhaps crooks will just break a window to get something instead?

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on July 24, 2010

5 5

I was intimidated by those Flow riders when I first started learning. I realized what I had been missing by not getting this style of binding from the beginning. The time you waste fumbling around after you get off the lift... the awkward steering with a loose rear foot... all gone. You just roll off the lifts and GO. After a few practice runs you start to feel like a skier rolling off the lift... and you get your lift ticket's worth of runs real quick. If you get stuck on some flats and have to walk, you don't seethe with frustration because you have take forever to stop and strap back in. I have last year's model. Would really like to find out how to get the canted footbeds on the old model. Anyone?

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on March 18, 2010

5 5

I slapped these onto my new Ultralight XL and went up the mountain for some solo time on the mountain. Boy did I feel stupid for buying an all-day pass. I was once one of those boarders who sat on his tush... waddled over to the bench... stumbled and fumbled to strap my bindings on. I meditate on the lift... lead foot strapped in... trailing foot in the binding but loose... I cruise off the lift with my foot in place... turn... squat and lock!!! The poseurs with their Costco setups and backpacks full of beer glare at me in jealousy as I cruise down the mountain... Bye bye! The time you save by using these bindings was enough to make me smile. Knowing I could use them for quick entrances and exits was great... and all of the adjustability was still there. I must have done a whole day's runs in three hours. (Queue divine backlight, toothy grin, and church chorus.)

*Note cable tensioning and highback angle (forward back) are things you should get dialed in at home. These settings are tool sensitive.

Highback angle (left right) does not appear to be adjustable. I didn't even notice a difference.

If you look at the photos and videos on Youtube, you might get the impression there are many joints and moving components in this setup. You might rightfully suspect it had some effect on the support or stiffness of the binding. Using my old Burton Cartel bindings as my only basis for comparison, I believe these offered more stiffness, fewer pressure points, and the toe strap secured perfectly.

Final word: If you enjoy getting the most out of your day, want the flexibility to strap-in old-school while you learn to board... and then have the flexibility to take advantage of the easy in/out feature... you need this binding. It truly bridges the gap between the older technology and the intermediate/advanced rider bindings like offered by Flow.

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

4 5

I purchased these capstraps because the stock ones on my Cartel bindings were always slopping upward over my toes because I insist on riding a narrow board with big feet (Arbor Crossbow 166 with 11.5 K2 Raider Boots and Cartel bindings). These are much more secure. The addition of a heavily padded insole and these capstraps greatly diminished my first day foot pain this season. This feature should be standard, but having the option to upgrade was a definite improvement.

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on January 7, 2010

5 5

Every season Kuhl comes out with another pair of trousers I hug every time they come out of the drier. I am still a fan of the Hi-Lo Cord from Kuhl because the rise measurement is perfect for big guys who are not ... ... fat. If you are a giant who managed to keep slim, congratulations. The Ryder satisfies the same requirements without the cord pattern on the fabric. The fabric of the Ryder is medium/heavy and has a soft/brushed feel to it. The pockets are ample but the cellphone pocket on the right thigh still won't fit my Iphone. The rise measurement (front waist to crotch to rear waist) is smaller than most high waisted pants (Mountain Khakis for instance) so the Ryder rests low on the waist. I like how Kuhl upgraded the embroidery of their logo and the washing and fabric information on the inside of the seat was almost fun to read. It really seemed a significant amount of thought to finish, fit, and detail were spent on this pant.

Don't let the dumpy photos fool you.

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on January 7, 2010

2 5

I'm a big guy who runs 50 minutes and am totally stoked I survived. I need a good foot bed to keep everything "alined". I have been a fan of superfeet for years. I purchased these because I'm always willing to try new products. My first impression of the ALINE system was my feet were happyhappyhappy walking around but I did notice something I had not from superfeet: a distinct stickiness between the footbed and my socks I had not experienced before. After mile 3 of a light 9:45 pace run, I realized I was blistering up when I had not before... on a foot I never blistered before... with dual layer socks that solved all my blistering problems before. The internal structure of the ALINE is super cool... so cool the manufacturer wants you to see the internals of the product. I feel there was no need for this. Superfeet has a very reliable anti-friction fabric which works really well. ALINE does not. I will use these insoles in dress shoes and perhaps this winter snowboarding. I will not use them for running, even though the first two miles felt pretty damn good, until I can find a way to cool down the friction from the sticky contact areas. I feel if ALINE addresses this concern their product will crush all competitors.

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on September 8, 2009

5 5

What makes these shorts, and all products from the waist down, from Kuhl so desirable is the front and rear rise measurements. The waist is low and the crotch gusset is high. The rise on so many other pants make me walk like a penguin. These allow me to walk like a human being! The funny thing is that there is still room in the waist, hips, and thighs for people with muscular legs to experience a range of motion and freedom that other garments do not or refuse to provide. Kuhl is the fit for me.

http://jas-townsend.com/measure_rise.php

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on June 7, 2009

5 5

I bought the blue version in XL. Sleeves are a tad longer and narrower than I like, but there is a fair amount of flex in the fabric to make up for it. There are no gimmicks (weird zippers or wicking foo foo) with this shirt. It looks like you are wearing a shirt made up of a vertical bar code pattern with a tribal vertical design accent down your left side. Everything on in the blue version is very simple and classy. Just the type of shirt mother would want you to wear in public without having to wear an "old guys rule or Tommy Bahama" shirt.

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on June 7, 2009

5 5

I bought the green version in XL. I read the "bad" review of this and had to chime in. This shirt looks great, doesn't strain when I flex my muscles, and has really cool vents I just noticed along the sides. The fabric feels like soft hospital sheets. Westyrun2180898 is right about the lack of any moisture transfer... I don't think this was intended to be a performance shirt. It has an athletic cut: broad shoulders and trim around the ribcage (not tight).

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on May 18, 2009

5 5

I need a fit that's relaxed around the thighs and allows freedom of movement. This is my go-to pair of pants for everything. The fit is low on the waist. I am sad that I had to gripe about Backcountry not having these last season. I already have a few. I would recommend these to the guy who has muscular legs and hates a tight fit. Not baggy in the rear... girls can still admire what's there. These have a similar fit to the KUHL jean pant. All of the others have a much higher waist. I have learned that the hard way.

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on March 13, 2009

5 5

If the GPS pod does not acquire a signal in two minutes... Pull the batteries from the pod and start it up again. A hard reset does the trick. Otherwise it is a great alternative which you can actually wear to work without looking like you have a brick strapped to your wrist. I have the black on black model. I love the large numbers and simple design. Start buying AAAs to power the pod... Life is approximately 9 hours.

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on February 23, 2009

5 5

This is the only board I have used for the last two years. I prefer to carve down the mountain... not into performing tricks. I love the classy design elements that don't make me look like "ricky racer" or that guy with the Mickey Mouse gloves. Arbor's artwork is my favorite of the current designers. The middle of the board is narrow. The board floats through powder with confidence and control on blue/blacks. The divots in the bottom of the board are like those on a sushi chef's knife and allow me to track true on the annoying flats. I have noticed the top layer cracking on the edges, but I feel that was from not being careful packing and taking my board on planes. My toes and heels barely stay out of the snow when I am hard on my edges.I am 6'3" with 11.5 feet... I bought the 166 model. I would not recommend this board for anyone bigger than me. Look for those "wide" boards if you are bigger. I am constantly blasting past my friends with freestyle boards when things get a tad flat, and that means less pushing yourself out of annoying places. I am using K2 Raider boots and Burton Cartel bindings with this board.

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Clydesdale wrote a review of on November 28, 2008

3 5

But the question must be asked... "Why did you have to replace it to begin with?" I know I have powerful arms and the physique of a Greek god... but the rubber of even Swatch watches I wore when I was a kid never ripped clean off when I was removing a long sleeved shirt. The first strap ripped and the other ripped one week later. I have had the initial straps for about one year. The trade-off here is the light weight of the watch versus durability. I really like how light the watch is but I was disappointed in the durability of the watch band considering the price paid.

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