My stepson and I started climbing in the gym but I could see he was struggling with his street shoes &/or socks. I got these for him and we could see an immediate improvement in his footwork and abilities. I got these in his regular street size and they fit fine. I don't see any reason to size down for him since he's not doing anything nearly technical enough to warrant uncomfortable break in periods, and kids grow so fast that they need some room. He's been indoor climbing in them maybe a dozen times and they've wore well so far. And though it's hard to see in the pictures, the toe and heel is rubber.
I have the 2010 model and it has been the 1 board in my quiver that I know I can count on for everything from crust to hardpack to fresh. When heading into unknown or variable conditions the C2 BTX with mag is the way to go. I'm 150 lbs, ride a 155 and I'd say the 6.5 stiffness rating is right on target.
Pros: Super stable Ride: Charge a line, pop on, over and off shit, hit kickers and drops, and generally go hard is what this board like to do. Magna really helps on crusty midwest days. Also helps on crusty Jackson Hole days, and crusty undies days. The C2 really helps the float in all sorts of conditions but maintains most of the camber stiffness for charging, ollies, and stability.
Cons: I've bought several new boards but I keep coming back to this one. I can't find a reason to retire it and that's the worst thing I can say about it. (Closest I've come to switching is the Yes 'Greats' board which is more lively)
Considerations: If you're looking for a butters/jibs only board there are softer more playful boards for that stuff. It's also not the most 'lively' board if you're not putting in effort, but its stability makes up for that for me.
Conclusion: The first day I rode my board I noticed a topsheet bubble, but in 2 seasons it's never got bigger or caused any issues. The base has held up amazingly; I've had to do some repairs but never had a core shot (I generally get a few). Could've sized down on this board and still been good. I've made the (GNU/LIB/ROXY) C2 BTX recommendation to several people looking for a 1 board quiver and they've all been very happy with its versatility.
Bought these last season (2011) along 2 other comparably spec'd & priced gloves. Put about 30 full days on them both at resorts and back country. Although these are stiffer than both other gloves, they offer much more protection because the leather is thicker, and has the stitched double layer on the palm, and the extra knuckle protection. Riding through BC glades these became my glove of choice over the softer / plusher "resort" gloves. They seem to run small when you first get them, but mine broke in and fit well after a couple uses. I'd say they are warm enough for down to 0(F), and below that I'd be using a mitten. It's leather so reapply water protection as needed, but mine are so far still dry at the end of the day. I'd recommend this glove for those that want a warm, heavy use work glove on the mountain.
I've been riding last years model TT30 on my go to all mountain board. picked them up early last fall (2010), and have probably put over 40 solid days of total use on them so far. They've been ridden hard through the park, on boxes, rails, booters and through glades, rocks, steeps and drops, from below 0 temps, to spring slush... So here's the pros, cons & considerations:
Cons: They are a bit on the heavy side, though it looks like they've made some changes this years to lighten them up. Also the toe strap is ripping on the bottom. Obviously last years suede wasn't the best material, but again it looks like this year the toe caps are a different material and more durable. Despite the rip, it still does what it needs to do.
Pros: They have solid ratchets that release by pulling up on the front (not the release lever/button thing like most bindings use) which I find to be preferable and the easiest when wearing thick gloves or mittens. The straps are comfortable, and the ladders are easy to feed into the ratchets for quick strapping. Overall solid construction has yet to let me down in any real way. The tool-less adjustments are great for on the hill, like when I want to switch boards with a buddy who has bigger feet.
Consideration: Compared to most bindings, there is less padding on the footbed. Also there is no sliding footbed disc cover. I actually prefer this minimal approach because it means less hassle doing adjustments and removing bindings for waxing, etc. and they feel more responsive. The foam has also held up incredibly well compared to some other bindings I've had.
Conclusion: I'd give these a 4.5 out of 5. There are a few small features that would make these top top notch, but overall I'm confident in their simplicity and construction. These have held up better or equal to any binding I've rode by any of the major manufacturers. If I switch to another binding, it'll only be to try something else for the sake of trying something else.