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DH

DH

Stevens Pass, Baker

DAVE's Passions

Snowboarding

DAVE's Bio

"I ride because it brings me joy and resurrects emotions that are absent in everyday life."

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DH wrote a review of on June 7, 2013

5 5

This is hands down one of the BEST POW boards I've ever owned, EVER! In the past 7 yrs I've owned the Burton Malolo 59, Barracuda 57, Salomon Sickstick 63, Lib Tech 1986 Snow Mullet 60 and the key word is "owned" I no longer have any of those boards. My dedicated POW stick is the La Nina.

POW boards are a different animal, they usually only come out 10-12 times a year if you're really lucky. this board is not tapered, it's shaped like a reg directional board. it's got the C1 hybrid camber (very similar to Burton's S-Rocker) it absolute rips in POW! this thing "planes"over everything! I haven't ridden this board on a "regular" day but I feel like I could ride this and have a fun day.

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DH wrote an answer about on June 7, 2013

Snop509304,

you and I are about the same size. I'm 5'8.5" and about 185lbs. I ride a 61 banana magic.(I tend to like bigger boards for everything, plus bigger boards help you float better in pow. I owned the 2012 T Rice 157.5 and didn't really like it. it's pretty stiff and the rocker on it is very minimal plus i feel like that board is made for someone with a size 12 boot. it was a bit too wide for me and clumsy, i'm no Travis Rice even on my best day so you can prob say I'm unable to handle a real board like the TRice.

I like loose-feeling boards (long time ex skater so I like that skateboard feel.) so for me the NanaMagic was perfect for everything and everyday.

PS:I've been ridin' for over 20 yrs, too old and fat to ride the park these days. I ride steeps, trees, pretty much the entire mountain is my natural park. I LOVE my NanaMagic! wouldn't leave home without it!

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DH wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

2 5

the jacket itself is very warm but you constantly get feathers poking out of your jacket... so my guess is, eventually you'll lose a good amount of down insulation. that basically defeats the purpose of this jacket...

I also have a North Face summit series down jacket and in the 6 years I've owned it, it's NEVER done that... bottom line, you get what you paid for... I can't expect AK or Summit Series quality for such a cheap coat...

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DH wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

I finally got a chance to ride this board last weekend and here's my 0.02: (this is my very first NS board so bare with me.)

First Impressions:
-VERY LIGHT, I mean VERY LIGHT! I've ridden and owned last year's Custom and Custom X and I have to say it's prob a few ounces lighter than the Custy X. it was noticeably lighter than my friend’s Custom flying V.)
-LOVE the material of the top sheet, seems durable and ding-proof.

Conditions:
-Mid 20’s, sunny, icy. (no new snow for over 2 weeks.)

First Ride:
-This board’s got a nice mid-flex feel to it, NS’s rating of 5 is dead on. The board itself is little more “squirely” than other RC (Reversed Camber) boards I’ve owned and ridden. What’s really strange about this board is that, even though it’s more “squirely” I NEVER washed out on icy steeps. I have to admit the “Vario Sidecut” actually held an edge very well. (it’s no Magna-Traction but it’s pretty damn close.)
-the board/base is fast, not Custom X fast but fairly close. Turn initiations were easy, I thought it was very quick edge-to-edge and it definitely has that “RC” feel.
-Pop/Ollies were above average, I popped off some natural features a bit “higher” than usual. (then again, it could just be mental also…)

Since we(NW) haven’t received any new snow I didn’t get a chance to test it in POW.(I’ll report back soon as we get more snow.)

What I realized after the first ride was you HAVE to get over the “squirely-ness” of this board and trust your skills and what this board can do. Once I did that, the ride was amazing!!! I was bombing hills like I was racing in boarder-cross at the Xgames… haha! I feel like any intermediate to advance riders will benefit from this board because it’s so easy to ride and it could potentially help you progress quicker. I’ll report back after a few more days on it, but so far so good!

****UPDATED REVIEW 1/4/12***

HOLY SWEET BABY JESUS!!! Da Northwest finally got dumped on after 3+ weeks of zero precip!!! We were hit with back to back double digit POW days on 12/30/11 and 12/31/11. I was gonna take out my "Cuda" for these days but I thought I would try to ride this and see if it's any good in deeeeeep POW.

WOW!!!! this thing is simply amazing!!!! it floats extremely well, turns well in deep pow, the more days I put on this the better this things feels!!!! the last time I felt this way about a snowboard was when i first stepped on the original SkateBanana... I have 2 other boards(Burton Barracuda and Libtech TRS) in my quiver and I don't think either one of them will see anymore snow this year... if you are/were a skater, you will absolutely LOVE this board!!! it is the closest thing to skating on snow. Fawkin' BADASS!!!! THANK YOU NEVER SUMMER for making this board!

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DH wrote a review of on December 2, 2011

4 5

Just picked this up for my GF's daughter and it's a well made jacket. the jacket itself is very thin, prob only good for spring conditions... if you want to use this for a winter coat you'll definitely need to have additional layers.

I've also notice that TNF jackets for kids typically run a tad bit smaller so if you want the jacket to last a few years. make sure you buy a few sizes up.

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DH wrote a review of on November 26, 2011

3 5

like everyone else said, good sack for the money. this bag's got NO PADDING, just keep that in mind when you're ordering. honestly, I wouldn't suggest it if you're goin' to use it for traveling.(most baggage handlers are probably just goin' to throw you stuff so if you don't care about your things getting banged up then this is a good bag for you.)

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DH wrote a review of on November 26, 2011

3 5

I use the "warm-temp" wax for spring conditions in the NW. it's not bad for the price but compared to some of the other brands it's not as good... i'm not an expert in the chemical(s) in wax composition my only form of testing is purely from how fast the board comes down a hill...

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DH wrote a review of on November 26, 2011

4 5

First impressions: VERY LIGHT!
I wear a size 7 5/8" in fitted caps so it's a bit difficult tryin' to find a helmet that fits well and doesn't make me look like I ride the "short bus"... with that said, here are my PROS AND CONS.

PROS:
-Fits well, especially if you have a big dome like me...
-Compact
-Very light (555 grams I think...)
-Decent venting
-Price, very affordable at 65.

CONS:
-Lack of padding, not the most comfortable helmet I've ever tried on...
-The goggle clip in the back is made sorta cheap... I hope it doesn't break...

OVERALL:
VERY NICE helmet for the price!!!

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DH wrote a review of on November 26, 2011

5 5

I got these last week and finally got to used them yesterday. I must say, these things are WARM!!! I was out in 18 deg is weather with a little windchill and my hands were on fire... they were so hot I was sweating non-stop... so if you live in subzero temp areas and you need a pair of warm mits, STOP LOOKING CUZ THESE ARE IT!!!!

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DH wrote a review of on November 21, 2011

3 5

Took my new Cuda out for a test drive last weekend and I must say, I'm a little disappointed... condition was EPIC, 28" of fresh, blower-light Pow at the legendary Mt Baker. this board ripped it in POW, super "surf-y" and fun to ride until you get in groomers...

I wasn't super set back on my stance, prob only 3/4" set back. as I was comin' out of the pow stashes into the groomers, the front of the board was flapping out of control and the board was quite "squarely". again, Burton's "frostbite edges" DOES NOT WORK!!!

So if you're goin' to use this as a dedicated POW board I would give it 5 stars! if you're goin' to use is as a everyday, all mountain board then I would give it 2.5 max 3 stars. the board itself seemed well-made (made in china), a little on the heavier side,(seems like my 2010 custom is lighter)

REVIEW UPDATE 11/26/2011:

I've put a few more POW days on this thing since the last review. I've realized that the more I ride this thing in pow the more I like it.... THIS BAD MF'ER ABSOLUTELY RIPS IN POW!!!! it is FASSSST, surf-ie, floats extremely well and it's a MUST HAVE if you get to ride more than 10 POW days a year!!! I still feel like this thing is "squirely" on grooms and it doesn't hold an edge that well.

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DH wrote a review of on November 16, 2011

4 5

This thing has all the bells and whistles. it stores all your bits inside the tape measure part and it works very well. it's a little bulky but other than that its a good tool. (Tape measure comes in handy when you need to adjust your stance.)
my only complaint is the bits get rusty easily... i didn't even have that much snow on there...

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DH wrote a review of on November 16, 2011

5 5

This tool works GREAT!!!! it's prob one of the BEST accessories i have in my backpack. it's got the items/tools you need and when the handle is folded out, you can really crank it down! VERY NICE especially for the price!

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