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David Zemens

David Zemens

Michigan - Crystal Mountain & Alpine Valley & Pine Knob

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Shredding gnar in Detroit

Quiver: Marhar, Rome, Never Summer and whatever I can get my hands on to demo mostly smaller companies from all over the country.

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David Zemenswrote a review of on August 18, 2010

4 5

I just snagged this of Department of Goods in the neon synth colorway. Out-of-the-box this bad boy is considerably lighter than any other helmet I've touched. I've got a large head, about 7-5/8" fitted hat, so I have a hard time finding one that fits but doesn't make me look like a mushroom. This one is nice and lo-profile, no conehead action, and did I mention it's super light? Can't wait to test it on the slopes & streets this winter!

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David Zemenswrote a review of on July 6, 2010

5 5

great pair of glasses. I got these after looking at a few pair of Oakleys, but the O wanted to charge an extra $50 for tortoise shell colorway. I have a larger head (about size 7 3/4 fitted hat) so a lot of glasses don't fit my face very well, but these fit perfectly - they're big without being bug-eye, and comfortable like you forget you're even wearing them.

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David Zemenswrote a review of on January 28, 2010

5 5

Slimewalls DOMINATE.

Lots of ice/crud/hardpack in Michigan. Riding these slimewalls was thoroughly enjoyable. This board rocks on kickers and park jumps. Stable at speed, smooth as butta landings. And the flex is wicked good. Moderate rocker shape didn't wash out on ice, held a decent edge. Probably wouldn't use it as my powder board when I go out west, but it's a solid all-mountain performer.

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David Zemenswrote a review of on January 1, 2010

4 5

Just got this bag in black to replace an old Heli Pro pack that my dog partially ate. It's larger than the Heli Pro, but still low-profile if it's not fully loaded. This should be a great pack for carrying extra gear & goods while snowboarding/skiing, or for day-hiking or short camping trips (2-3 days).

Dakine forgot to include a dedicated sleeve/pocket for the hydration bladder; it kind of just floats around in the main compartment. Maybe this won't be a problem in action, but the Heli Pro pack had a pocket for the bladder. This is really the only negative to an otherwise great backpack.

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David Zemenswrote a review of on December 16, 2009

4 5

It's a good all-around backpack. I haven't hiked with skis but the diagonal carry looks pretty good. For humping your snowboard, I think the vertical carry is kind of lacking. It doesn't stay very secure so your board bounces all around and hits you in the back of the legs.

If you plan on doing serious backcountry, I wouldn't recommend it, but if you want a good backpack that will carry your extra softgoods, camera, goggles, etc., and has a built-in hydration system, this is a great pack.

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David Zemenswrote a review of on December 13, 2009

4 5

Last winter I cracked the highback on one of my old Drake Supersports and had to replace them. I ended up going with the Cartel and I can't believe how much better binding technology has gotten in the last five years!

The Cartel is pretty lightweight because of the composite construction, and very comfortable straps with plenty of padding. The toe cap strap is good and definitely reduces that squeezing discomfort that sometimes happens with the over-arch strap. Note: if you have an older boot, it might not fit very well. I had a tough time adjusting for my old 32 TM2s.

The best part about this binding is that pretty much every piece of it is adjustable by hand - the highback is super adjustable - which means you don't need to carry a screwdriver or multi-tool.

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David Zemenswrote a review of on December 11, 2009

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4 5

great gloves. i'm not a fan of some of the super bulky gloves with removable liners - my hands get too warm - so this is perfect for me. The waterproofing is holding up OK, but I imagine that by mid-January I'll need to retreat them. I wore these last night and it was 13 degrees, they kept my hands nice and warm.

They are very comfortable,soft for leather, and they fit a little bit longer than some other brands, so if you have short stumpy fingers, maybe these aren't for you.

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