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Doolz

Northeast U.S., NY, NJ, MA, CT, VT

Doolz's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

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Doolzwrote a review of on December 31, 2009

5 5

First let me say, I am a relatively big guy. I am 6' and between 210-215 lbs (depending on breakfast) w/ a size 12 foot. B/c of my foot size, I've had to deal w/ big boards. Boards that aren't as wide have forced my set up to be shifted more duck footed. B/c I'm hard on boards, I usually tear up the base quickly.

I have 08/09 Bullet at 160 and it’s held up pretty well so far. My feet fit w/o any drag. Front foot is more angled than the back but I'm still a bit duck footed. No big deal b/c big foot is used to it. The board's quick (good base material) and I'm able to get a lot of pop out of the tail. With normal effort, I can get a good 2' ollie off of the flats. I have a feeling that if your smaller you will struggle to get as much flex and spring. I ride in the northeast so mistakes coming off of jumps are less easily forgiven. The board absorbs most landings (that I don't totally blow myself) well. The board is a little heavier than my last board (Sims) but I am not a featherweight in the first place so I don't care. I'm still able to 'walk' w/ the board (i.e. bounce from tip to tip after strapping up to get to the slope). Despite riding across some fallen trees, the base is still holding together well w/o any major gouges.

The con is that the top of the board does get beat up pretty easily. I've got a bunch of scratches all over it already. That being said, keep in mind that it's not an antique at a museum. It's a snowboard intended to allow you to rip your way across Mother Nature’s most harsh and beautiful season. In other words, don't let a couple scratches, on the side of the board that doesn't matter, bother you.

All in all the board is smooth, fast, and, with the right kind of riding, provides a decent amount of spring. This is my first Burton after riding K2, Oxygen, Sims. Other than the old school Fatbob that was...well...fat and had a ridiculous amount of spring, this is probably my favorite board to date.

Even if this is the low end Burton, it's still a very high quality board. Enjoy the winter.

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Doolzwrote a review of on December 30, 2009

5 5

I've been using Burton bindings for about 14 years (less 1 year where I experimented w/ SP bindings). Currently using the customs. Great, great bindings. The last pair I had lasted me 6 or 7 years of riding at least 15x a season - then I gave them to a cousin as a gift! The pair I have now fit well, are comfortable and have many trips down the hill ahead of them. On the pricey side but you really can't go wrong with these.

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Doolzwrote a review of on December 30, 2009

5 5

I received this pack as a gift and I love it. I have taken it XC skiing and Snowboarding over the last few weeks. I like the idea of the wet compartment being used to store my wet clothes seperate from my dry clothes/socks that would be stored in the other vestibule compartment. The pack doesn't seem to be designed to have BOTH the avalanche gear AND weekend camping gear all at the same time. If you were to do this, it would probably seem inadequate. That being said, w/o a compact shovel or any other gear A gear, the pack could easily be used for an overnight trip or a light weekend. If on patrol, you could have minimal dry gear and the A gear. The tricky part for camping trips will be getting the tent attached. I'm thinking that the straps designed to hold the snowboard can be used to hold a small tent as long as it is attached properly and securely (probably through the straps of the tent case).

There are a bunch of cool compartments and pockets. I'm not sure how much ALL of the pockets will be used but, at the very least, we have a variety to select from.

So far, I love this pack and look forward to more trips to be able to put it to use.

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Doolzwrote a review of on December 30, 2009

3 5

I used these on modest, mostly flat terrain occasionally over two years. They did the job and are great skis for the someone that is looking into whether this is a sport they want to become involved with. As the skier progresses an upgrade will probably be necessary (as the specs say). The ideal use for these skis would be a casual user who is going to be going out a couple times a year. They will last several years under this use. As I began to ski more aggressively, the tail end began to crack. No metal edges.

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