Emerson Takahashi

Emerson Takahashi

Wyoming, Utah, Colorado.

Emerson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing

Emerson's Bio

I work at a local bike/ski shop in central Wyoming and consider myself an outdoor enthusiast. I've skied and snowboarded for 11 years and am starting to get into mountain biking.

Emerson Takahashi

Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on November 10, 2009

4 5

Obviously, for the purposes that these headphones have been made, these aren't going to sound like top of the line Technics, though they definitely don't sound bad.(I give them a 6.5/10 on the audio scale)
They do, however look killer. I have the gold/brown pair and I think they are sick looking. Underneath the top there is a tacky rubber strip, and the ear pads are angled a bit to make sure that these will stick to your head no matter what you're hucking.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on November 5, 2009

Though this board will not be ideal for carving, it will slay any rail you come across.
The rocker on this board is designed to allow easier buttering and presses on boxes, which is pretty much the opposite of carving lol =P
If you're a beginner looking to progress I would look at maybe the K2 Slayblade or the Believer, which both repping the "flatline" technology which gives the board ZERO camber, making it a mellow board for any situation be it carving to sending it at the park.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on October 26, 2009

I would try and go a different route. Although these gloves will stop the wind, buying a shell would definitely ensure that your hands remain dry and your gloves will never get torn up. Though I suppose on those warm spring days a light glove would be just fine.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on October 25, 2009

If you're even a half decent skier, bumping up an inch in ski length will not be difficult at all. But for a powder ski that will tear up groomers, the Mantras should be fine. I'm 5'7 and weigh 135 and I have a pair of BD Kilowatts and the two skis are fairly similar and I've had no problem on mine and I was skiing a pair of 150 volkl g4's.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote a review of on October 25, 2009

5 5

Just looking at these shoes makes you run faster. It has just the right stiffness giving you enough protection from rocks and good movement. I have wide feet as well, and the Firebaldes give me plenty enough room in the toebox.
When your posture gets sloppy, the Fireblades pick you right back up and keep you running.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on October 24, 2009

For touring I would definitely go with the 90 cm width. Weight is an issue and these skis are already on the chubby side of things. Although 100 cm waists will certainly float better, an extra couple pounds for miles adds up pretty quick. I myself have a pair of BD Kilowatts with Marker Baron bindings which runs around 10 pounds

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on October 24, 2009

Each of those boards have their own advantages/disadvantages depending on your skill level.
If you're an experienced rider,
I would definitely have to say the Deuce is going to be the better choice. It doesn't have "Cruise Control" so you're not going to be sliding everywhere on the mountain, but rather maintain your edge and tear the mountain up. It also has a twin shape so you will be able to huck switch.

If you're a beginner,
The Blunt would be the better of the 3. The Cruise Control makes the snowboard concave, giving you a much more forgiving buttery feel to the board. It's also rated as a 3 out of 10 flex so it'll be stiff enough for high speed cruising.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on October 23, 2009

I would say that yes, this board would be too soft for you. Burton rates this as a 2 out of 10 I believe, and for a person of your height and weight it would probably be a very soft ride. I would maybe suggest the Arbor Draft. It's a rockered board using "grip tech" to give you that edge bite you need in a reverse camber snowboard.
I would also suggest getting at the minimum a 160. The reverse camber will make the board ride shorter on hardpack but longer in pow.

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Emerson Takahashi wrote an answer about on October 17, 2009

In short, no. These jib specific boards have a reduced nose and tail as well as a true twin shape, giving the board a lot of drag in powder.
However, this board will slay any rail you come across and give you some duper pop in the park.
Hope this helps.

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