I have a fairly large arsenal of big boards and found these to be my current favorites. They are very manageable considering the girth in the waist and I found them very easy to ski in most all conditions (okay, maybe they don't kill it in the trees and the bumps, but who cares?). The XXL's are a little softer than their predecessor the legend pro, which makes them very easy to throw on edge etc. I can't recommend these boards enough. Two thumbs up!
I have ran/hiked in every major brand out there, but the Lafumas definitely stand out as one of the best. The sole is a little more rigid than others in the same category, which allows you to cover very rough terrain without quite the impact on your feet. The cordura outer rand lends to great durability as well. Not to mention, the lacing system allows narrow, medium and wide widths to fit properly in this shoe. I'm giving it 3 thumbs up!
I am most impressed with the clarity and color enhancing tint of the Maui Jims. This is by far the most superior lense technology that I have been exposed to. In the past I have worn Vaurnet, Smith, Revo, Spy, and Serengeti. These puppies smoke the competition! Once you put the "Gems" on, you don't want to take them off.
I thought that most PFD's were comparable in quality, but the strait jacket is leaps and bounds above the competition. The upper cut of the jacket allows the boater a myriad of room that eliminates chafing against the coat when paddling. All of the primary flotation in is in front and behind the paddler, where it belongs. From flat water to big water, the strait jacket can take it all in comfort!