James Ronnow

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James's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking

James's Bio

Thursday - Monday 1:30 - 10:00 PM MDT 800 409 4502 ext. 4375

I love to skate, snowboard, and ride my bike. Born and raised in Utah. Grew up in St. George spending a lot of time in the desert hills and in Zion National Park. My home mountain is Brian Head, just north of Cedar City.

Skate Setup - Deathwish deck , Independent Trucks, Heavy Wheels and Hardware, Toy Machine Bearings

Snow Setup - LibTech Skate Banana Deck, Rome 390 Boss Bindings, ThirtyTwo Lashed Boots

Bike Setup - Trek Soho S

James Ronnow

James Ronnow wrote an answer about on September 2, 2013

depends on your ability. but what homeboy said up above is a good place to start. im 6'3 and i ride a 156 skate banana all over utah in 12+ inches of snow with no problem. this board has a pretty flat camber which won't help you in pow at all but if you get a hybrid camber board, you can def go shorter on the length. feel free to call me at 877 364 3865 ext. 4375 and we can chat further about what would work best for you.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on August 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought these about 3 months ago as my first pair of climbing shoes. The velcro straps are awesome for climbing at a gym as they can slip on and off easily. I am a size 13 and that is the size that I ordered and they were a little tight at the beginning but stretched out perfectly. They won't stretch as much as a leather upper will, but they do stretch. I have seen and looked at a bunch of different climbing shoes and I found that the C4 rubber is the best in my opinion and I will be sticking with 5.10 for my shoes. Been climbing at a gym about 3 - 5 times a week in these shoes since I got them and they are holding up fantastically, but again, that is in a gym so they don't get beat up as much and I am not a very advanced climber so I don't put as much stress on them as a more advanced climber might.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on August 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

as you can see from the previous reviews, these headphones are great for activities that you wouldn't want a really nice pair of head phones on top of your dome. nothing super about the sound, its ok but not great. i've had like 8 pairs of these, they will break on you, but thats what is so great about them, it doesn't matter if you do because of the price.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on August 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these shoes are rad. stylish and badass, just like the lizard himself. the toe box is a little roomy, i bought size 13's and there is a little more room than i would like, makes me wish there was a 12.5 available. the seamless toe box on the outside gives you smoother flick when skating which is also rad.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on May 2, 2013

4 5

I was helping a customer today, as I work for the customer service team for backcountry and had one of my guys in the warehouse go out and measure the inseam of these pants and they tend to run about an inch shorter than the measurement says. Hope this helps! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to call me directly at 800 409 4502 ext. 4375
-James

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on March 4, 2013

5 5

I have had the OR Axcess for a little over a month now and so far it has preformed flawlessly. Gore-Tex is the best water proof fabric around, however even Gore-Tex can't breath fastest enough to keep up with heavy or strenuous work. That's where the Axcess ventilation system comes it. Most alpin jackets untilize "pit-zips" which in my opion are completely usless as the natural movement of your arms while skiing or snowbaording almost always covers them entirely. The forward facing vents on the Axcess jacket allow air circulation much, much better than traditional "pit zip" style vents. While I was hauling my kids and gear from my truck, to the rental shop, to the ticket windwo to the rope tow I had the vents open all the way and was extremely comfortable and dry inside the coat. It was awesome.

Another other well thought out feature of this jacket is the placement of the insulation. Rather that take up space and add weight by insulating the jacket entirely, OR has placed the Primaloft insutlation on the arms, back and under arms leaving the chest un-insulatied. The cuffs with the thumb drive are large enough to make pulling them down over your gloves or mittens, easy while you have one already on, and strap down tight. When using the thumb drive, I found that there was no restriction in the movement of the coat, for example when I leaned over to adjust my boot, as I feared there would be and I have found that I prefer this to other systems that are swen into the inside of the sleve. The hood is large enough for a helmet, but easy enough to cinch down over just my hat. And last but not least, that built in balicalva is really, really handy.

All in all it is a great jacket. I would recomend it to anyone.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

You can't go wrong with these shoes. Great feel, great fit, and they just look sick. True to size as I have 13's and they fit great. Kind of thin on the top part of the toe, but that is the only thing that I can complain about. Had the same pair for about 2 years now and the bottom sole is holding up great still and all the seams are staying together still. I haven't skated in these much, not a fan of the way they feel on my board, so this adds the how long they have lasted.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

I hate riding in big, bulky gloves, thats why I ride everyday of the year in these gloves. Great grippy palm and can be used with a smart phone. By no means are these a warm glove, down to 30 maybe. I wear a pair of Pow Gloves liners underneath everyday and my hands still get cold in about 15 F and lower. Perfect gloves on warm sunny days with no liners. The grippy palm will start to peel a little bit but that is expected.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

I love these goggles. The best vision out of any goggle I have tried on. You will need a bigger head for these to fit better. The smaller faces will feel like there is a bit of goggle sag, for those peeps check the EG2.5. These lenses are great in terms of durability. I have a pair from a couple years back and I have a few tiny scratches. There has been several times where I have thought to my self after I hit a branch or something like that only to find it didn't actually scratch.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

I am coming to the end of my second season with these boots and I couldn't be happier. Still have great fit and haven't seemed to pack out much like other boots. Laces are still intact, sole is still in great condition, and the inner lacing system is holding up very well, even with the finer cord. I wear a 13 shoe and a 13 in these boots, although they do seem to have a little wider toe box in the foot print. They are a little tight in the 390 Boss Bindings but that could just be because I have giant feet. I will continue to buy 32 boots as long as I ride. These boots are fairly soft but still stiff enough to feel comfortable when doing the bigger, steeper, lines.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

Headphones to Ride With
5 5

I have been wearing the Icon 1's for years while riding because the just seemed to work. The Icon 2's I found were not very good at staying on my head while riding like the Icons 1's did. These Icon 3's are a perfect headphone for riding. A little bit tighter clamping force keeps them on your head even better, but some people might not like the tightness, so keep that in mind. The head band its self is much stronger and more durable giving you more confidence that these won't break in half when you eat it. A stickier rubber underneath keeps well on beanies, but I have noticed a bit of slip on my baseball hat. The new Mic 1 in the head phone seems to work great. I can use it with gloves on from the outside of my hood, so I don't have to unwrap everything. I know that the first batch of these had problems with the button not working in colder weather, but they have since fixed that. Great sound quality as well. The best over the ear headphones to ride with.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on February 14, 2013

4 5

These are great shoes for the skater that is living in a snowy city. Has the skate style design with some great insulation and the vibram sole is amazing on slick ice and snow. Maybe go a half size to a full size down as these are a little loose on my feet, getting looser the more I work them in. Just like ski and snowboard boots, these will pack out a little bit but other than that, they are perfect.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on February 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you get these you have to read everything and really tweak these bindings, which takes some time. But holy s***, once they are dialed in, it is like your feet are molded to your board. You can dial in every single joint on these bindings with multiple possibilites. The rubber toe cap fits around the top of my boots so well and I have zero pressure points. These are going to be a little much if you are a beginner, as you won't really have as much direct preference needed to really dial these in, but if you are willing to adjust mid run until you have it perfect, you will fall in love with these. The only thing that I can say that isn't absolute praise is that if you have big feet the toe deck might be a little narrow. I have size 13 Lashed boots from 32 that right across the widest part of my foot, doesn't just smoothly fit in, I kind of have to work it in.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on February 14, 2013

Called Boss for a Reson
5 5

I agree with the previous comment, you have to read everything and really tweak these bindings, which takes some time. But holy s***, once they are dialed in, it is like your feet are molded to your board. You can dial in every single joint on these bindings. The rubber toe cap fits around the top of my boots so well and I have zero pressure points. These are going to be a little much if you are a beginner, as you won't really have as much direct preference needed to really dial these in, but if you are willing to adjust mid run until you have it perfect, you will fall in love with these. The only thing that I can say that isn't absolute praise is that if you have big feet the toe deck might be a little narrow. I have size 13 Lashed boots from 32 that right across the widest part of my foot, doesn't just smoothly fit in, I kind of have to work it in.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on February 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The pants are great! I love the gusseted crotch, and the triple stitch seams are very durable. The reinforced heel cup is something that I have been looking for for years, being from a skateboarding background, this part of my pants tends to wear very quickly, except with these pants. The broadway fit is a much tighter fit then this cut.

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James Ronnow wrote a review of on December 23, 2012

4 5

Dryride Ultrawick is very breathable and very comfortable. Not as much warmth as I originally thought but still great none the less. Nice big hood but the draw string is a little weird to cinch it down tight for those faster groomer runs, catches the air in the hood. Perfect for going out for a night on the town as it can keep you warm when you need to step outside for a few minutes, but won't be too hot while you are in the bar.

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