Jan Higa

Jan Higa

Colorado

Jan Higa's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Jan Higa's Bio

Been snowboarding for almost 30 years (yes 30) and have never missed a season. I've seen this sport evolve from it's beginnings.

I've been active outdoors all my life and have age and experience to contribute to this forum. I've seen many changes in outdoor gear throughout the years as well as changes in our various sports for the good and bad.

Jan Higa

Jan Higa wrote a review of on March 29, 2012

5 5

Finally some of these companies are making shirts for women that don't have tiny little shoulders and bean pole arms.

This shirt is extremely comfortable and it fits me in the shoulders and arms without having to get the largest size available. It's also a little longer so if you have to lift your arms over your head you don't expose your entire belly.

Way to go ExOfficio!

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on June 11, 2011

2 5

Unless you're as skinny as a rail and possess no muscle tone, don't buy this jacket.

I'm 5'2" and fairly muscular and even the x-large doesn't fit my arms, even with just a T-shirt on. I have a hard time even zipping it up. I wear a large in the North Face line for a reference. When are outdoor clothing companies going to recognize that all athletic women are not tall and skinny?

I won't slam the technology. The jacket seems very sturdy and light. I commend backcountry.com for it's attempt to design it's own product but this fit is really terrible.

Sadly, I'll be sending it back.

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on January 28, 2010

2 5

I sincerely hope that Burton has improved this model from last years nightmare. The speed zone lacing system they use is pure junk. This lacing system has busted 3 times within months of each other. What's worse is you can't fix it yourself without some "special tool" that doesn't seem to be available to us consumers. I'm getting to the point where I really feel Burton owes me for 3 days on the mountain for this inconvenience.

On the plus side I do love the heat-moldable liner. However dealing with this issue and getting it so it fits just right also costs money.

I threw down a huge chunk of change for these boots and am extremely disappointed. I hate to write such a negative review concerning a Burton product but I would look elsewhere.

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on November 16, 2009

5 5

My husband has had this jacket for 7-8 years and refuses to buy another one because there is nothing wrong with this one. I have the womens version. It is one of the warmest jackets out there. It's great for backpacking and snowshoeing. My husband uses it to layer under a shell on cold windy days on the mountain. They seem to be generously shaped for men with wide shoulders.

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on November 14, 2009

4 5

I've had this little tuner for 3 seasons and it hasn't let me down. I have not had any of the durability issues that a few of the previous reviewers have experienced. I would recommend tuning your edges before waxing. It's amazing how many people don't tune their board first. It's not the best edge tuner but it does the trick.

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on November 13, 2009

4 5

These little stones are so handy. If anyone roaches their edges on a rock during early season you are going to need this. It's better to debur asp. I've had edges hang up on me after checking a rock. In any case, buy one!!!

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on November 13, 2009

4 5

I got this iron to take with me when I'm traveling. I will agree with the previous reviewer that the temps are not accurate. If you need it to heat up your adjustments turn hot very fast. Some waxes will start smoking. If you are a temp weenie than I wouldn't recommend this iron. If you want a cheap inexpensive way to wax your board(s)and don't mind opening the windows (you should be waxing in a well ventilated area anyway.) then this is the choice.

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on November 13, 2009

3 5

This is an ok little camera but where's the HD? I mean, cmon! In addition to that the software is not compatible with my computer. I was recommended a download on line and that one sucks as well. I do like all the options for attachment that come with it. The remote leaves a lot to be desired, they can't even supply enough velcro to fit over a ski jacket. The processor is huge and is attached to the lens by an incredibly stiff cable. Don't buy those packages from B&H Camera that include the cheap Mountainsmith fanny pack, it barely holds the processor. Seek other options. I have the attachment that goes with goggles. It took a bit of tweaking but it's working ok. I would probably wait for a while to see if VIO is going to turn out an HD camera if you want to spend this much money.

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on November 13, 2009

4 5

I've hiked with this pack for the past two seasons and it is the most well vented pack I have. Here in the foothills of Boulder during the summer temps can dwell in the 90's and up. I'm 5'2" and sometimes it's hard to realize you even have it on. The only complaint would be that the Waist belt is not beefy enough. I think you are pushing it comfort wise when you start nearing the 25 pound capacity that this pack claims to have. I wouldn't load it up with trad gear or anything. I like to pack a DSLR camera, one or two lenses and various other stuff for day trips and this pack can end up being a little uncomfortable around the waist if you're lugging around anything over 15 pounds. The shoulder straps are quite comfortable. My shoulders are not too wide and a lot of packs don't fit me there. I love the torso adjustment on it, very easy to maneuver. All in all, I would recommend this pack if you are hauling around a lot of gear that doesn't weigh too much.

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on November 7, 2009

3 5

I love Merrells. But if you are looking for support, look elsewhere. The laces don't keep the shoes from becoming loose even when you double knot them. The traction is fantastic and they are well vented but I found myself constantly having to stop and tighten the fit during a recent hiking trip in Hawaii. Don't even think of running in them for any length of time. I've relegated them to my 1-2 hour hikes. A little disappointing.

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Jan Higa wrote a review of on November 7, 2009

5 5

When I'm feeling weak during snowboarding or a day long hike I'll just down one of these with a few gulps of water and it gets me through the day. My favorite flavors are chocolate and espresso. The consistency is like frosting. The power bar ones are gel like and I don't like that as much. Very good chocolate flavor.

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