Jan Higa

Jan Higa

Colorado

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Jan's Passions

Camping
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Snowshoeing
Bouldering

Jan'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.

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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 November 19, 2010

4 5

I love these shirts!

They fit well and wick moisture. I wear them when I run with usually just a shell when its in the 30's and by themselves to keep the sun off.

The only problem I have with this years version is the lack of a small outside pocket on the bottom right hand side. It's nice to be able to have options for keys when running.

Other than that, the shirt is tip-top.

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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 an answer about on January 28, 2010

It doesn't provide as much protection as other bags available but if you pack clothes around your board it seems to work. I've used it 4-5 times flying this way and have had no problems. Make sure that the bag doesn't exceed whatever weight limitations the airline you are using has in force.

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Jan Higa wrote an answer about on November 18, 2009

If you are happy with Ride, you should stick with it. I'm like you, I buy gear every 5 or so years and have stuck with the same company since the 80's. Ride makes a great product. I do recommend getting bindings with toe caps. (straps that cup the toe end of the boot as opposed to cinching it directly over the top of the boot.) I can't tell if this model has that function but you could probably convert it. I've used a toe cap for the last 4-5 years and would never go back.

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Jan Higa wrote an answer about on November 18, 2009

I think you should stick with the 157. If you want it for an all mountain board then I assume you will be hitting some powder. I don't care how much rocker is in this board. I weigh 154 and my all mountain boards are anywhere from a 156 to 159. You want more float when you are not in the park. Where do you ride? People in the east tend to stick with shorter boards because they don't get the powder that we do in the West. In any case, I would still get the 157. Especially if you like to lay down a carve getting to your destination. Hope this helps.

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Jan Higa wrote an answer about on November 18, 2009

Hi Cathy, These pants are pretty bomber. Mountain Hardware makes their pants in Short, medium and long. I would definitely get the short version and refer to the size chart for these pants. Backcountry.com provides pretty accurate sizing charts for their products. I've only had to send back one item in the years I've been using them and it was very easy. I think they are plenty warm for fall hiking. When it's a little too chilly I just add long underwear to the mix. I do recommend these.

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