Jason Dementposted an image about K2 Snowboards Brigade Snowboard on March 5, 2013
Super durable, this board was great to me.
I've been lucky enough to have lived in Germany for the past 10 years so when I decided to pick up snowboarding, I did so with lots of adventure on the horizon. Within a few hours, I have access to slopes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech, Poland, Italy, France, and Lichtenstein. This season has been a total blast hitting the slopes at least once a week.
Super durable, this board was great to me.
I got these bindings to use on my Lib-tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix board. I am totally happy with them. These bindings are very sturdy and they have an awesome grip. I set mine up to use the toe strap around the front of my boots and that worked extremely well for me. They were responsive and I didn't have any extra play or unwanted movement. The big strap around the ankle is nicely padded and the little bumps make it grab nice and tight. I also found it easy to adjust the highback and to extend the gas pedal for my long foot. Highly recommend these bindings!
Note: The blue ones are a very light blue, almost girly - I would have gotten the black ones if I'd known there'd be such a difference in color to my board.
I've been riding a K2 Brigade for a couple of years now and I just moved over to this board. After about 5 minutes on this beast, I was already in love. Absolutely effortless turns - carving was a total pleasure. On the groom, when I wanted to go fast, I did. I was cruising along at 40mph on this board and it felt like I was floating on a cloud. Another thing I loved was the fact that even where the skiers had turned a major portion of the slopes into mogels, this board excelled. Boards typically don't do so hot in a field of mogels but it was just so easy to whip around through them that I found myself looking for some to play on. The resort I was at on my first trip didn't have man features at all for jumps and tricks but I managed to get air pretty easy on the small features I did find. The board pops nicely and I can't wait to find the big features on my next trip.
The Magne-Traction is really subdued on this board but I could still feel its power. I found that when I wanted to explain to my friends how good this board feels, I couldn't quiet find the words to describe what it was doing for me. I had probably the best technical day of my snowboarding history the first day I road this board.
I've owned this board for two seasons now and it's been very good to me. I started out on this board with beginner/intermediate skills and it was great to learn on. It's fairly light and not once did I feel like I was lugging it around even when I was still young to boarding. It carves really well and has good control and it performs well in powder. I've been able to get really good jumps on this board as well while Freeriding the ungroomed slopes. It's such a good board that I've stuck with it all the way up to my current advanced skill level without feeling as if I'd outgrown it. I will be switching to a Lib Tech Phoenix this season but this board is still an excellent piece of equipment. In fact, it's so sturdy, having taken care of it well, I will be able to sell it easily to another boarder. If you find a great deal on the board, you should definitely take it. It's worth it!
3 Degrees Fahrenheit on the slopes this day - So cold that a few minutes in the shade froze any moisture you had on you. I had snow melt from all the action, it'd be wet on the outside of my jacket and once we got in the shaded area, it froze solid... never got cold. Jacket is a total beast.
The Marauder/True Black are super spidey looking. You cant deny their beauty and they're extremely comfortable. You can wear these all day and love the way your hands don't sweat or feel suffocated. The grip is next to none. The only downside to these is perhaps the material that makes them so comfortable is also succeptable to cathering snow in the weave if you find yourself getting hands on ground or using your hands to swipe snow off of your gear. Snow that gets on the outside of the glove sticks in the weave and melts. Once the glove is wet, don't stop being active or they can quickly become a freeze trap for your fingers.
This will be an ongoing review which updates with my experiences in this boot:
Just received my boots yesterday and I've already fell in love with its many features/tech. First off I'd like to mention that I ordered it in my exact shoe size and it fit amazingly. You should have no issues with getting the wrong size. So far I've worn these things for about 6 hours, walking,jumping,squatting,just really flexing them about and they've been the best fit I've ever experienced. They're built really tough and sturdy: all of the lacing mechanisms are easy to operate and they've given me total freedom over how I want my boots to fit. The boot liners are very comfortable and the heel catch system wraps nicely around the achilles to keep your foot firmly in place. The liner has a durable set of laces witb an easy lock system but also combines the added security of a velco strap to keep it locked in at the tightness level you choose when you put the boot on.
the boot itself jas two separate lace systems on it. One controls the degree of tightness yiu want on your ankles and the other is for the boot portion around your shins. Both have excellent control and the metal locking system certainly keeps them in place. The laces pass through little round wheels instead of traditional eyelets whicb seem as if theh will be extending the life of the laces by far. There's a pocket on both sides of the boot to stow away the pull handles of the laces.
The boot soles have very good traction and the heel has a pliable/bouncy feel to it that will make for great shock absortion.
Two days until I hit the slopes in these beauties.
EDIT: I spent a day on the slopes with these remarkably amazing boots. It was easily my best day on the board, ever. Period. I find it hard actually to try and find a way to describe the feeling of how these Decades really stepped up my experience. I found myself looking down at my feet over and over, wondering how could they possibly be so comfortable. Guys, these boots are worth more than their price tag - you couldn't possibly regret their purchase
I bought these gloves so I would have a second pair to hit the slopes with. I'm not a fan of large bulky gloves so I've been using pipe gloves for awhile now. Usually, the only problem I have with using pipe gloves is that since they are thinner, you can't really expose them to too much time "in" the snow or else they'll get wet. I have some really cool Burton pipe gloves that always give me this problem. However, I spent a prolonged day in these gloves without having to change over into a second pair. They didn't get wet/soaked and they were warm the whole day. I'm not sure they would hold up to warmth on a severely cold day but you really should wear some insulated gloves for those climates anyway.
So these gloves were tight fitting. I always wear large size gloves but with these, I actually struggle a bit to get my right hand in the glove. You can feel some seems inside the glove due to the type of material but this is preferable to having a really soft glove that soaks up moisture like my Burton Pipe Gloves.
And they look very ninja~!
EDIT: They will certainly not be warming enough for a day with 3 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures. If they get a little wet, they will freeze solid in those temps.
This past weekend I had the most comfortable ride ever. It was my first trip with my new Landvik jacket and iI wore it with Volcom TDS pants taking full advantage of the Ziptech functionality. This jacket was superb! Even taking spills on several jumps, I never once got wet or cold. It regulated my body temperature very well and if iI felt a little too warm once in awhile, I quickly cooled down after opening the Terminal exhaust zippers under the arms. The face mask was nice on the windy side of the runs and the built in clips on the hood which allowed me to attach it to my goggles was just awesome. my hood stayed where it was supposed to be and kept the wind out of my ears. No snow was allowed into my outfit with the powder skirt and the hand of the sleeves being sealed up. I found all of the pockets to be ideal with plenty of room and the goggle pocket inside was perfect for storing an extra pair of pipe gloves. Those are my favorite but they get wet sometimes so I like to carry extra.
I'm also a huge fan of the zipper. It's tremendously sturdy and water proof. Zipping it all the way up gives you a lot of face protection and it's lined with soft fleece so it feels good on your jaw line.
It has a hefty price tag but you certainly get what you pay for here.