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Jon wrote a review of on February 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Based on other reviews across the web, these were supposed to be stiff, awesome boots. I'm a freerider and spend most my time charging or winding my way through the trees.

Regular stance: Flow NX2-RS bindings (XL): Size 10.5 boot

Pros: Comfortable; especially my left foot. I had no foot fatigue or pinching, and was able to get the laces/conda tight enough to prevent heel lift. Turn initation was good when combined with my fairly stiff bindings.

Cons: I put a lot of stress on my back boot when cruising through trees because I'm constantly making drastic direction changes. After maybe 10 runs, I kept having tighten up the laces, and it felt like the boot was already loosing some of it's stiffness. Even after retying, I just couldn't get the back boot to my liking. Adding insult to injury, my back lace has started fraying.

I'd give 3.5 if I could because they're comfy and have very little heel lift. Unfortunately, I can't give a full 4 because at $300, I shouldn't notice any loss in stiffness or have a fraying lace after a day of hard riding.

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Jon wrote a review of on February 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

5'10", 40.5" chest, 33" waist
Size: M

The exterior is somewhat stiff, but not overly rough. The interior is a waffle-like fleece that reminds me of Polartec Power Dry. The whole thing definitely has some stretch to it, which allows you to fit a heavier midlayer if needed while not looking bloated.

I was warm enough in roughly 25 degrees with a dress shirt, and into the teens with a fleece. We had some snow yesterday, and it seemed to hold up just fine. The construction seems solid overall, although I wish they had done a slightly better job hiding the ends of the zippers on the inside.

I've gotten a couple compliments on this and would definitely buy it again.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I needed something besides my standard leather belt to throw in the mix, and this seemed like a good option based on reviews. I tried it out with my snowboarding pants and jeans with no slipping, even after taking a few tumbles.

However, I'm not sure if this is normal, but the belt shipped with a strong chemical smell similar to egg/sulfur water. I got rid of it by soaking in dish soap.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Base: Whispbar Flush
Car: '12 Mazdaspeed3

I have another review of the base bars which covers their installation and attachment installation. Once I got the snow mount attached, it was smooth sailing. I couldn't hear this rack above the standard road noise I get from my snow tires. As for ease of use, it's the same as all the others; open it up, slide in your skis and boards, then lock it up. From what I'm told, you're supposed to put the tips towards the rear of the car with skis.

When all is said and done, the best part is that you can leave the wet skis outside and carry more people and gear inside.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Installed on '12 Mazdaspeed3; fixed-point roof.

Installation took about an hour using nothing more than an allen wrench and a tape measure. I couldn't noticed a difference in noise level with or without the base bars.

This has a rubber gasket that fills a t-slot, which holds attachments to the bars. When you want to put something on the bars; remove the covers, slide out the gaskets, slide in the attachment, then put the gaskets back in using your fingers to get them under the attachment points and needle-nose pliers to pull it through the last couple inches. If you don't install the gasket, the rack will whistle like crazy at anything above 30mph. With the gasket, it didn't make a sound, even with skis and a snowboard.

Definitely worth the investment, and I'll be picking up some bike tray come spring.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

These are probably my best fitting shorts. The fabric is extremely comfortable, and the length is just right. I've had them for several months, and they haven't shown any signs of wear. I may have to pick-up some more reef shorts in the spring because of how well their sizing works for me.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

Sometimes you don't feel like wearing your shiny shoes, and want something more casual without the look of traditional sneakers. These were a great, inexpensive pick-up to mix in with my Johnston&Murphy's.

In terms of fit, they remind me of the Adidas Sambas I used to wear growing up; true-to-size length, but slightly narrow toebox.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

I bought a 200 series a while back, and loved it. Upon seeing new colors, I picked up two of the 150 series. These shirts are great. You can wear them multiple times without having to worry about them smelling funky. I've worn them as a snowboarding baselayer, to work, around town, and on the plane. The chest pocket is perfect for an small ipod and the thumbholes keep it from bunching up when putting on a tighter jacket or sweatshirt. If you're looking for a warm, comfortable shirt, then look no further. Steepandcheap has these on sale quite often.

I'm 5'10", 180lbs, 41" chest, 33" waist and a large fits like a well-tailored dress shirt.

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Jon wrote a review of on December 10, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked this up as a an all-around layering solution. The apex outer repels light drizzle, and flashdry interior dries quickly. I've used it camping, snowboarding, flying, and everything in between. I've worn it over a button-down, and was fine into the low 40's, high 30's.

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Jon wrote a review of on November 20, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this to replace a worn out fleece as a midlayer for snowboarding. I'm 5'10", 180lbs, with a 40"chest and a 33" waist. I own a few other TNF products and the medium fits great. Unfortunately, the Skiron jacket is way too small on me to work as a midlayer. The fit is compression in the forearm, tight in the chest, and about an inch too short. I'm going to try a size up in a store, otherwise I'll switch back to a traditional fleece.

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Jon wrote a review of on November 7, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm 5'10", 180 and a solid medium according to the size chart. I bought this to replace my beaten old north face as a midlayer for snowboarding and bumming around. The fit in the chest and waist was great. However, the forearm was way too tight; similar to compression base layer. I tried a large, which resulted in lots of extra space in the chest/waist, but almost no change in the sleeve. Does anyone know if the standard R1 pullover has more room in the arm?

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