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JonnyO wrote a review of on August 12, 2008

5 5

I really like the design. It is roomy like a rectangular bag and keeps the pad (I am using a Big Agnes foam pad) underneath me the entire night. I have not been out in really cold weather and the bag has really been too warm for me so far but opening the zippers at both ends seems to do the trick. I was in 50s last weekend and was able to be pretty comfortable.

Being down, this bag can pack down pretty small if you want to take it backpacking.

It comes in two sizes, regular and long and I believe Big Agnes is the only maker of sleeping pads that fit the long which I have. On the plus side, the Big Agnes Two Track pad is comfy enough for me plus has a good insulating value (not that I need it). For the regular size, you have a wider choice of pad.

I am a happy camper!

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JonnyO wrote a review of on January 29, 2008

5 5

This board lives up to Palmer's marketing. It may even live up to its lofty price.

This is a fast, responsive board that rides all conditions well. It is expensive but it is loaded with features not found in lesser freeride boards. The base is fast and it is a smooth, excellent carver. Put some energy into the board like when carving and you get a lot of it back as you exit the turn.

On top of the speed and the power, I was quite surprised on light it feels on the snow and how easy this thing is to turn. I got a 165 but it feels like a much smaller board when I want to make sharp turns yet is a tremendous carver at speed.

I have ridden this board on powder, in the trees, on choppy icy moguls (that was not fun) and hit some jumps (small) in the park. As long as you do not want to do a lot of tricks--it is just too stiff to lend itself to that anything that requires a lot of presses--this is a pretty versatile board. It does however require attention as it is very stiff.

The bottom line is that this is a top end freerider. If you are an advanced rider looking for high end boards, you should consider this board.

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JonnyO wrote a review of on January 29, 2008

5 5

I got this for a base layer for snowboarding in the Tahoe area. Tahoe is not very cold and can be warm, especially in the Spring.

I really like this shirt. I am surprise at how warm it can be when layering. I also like the that the zip allows me to adjust depending on how warm I am.

On top of this, I find it really comfortable as well.

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JonnyO wrote a review of on January 29, 2008

4 5

The AK line is high end Burton wear typically in a no frills way. You will get functional stuff without a lot of bling.

What I like about this jacket is the clean, non flashy look and trim fit. That probably will not appeal to everyone but suits me just fine.

The jacket has the features I need and the Gore-Tex has been as advertised so far. I am warmer in my new clothes than before, in part because the Gore-Tex seems to block wind better. It is still a bit early in the season, and therefore not warm enough yet for the Tahoe snow to be really wet but so far, I am bone dry while I see others walking around with wet butt. Of course, I never really had a problem with that in my old gear either as I am not one for sitting around on the snow.

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JonnyO wrote a review of on January 29, 2008

4 5

I got a new board along with these risers so I cannot adequately say how much is due to the ride vs the risers but I am definitely carving better. That said, one thing is for sure, I can crank over the edge of my board farther than I ever had before which allows deeper carves. I think it takes a bit more work to move the board edge to edge as you really have to move your legs to get the leverage going but the clearance (I have the shocks at 10mm) is really wonderful for my 11.5 feet.

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