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I grew up all over the place, but moving to the Canadian Rockies for high school changed everything. I moved out to Utah seven years ago for school at the University of Utah and after graduating summer of 2011 I started working at Backcountry.com. Snowboarding and whitewater are definitely my passions but I also enjoy biking, hiking, backpacking, and basically anything else active in the mountains.
I love the buckle on this collar. A lot more durable than the plastic kind. The separate leash clip is nice too so you don't accidentally clip the leash to dog tags.
This is my first full-suspension bike and I love it. I wanted a bike that would be efficient enough for XC but I still wanted enough travel to be able to handle some DH. This will be my third season on it and I still have never really come across any terrain where I felt the SB was lacking. I am 5'9" with like a 31" inseam and the M fits me perfect.
I had been interested in picking up a solar panel for quite some time and I finally settled on the Nomad 7. It does surprisingly well in slightly overcast conditions and this was the main selling point. It is fairly lightweight, easily organizes cords and devices in the zippered mesh compartment, has sufficient loops for hanging pretty much anywhere, and the USB port allows you to charge pretty much anything.
I absolutely love this thing. It turns your iPhone into the equivalent of a Contour or GoPro camera. Video quality is great and the fact that it gives your phone camera a wide angle lens is pretty neat.
I absolutely love this board. I took it on a 4-day Yurt trip in the Pioneer Mountains in Idaho. I am 5'9" 155lbs and I typically ride a 154 every day and a 158 for pow and steeper lines. I have the 156 and I could not be happier. It handles pow like nobody's business but is surprisingly stable on windscoured terrain. I had no issues with traction on the skin track and the shorter length makes hop turns in tighter terrain a piece of cake.
I would recommend getting a size L. I wear a men's size 8.5 or 9 boot and the M fits me great.
You can definitely jib on this board. I tend to prefer it as an all-mountain freestyle board since I like positive camber for my jib board. My go-to jib board would be the cambered Artifact or the cambered Reverb but if you are looking for one board for jumps/jibs/all-around fun this is it.
These are by far my favorite bindings ever. I have Union Contact Pros, Rome 390 Bosses, a pair of stiffer Ride bindings, and these take the cake. The Cartels are so comfortable, responsive, and fit like a glove. I wear a men's 8.5 boot (without footprint reduction tech) and the size M fits pretty great.
I have a pair of the APXs and I also have these. The peripheral vision is definitely improved on the APX and the goggles aren't that much bigger. Both the APX and the APXs fog way less than my Smith I/O goggles did. These are definitely my go-to pair of goggles now.
I purchased the Gold Ionized Lens to be my low light lens. So far it has been great. Took it out on a couple storm days, visibility was awesome and there were no issues with fogging lenses.