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riverside, ca / mammoth / redondo beach

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Camping
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing

mark's Bio

artist that loves to ski, skier that loves to art. hunter/gatherer. bike rider. lover/fighter.

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MARKLB.COM wrote a review of on December 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great bag for the price. You get whatever that waterproof material is in the shape of a bag. It's heavy duty enough to haul all my stuff. Not really any pocket options, but I didn't need them. It has backpack straps which are great for making the hike from the airplane to the car. And the look doesn't have the 'I've got a bunch of guns in here and I'm gonna rob a bank' feel that the basic black duffel bag from the sports store has.

Downside. No shoulder strap, but that could be easily fixed by making adjustments to the strap layout, or adding it on. Another downside, no shorter mid-handles on the center of the bag. I have big enough hands to grab the backpack straps, but its not a one handed bag when my wife grabs it. Neither are not issues for me, just things you might want to know.

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MARKLB.COM wrote a review of on September 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've tried a lot of different helmets at the store, I'm about a 62 cm, and some helmets (like bern and giro) are too round. As in, I'm sure it's at least 62 cm around, but my head is longer than it is wide, so those don't fit. The variant fits really well. At first i thought i needed an XL, but it was maybe a little sloppy, so I went with the L. I had to do some customizing to the innards to really get it right. The liner/head cap was on the smaller side, and while that stretches a bit, I decided to cut up the seams and open it up a bit more (small increments with test fits, so i wouldn't go overboard). It's surprising how much pressure that thing produces as compared to the shell. Once that got opened up, the fit was a lot better. the boa system is really nice too. Dials in the fit just right.

Then I yanked out the foam from the ear pads. I don't like how thick they are and how much they push down on my ears. Plus the pads are more streamlined and low profile like the helmet now. I might, in the future, put the foam back in after i slice it thinner. I really like that the ear pads open up and can take headphones, plus it let me get in there without any major surgery.

Construction is quality, no problems that I can see, and I pulled it apart during the fitting process. And it plays well with all my goggles (Oakley Wisdom, Scott Fix, Giro Gravity).

Good looks
Great Fit
Fine construction
Great Price (got the cyan for $80)

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MARKLB.COM wrote a review of on December 9, 2011

5 5

These pants are juuuuuussssttt right!

The fit is true to the size chart. They fit really well. They contour to the knees, and it's not too baggy or too tight. The material is sturdy, but moves nicely. Not too stiff or too thin. The seams are welded, so no stitches except up at the waist. The pants are totally legit, the bib is a little short and made of something different. but all in all, it'll keep the snow out the crack. I thought they were going to be bright cyan(blue), but they're more dull than that, the photo is pretty close. I would have liked a second cargo pocket on the other side, but other than that these pants are the real deal.

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MARKLB.COM wrote a review of on December 9, 2011

5 5

Just got these! The price is right. These feel really warm (but I normally use the dakine mustang for most days). Well constructed and the fit is nice, not too sloppy or big. They started breaking in nicely on the first day, i think more time will really make these mold to my hand better.

p.s. I love the way these smell out of the bag, kind of like gas and leather mixed together. and since these are hand coated they leather looks inconsistent, but works all the same.

I think i might add some cord to the glove clip, so i can attach it to my jacket. the plastic thing is a little dinky.

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MARKLB.COM wrote a review of on March 9, 2011

5 5

This is a great jacket, it keeps me dry and warm enough. I haven't been in any really wet conditions, just a 3ft snow dump in mammoth. The pinstripes look nice, more interesting than a flat black, and the off center zipper is key, stays out of the way and works smooth. I would have liked the zipper to have that cool tape over it, but more for the looks than the actual waterproofness, because like i said i was dry. The pockets are decent, nothing but standard, maybe napolean access for the inner ipod pocket, or the pocket they sometimes put on the forearm. I wish TNF would start to put in wrist gaiters. I wear an xl and the xl fits perfect and true to size.

No gripes. Great Jacket. Dry, Cool looking, Comfy.

and to the other review, i can zip it up all the way without the hood. the hood does sit up a little bit, but that's why you get a jacket with a fixed hood rather than the ones with a color and a hood

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MARKLB.COM wrote a review of on September 14, 2010

5 5

Got these last season, and they are a blast. Perfect all over the mountain. Floats on top, and busts through crud, not too wide to take it through tighter trees. It took some getting used to the rocker, but smearing turns is a cinch. the traditional camber through the middle makes it hooky enough for groomers. At first they feel super short, but you just have to get used to laying on edge differently than a normal camber ski. i will say this though, not nearly enough grip on ice, but then that's not really where this ski is headed.

went from rossi scratch bc 188 (1st gen) to these. Love it!

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MARKLB.COM wrote a review of on February 24, 2010

3 5

these pants are a lot more yellow than they look on the picture, which i thought was brown. They're sort of like yellow ochre with bits of brown in there. the color was a deal breaker and i had to send them back.

but the quality of the pants, the construction, was really good. it's a great price for gore tex pants. that was the major draw for me, and i almost kept them but they didn't match anything else i had.

the fit was baggy, especially from the knee down. plus they are really long, almost a bit too long. i'm 6' and have a 30 inseam, and i like to wear them a little lower, not ass-sagging, just a little lower than true waist. the one fit issue i have comes from the fact that the fabric is so smooth. it has no heft to it, so it lays flat against your skin and whatever extra length is remaining bunches up kind of sloppy at the feet. it's weird looking, but if you're taller these would work.

overall, good pants, good price, so so fit, gross color.

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MARKLB.COM wrote a review of on January 4, 2010

5 5

the chest mount is awesome. Sometimes you just don't want to wear a helmet, and the included head strap is ridiculous. In comes the chest mount to save the day! seriously, if you paid the money for the camera, chip in the extra bucks and get this harness. You can use it everywhere, for everything. I position mine high and tight, and angle it down to get my skis in frame, then it looks less like arms are coming down and invading the video, and more like i'm wearing a man-bra.

double hint. take a helmet pad and stick it to the front of your helmet instead of the top. Then use the camera attachment from the chest mount to have the camera a little closer to eye level.

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