Mike Waldert

Mike Waldert

Stowe, VT

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OPs Manager at Rome .

A dude from the shores of the Genesee that ended up in VT...

Mike Waldert

Mike Waldert wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a 158 Whiteroom that I use on the East Coast and enjoy it. I run Voile pucks with Blaze bindings. I find that the board takes zero adaptation from my groomer board when I'm out on it in the powder; I believe that is thanks to the rocker nose of the powder S camber. I've been happy with the uphill performance both breaking trail, in established tracks, and on snowmobile/snow-cat tracks. I tried a fully rockered split previously, and it was a little scary in tour mode on the slightest bit of packed snow ~definitely a fan now of the S camber for touring. Weight is low on the decks as well...

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Mike Waldert wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super light weight binding that transmit a lot of board feel. It has a sock construction (stitching inside) ankle strap that is super cushy; while the Mob Boss or the 390 have a heavy duty version of the cushy strap this does the job awesome for the price. I like that it is close to the snow and I ride it generally on more jibby boards and powder boards

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Mike Waldert wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For the price you'll have a hard time finding an easier riding all-mountain deck that can go anywhere. I've ridden the board at Alyeska and Stowe and really enjoyed the No Hang Ups design. Super forgiving and easy to push your self to the next level. Every now and again I was left wanting a touch more pop and stiffness, but I think that's where the more expensive CrossRocket fits. Again, super surfy in soft snow, holds an edge in hard snow, and forgiving to progress on.

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Mike Waldert wrote a review of on July 16, 2013

3 5

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

I have these and a pair of Chaco Z/2's that i use for going down to the river out back of my house. I bought these as they have the Z/1 strap configuration and now and again I prefer the simplicity of not having the toe loop. Great midsole, great support, great Vibram outsole, most of what you would expect from Chaco.

that said, at the heels these mount with a plastic piece, instead of the traditional fabric. Every now and again, notably on more uneven terrain, these plastic strap mounts hit my ankle.

Not a huge deal for going down to the river for a half hour, but I probably would choose a different pair if I was going to spend all day in them.

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Mike Waldert wrote a review of on August 18, 2011

5 5

I'm a big fan of the Hybrid camber, it rides short when making low angle turns at slower speeds, but then rides long when you let the board run.

I used to ride an Agent 154 as deck for spring and general riding, I kicked up to the Anthem 157 as I found it a touch more stable at spped, but with the hybrid camber I found that it still rode short when goofing off on banks and stuff on the side of the trail. When I went to AK last spring I just increased the length to a 161 (technically rode the SS); it was nice to be able to stay on basically the same shape, which made the transition easier.

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Mike Waldert wrote a review of on August 18, 2011

5 5

Rode the 161 in Alaska last spring. I'm a big fan of the Hybrid camber, it rides short when making low angle turns at slower speeds, but then rides long when you let the board run. Next spring when I head back I may step up to a 163, but I had absolutely no complaints on the 161.

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Mike Waldert wrote a review of on November 2, 2009

5 5

Rode a 159 at Jay last year and was a little worried about the performance on ice. Unfortunately here in the East you need to ride some bad snow to get to the woods so I was pleasantly surprised how well it performed (this is how I judge pow boards, as all pow boards ride pow well; what doesn't ride in pow well?). Obviously reverse camber so it shreds pow, so I'm super psyched to ride this this year in the good stuff.

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Mike Waldert wrote a review of on November 2, 2009

5 5

Little surprised my review from Backcountry isn't showing up on here...

Great board. Super light. Nose shape on both ends allow you to ride switch in bowls or the woods; I prefer twin boards for riding in sticky situations because that way you can always change up how you drop in to best suit the situation. Traditional camber helps it rail groomers on those days...

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Mike Waldert wrote a review of on November 2, 2009

5 5

The hybrid camber is really cool; basically it makes the board start and release from short radius turns easier. That said the board still had lots of stability at speed. I also notice the hybrid camber on banks and quarterpipes when I under-rotated; The reverse camber in the nose and tail definitely allowed me to slide out of the "incomplete" spin. The board is definitely light as well, but the real story is the versatility of the hybrid camber.

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