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Mike Waldert

Mike Waldert

Stowe, VT

Mike Waldert's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Skiing

Mike Waldert's Bio

OPs Manager at Rome .

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

Mike Waldert

Mike Waldertwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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/woods/etc.; 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 Waldertwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rome has always made great camber boards but this board really embraces light aspects of Rocker in the tip and tail to make a board that enters and exits turns like no other.

One of the things that I think makes Rome boards unique is their ability to go slow and fast and still make nice turns. It's all well & good to ride a super stiff board mach schnell, but how does that board turn at slow speeds. This is my go to board when riding groomers and hard packed.

This current iteration is one of the best snowboards I've ever ridden in 25+ years.

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Mike Waldertwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The 2.0 version of the Mountain Pop (double camber rocker that is pretty popular) flattens and elongates the rocker. This makes the board a little more predictable in unpredictable clumped up snow, while maintaining firm grip on hard packed snow (compared to traditional Agent Rocker).

All in all a great update to a workhorse of a snowboard.

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Mike Waldertwrote a review of on August 1, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: X-Large

I have some other Volcom Jackets in XL so bought XL... its a little slimmer of a fit than other coats from them I have. Frankly it didn't really leave much room for layering. Particularly notable was the sleeves ~which were really slender. (you can almost see it in the picture)

Otherwise like a lot of coats in PacLite fabric it was fairly minimalist. PacLite is a nice fabric for the price.

Chest pocket will take your phone, but there's no internal music pocket. They could have maybe added a headphone port to the chest pocket. Two hand pockets that zipper.

In general, good coat if you like minimalist shells, just maybe consider a size up if you are not skinny as a pencil. I would have probably tried the next size up if BC had an XXL available.

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Mike Waldertwrote a review of on July 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you looking to self-support your backcountry safety this is a solid airbag pack that accepts the Mammut RAS system (sold seperately) This carries a board if you need to hike. Better Avy tool organization than the smaller pack handles and probe fit in front compartment. Special goggle pocket. In addition to using it in the field I've used it as my carry on when headed to awesome places and it's easy to stay organized.

I like the RAS system as it's 'easier' to find filling options at your destination, while still being a somewhat reasonable price. With any airbag there is a know before you go aspect if you are flying out of the US.

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Mike Waldertwrote a review of on July 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are headed on a heli trip, cat trip, or even to Europe (in-bounds/sidecountry) this is a great airbag pack that accepts the Mammut RAS system (sold seerately) This carries a board if you need to hike, I don't ski but the way the system converts for diagonal ski carry is pretty ingenious. Once you have the airbag installed it's big enough for a snack, bottle of water and extra insulating layer (as well as probe & shovel)

I like the RAS system as it's 'easier' to find filling options at your destination. With any airbag there is a know before you go aspect if you are flying out of the US.

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Mike Waldertwrote 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 Waldertwrote 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 Waldertwrote 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 Waldertwrote 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 Waldertwrote 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 Waldertwrote 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 Waldertwrote 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 Waldertwrote 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 Waldertwrote 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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