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Michael

Michael

Embarcadero, Kauai, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used this product several times already this season, as I recently made this purchase for the upcoming snow season. I used to go with a hard plated molded knee pad, but those ended up hurting my knees after a shock, and they were also heavy IMO. So far everything has worked out really well with these. I've tried them on 3 trips already with solid performance. These pads do not feel as restrictive as my last ones and the fabric the holds the pads are moisture wicking, so my legs and back of my knees stay dry. I also like that they have added a silicone lining around the openings of the top and bottom holes. This keeps the knee pad from moving up or down a whole lot. These pads are also much easier to store away when the day or season is over.

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I'll start with what I liked. The touch and feel of the fabric felt good, and I imagined that putting it through its paces through a full day of boarding, the clava would feel comfortable and keep me warm. I liked the fact that the neck bib area extended really far down so you could tuck it into your jacket and create a better seal against the cold air.

What did not work out for me was the restrictiveness of the mouth cover. When I get back into the lodge for lunch or a break, I want to be able to pull down the mouth portion of the mask, but because there are no flexible or elastic seams, trying to pull down the mask down past your chin is a real chore. I ended up returning this product for this reason.

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This will be my second season with these Goggles, and I they have been nothing short of awesome. The tightness is highly adjustable and I've never had a problem with them slipping down or up (this is due to the anit-slip silicon strips that line the inside of the goggle strap. I have been a big fan of my Oakley sunglasses for years and these goggles offer the same, great durability, and plenty of style ways.

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on February 2, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have to say I was really excited about these boots, they were very minimalistic and they had the BOA like system for tying my shoes, which was really important to me. That latter feature was really brought my expectations down.

After strapping in and tying everything really tight, then taking it on two lift runs I found that the laces/strings, were already coming loose. This was a re-occurring theme every 3 lifts. To have to continue tightening your boots is a inconvenience.

I am used to wearing 9.5 for rental equipment, so I figured this would be the right size for me. I am not sure if it is just that my boots need to be broken in, but my pinkie toes seemed to feel the crush at the end of the day and I sometimes can't wait to peel off the boot.

I will say that the boot is very easy to take off, since the laces/ties loosen easily anyway! :) But all kidding aside, it does get the job done and poses a slight inconvenience. I ended up sticking with these boots mainly because I stupidly threw away the box, so I couldn't return them anymore.

If I was looking to buy new boots, I would go with certified BOA boots. Burton has just made their own BOA-like system here, so these aren't really like the real stuff. Spend the extra time and money to research the shoes.

Otherwise these were the cheapest boots I could find with a speed lacing system, at the time that I bought them, so I went with these. Again, I'd recommend considering investing some money in your boots, you want to get it right the first go around.

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on February 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For being my very first board, I was really stoked with the selection. I'm about 5'9 146, so I went with the 154 because on most of the rental boards that I have tried, this size seemed the most manageable for me in terms of size and potential speed.

Riding the board for the first time took some getting used to because it felt really light and slick, in comparison to the worn out rental boards I was use to. But this only helped getting down the slope faster and the maneuverability. I do notice that the back fin is smaller and I do think it helps my carving a bit. Feels a lot more fluid.

My color (red) board is similar to the Burton TWC Pro board that is also offered. I've gotten a few questions from other riders about it, still have not come across anyone else with the same board, pretty strange.

I'm hoping this board will last me several seasons, it's been great so far.

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on February 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got into Snowboarding about a year ago, and have been enough times where I know I will be returning many more times. Attaching these bindings to my board was not difficult. Just three screws to attach my bindings to my snowboard. I few slight adjustments to the straps and I was ready to go. Have been boarding about 4 full days already with these bindings and they do appear to be holding up pretty well.

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on December 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was eying this jacket even from last year, because it just looked awesome. My main concerns for buying this jacket were: Gore-Tex, a snow-skirt liner to keep the snow out, and a bright color. This covered all the bases, and it's provided some added warmth for me on the slopes. I like the added touches to the jacket specifically for Ski sport enthusiasts, like the 'to-the-side' zipper closure, the goggle cleaning cloth tucked into the left shoulder pocket, the arm vents, and the light weight. Even though it's meant for snow sports, I like wearing it when it rains in the city for protection. Just an all around great jacket in my mind.

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on December 26, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used North Face gear for many years, ever since I was a little kid, and one of the key items I grew up with was the Denali jacket. To me this is another must have in my collection. The jacket seems to be thin, especially along the side rib cage area where the arms may contact the sides, but most of the chest and back areas are covered with PolarTec fleece. It might be a nice jacket to wear under a shell of some sort, because of its light wearing and feeling, but added warmth. The other reason I got this jacket was the potential for mass appeal. I have had a lot of people, mostly women come up to me or note in passing that they liked my jacket or they notice the furriness. I think it hits a soft spot for them. Can't complain! Overall, it's my go to jacket in these 40-50 degree, non-rainy days of December in SF.

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Michael

Michael wrote a review of on December 26, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I purchased this product from backcountry, and was excited about the look and styling. After receiving the product, I realized that it had an annoying fit. The zipper length is longer and much stiffer than expected. When standing upright and zipped up to the neck, the jacket wears fine and flat along the stomach, but when I sit down the zipper bunches up and protrudes out as if it was compensating for belly fat that I don't have. I ended up returning the product.

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