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N/A wrote a review of on September 27, 2010

I'm a believer
5 5

So, I spent approx 65 days on this boot last season. The 40 day mark is a pretty significant point for me with any pair of boots, as that's usually how many days I get out of a pair of boots before it's time to get another pair. I was stoked to reach day 40 on the Insano as I knew I hadn't even come close to wearing them out.

The Fit: I usually wear a 10-10.5 and I ended up in a 10 in the Insano. I had the typical growing pains the first 5-8 days I rode the boots until the packed out some. After that I was good to go and I didn't see much more pack out through the first 40 days. I have a pretty normal foot as far as width goes, the only problem I have is a slightly high arch.

The Flex: Holy F*cking Stiff to start out! This is by far one of the stiffest boots I've had on my feet. It was a bit difficult to get used to at first, but they broke in quick and after about 10-12 days they felt just a little bit stiffer then the FUL boots feels out of the box.

Whats New:

* Dream Liner (same as the RFL)
* Dual Zone Boa!


Ok... I have not been the biggest fan of BOA. I was around when Vans & K2 first started putting it on boots back in 2001/2002 and every couple of years I've given the technology another chance only to be let down, But I'm official sold on BOA now with the Insano.

I was actually challenged to try to break the BOA, so I did everything I could within reason to break these boots. The BOA reels and cables are working just as well now as they did when I took them out of the box. At first I did feel a little bit of pressure with the plastic squares that the upper and lower zone both thread through, but the intuition liner did break in around that spot on the boots and it went away after about 10 days. Other than that I didn't have any discomfort or pressure points.

These boots have been great, comfortable, responsive & reliable. The huge thing for me is that they're still performing after 65 days! I usually have to get a new pair of boots when I hit the 40 day mark as they are just soft, mushy with little to no response left in them. Not only did I make it to 65, but I'm confident that I can keep riding them to start the 10/11 season and make it to 100 without any loss of performance or issues with the BOA.

If you're like me and you destroy boots and want something that is going to last, I highly suggest taking a look at these. If you are still on the fence about BOA, these are worth looking at as I was unable to break any part of the BOA system in 65 days of riding them in Utah.

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N/A wrote an answer about on September 23, 2010

We will be getting both the DH2.4 & 2.5...

We will be getting both the DH2.4 & 2.5 in this year. We expect the 2.4 to arrive sometime around 10/5. Check back 10/5 and if you don't see it keep coming back as it will pop up. This time of year our receiving dock is pretty full and it can take a few days for things to get unpacked and put up on the site after they arrive.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 21, 2010

Time to Upgrade
5 5

Are you still running a pair of 2003 CFX bindings and refuse to upgrade because you don't think Burton has a highback that even comes close to comparing to the CFX?

Ok, I have some sympathy for you and understand your refusal to upgrade your bindings. But I'm sorry, you're old ass toe straps are obsolete and it's time for an upgrade as Toe Caps > Toe Straps.

This kit will work on Burton Binders from 2003 to present. The key to knowing if they will work on yours is if your bindings have slots for the straps/ladders to slide through (See Picture). If you have Burton Binders that predate this and the toe/ankle strap both screw in from the side, this kit will not work on them (See Picture).

The benefits of Toe Caps are great, they pull you back in your bindings, they hold you down but you don't get those pressure points that old toe straps can cause. It's cool that you want to rock your old B bindings, but do yourself a favor and give them an upgrade and make them feel like a new pair of bindings with a familiar feel.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 21, 2010

4 5

There are probably a lot of riders out there searching through the 2011 Burton lineup wondering where the Dom is? While that board had a great run, it was time for an update and the Whammy Bar is what is replacing it.

Think of the Dom, but with V-Rocker, Spoon Shaped nose/tail & a Rail Ready tune to keep the board playful and your contact points/edges from catching when you sliding rails/boxes. The Channel makes it so you can dial in that perfect stance without any worries and the soft flex allows for easy presses and is forgiving when you lose your focus.

If you're a rail rat that hikes a particular feature all day or you're out on 2am Rail Missions weekly trying dial in that trick for your video part, the Whammy bar is the perfect board for you.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 21, 2010

5 5

From what I've read, broken wrists are the most common injury in snowboarding since most people tend to put their arms out to brace themselves when the catch an edge and fall. While they can be uncomfortable and a little bulky under your gloves, they aren't as uncomfortable as a cast for 6-8 weeks and no riding while the snow is falling.

My Father-in-law is an Orthopedic surgeon and suggest these to anyone that is looking for wrist guards. The design is minimal, but still provides the support you need and doesn't just redirect the energy up your arm and break that instead like some other designs out there.

These did save me from a broken wrist a few seasons ago. I was going through a tree run at Brighton that I wasn't familiar with and all of a sudden the trees got really tight and I had no wear to go. I turned heelside as hard as I could, put my arms out to try to break the force of hitting a tree. While the crash was pretty gnarly, I rode away with only a sprained wrist. The Wrist Guard completely shattered, but it did it's job. It redirected the energy away from my wrist and after a week or so I was fine and didn't end up in a cast.

Like I said, they are a little bulky, a bit uncomfortable but after several days of rocking them you get used to it and you don't even think about them. Plus, if you're like my wife and your hands are always cold they add some insulation as well and keep your hands that much warmer.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 21, 2010

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I've been a huge fan of the HiFi for years, If you read my HiFi review you'll see that it did indeed save my life. But with the new Theory I think it's time for an upgrade with all that the Theory offers.

Not sure about the current age demographic on DF right now, but I was around when the Reebok Pump was hot. Burton has brought the tech back and integrated it into the theory. Many companies have an adjustable fit to their helmets, but they aren't always that comfortable and tend to loosen up during the day. Red now has a pump system integrated in so that you can just pump it until it's snug. The bladder is much more comfortable against your head compared to those plastic "frames" that other companies use in their adjustable systems.

The ventilation is great as you can adjust it on the fly and the earpads pop right off if you find them too warm and you can replace them with a pair of REDphones and hook your iPod up. The fit is great with the Oakley Splice googles that I have, no gaper gap!

I typically wear a 7 1/2 New Era Cap and measure out at 59.5cm. I normally rocked the medium in the HiFI, but found the large in the theory to be a bit more comfortable.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 21, 2010

5 5

I can say this helmet saved my life. I was riding at PCMR, I was lining up to slide one of the boxes on Kings and next thing I know I woke up to Ski Patrol using one of those ammonia things to wake me up. Apparently I caught an edge and went down and knocked myself out cold. Fortunately I was ok, no internal damage just a concussion. The ski patrol and docs in the ER were amazed and said that if I hadn't been wearing it that if it hadn't killed me I would have probably been a vegetable the rest of my life.

Aside from being a lifesaver, the helmet has a great fit. I think I have a pretty normal shape to my head, it's a bit more of a round shape overall. I wear a 7 1/2 New Era most of the time and I measure out to 59.5 cm. The medium is a solid fit for me as it is snug, but leaves just a little bit of room. The ventilation is great, I've never really felt over heated, even on those quick side country hikes.

Bottom Line: $99.95 is cheaper then your Insurance Co-Pay to the ER.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 21, 2010

5 5

I love the Indo series... I've been running Gravis runners since the Factor back in 2001. They are comfortable and the fit is great, I usually run a 10-10.5 in all my shoes and the 10 is perfect for me. I have a pretty high arch, but aside from that my foot is pretty normal and I don't have any discomfort at all in these shoes.

They are super durable as while I love just wearing them out on the town, I have skated and played tennis in these kicks and have not had any issues with them at all. They are a great shoe that I can always rely on, which is why I tend to by two different colorways every time the new ones role out.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 21, 2010

4 5

The Cartel has been a really popular choice in the Burton binding line up for years. Unfortunately it hadn't been a pick for me because the highback always dug into the back of my cave and hurt like a mother....

I'm stoked to report that the new Cartel Highback is one that I no longer have issues with. The new design is just as responsive as it has always been, but the ergo shape doesn't dig into the back of my calves.

Combine that with a super comfy ankle strap, a toe strap that stays where you want it too and smooth ratchets you have a binding that will handle anything you throw at it.

This is a perfect binder for anyone that rides the entire mountain like it's a giant terrain park.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 17, 2010

5 5

This is a great boot for that All-Mountain rider that wants a light boot with a medium flex.

The FUL features Ride's intuition liner, which is going to mold to every little crack and crevis of your foot. Regardless if you have a high arch, bulky ankle, flat foot, etc.. the liner molds right to it for a custom fit. You can heat them up to speed up the process, but I highly suggest just riding them and let your own body heat/sweat mold this liner perfectly to your foot.

The fit is true to size, I have a brannock 10C and usually wear a 10-10.5 in my street shoes and boots. The size 10 was perfect for me... At first my toes were right against the front of the boot, but not crammed or curled over. It was snug and slightly uncomfortably at first, but after 10 days they pack out about a 1/4 size and were absolutely perfect.

Also, if you normally wear a size 11 boot these are worth checking out as they have a reduced footprint. So a size 11 RFL has the sole of a size 10 boot and you can get on a regular width deck instead of a wide.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 17, 2010

5 5

I typically go through a pair of Snowboard boots in about 40 days. I'm hard on my boots and they typically break down pretty fast and I'm looking for a second pair half way through the season. The RFL is one of the first boots that after 40 days of riding were still good to go.

These boots are STIFF to start out, I'm talking really, really stiff. But after about 15 days on them the were nicely broken in and were at the flex that the FUL starts out right out of the box, about a 7 out of 10. The liner on this boot is very comfortable and every inch of it molds to the shape of your foot, so if you have a high arch, bulky ankle, flat foot, etc.. the liner molds right to it. You can heat them up to speed up the process, but I highly suggest just riding them and let your own body heat/sweat mold this liner perfectly to your foot.

The fit is true to size, I have a brannock 10C and usually wear a 10-10.5 in my street shoes and boots. The size 10 was perfect for me... At first my toes were right against the front of the boot, but not crammed or curled over. It was snug and slightly uncomfortably at first, but after 10 days they pack out about a 1/4 size and were absolutely perfect and didn't get sloppy after another 30 days of riding.

If you're hard on your boots and want something that is going to last, these are a great boot to check out. Also, if you normally wear a size 11 boot these are worth checking out as they have a reduced footprint. So a size 11 RFL has the sole of a size 10 boot and you can get on a regular width deck instead of a wide.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 17, 2010

5 5

I currently have 3 pairs of Indos in my sneaker rotation. This is a great shoe if you're looking for a runner to wear out on the town or to skate in. The material holds up great, the soles are solid and the tread doesn't wear down fast like other runners tend too. I'm stoked to grab these to wear all winter and not worry about the snow, and puddles full of Salt/Sand taking a toll on the material.

The fit on these is very true to size, I typically wear a 10 or 10.5 in all of my shoes and the 10 was perfect for me (I'm a Brannock 10c for those that use the brannock scale).

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N/A wrote a review of on September 17, 2010

4 5

The Burton Triad was easily my favorite Burton binding of all time. When the model was discontinued I was pretty bummed and heard a lot of the same from many of the people I work and Ride with.

When I saw this binding at SIA last year I knew I had to give it a try and see how it rode compared to the Triads with the Highback coming back. I took it out on the Sherlock board and was pretty impressed. The highback is just as great as it was on the Triad. Torsionally it's got some play to it so you can dork around and tweak things out. But when you lean straight back on it to drive a hard heelside turn its solid and you turn on a dime.

The straps are comfortable, easy to adjust and soft enough for play when carving toeside but still responsive enough to get you through tight trees with ease. As for the flex disc, I'm not going to say that I felt some amazing/noticible difference in flex with the board. But it's a solid disc that you don't really think about while you're riding.

I rode these with a size 10 boot that has a reduced footprint and the mediums were perfect. If you have a boot with Burton's shrinkiage tech or similar tech from another company in a 10 I highly suggest going with the medium as well.

If you're a fan of the old Triad you'll love these bindings.

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N/A wrote a review of on September 17, 2010

4 5

I took this board out for a few runs last season at Snowbasin UT. I was a little apprehensive as every hybrid rocker I've taken out in the last couple of seasons haven't been the greatest decks as they were still unstable at high speeds and carved poorly.

Right off the bat riding down a groomer I noticed that the turn initiation on a very firm groomer was great. You do need to drop your front shoulder a little more then you may be accustom to and shift your weight forward to flatten out the nose of the board. But you do notice the new side effects tech on the nose grab for ease of initiation of your turn. You also feel it much better during the turn radius when you shift your weight to center to hold or start to exit the turn. No where near as unstable as other hybrid cambers.

I took this board on Icy Groomers, Wind blown Powder, Crud/Chop. It handled everything great and after a while the Flying-V shape wasn't even a factor and I was ripping around on it without any worries.

I will say that it is a bit softer then I prefer in a deck, Burton lists it at a 5 out of 10 and I would put it more like a 4 out of 10. But by no means did that fully take away from the overall experience.

I took out the 160 size, I typically ride anywhere from a 158-162 in my boards and enjoyed the size, I wouldn't go down or up personally size wise. I ride a size 10 boot and didn't have any issues what so ever with any kind of toe or heel drag.

If you're an All-Mountain do everything rider and you've been thinking about getting on a reverse camber deck but have been hesitant, the Sherlock is a great place to start easing your way into the current trend.

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