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NobodyCaresThatYouSkiAlta

NobodyCaresThatYouSkiAlta wrote a review of on October 16, 2012

5 5

Just got my cody's today. They are true to size and fit well. The is space in the upper portion of the boot, but that is how many boots are designed. They have a really good tread, fit snug, aren't overly bulky. These are REAALLY nice boots for $67.98. I do live in Utah, so not worried about wet snow. I bet with a good coat of nikwax, they would be pretty water resistant.

These seem to be the best $67 I've spent on shoes for a long time. Ready for snow, mud, whatever now!

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NobodyCaresThatYouSkiAlta wrote a review of on June 14, 2009

5 5

This is the only reasonably-sized hike-worthy camera backpack that will carry your camera and large telephoto lens without disassembly. Holds 70-200mm Nikon f/2.8 and 1.7X Nikon Teleconverter all connected with room to spare for an even bigger telephoto, and also has space for at least 3 other lenses (non-telephoto), or another big prime telephoto lens up to 300mm f/2.8.

This pack is durable, very well made for the price, has plenty of compartments in intuitive places, and is very comfortable on your back even with 15 pounds or more of camera gear on your back.

The laptop pocket? if that's what the pack is meant to hold (the large front pocket) is very shallow and can barely fit my macbook 13" notebook. This could be the only downside to this pack, although it does hold my macbook so I'm stoked.

If you have a 15" laptop and like to carry it with your camera gear, you might be able to place it above the camera gear on the other side of the pack, but it will require some adjustment and hassle becasue you'll have to place it aside every time you pull out your camera.

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NobodyCaresThatYouSkiAlta wrote a review of on January 19, 2009

5 5

I bought this years' Free Thinker II and it is perfect in just about every way. I got the Grey w/ Black that isn't listed on TNF's website but REI and BC.com have this color. It's more subtle because the grey zippers don't stand out as much as the other colors. It does look much better in person than in the non-stock photos above.

First off, the jacket feels solid with substance but certainly isn't bulky or heavy to any extent. It isn't too tight, but isn't bulky but does have more than enough room for a fleece hoody, thermals, and then some.

The GoreTex Pro shell is unbelievably tough and literally waterproof. My fishing waders are made of Goretex Pro as well and those breathe like no other, but are impermeable at the same time. They also withstand hours of bushwacking to the next fishing hole never with a scratch.

The pocket design is nearly perfect. The zippers are a pleasure after having coats without the exposed zippers with flaps over them. They remain tight and sealed but are simple to open and perfectly placed.

The phone pocket won't fit your iphone, but it holds a blackberry pearl like a glove.

The ipod/media pocket is perfectly designed, holds an ipod touch or iphone and has a slit to run your wires through and it's tight where. If you have skullcandy buds, the in-line volume knob stops the wire from retracting too far.

The side pockets are very roomy (they hold a gatorade no problem), and the goggle holder inside is snug but I don't use that feature.

The powderskirt is well designed and has dual buttons so you can rock one, or both depending on how many times you go waist deep in the pow that day. My only complaint is that there aren't dual chest pockets but there are plenty of other, easy to access pockets so it's not that big of a deal.

The hood doesn't come off which I prefer, and it comfortably accommodates my Smith Variant helmet. It has a nice solid brim and tightens 2 ways for a glove-like fit.

The pit zips are curved to match your torso, and are long to let in a lot of air on a long hike to your favorite BC peak.

I don't buy something with Recco being the main or even small consideration, but after 2 inbounds deaths here in 2 years (Canyons then the Bird) it certainly doesn't hurt because who wears a transceiver inbounds? I still won't.

Buy this coat if you have the $$$. There is not a better coat on the market.



I checked out all of the top end coats in person, Arcterex, Patagonia, Marmot and the design and fit of this coat blows the others away. All of the other coats either didn't feel like they had any substance, the chest pockets are way too deep so your stuff ends up in your gut

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NobodyCaresThatYouSkiAlta wrote an answer about on January 7, 2009

The asphalt grey including the extra pics is this years' jacket (2008) because I bought one. The North Face website does sell another version where the grey and black are in reverse posistions but their website doesn't show this exact one. It's an awesome coat but my only complaint is with the color because the cool grey zippers don't stand out as much. They should be red on the asphalt grey!

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NobodyCaresThatYouSkiAlta wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

I've been riding Cartels ever since the model was introduced 6? years or so ago and have owned 2 sets and am picking up my 3rd! These are the consensus favorite bindings and have held up to harsh beatings at the Bird season in, season out riding 50-100 days per season.

They have perfected the Cartel over the years, and that's the only reason that I upgraded mine twice. Steep and cheap helps too -Cartels for $109 last year!! I have never had a problem with either pair, other than one of the metal buckle ratchets getting floppy/loose but the strap still gripped tight.

These have the team skyback that is the tallest highback but don't let that scare you. These bindings perform on all terrain in all conditions. They're fairly stiff but this helps when hauling ass through a snowloaded gnarly chute!! I ride big mountain stylie in Utah and these bindings are perfect.

Cartels are the best bindings on the market according to many and I've heard through the grapevine that a lot of pros ride these that aren't sponsored by Burton. All of my bros rock them and so should you-if you want to keep up!

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NobodyCaresThatYouSkiAlta wrote a review of on September 30, 2008

5 5

MTX is legit. This board rips all over the mountain and grips hardpack and ice like no other standard edged board. There is definitely no downside to mtx edges-it's all on the up and up! This board is on the medium flex side. maybe a 6.5 or 7 on the Burton scale. I used to ride nothing but Burton 50+ days (and many of them UT pow days) but once I got the T rice with mtx, I'll never buy anything but a Lib. The downside to this board is that it is not as durable as a burton due to a softer base (which is also slow overall with fresh, proper degree wax), and the topsheet peels but generally this is only cosmetic and my board took a beating on the cirque for 1.5 seasons without coming apart as many boards have in my past. Last but not least, if you are a newer rider, mtx is much less likely to catch an edge that any snowboarder knows can be punishing when hauling $%#!!!

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NobodyCaresThatYouSkiAlta wrote a review of on May 28, 2008

5 5

This is the only reasonably-sized hike-worthy camera backpack that will carry your camera and large telephoto lens without disassembly. Holds 70-200mm Nikon f/2.8 and 1.7X Nikon Teleconverter all connected with room to spare for an even bigger telephoto, and also has space for at least 3 other lenses (non-telephoto), or another big prime telephoto lens up to 300mm f/2.8.

This pack is durable, very well made for the price, has plenty of compartments in intuitive places, and is very comfortable on your back even with 15 pounds or more of camera gear on your back.

The laptop pocket? if that's what the pack is meant to hold (the large front pocket) is very shallow and can barely fit my macbook 13" notebook. This could be the only downside to this pack, although it does hold my macbook so I'm stoked.

If you have a 15" laptop and like to carry it with your camera gear, you might be able to place it above the camera gear on the other side of the pack, but it will require some adjustment and hassle becasue you'll have to place it aside every time you pull out your camera.

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