Parker

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I snowboard. All of the time. Everywhere.

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Parker wrote a review of on October 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is nothing more important to your snowboard setup than your boots. Comfortable and warm feet allow you to ride longer and harder. The Nike Kaiju is one the most comfortable boots out there. Its super lightweight and looks good. These run a little on the softer side and thus are the park riders favorite in the Nike line. The internal lacing keeps your foot snugly into the heel. The liner is heat-moldable and super cush. The outsole provides plenty of traction on slippery surfaces. I'd recommend these boots to anyone looking for a medium/soft boot that really excels in the park (thanks to flex and cushioning) but will still perform great all over the mountain.

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Parker wrote a review of on October 4, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you love a medium flexing boot, a little on the softer side, check out the Nike DKs. The Kaijus feel a little softer and the Zoom Forces feel a little stiffer. They feature plenty of cushioning that allow you to ride all day in any terrain. My feet have never been more comfortable. I heat molded them and never experienced any discomfort. They are lightweight and they look really good. I love traditional laces and these boots are easy on/easy off with no gadgets to deal with. Nike makes a quality product and stands behind it featuring wonderful customer service. I've been wearing the DKs and the Kaijus every year since they have come out and can't imagine ever wanting to try anything else. Comfortable feet are the most important part of your setup.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

True twin all mountain performance in a premium package. That is exactly what you will get with the Blacklight from Nitro Snowboards. Featuring a high end Sintered Speed Formula II Base, the Blacklight charges the entire mountain. The Powerlight core keeps things light as a feather under your feet while the Diamond laminates ensure a snappy and responsive flex. The Blacklight comes in both standard and Gullwing camber allowing you to choose between lightening fast response or a slighlty looser ride. I recommend this board to anyone looking for a high end, true twin, all mountain freestyle machine. The Gullwing version is a lot of fun on pow days and the standard camber is perfect for lapping the mountain with your friends.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

The best pow board. Period.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you love to ride powder as much as I do, you know how much the right board can change your experience from a good one to a great one. Float, response, and playfulness all play a huge role in the design of the perfect pow quiver board. The Nitro Slash is everything you could want for those days when you escape into the deep stuff. The Gullwing camber coupled with the tapered shape and set back stance will keep you floating on the deepest days. The graphics are amazing and will make sure everyone is jealous as you are slashing passed them. The Slash is both playful and responsive when you need it to be. Even when you are on the groomers the Slash is fun to turn, however it really excels in the trees and chutes. I would recommend this board to anyone looking for a pow specific quiver board that is as fun to ride as it is functional.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

Take it anywhere
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Finding the right park board can be a daunting task. Choosing a board that is easy to press but still stable enough to jump on can be difficult. Thankfully, Nitro has made your decision easy with the T1. This zero camber board can do it all and do it all well. Railkiller edges are twice as thick and twice as strong as a standard edge and can take any abuse you throw at them. The Whiplash core profile is milled out between your feet and thicker underfoot allowing you to get a smooth flex without sacrificing ollie power. The Powercore II and a sintered base give you the pop and speed you need to clear the big jumps. A team favorite for Nitro riders, this board seriously does it all and allows you to focus on having fun. I would recommend this board to anyone that wants a fun and playful board that you can ride all over the mountain. Jon Kooley's pro one off features nuns with guns. What's not to like?

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Parker wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

Make the mountain your terrain park
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for the board that can do it all from the park to the pipe to the pow, look no further. The Team Gullwing by Nitro is the board you have been looking for. The Team Gullwing offers plenty of snap thanks to the Reflex core profile but is still flexible enough to lock in that nose press. The Gullwing camber profile allows you to keep your nose up in the deep stuff with little to no effort at all. A sintered base ensures you are clearing all the knuckles and keeping ahead of the pack in that waist deep pow. The graphics from renowned LA street photographer Estevan Oriol will make sure you are standing out in the lift line. I would recommend this board for anyone that wants a quiver of one. One board to rule them all.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have bigger feet or just like a wider board underneath you and haven't been able to find that perfect park board to suit your needs, look no further. The Rook by Nitro Snowboards is a midwide all-mountain freestyle machine. This award winning board is perfect for every one from the jibber to the jumper and even the back country ripper. Featuring a Whiplash profile, the Rook is both flexible and snappy at the same time. Response is multiplied by Diamond bands running through the core and Ballistic impact panels under the inserts. Railkiller Edges allow you to slam this board all over the mountain without fear of cracking the edges. This board is perfect for anyone who wants a a high performance yet playful true twin with a midwide shape.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you like your board to ride loose and playful, it doesn't get much better than the Subzero. The Hotwing camber profile is ridiculously snappy while still being super easy to press. Hotwing is reverse camber between the feet and flat towards the tip and tail. The rail killer edges are twice as strong as a standard edge and allow you to bash into all the metal you want. The extruded base is super easy to repair making this an ideal choice for you rippers that want to take your skills to the streets. I would recommend this board for any one that likes a loose ?skatey? ride but still wants some pop.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

One of the best freestyle bindings!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you like your bindings with a medium stiffness that is slightly on the softer side, I'd recommend the Nitro Zeros. The two piece base tray allows for some flexibility while the highback is responsive and lightweight. The buckles release smoother than butter and the airbag under your heel provides supreme cushioning. The Zero is perfect for the rider that loves to ride the park but isn't afraid to venture into the trees.

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Parker wrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If I had to choose one word to describe the Nitro Phantom binding, it would simply be ?amazing.? The Phantoms are the perfect medium stiffness binding. Featuring canted foot beds that take pressure off of your knees and airbags that offer supreme cushioning, the Phantoms are Cadillacs for your feet. The taller highback offers unbeatable response and the buckles release smoother than butter. I would recommend this to everyone from the seasoned park ripper to the all mountain destroyer. The Phantom does it all, and does it all in comfort.

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Parker wrote a review of on August 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

If you like to log long miles on the trail, the Exo S-Lab shorts are a necessity. The compression shorts allow you to travel distances that would normally turn your legs to jello. There is a pocket in the front waistband that you can use for gels, food, your keys, or your iPhone (which is what I put there). There are also 2 slightly smaller pockets in the back. These lightweight shorts are perfect in every way. No complaints. I wish I had a pair for every day of the week.

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Parker wrote a review of on August 31, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I do a lot of trail running, generally between 15-30 miles at a time. These socks are really good and I never get any blisters. The breathe really well. However, I noticed when I am doing a lot of climbing up inclines, they start to fall down. A quick adjustment fixes the issue, but it can be cumbersome. However, if I am running relatively flat trails, I see no issues. I prefer the Injinji Trail sock slightly more but both are good.

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Parker wrote a review of on August 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have tried multiple brands and styles of socks for trail running long distances and for me, these take the cake. No blisters ever, the extra padding in the heal is noticeable over long distances as it aids with cushioning, and the ankle keeps them up. I couldn't ask for anything better.

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Parker wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

Go Bigger with Confidence
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nothing compares to camber. If you are looking for snap, power, and response from your park board, the T1.5 is exactly what you have been searching for. This true twin freestyle destroyer will help you stomp those huge jumps without having to worry about looping out. The Whiplash core profile helps keep the board playful for those butters and presses while the tri-lite laminates enable the T1.5 to remain stable at high speeds. Rail killer edges are twice as thick and twice as strong as a standard edge and round out the tech package of this amazing board. If you are looking for a fast and responsive freestyle machine, check out the T1.5.

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Parker wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A blast from the past! Nitro was the first company to introduce an asymmetrical edge on a snowboard in the early 90's and for 2013 they are bringing it back complete with throwback graphics and they even kept the name. The Pyro is the quiver of one you have been looking for. Featuring zero camber, the Pyro is easy to press but also is more responsive than the typical reverse camber board. The asym edge coupled with Power Pods allow this board to turn on a dime. The retro shape and graphic is sure to catch the attention of everyone in the lift line. Rail Killer Edges allow you to jib anything and everything in your way without fear of cracking an edge. The sintered base rounds out this amazing shred stick, ensuring you will always have enough speed to stay ahead of the pack. If you are looking for a playful yet responsive board to do it all, look no further. The Pyro is what dreams are made of.

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Parker wrote a review of on August 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you like to haul ass and rail turns, there isn't a better board on the market. The Nitro Pantera is a man's board designed for one thing: total mountain domination. This freeride machine has a stiffer flex and won't buckle or loop out under any circumstance. The tapered tail and directional shape allow you to float freely in powder. Diamond bands in the core allow you to get the snap you require to pop those ollies and stomp those cliffs. Whether you like to stick to the groomers or head into the trees, the sintered base will keep you ahead of the pack. I highly recommend the Pantera to anyone that wants to charge the mountain without worrying about outperforming their board.

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Parker wrote a review of on July 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I needed something to stay hydrated on 10k trail runs in the scorching Wasatch summer heat. 10k isn't a long distance but when its hot, its enough to warrant some degree of thirst. I sometimes see some racers wearing hydration packs and that seemed excessive for me. I don't like the feel of a bouncy belt and I didnt want to just run with a bottle in my hand. Luckily the fine folks at Salomon came up with this glove that works with soft flasks.

I'm 5'8, 160 pounds and the medium fits me perfectly. The soft material on the back of the glove is nice for wiping the sweat of of your forehead. The soft flask seems durable and easy to clean. While running a 10k with over 1000 feet of elevation gain, the gloves were both comfortable and functional. To take a sip you simply bite down on the nozzle and squeeze. No leaking occured and I could run with my hands relaxed and the flask was always secure. The 250ml flask it comes with was plenty for what I needed it for.

I'd recommend this product to anyone that is running 10k distances or further who get thirsty easily and don't want to be weighed down with a lot of water on their person.

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Parker wrote a review of on July 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Trail running in the Wasatch in the summer can get brutally hot. I wanted something lightweight and breathable. The Salomon trail runner t-shirt fit the bill perfectly. It fits true to size and a little more on the slimmer size. It wicks away sweat and you can feel the breeze on your skin which is a must when logging those long miles on the trail. The shirt is lightweight and comes in a multitude of colors. I'd recommend this shirt to anyone who wants a slim fitting, light weight, and breathable running shirt.

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