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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien

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Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Pete OBrien's Passions

Biking
Snowboarding
Skiing

Pete OBrien's Bio

Documenting with a camera and telling visual stories is my primary passion. I ski, mountain bike, and race single speed cyclocross. I've been snowboarding since 1987, and my dog is a retired racing greyhound. Originally from Vermont, I now live in Salt Lake City.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrienwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

Excellent camera, flimsy case
3 5

I've owned all of the GoPro models from 1 - 4. This camera is awesome and with the GoPro App I can control all the functions from my iPhone while the camera is mounted on my helmet.
The plastic locking mechanism broke after about the 10th time I used it. Be sure the camera fits well in the case before you try and lock it shut otherwise you will be stuck with an unmountable camera.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on April 21, 2016

Shrinkage
4 5

Here is a side by side comparison of a 7 month old XA Pro 3D and a brand new one. You can see that there was some shrinkage which lead to pressure points on the outsides of my little toes.
I have a pair of the Speedcross 3s and the same thing happened, only I can barely even put them on now. I like the venting especially on hot summer days, so I went with the non GTX shoes.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on April 12, 2016

LG favorite apparel brand
4 5

I try and get a new pair of cycling gloves every year when they start to get crusty. LG has been my choice for the last 3 years. These have a thicker gel padding on the palm than I'm used to. After a few rides they will hopefully press out a little more. The tag was ridiculously large and when I cut it with scissors it left a sharp edge.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on March 30, 2016

40 Days
3 5

40 days is the time I get out of any boots before they become too soft to ride. This was the first time in a long time that I didn't buy Burton boots. I used to get the stiffest ones they offer and only get 40 days out of those too.
These boots were really good out of the box. I had to make a few modifications to them. The inner soles have air bubbles on the heel that get crushed when you tighten the boots really hard. I replaced them with these: http://www.backcountry.com/sole-dean-karnazes-signature-edition-footbed.
The tongue has a rubber lined window that cuts into your shin when the boots get tightened so I cut the tongues out of some old liners and jammed them into the boot.
I think snowboard boots in general have a ways to go before they are perfected. Snowboarding is an asymmetrical sport and we should be buying goofy or regular boots in the future. I wouldn't mind reintroducing plastic into the mix for a more consistent flex as well.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

Great Fit
5 5

Smith has perfected the goggle fit. I use the Red Sensor lens in the I/O 7 s almost everyday. They have a greenish tint when you look through them and they are mirrored from the outside. The optics in my Smith Sunglasses are way better than these new goggles though. In the future, hopefully Smith can integrate the high quality optics from their sunglasses into their goggles.
Great face fit and helmet integration.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on March 25, 2016

Bright Yellow
5 5

I've been wearing MHW shells for the past 5 years. The main difference I noticed with the Quasar Lite jacket is the fit. In the past my shells have had a really boxy raincoat fit that I would have to size down. This jacket has a true to size fit for all other brands except previous MHW shells. It is extremely light, waterproof and breathable. I got the yellow for safety reasons. When I'm flying through tourists around Snowbird, I like to be more visible so people have a better chance to get out of my way.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on March 22, 2016

Lightweight
4 5

I own the Diode's from last season and there are some minor changes that have made those great bindings even better. The toe strap is made of a softer rubber that forms better around your foot. The highback has a matte finish and is more streamlined. They are lighter, giving you a little extra boost when popping an air. Only 4 stars because any binding that costs more than $400 should have a black color option.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on March 22, 2016

Next generation should be on point
3 5

The Zeiss lens is far superior to any other goggle lens that's available. This makes a huge difference when the light is flat.
The Abom does have some kinks that will hopefully get resolved by next year. They are considerably heavier than most other goggles which contributes to a poor fit. Not only does the added weight make it almost impossible to breathe through your nose while wearing them but it creates gaps that snow can fly in and get in your eyes.
I personally don't need the anti fog feature in my sunny day goggles, but would like the clarity of the Zeiss lens.

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