My wife and I have 30 year old skis, they are fine, our boots were shot. We really didn't want to spend $500+ for new equipment. I was very happy to find these boots. Warm, comfortable and dry...a little stiff, but they will break in nicely. We saved our old skis:)
John, I don't have the brim on my, and my wife does, I like the "look" of the brim. But I think the brimless one the goggles seat better on the helmet when you are not using them. The pug is never in my way, nor does it bother me in anyway. The sound system can be removed, I never have removed it. The remote on mine (2008) was a POS and finally fell apart on the 75th day, I went to radio trash a bought a straight cable and I am much happier, the remote is the weak link in this system. I love the helmet and the sound system rocks.
Another brilliant snow boarder (has to be a boarder, no skier is that clueless) is there a brim in the picture? NO!