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Riley Leboe

Riley Leboe

Riley Leboe

Riley Leboewrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

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

The Break Line pant has to be my favourite pant Armada has ever produced. 3L Gore with an excellent bib set up. The Bib is close fitting with a well placed pocket. The closer fitting bib eliminates any issues with the suspenders falling off the shoulders, like you see on so many bibs. Super light weight, waterproof, breathable, with awesome vent placement for optimum airflow when touring, hiking, on warm days. Tough lower cuffs keep the pants in great shape even after a full season of shredding and sledding. The bib gives you a full barrier on those deep days and keeps you dry. Best pants I've ever owned!

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Riley Leboewrote a review of on September 25, 2013

Outland Jacket at Work
5 5

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

The Outland Jacket is the most tech and well thought out jacket Armada has produced yet. Gore Pro 3L, minimalist style, packable, super light weight, incredibly breathable, well thought out pocket placement and sizing, it's everything you look for in a technical jacket. The majority of the year I spend in the backcountry, accessing terrain by snowmobile. Not only am I out in the elements everyday, I am putting it through the paces on the sled. It has stood up incredibly well. No tears or wear from abrasion. I'm based on the west coast and we have some wet days. It's waterproofing and breathability is second to none. Light weight, layer how you want and you are good to go. Ride and travel with confidence in the backcountry or pound the hill from dawn to dusk, you're fully covered here.

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Riley Leboewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

5 5

I usually expect to go through a couple pairs of quality gloves each season. I do mostly sled skiing and the sledding really takes a tole on your equipment. The Prime glove stood up all season long. When I got them they had a really nice fit with a curve in the fingers. Really dextrous which is nice when you're working on gear or opening zippers and its cold out. The gloves just got better with wear, leather got softer, and the gloves got easier to use. Good all weather temp and are still waterproof to this day.

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Riley Leboewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

Bomber
5 5

I've been riding the 189 Norwalks and have been blown away by them. I have a pair of the 185 JJs and thought they would ski fairly similar being that the dimensions are quite close. But they are a totally different animal. The rocker in the tip gives you all the float you could want in pow. The camber under foot and through the tail gives it amazing stability at speed and great response coming out of the turn. the thing rails. Stomps landings, performs in the trees. It's been my go to resort ski for any conditions. I just put a Tyrolia touring set up on it and its been my go to touring set up. Super bomber. Maybe not the lightest set up on the walk up but so much confidence on the way down. With the camber in the tail the thing stomps airs like crazy. I was super impressed and surprised by these skis.

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Riley Leboewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

My ski of choice
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I skied on the 185 JJ for quite a few years and was really stoked when the 195 came out. I'm a bigger guy at 6' and 185 lbs and really like the extra length. I find compared to the 185 it has a bit of a longer turn and more surface area gives it more float in powder. With the early rise in the tip and tail it still performs incredibly well in tight trees. It has that pivot point where it responds super fast and then when its up at speed the thing is like a rock. Nice and stiff but not a full on 2x4. Had a chance to take it to Alaska this year and it performed exactly how a ski named AK should!

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Riley Leboewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

Been a great helmet all year.
5 5

I used this helmet with the Giro Onset goggle and it's been a great package all season. Comfy helmet. Roc Loc adjustments make it hug your head really nicely. Fits well with goggles underneath or overtop. Low profile design and doesn't look super 'fast'- which is definitely a good thing in my books. Vents are in effective places. Super light. Looks really good. Found that the bungee strap to strap down your goggles in the back is really good. Easy to do with gloves on where sometimes the snap button ones are hard to find with gloves on. Don't know what else to say really, quality helmet that looks good.

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Riley Leboewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

Huge Field of Vision
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great goggle. Big field of vision and a good overall size. For how much vision you have the goggles aren't bulky or oversized like some you'll see. The goggle sits quite close to your face and the vents and foam has been well placed. Don't tear up when you're hauling ass and don't fog up when you're hiking back up. I got a couple different lenses and they've been super good. Black Limo tint is definitely the best looking. I've used these goggles with the Giro Montane, Shiv and Edit helmets and its a good close fit with all 3. Frameless design is awesome for wiping snow off of the lens. No build up in the corners, you'll appreciate it on a pow day.

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Riley Leboewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

Great Day Pack, on hill or backcountry.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go to pack. I've had the 30L and 18L Float Packs and I think the 22L is a happy medium between the two. It has enough room to fit your skins, trekkers, a small water bottle and food for the day. The majority of the skiing I do is off of the resort or off of the sled. I rarely do any multi day missions so this pack fulfills what I need it for. Any longer missions and you may want to consider the size up. Comfortable Pack with high quality straps and metal buckles. Lightweight and well thoughtout. Helmet bag on the back helps save space. Best money you can spend in my opinion, just another great tool on your side while you are out in the backcountry. And being that it is deployed with compressed air, it's less of a hassle to fly with.

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Riley Leboewrote a review of on June 12, 2013

Simple and Accurate
5 5

The Tracker 2 is simple, accurate and effective. With 3 receiving antennas it cuts down on lag while searching and the beacon doesn't take nearly as long to think. The multi mode lets you know right away if its picking up more than one signal and pin pointing a second burial is made faster and easier with this mode. I will say it does take some practice to become fast and effective using this mode. But practice is always the most important thing, regardless of what beacon you are using. Great size, lightweight and simple. About all I'm looking for in a beacon. Speed and Accuracy are the most important.

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