Riley Reynolds

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Riley Reynolds

Riley Reynolds wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 175 lbs and ride the 155cm. This board has taken over my quiver and is now my go to board over my banana magic.

This board rides really well everywhere on the mountain in less than 6 inches of snow, anything over that I switch to a directional board. The camber profile gives it a ton of pop, either load the tail/nose or just straight up. it carves pretty well even on hard snow. Not he best for pipe but does really well. Plenty agile for rails and boxes and holds a press nicely. rides smoothly over just about anything when going just shy of straight down the hill. It floats reasonably well in powder and is easy to turn, but just inst as good as a real pow board.

I really have nothing bad to say about this board, it is just a super easy ride that would be good for anyone who rides freestyle or wants to learn.

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Riley Reynolds

Riley Reynolds wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used them 5 times now on a salomon villain with Ride RFL boots.

They have a pretty stiff responsive base with a pretty flexible highback. The asymetric heel strap is very very comfortable, more comfortable than the burton cartrel and union SL bindings i have had. It also has a hinge that swings the heel strap away from the binding making it very easy to step into when strapping in. The toe strap works good, and seems very durable. Harshmellow feels like a non-newtonian foam and seems to work well in the base and the heel strap, providing a very smooth ride. the bases don't build up ice.

The only bad thing i can say is that the heel ratchet lever sometimes slips on the ladder ONLY WHEN TIGHTENING, never slips or comes loose during riding. Just the lever bit slips not the part that grabs the ladder. I will probably have to get new ladders at some point this season.

EDIT- About 10 day on them now, this hasn't been a real problem. These are the most comfortable bindings I've ever ridden. I will probably buy another pair for my other board.

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Riley Reynolds wrote a review of on August 14, 2012

5 5

Sizing:
I ended up getting a small, im 5'10" 170 lbs 41inch chest, i first tried the medium and it was WAY to tall, they must size these thing for giant viking type people. The small is perfect i can fit all the layers i need under and is not loose.
I often find when wearing one piece clothing (wetsuits, coveralls and overalls) that when get the right length arms and legs the torso is to short when sitting or crouching, auto-wedgie, this suit doesn't do that. Fit feels nice and athletic, not to roomy but just right, the legs fit a bit looser than the top half which i like

Design:
This thing is constructed beautifully, the best, i found no blemishes or mistakes, it is the highest tech piece of gear i own. You could hang it on the wall and call it art. The welded and taped seams look awesome.

The aramid cuffs are heavy duty and kind of point less for me on my snowboard, however if you splitboard these would definitely be effective.
The Legs/Seat fabris is a thicker stretch nylon and the top half feels like normal lightweight stretch Pro-shell. The fabric stretch just barely gives it is sweet and makes for unlimited freedom of movement.

The hood and collar are pretty big. the collar covers my chin and has soft fleece over the zipper, nice on the chairlift in stormy weather. The hood fits over the helmet but limits side to side motion, again not so hot on snowboard but would be cool for skier. Hood has nice adjustments and can be made to fit really tight on your head.

Chest pockets are convenient. the leg pockets are in a funny spot; i put spare gloves in each and the kind of acted like knee pads. the pit zips are nice and long. the arm zip was perfect for magnetic passes.

The wrist gaiters and very smooth and comfortable, the seams an thumb hole are flat welded very stretchy . The leg gaiters are good solid fabric. with nice boot grips, they weren't real tight on my Ride RFL boots but the boots are pretty slim, the would fit nice over heavy duty ski boots

The Nabbi model makes you stick out like a sore thumb on the mountain, great for not loosing your buddies... well they dont loose you.

Use:
Im an average snowboarder, not so good in the park but i can ride powder and steeps no problem.

I only got to use this once last year. I was at Alyeska ski resort, near anchorage, for a week durring a huge storm. The Weather was crazy, they probably got 60-70 inches of snow while i was there and a few days it was raining at the base and snowing up top, high winds and few days low visibility. Basically really good conditions for testing a bombproof suit. This is my favorite weather to ride in, sunny days are pretty but the storms just amp me up for some reason.

Thats exactly how i would describe it, bombproof, i never got a bit of snow in the thing, i never got even slightly damp going from rain to snow to rain again. it wears a little warmer than a jacket/pant shell, i found i was just wearing base layers even at night.

It seems very durable, i was rubbing through tight trees and even had one spot where i had to shimmy down a small cliff through tree braches, this thing looked brand new at the end of the week.

Un expected side effect
Like i said earlier i bought the Nabbi color one. i expected to stick out a bit, its pretty flashy, not neons 80s bright but still very solid eye catching colors. DID NOT expect the reaction i got. Every person we ran into commented on it "that is the coolest onesie I've ever seen". My girlffriend spent most of the time in the lodge and she heard people talking about me all day; "have you seen the guy ing the onesie?" It actually got annoying after a while. "thanks man, yes i know its cool, i bought it on the internet, really expensive, must have come out of my mouth a hundred times in a few days. I actually saw another guy up there with one, his was solid blue, i dont think he got the same attention though. I kind of wish i went with the green model just to not be so noticed. However you can be seen and my friends/gf can pick me out on the hill no problem. Might not be so out of place at bigger resorts in the rockies.

Overall if you want to be the most comfortable person on the mountain or want the best of the best kit this is it.

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Riley Reynolds wrote a review of on January 27, 2012

4 5

after riding this in multiple conditions this season, from crap ice, to epic pow days, i conlude that this board is at its best on the crap snow days, it just makes bombing icy runs, and sticking that icy landing, and busting through crud so much easier. It is lighting edge to edge and makes awesoem shor fast carves, if you are flatlining you have to pay attention becasue it naturally wants to get on edge. the Magnetraction and low radius sidecuts make for railed turns despite the high rocker. In pow its not the best, you just ahve to lean back and get the nose to plane and it does fine, ill pull out my pow board when theres any fresh snow and switch back to this when it gets tracked out.

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Riley Reynolds wrote a review of on December 27, 2011

4 5

wortht he price IMO. have a size 31 waist got the mediums and the fit perfect with a layer or two under. i think if i got the smalls the would be only good for a base layer.
super solid sonstruction, fabric feels very abrasion resistant. zippers are very solid.
they feel like mountaneering pants but with a snowboard cut. That being said they arent to damn baggy, just right. issues: the ankle zipper flaps catch on eachother when walking, they could have gone without these things at all. The gaiter material is really flimsy compared to the rest of the pants. i do not regret my purchase. there arent many snowboard specific pants with pro shell goretex

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Riley Reynolds wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

2 5

These things are super light and very strong. The quality of construction and use of materials is very evident and they are very adjustable. the ankle strap is upper comfy and the ratchet works quite smoothly and is easy to release.
However, the "improved" toe strap still fits weird as a cap-strap and the ratchet sticks and is tough to release; my repair shop straps that i bought in 2001 for 15 bucks work better.
also why no canted footbed options? most of the bindings in this price range at least come with the option.
I bought these put em on my board, strapped in to test and took them right back off. If im going to pay top dollar for something i want gear that works flawlessly.

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Riley Reynolds wrote a review of on November 28, 2011

4 5

These are the lightest boots I've ever owned. Very comfortable with no pinch points for me. The liner laces with the dual zone boa is awesome and lets you quickly adjust the tightness on the slope. These boots are super stiff definetly a good alternative to the drivers or malamutes if you want the convenience of boa. The sole is all foam and has little plastic spikes under the balls of your feet for grip. Makes em really really light and gripy enough on snow but slippery on linoleum and polished concrete.
The toe caps area nice thick material with internal stitching that should hold up well though. I use these with union sl's and a banana magic. They go nicely with stiff board and bindings.

Ok so after a few(7) days these have packed out and put a nice and painful pressure point on my inside ankle, i tried loosening them but it doesn't make much difference and defeats the purpose of having stiff botos i think. still really well constructed and super light so they are still four stars just not for me i think

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Riley Reynolds wrote a review of on February 4, 2011

5 5

This thing has the perfect amount of insulation for 30-40 degree weather. Went Kayaking the first day and it was raining/breezy 42 degF. got a little hot till i unzipped the pits and then is was perfect. Spray just rolled off of it for the several hours we were on the water.
Next day was snowboarding in 32-35 degF rain/slush
was just in a t-shirt underneath and stayed perfect all day, about 7 hrs in the wet slush.
The wire in the hood brim keeps in nicely formed.
The lining and shell are very soft and kept me non sticky. Would not suggest this for weather past 45 deg.
I'll probably buy the non insulted version of this.

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