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Sam

Samwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

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

I've ran in trail shoes from Salomon, Asics, Brooks, and Altra and the La Sportiva Akasha is by far the best shoe I've come across.

The build is extremely solid. The grip and trail is fantastic - not quite as perfect as the Bushido, but close. The fit is more forgiving than the Bushido and the ride is significantly more cushioned which makes the Akasha perfect for longer, less forgiving runs in the mountains. I personally now alternate between my Akashas and Bushidos primarily based on length of run. They are both great but if I had to pick one it would be these.

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Samwrote a review of on November 30, 2016

5 5

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

OK, only kind of true. The La Sportiva Akasha definitely parallels this shoe. The Bushido is light (fairly), gripy, responsive, and extremely well built. I've used them on everything from east coast granite to PNW pine needles and they have not slipped.

They do run ever so slightly small in the toe box (or I just have fat feet!) but their quarter sizing, available in some stores, should solve that problem for most. In comparison to the Akashas they are slightly less padded. So I typically will use these in short to mid-length runs but favor the more cushy Akashas for longer, less forgiving outings.

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Samwrote a review of on May 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It takes a little bit of time to dial in the fit that feels best for you - no bounce, not too tight around the chest - but after adjusting all the straps it will treat you right. Washes out well w/ plan water. Great for longer outings in the mountains. The storage pack in bag is easily big enough or a jacket and/or shirt and would also fit a medium size bladder, extra bottles, or water pump.

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Samwrote a review of on May 27, 2016

5 5

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

I usually these out on the trail. I have a large head and medium frame glasses are too small but these are just right. Very comfortable. It should be noted that none of the lens on this model are mirror, though, the pictures may suggest otherwise.

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Samwrote a review of on December 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Countless days with these things - no problems. Don't fog. The only issue is if you really eat it and you get snow all up on the inside of your lens, they tend to be done for the day. But dry em' out and they're go to go.

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Samwrote a review of on December 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A little heavier than some other boards in the quiver, but it's also a little wider, so that's obvious. But don't get me wrong, the weight is a non-issue.

This board rides everything super well. Fun in the park, great in the pow, and it feels totally solid ripping lines.

I'm always looking for a board I can take anywhere, ride anything, any day of the season. This is my everyday shredder.

Fits 10.5 boots perfectly. Could easily handle a size to size and-a-half lager/smaller boot no problem.

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Samwrote a review of on December 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great little board for playing in the park. I picked one up over the summer and it was just fantastic. Extremely responsive, popy, but was man enough to hold up even on hard/flat/dicey landings.

You really notice the sidecut on this one. Gives a super progressive ride without a lot of worry.

I couldn't really ask for a better board for spinning off of every little thing.

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Samwrote a review of on December 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great mitten. Super warm and super waterproof/bomb proof. The leather palm is something I really value in the mitt - I won't rip through the mitt after half a season which is nice.

The wrist-gator things are actually thought through really nice and work very well to keep your hand sealed from the snow.

Also, this may be a small thing, but some mittens I've had in the past tend to "ride up" my wrists during the day. These don't. They stay right where I want them. Put them on in the morning and I don't have to worry about them all day. Solid.

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Samwrote a review of on December 10, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't know if a binding will ever be "perfect," but this is the closest I've come to finding one. After 15 years or so on snow I've got to say these are the best binders I've ridden. Super response, but not too stiff. Totally bomb proof. I like the ability the binding give me to set my straps EXACTLY how I want them. These have served me well through flat landings and tight little chutes. Have used them on three different boards and they always play nicely. You should just buy a pair.

The only negative things I'd add is that I did shatter both discs after a couple of days out. But that was more of a manufacturer defect than a problem with the bindings. Put in new discs, no problems. Don't let that stop you.

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