Scotty G

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Scotty G

Scotty G wrote a review of on March 15, 2013

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5 5

First of all, my quick bio: I'm 6'3" - 195 lbs - size 10.5-11 boot - 22" stance - regular +18*, 0*. I'm an advanced 15 year rider and have spent the last 7 seasons on a 164 Burton Triumph. It is a tapered directional big mountain board that I have loved and thought was at the apex of the big mountain slaying boards... until now. I just spent my first day on the 2013 164 Raptor yesterday and all I can say is AMAZING. Conditions were 32-35* with 2-3 inches of fresh Utah snow on ten day old ice which led to soft, chopped up crud on with ice underneath. Others have compared the Raptor to a Ferarri or Lambo because you don't realize how fast you are going since the board is so stable at speed. That pretty much sums it up! Hard packed bowls were a breeze compared to my old 164 Burton Triumph. I was keeping up with my expert skier friends before... now I'm beating them down the mountain by a good margin. After 15 years of riding, this board has taught an old dog new tricks and improved my riding significantly. The board also worked WONDERS on my fatigue. I don't know if it is the dampening or the RC hybrid, but when I would usually be spent and need a break for my style of hard agressive riding, I was still going strong and my legs were still fresh. That alone made this board worth its weight in gold. I'm a weekend warrior so I have to make the most of my days on the mountain.

The RC hybrid led to effortless edge to edge transition while carving and incredible edge hold on the ice. I could feel the additional edge digging in when needed from the the rocker portion of the board that I was missing in my old cambered Burton. The Vario/RC combo makes this a viable alternative to magnetraction. Other boarders were sliding out on some bad patches of ice but the Raptor allowed to me to hit those areas with confidence. The Raptor is a perfect board for me... an agressive hard charging free rider that doesn't hit the park.

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Scotty G wrote a review of on January 18, 2011

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First off - let me just say that it does add water repellency to the down jacket. But this comes at a cost I wasn't willing to live with. I have a lightweight North Face Thunder jacket and after i put it through a treatment with this stuff (following instructions to the 't') it seemed like my jacket had a thick, dirty, greasy film on it. This product probably works well with more inudstrial down products but I would not recommend on light weight puffies like TNF Thunder or Mont Bell jackets. I re-washed with normal down-wash and that seemed to clean up the jacket a little but there is still a slightly dull sheen to the jacket that wasn't there before. The loft was also slightly effected. It still lofts but not as much. I guess waterproofing comes at a price when it comes to down. This is the only Nikwax product I cannot recommend. All of their other stuff works wonders though.

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Scotty G wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

I excahnged the TKA 100 Microvelour for this and i made the right decision. This has just the perfect balance of comfort, an athletic fit and awesomeness. This makes for an awesome mid-layer and the fit makes it look great with a pair of jeans for casual wear as well. I get loads of compliments with this fleece. It runs true to size which is nice. The Micorvelour seemed to run large.

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Scotty G wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

I got these for my wife. she's 5'9" 140 and I got her the Large thinking it would give her plenty of room to spare. Not so. It was very form fitting. She wanted a little more room so we exchanged for an XL but the XL seemed like a three size increase from Large and made her look really weird (aka plump... she said it, not me). We went back to the Large and will try those out. They have been out for one day and they did very well in the warmth and waterproofing dept while being very light.

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Scotty G wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

I wore this along with a Stoic Bombshell Shell on a 20 degree shade day at the bird and it kept me comfortable all day. I wasn't toasty warm on the lifts but it was perfect for when I was active and going down the mountain. After getting loads of powder under my shell I thought i would freeze the rest of the day because it melted onto the sweater. not so... it kept me completely dry. I love the thumb loops too. Its makes layering and putting on gloves very easy. I washed this using NikWax wool wash in a top loading washer and dried it out in the drier on low and it had minimal shrinkage (thats what she...). Look forward to using this for years to come. Great job, Stoic.

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Scotty G wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

I'm 6'3" 200 and the Large fit perfect. I thought they would be a little more form fitting but when they say its a free fit, they mean it. I have spent some days on the mountain as well as snowblowing with these and they perform well. I'm sure with an application of NikWax every year or two these will last me a long time. One gripe: I was snowblowing and every now and then I will give the blower a little extra umph by pushing it along with my thighs. After doing this I noticedthe area I would use to push with my thighs wetting out really fast. I let them dry and took them skiing the next week and again, they wet out where I was pushing. After an application of Nikwax tx-direct spray on (I had to use two coats where the issue was) I didn't have it wet-out again. Keep in mind this was only after one snowblowing. So I guess the DWR isn't so durable after all. Anyway - I still love em... great buy for the money.

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Scotty G wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

This is a great warm balaclava. However, the more I thought about it, the more I figured I really didn't need something THIS warm. I'm a 10-20 day a year snowboarder and I figured it would be nice to have something to bundle up with at the Bird when the winds get nasty going up Little Cloud but I saw this getting very hot in a hurry when I got active again. I wore this under my Smith Variant Brim Helmet which is already insulated and addding this was just too much. I'm going to go for a much thinner clava.

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Scotty G wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

I got these for my wife and she loves them. She finally has a flip flop that will not cause her feet to hurt after walking and standing around in the all day. This is due to the arch and heel support the flip flop provides. She wears a size 8-8.5 and these are true to size. I got her a size 8... her feet go right up to the edges and almost look too small but she says they fit perfect. To each their own I guee. I just hope she doesn't get any stubbed toes.

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Scotty G wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

5 5

I got this for my wife. She is 5'9" and 140 and a Medium fit her just the way she likes. It is on the side of a form fitting fitting athletic fit which she loves. The thumb loops and hood have will serve their purpose in due time but for the jacket is perfect for her needs of wearing this casually while having a warm baselayer on the coldest of days.

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