TJ Parsons

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Theodore's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
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Hiking
Mountain Biking

Theodore's Bio

I like boards, bikes, beer, and BBQs.

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TJ Parsons

TJ Parsons wrote a review of on December 18, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Title says it all. These are pretty much my favorite socks ever. (I have Smartwool socks that are 8+ years old that are still great). Just enough cushion without feeling bulky. Warm enough for single digit temps, wicking enough for warmer days (although look into a lightweight version for springtime if your feet tend to get sweaty).

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TJ Parsons wrote an answer about on June 27, 2012

Hey Peter, this is at least as breathable as other "normal" body armor I've tried. The VPD panels are perforated for better airflow, and the zip-up jacket material itself is quite stretchy and breathable. It's some kind of micro-mesh that's more porous than it appears in the picture here.

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TJ Parsons wrote a review of on June 27, 2012

5 5

It really does fit under a T-shirt. Flexible and moves with you very well. I was skeptical about the elbow/arm pads lining up with my super-long arms, but the material is some kind of magical uber-stretchy substance that seems to conform to whoever is wearing it. Haven't taken anything more than minor to moderate spills as of yet, but very, very happy with it so far.

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TJ Parsons wrote a review of on June 12, 2012

4 5

The ride is softer than you'd think for a hardtail thanks to the steel frame and 29" wheels. Still getting used to sitting up a little higher than a "normal" bike but it still feels quite nimble through winding sections. Love the frame and fork, may upgrade components here and there but it's a solid build and a great value.

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TJ Parsons wrote a review of on February 23, 2012

4 5

These fit great, line up well with my helmet, have a great field of view, and never seem to fog up. My only complaint is that the optics aren't amazing...there is occasionally some glare in certain light conditions. But it's never really bothered me while riding, I mostly notice it on the lift. I still love 'em because I've had really bad problems with a lot of other goggles fogging and these have solved that (extremely annoying) issue. For the price, you can't beat 'em.

The Amber Baker lenses don't exactly look like your traditional chrome lens. The chrome is on the inner lens, which means these have a slightly different look but they are still mirrored. I've used these in everything from socked-in whiteout to bluebird and the lens really does work well for pretty much everything. I'd buy these again for sure.

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TJ Parsons wrote an answer about on December 14, 2011

I downsize a full size from my shoe to my boot size, but I'm a bit of a sadist. You may want to try going half a size down. Fit should be pretty snug at first...when boots are new, you want your toes touching the front when standing straight up. Otherwise they'll pack out and fit sloppily. Toe box on these is pretty neutral, although definitely wider than, say, an Ion.

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TJ Parsons wrote a review of on November 28, 2011

5 5

I've tested just about every hybrid camber/rocker profile on the market and in my opinion, Never Summer's R.C. is the best version available. This board is a true all-mountain killer...soft enough to butter and press, poppy enough to boost jumps, and stable enough to straightline through chop. Seriously, the shittiest part about owning this deck is having to go back to my rock board until there's enough snowfall to rip in the woods. It's that good. If you're worried about Never Summer's reputation of building heavy tanks, you'll be pleased to know they've gotten a LOT lighter and snappier in recent years without losing that confidence-inspiring damp stability that makes them so awesome. Buy one.

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TJ Parsons wrote an answer about on November 28, 2011

Burton Customs will work fine, just make sure the binding hardware isn't bottoming out in the board's inserts and dimpling your base. I think Burton bindings may have thinner baseplates or something...I had to go with shorter 14mm screws to put my Missions on this board, down from the 16mm screws that came with my bindings. But the 390s would be a great match for this, too.

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TJ Parsons wrote an answer about on November 28, 2011

If you're used to riding rocker boards on big kickers, you'll be fine. The 2012 version is less noodley than the previous Artifacts have a reputation for being, in my opinion. It still feels a bit washy on landings when compared to camber boards, but look at Johnny Lazz's part in The Shred Remains—he's boosting some massive jumps on this thing.

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TJ Parsons wrote a review of on November 28, 2011

5 5

Bought this expecting a wet-noodle jib stick, but it's actually really fun for pretty much any type of freestyle riding. Not my first choice for ice or deep pow, but the QuickRip sidecut is legit and offers much better control than a lot of other rocker boards out there. I actually de-tuned the binding zones where the extra contact points sit because it was almost too grabby at times. Presses super easily, with improved pop over previous Artifacts I've ridden. Perfect park-rat board that's more than capable of riding other stuff too.

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TJ Parsons wrote a review of on November 17, 2011

5 5

Really stoked on these. They're warmer than I thought they would be, fine for everyday winter use in Utah climates if you don't get cold super easy. The palms are super grippy for radical extreme airtime grab action and they're holding up well so far.

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