Taylor Doiron

Taylor Doiron

Anywhere... I'd stomp the moon if it had powder!

Taylor Doiron's Passions

Snowboarding

Taylor Doiron's Bio

--- Gimme a stick and some snow! ---

I reign in southern Louisiana (Houma, if you've ever heard of it). I grew up skating, so I had a real good background on boards. I progressed pretty decently in snowboarding, and I started convincing my friends to join me up north during the winter months. I'm still learning, obviously, but my love for this sport is only growing.

I take as many trips as possible per season; next season (2009-10) I'm banking on 4 or 5 weeks up north.

I'm moving to Colorado as soon as I get on with an airline (currently in flight school... free flights, anyone?), and I plan on riding until I die.

My only board now is a 2008 Burton Malolo 162, equipped with Burton Missions. I put my Burton Hail's in 'em and stomp pow as much as humanly possible.

I plan on getting a Forum Grudge 156W with some K2 Formulas when I find the cash for it all; then I can feed my need for the park.

Like I said, I'm still a beginner/intermediate, so I'm asking questions by the hundreds. Thanks to all the staff and people of Backcountry for giving me advice every day.

Taylor Doiron

Taylor Doiron wrote a review of on July 28, 2009

3 5

I bought this pack for sidecountry/resort riding, and it's good enough for the job I give it. I don't require any real avalanche safety in my pack, but I keep spare gloves, goggles, a beanie, some food, a board lock, and an insulated hydration bladder in it. It's held up just fine. It's big and sturdy enough to hold your board for a hike, but small enough to sit on the lift comfortably.

CONS: Mine didn't come with a fleece-lined pocket... bummer. Also, the material isn't the strongest, so I keep it light when packing supplies.

OVERALL: Good enough for occasional side/backcountry, great for resort.

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Taylor Doiron wrote a question about on July 18, 2009

I've been wanting to pick up a good pack for sidecountry/resort usage, and I've found a 16L in a local sporting goods store much like this one, with a hydration bladder. The only thing is, I'm not positive it's waterproofed well enough, and the bladder doesn't seem to be freeze-proof.

So is it a horrible idea to get a cheaper version of this pack with a bladder that's not freeze-proof? Or should I chuck up the cash for this one that I know will work in all conditions? Thanks guys

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Taylor Doiron wrote a review of on June 18, 2009

4 5

The Bad Lieutenant fits really well, keeps your head warm, keeps you safe, and looks good on the mtn. You don't get that "my head is huge" look either. And with an audio option, it gets even better. What more do you want from a helmet? Oh, ventilation... That's a negative. Oh well, if your head sweats, take it off. Works fine for me! Good overall, get one.

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Taylor Doiron wrote a review of on April 1, 2009

5 5

Awesome boots. I got these 2 months before my first trip of the season. I wore them a few times (maybe 3 or 4) around the house to get my feet used to them, but they actually fit great the first time I tried them on! When I got to the mountain and strapped in, they definitely performed! Held tight to my feet, didn't hurt at any point, and stayed warm all day and night. Get 'em while they're hot!

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Taylor Doiron wrote a review of on April 1, 2009

4 5

These are my first bindings; they're great, but I can see some minor flaws already. The clip on the toe strap came loose on me and actually broke free on a run. I thought it was a freak accident, then the opposite foot's toe strap started sticking.
On another note, the bindings handle well. Turning is easy, and when the straps are holding tight, they keep great control. Get them if you don't have the money for higher priced bindings. They won't let you down... if you keep a screw driver in your jacket.

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Taylor Doiron wrote a review of on April 1, 2009

5 5

The 2008 Malolo 162 was my first board, and having only rode rentals before it, I was obviously amazed. It performed great; I first rode North Carolina with it. We had decent conditions the first few days, a little ice here and there, but the Malolo actually handled well even on the ice! It surprised me a lot. I could race down the mtn, blowing past my buddies and spinning with ease. The last couple of days there, we caught 10" of powder. I didn't think the board could handle any better, but when I got first tracks in deep pow between trees, it felt like I could die happily.

Overall, the board handles well, turns and spins easily, and runs smooth and fast. No jitters for me; all fun on the mtn. Get one!

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