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Tyler Brawley

Tyler Brawley

Wasatch Mountains

Tyler Brawley's Passions

Snowboarding

Tyler Brawley's Bio

I snowboard 100 days a year, almost exclusively on a split-board. I am a powder snob to say the least, groomers bore me and I'd rather hike for 3 untracked runs a day than hit a groomer... Been snowboarding since 1986, also used to be a buyer for a LARGE snowboard shop for many years and was a regionally sponsored rider for Salomon/Bonfire for several years...

Tyler Brawley

Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on January 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I will never wear anything else when I'm out hiking, wether it be in the summer or winter... These things rock! Supportive, awesome fit and you stay dry... The fit is right on.. I wear 32 pants and the mediums fit great! The only down fall is the are a tad expensive, but they are worth every penny

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on January 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: large

This jacket is great! I'm on my 3rd one now over the last 6 seasons. If your a snowboarder who wants to stick with a snowboard brand and want the best technical outwear you can get AK is gonna be your jam. These are well constructed, features are thoughtfully placed, and the jacket takes a beating. There are some other snowboard high end made snowboard brand jackets on the market, but none offer this level of breathabilty. All GORE-TEX is not the same. It really depends on what fabric the membrane is applied to and what kind of liner ( if any ) is in the garment. I tried some Volcom GORE-TEX jackets ( Baldface ) and it did not breath anywhere close to this Burton jacket.

The jacket is roomy, with ample room to layer and not some stupid skinny cut that would hinder you if you're splitboarding. I split 40+ days a year with 10-15 resort days thrown in there as well and this jacket holds up. I have never had any quality issues.

Get one, you'll like it!

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on January 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: large

These bibs are great! I'm on my 3rd set now over the last 6 seasons. If your a snowboarder who want to stick with a snowboard brand and want the best technical outwear you can get AK is gonna be your jam. These are well constructed, features are thoughtfully placed, and the bibs take a beating. There are some other snowboard bibs made, but none offer this level of breathabilty. All GORE-TEX is not the same. It really depends on what fabric the membrane is applied to and what kind of liner ( if any ) is in the garment. I tried some Volcom GORE-TEX bibs and they did not breath anywhere close to these Burton bibs.

The bibs are roomy, with ample room to layer and not some stupid skinny cut that would hinder you if you're splitboarding. I split 40+ days a year with 10-15 resort days thrown in there as well and these things hold up. I have never had any quality issues with any pair I've had.

Get some, you'll like them!

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on January 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am now on my 6th year and 5th pair of these boots and will keep riding them as long as they make them. I have narrow feet/ankles and these things definitely keep me locked in. I also love the Dual BOA. It allows me to keep the forefoot cranked down, while running my shin a tad looser and they never come loose during the day and no need for re-ties during the day. I splitboard a ton and these boots hold up, 30+ split days and 15+ resort days a year and they hold up just fine. In 6 years of riding these I have never broke a cable, but YMMV. I really think it all in how you treat your gear... It's a cable, so I don't rest a sharpened metal edge on it during lift rides and as I've said, never a problem.

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on January 1, 2016

Best Bindings in the NOW lineup!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite NOW bindings. Drives are great, but they are stiff with tall highbacks and are best suited to demanding free riding. IPO's are great as well but are best suited to park and street style riding. Then you have the Pilots which are right in the middle as a great all around free ride binding. These things rule. They are a little bit playful while still being responsive. Definitely my favorite binding in the NOW lineup. I can tell that the buckle quality is improved over the 1st gen NOW bindings ( I had no problems with either of my last years NOW ) and the straps are super comfy. Some people talk about boot fit issues but I have not experienced any fit issues at all and I wear SZ 10 DC boots and use Medium bindings ( which is at top of the NOW fit scale for Mediums ) with no issues at all. I see myself riding NOW bindings for along time to come.

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on January 1, 2016

Great bindings!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second season on these bindings and they are great! Stiff and super damp. These things are made for carving and you can lay down some serious trenches with these things. Once again stiff and damp is the name of the game for these. Some people have complained that they are having boot fitting issues, but I haven't had that issue at all. I'm rocking Medium bindings with Sz 10 DC boots with no issues at all.

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on April 28, 2010

5 5

These bottoms are great! Super light, super comfy, and NO STINK!!!! Nice to get ride of my old Polypro bottoms than stunk to high heaven!!!! Get the matching top and be stink free!!!! ( I'm 6ft, 160 lbs and got the Mediums which fit great, they go over my Donjoy knee brace with no problem... I live in SLC and tried on the S, M & L @ the Backcountry retail store)

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on April 28, 2010

5 5

I love this top!!! Super comfortable, nice and light and NO STINK!!! Get the matching bottoms and you'll be stink free!!! Some people have complained about the selves and thumb holes, but they are perfect for me, wish all tops were made like this!!! I'm 6ft, 160lbs and the medium fits great!!!! ( I live in SLC and tried on the S, M & L @ the Backcountry retail store)

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on March 11, 2010

5 5

This is without doubt the best pack that I have owned! I have the M/L and have none of the mentioned problems with the Avy Tools pocket... All of my tools fit easily in the compartment... My last pack was a Dakine Blade which I loved... Or I thought so!!! I never had any complaints, but now I can't believe just how much better this pack is!!! It fits so much better and with it's design just hugs my body much better and the hip belt actually sits on my hips like it should!! The loop for routing your hydration tube is one of those oh so simple, but not included in other pack features that make you wonder why it's in every pack made! Getting this pack along with a few other new light weight items allowed me to shed about 6lbs of my pack weight.... Although I am a snowboarder this pack works for me... I pretty much only tour on a splitboard, so in a boot pack situation I would just put my split on in ski mode VIA the a-frame carry method... The horizontal ski carry loops work awesome for carrying my poles on the way down!!! I love this pack!!!!!!!!

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Tyler Brawleywrote a review of on January 28, 2010

The obvious choice, okay out of the box, with some mods and secrets PERFECT!
3 5

So these are the only real choice for your splitboard kit. The problem is is that they are missing some key features that our ski touring buddies enjoy! Here's a little guide to make your days touring on you split much more enjoyable and hassle free....

1. When out in the BC don't store your skins with glue on glue... These suckers are tough to pull apart when cold and sometimes almost impossible, the cheat sheets work okay, but it's one more thing to have to mess with... Instead ROLL you skins up! Nap on the glue... They will unroll like magic at the top of your next run and there will be no glue on your skins! When your at home in normal temps DO make sure to store your skins glue on glue, but at home in room temps pulling them apart to skin up before heading out for the day is relatively easy...

2. Tail clips! If you do multiple transitions in a day there is nothing worse than getting snow on the tails of your skins and having them not stick so well anymore, especially if you're doing some steep accents... Ski tail clips don't really work with the offset and curved tail of a split board... The SIMPLE, FOOL PROOF method is this! Go buy 2ft of 1 or 2mm shock cord... Punch a hole through your skins... This is a little harder than you may think, a big nail heated up with a lighter or torch does the job the best, run the cord through the hole and tie it off, then loop them over your tail clip hardware! I've never had these pop off during a day of touring (although my skier buddies have their clips pop off all the time)... I have never had the hole rip/tear or even get bigger there is nothing to worry about... You already have holes on your skins that hold up just fine with your nose clips!

These two tricks will make your days in the BC on your split much more hassle free...See my picture for a visual of these tricks!

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