William Hooley

William Hooley

Vancouver, Whistler, BC

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Thomas's Passions

Alpine Touring
Snowboarding
Hiking
Road Cycling
Swimming

Thomas's Bio

Avid split boarder and resort rider. Love to hike, swim, cliff dive, anything that my home of south west BC has to offer. Raced giant slalom and boardercross for the last 4 years and have a mother that loves me :p
Bit of a nerd when it comes to tuning/board maintenance, but I guess that's a good thing.
I also have a tendency to look like a Roman emperor^

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William Hooley

William Hooley wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I've just recieved this jacket and have worn it for the last few days. Initial impressions are that the fit is nice and long just as the Theta fit is said to be. I'm 6'3" and have the large. It sits nicely below my bum just as I like it. I'm 180lbs and the chest fit is functional with room to layer underneath.
The hood is extreamly large. I know it's meant to fit a helmet but i've had smaller hoods handle a helmet just fine. I have to pull all the draw chords nice and tight to have it fit/sit nicely. The brim of the hood is not very sturdy but maybe it will break in and hold a nice position with time.
There are a whole wack of extra draw chords on this jacket allowing you to fine tune the fit nicely. A standard jacket would have 2 in the hood and 1 around the bottom. This jacket has 3 in the hood (extra one from the back of the neck to the back of the head) and 2 around the bottom (extra one around the hips, where a backpack waste strap would sit). The overly sized hood can be controled by the 3 draw chords so I would not call it a set back. It is very easy to put the hood up when zipped up all the way because of the 'drop hood' design.
I'll upload some photos of the jacket soon!
Any questions i'd be happy to answer

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William Hooley wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

Didn't like the highback wing...
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To be honest I did not like the highback wing on these. I found it got in the way and didn't really do anything. The asymmetrical ankle strap on the other hand is fantastic! It really adds when you lean back or forward covering more surface area of your boot. The full cover foot bed is nice and comfy under foot and is on almost all burton bindings recently.
I also didn't like the toe cap strap. It did not stretch to fit at all and would always slip when I tried to ratchet it down tight.
Over all I think this binding was a bit of a flop but it did hold me to my board for a few seasons so it does have a place in my heart.

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William Hooley wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

5 5

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

Tons of ways to wear and use. I love how stretchy it is. Big thick fleece neck warmers always slide down my face I find. It is also very easy to breathe through if you cover your mouth with it. Dries very quickly and is easily washed.
I'll be using this for the forseeable future!

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William Hooley wrote an answer about on November 11, 2013

If I was to be limited to 1 brush it would be a bronze nylon hybrid. I have one and it's mainly bronze but has a nylon trim around the outside. Unless you're racing, you only need 1 brush, either stiff nylon or bronze nylon hybrid.

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William Hooley wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

Efficient, small package
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pack for day trips and filled it FULL. I use it for split boarding so put my telescopic poles in the horizontal ski carry. It works acceptably well. It has also held my board in split mode (roughly same size as 2 extra fat powder skis)
The shovel it comes with seems very small but when worrying about carrying extra grams you have to stay small. The probe is excellent, top of the line. the bottom of the bag tapers to a very narrow point which is not depicted well in the stock photo. It has a whistle on the chest but it's not that good so I strongly recommend not relying on it and getting a nice one for the chest pocket.
In the summer I remove the avalung and use it for hiking in BC. It was quite easy to get out my first try. It took about 5 minutes to figure out. I'm sure it would only take 1 minute from now on.
I feel like the best use for this bag would be to pack it into a multi day bag and then pull it out when climbing above camp, leaving your multi day bag and unneeded equipment at camp.

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William Hooley wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

Amazing camber
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The S-rocker profile on this board is beyond amazing. The float it has keeps me above the deep stuff far along the flats at the end of a run. You can feel the big blunt nose pull up above the snow like it has a flotation device on the front. Better than the hovercraft I would think because there's no option to ride switch when weaving between trees or traversing with the hovercraft. I'm 175lbs and ride the 164. I ride a big boarder-cross board so i'm used to the size but would still recommend going bigger for extra float and support.

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William Hooley wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

System works
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This system has worked well for me and my Jones Solution. It was quite hard to install exactly to the specs I wanted but after some focus and sweat I had it dialed in to almost the exact specs I wanted. I feel like the Burton channel splitboard system that i've seen videos of is leaps and bounds ahead of this, but i've never used it so can't be certain it works. This allowed me to put a really nice set of bindings on my split instead of being limited to split specific bindings which I felt lacked when it came to new binding construction (uncomfortable straps, bad highback).
I have not had any experience with the parts filling with snow/ice, but i'm not saying that it won't happen. The parts seem like they will fill on one unfortunate icy day. I'll be riding them this season but may consider changing in future. Split board tech is moving fast so it's hard to settle into a system.

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