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Tim's Passions

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Worm wrote a review of on February 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had two Vantages that the venting slides have broken on. I ordered and returned this helmet.
Sizing felt smaller than the previous Mediums I had.
Ventilation not as good as a Lazer helmet.
Overpriced.

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Worm wrote a review of on February 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used Smith helmets forever. I keep having to buy new ones due to the venting mechanisms breaking. So I decided to try something new.

Fit---The adjustability in the helmet is top notch. It has the standard circumferential adjustment that is easier to use than a BOA system even with gloves on. In addition to that it has a longitudinal adjustment with allows you adjust how low the bill of the helmet sits down on your forehead. Bottom line is you can get this helmet to fit any shape or size cranium.
Ventilation---each exhaust vent pulls from an intake vent. Ventilation is the best there is.
Liner---fits fine and is comfy. Does not (that I remember) have any antimicrobial treatment.
Bill---The bill protrudes further than Smith options. This protects the top foam of you goggles better from face shots on pow days, and helps prevent fogging
Shape---The front of the helmet has a bit of a slope to it. If you wear your goggles super tight, they may have a hard time staying put when removed from the face and placed on the front of the helmet. The goggle strap retain will keep them from falling completely off
Goggle retainer---its a simply clip that is effective, although like Smith's option better.
Chin strap---it runs a bit short. I have contacted Lazer and they are aware. The strap pad is held on with velcro and is easily removeable for washing.
Audio compatibility---I run the UClear HBC220 with my helmet. The helmet has slots to insert the earpieces on each side and clips to hold the wires in around the back of the neck pad. The clips suck, so i wrapped the excess wire around the suspension system in the helmet to keep it out of harms way. A zippered pouch around the back (like Smith has) is a better option, but I made this one work with no problems.

Despite its shortcomings, I need max ventilation, adjustability, and durability. so far this is the best I have found.

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Worm wrote a review of on February 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I spent the first half of the season on Flow NX2-GTs. They have the best feel and control of any option available and are stiffer than the Gnu options. Read my review of them to see why I switched (back) to Gnu bindings.

These are simple, light, easy to adjust bindings. They work. I would prefer if they were a tad stiffer and if the footbed was 1 or 2 mm higher for more leverage over the board.

Gnu's customer service has been top notch for replacement parts. I am still fighting with Flow for warranty issues....

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Worm wrote a review of on February 13, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Decent helmet. Fit was right on for a medium. minimal venting. The main problem had to do with the helmets liner to fitting correctly in the shell. It was bunching up and created folds which in turn created pressure points. Had to return it.

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Worm wrote a review of on February 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fit---Even though these have a large lens, they are a medium fit goggle. The fit a smaller face than the Smith I/O X (which I also have).
Compatibility---They fit with Smith Vantage and Lazer helmets in addition to the Anon Helmets
Lenses---Mine came with the Blue Lagooon, which is better than any low light lense I have tried to date (most of my experience is with the Smith options). The Blue Cobalt lense is ridiculously dark and a true bluebird lense.
Anti-fog---I haven,t found a goggle that I cannot fog yet. These did fine on cold dry days, but I was able to get them to fog around the top edges on more humid, snowy days. On a side note I am a sweater.
Foam---The foam is not nearly as thick as the Smith options
Strap---the strap is a little short when using my medium sized helmet, forcing the face foam down almost uncomfortably. Having to run the goggle strap all the way out places the adjusters under the goggle strap retainer on my helmet, and keeps them from being properly secured. Additionally, it has no silicone beading, which makes the goggles difficult to keep in place when pulled from the face and placed on the helmet.
Lense changeability---it is the easiest I have found. Rather than pulling the lense off, if you squeeze the frame from top to bottom, the lense will pop right off easily. To get them back in place, all you have to do is be within a few inches and they pop right back on. One caveat is that you have to be careful when lifting your goggles off of your face and placing them on your helmet...you can easily pop the lens out and if you are not expecting it, you may drop the lens.
Case---Nice vented case and goggle back to protect them while in transit.

5 stars for design, but 4 stars for execution because of the strap.

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Worm wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

3 5

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

Durability is suspect and palm isnt correctly for DH. The palm ended up bunching and causing blisters....

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Worm wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

---ZERO heel lift
---Tons of options for customizing the boot between the boa, laces, upper strap, and optional tongue stiffners
---Tried on side by side with Ride Trident and DC Travis Rice, and these boots are initially stiffer and have much better heel hold
---Very stiff and responsive. Will soften as the leather breaks in, but you can add the tongue stiffners back if more stiffness is desired.
---Foot beed is amazing
---Neoprene on to end of the bootie cushions toes well when riding the boot looser and slamming on your heel side edge.
---does take some time to break them in. Recommend throwing your local shop a $20 spot to have them heat molded if you buy them on line.

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Worm wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Feel & performance of these bindings is 2nd to none---stiff, responsive, and confidence inspiring. They & point and shoot responsive & don't leave you wondering whether or not you are really in control. They really are that good. The option for rear entry using the reclining high back or side entry using the buckles makes for a binding that can be put on/taken off in deep pow as well as on groomers

Downsides:
1) this is my 2nd pair in 2 years. durability of the stitching and of the mesh is horrible. cosmetic or not, you pay a premium for this binding and should expect a premium product.
2) even if the mesh doesnt tear, it packs with powder which leads to taking snow home with you
3) ratchets are large and easy to use. problem is the locking mechanisms refuse to stay locked. 1/2 the time i put my board on, i have to reset my ratchets
4) flip lock mechanism on the toe strap (non ratchet side) dont stay locked down, especially in pow or tree riding. maybe they are catching on early season underbrush that is just below the surface?
5) hinge for the high back requires a plastic piece on the inner side for the bolt head. it protrudes probably 5mm in on each side causing the heel cup on both the base and the high back to be wider than necessary to accommodate the plastic piece. Gnu has managed to make theirs flush. the result is that your heel swims AND the plastic piece rubs your boot right at the point where the sole meets the upper. I have a brand new pair of Van's boots that are already damaged, and am afraid that plastic piece will eventually cause the sole to separate.
6) the bottom of the heel high back has the a flared heel cup and only allows the upper to provide friction, allowing for heel lift.
7) Canted footbed needs canted highback.
8) HEAVY
9) difficult to set up

I bought two pair. My girlfriend has already gone back to her Gnu's. I suspect I will go back to my mutants, once I get the straps replaced.

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Worm wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have always been averse to riding with tunes. These change everything.

---Audio (music) is trumped by intercom, intercom is trumped by phone.
---at first the intercom function would seem intrusive, but it is not. when tree skiing, even when being diligent, you may lose sight of your partner as he/she descends ahead of you. with the intercom function enabled, you will know immediately if they are in trouble or if the terrain has forced them in to a different line. this is a device i wont ride without especially if there is a tree well risk
---range-->straight line range on grooms (for intercom) is several hundred meters. we have pushed it to at least 400 and still had clear intercom function. in the trees or on opposite sides of terrain features, the range is still great, but diminishes quickly. dont compare it to a walkie talkie. it doesnt have the same range, and the devices MUST BE PAIRED to one another...it is a closed "network." You can pair up to 10 devices on the same "network" increasing the range by allowing each UClear to act as a node that bounces the signal
---voice dialing and voice answer is awesome. set you phone to driving mode, and it will ready your incoming texts to you. no need to take your phone out ever again. If I lose sight of my partner and the intercom is out of range, I press two buttons simultaneously and can immediately voice dial them to verify safety and location
---noise cancellation-->no noise whatsoever on windy lifts or while hauling the mail down hill
---functionality-->study the manual. twice. lots of different features, and you will likely forget how to access them.
form factor-->skull candy's control unit is more sleek, but their system doesnt have intercom.

For the intercom alone this is a 5 star unit

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Worm wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being a minimalist I was suspect of having the exterior pockets on both ends. Turns out they are great for organizing.
-The boot pocket is rolling end, places the weight down low for easy/light rolling, and is vented to allow your liners to breath. I fit my size 12's in easily on the 165cm bag.
-the oversize wheels roll better, especially through parking lots covered in pow...they dont plow like small skate wheels tend to do
-the inner mesh pocket is too small. it is approx 6" x 4." really Oakley? its dang near useless for stowing tools and spare parts.
- the bag has 2x board hold down straps which really stiffens up the bag for easy rolling.
-the tow handle on the end (one on the wheeled side also) is padded and tows nicely. the lift handle on the side is not padded and going any distance with will make your hand hurt. the compression straps across the top are great and do not hurt the hands

I have had several Burton bags:
Wheelie Locker-->great bag if somebody else is paying your overweight baggage fees. allows you to pack too much stuff for a two week trip, let alone a 3 day trip
Wheelie Gig-->good bag, needs compression straps, both zipper pulls broke on me
Gig Bag-->board hold down strap pulled out from the seam

Overall the design is great but is a bit overpriced when considering you can get a Dakine High Roller (additional zippered pocket) for less or a Dakine Low Roller (doesnt have compression straps) for about 60% of the price

Areas to improve:
-Make all handles padded, especially for the price tag
-add more vents-->my boots arent the only thing that goes in a snowboard bag that are damn or have ice stuck to them
-increase size of inner mesh pocket
-for the price, it should have an integrated set of buckles for piggy backing other luggage
On design, the bag is 4+ stars, on value, it is 3 stars

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Worm wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

5 5

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

About me:
6'1", 205lb Snowboarder w/ 20 years of experience.
Performance:
-fit: straight legged. not baggy enough to make you look like a circus clown park rat jibtard, but not tight enough to make you look like a handle bar mustached hipster conforming to the non conformity of incessantly berating the corporate world from your beloved iPhone.
-Bibs keep the pow at bay. I hate powder skirts on jackets. buttoning them up, zipping them in, attaching them to a pair of pants (assuming they have the same interface) is a pain the arse. Bottom line is my back side stays dry no matter the conditions.
-The assortment of pockets on the upper side of the bib is great. Because stuff is held close to your chest, it doesnt bounce around and tug on you like it would in a jacket pocket. The mesh pocket on the front is perfect for easy access to a cell phone (big enough for an android...mines a Droid RAZR MAXX).
-The side leg zips are two-way and go 1/2 down from the top, allowing adequate ventilation in addition to the inner leg vents.
-The material is very durable (having taken several butt checks in early season conditions in dicey terrain) and breathes very well. I am a heavy sweater and use a 100 weight pair of merino pants as my only base layer down low, and these pants have kept me dry (and warm) down to single digits riding.
-they block the wind well...no discomfort ascending to the alpine on chairs that have strong wind chill.

two suggestions for improvement:
1) add belt loops so that the user can make the decision of how much weight we want hanging off of our shoulders.
2) I like the durable nylon suspenders with the addition of the stretch attachment points to give the some suspension. increase the amount of suspension please

All in all a great product.

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Worm wrote a review of on July 9, 2012

1 5

the interchangeable padding for both the forehead and the back of the helmet is held in with very little velcro. as the padding shifts while putting on, taking off, or just riding, it exposes the "hook" side of the velcro...which is the rough side. the velcro then grinds itself into your cranium.

there is a reason why higher end helmets use more secure methods of fastening the padding....

looks, venting, style, weight, and all of the other concerns about the helmet are top notch, but cant overcome the velcro issue. i should have gone with something different....

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