Yule & Bellow

Yule & Bellow

Seattle, WA

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Yule & Bellow wrote a question about on March 2, 2011

I'm trying to figure out what the extra lens mine came with is for, I got the sensor mirror as the main lens, and the second lens doesn't seem significantly darker (or darker at all), sort of amber but with no reflective coating

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Yule & Bellow wrote an answer about on March 2, 2011

Smith makes 2 helmets specifically for women:

http://www.backcountry.com/smith-intrigue-helmet-womens
http://www.backcountry.com/smith-allure-helmet-womens

Also, Rachael Burks, a woman, swears by the Maze helmet, which is a mens helmet:

http://www.backcountry.com/smith-maze-helmet

Does that mean all Smith's helmets fit the same?...not sure but she still uses one. For the record on the outside the Maze and the Allure helmets look exactly the same

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Yule & Bellow wrote an answer about on January 26, 2011

if you're asking if they are submergible then no they aren't...skullcandy doesn't make any headphones that are designed for prolonged exposure to water of any kind, but they are plenty tough to withstand dumping snow or a tumble in the pow

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Yule & Bellow wrote a review of on January 25, 2011

4 5

This jacket doesnt really have much technical performance, but for some reason i still wear it 4+ days a week in the nothwest. In my opinion is is quite fasionable, clean and simple, but a little annoying when you can start a club of Denali Wear-ers everywhere you go! Its very warm, and really comfortable because its soft fleece inside and out. I like the pockets and pit zips (not mesh lined), and its sooooo light too. The bad part is that its not windproof at all, after you've worn it for about a week the fabric stretches and just lets all air pass thru without a fight, and that makes the warmth of the fleece useless. In your normal size it is pretty roomy and too bulky to layer under a shell, but in a size down it will work ok as a layer, but be REALLY hot so high-output activites like snowboarding would not be a good idea with this as a layer. The nylon panels are very waterproof with the DWR and can easily withstand a light shower, but the rest gets wet and nasty and doesnt dry very quickly.

The optimal use ive found for this is just casual, with a sweatshirt under it most of the time...besides that its good for any cold weather environment that is not windy or rainy - which i cant really call an example to mind.

I gave it 4 stars because i really like the jacket as a casul piece, but its lacking performance.

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Yule & Bellow wrote a review of on January 24, 2011

4 5

This is a really great jacket if you are built right. Size up regardless, and then size up twice if you're still not sure.

I put it through some pretty good tests before finally returning it, it regulates heat and moisture very well, sheds water so well that the back of your jeans will be soaked in a rain storm, and breaths well when you get hot on the mountain. The material is as soft and stretchy as a cotton hoody but as strong as a full blown shell

It stretches out about a 1/3rd of a size after you wear it a few times, I ended up returning it because the fit just wasn't right. I'm a perfect large in TNF and this was in an XL was very slim and long comparatively. Still looking for a jacket with the same performance and price....nothing so far

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Yule & Bellow wrote a review of on January 20, 2011

5 5

I'm a guy, and picked up the 09/10 models for $80 from an undisclosed location to use on my park board...Ideally I would have bought pair of guys binding but they fit by boots and I couldn't pass up the deal.

That said, these are really comfortable. From a board feel/response perspective these were indistinguishable from my [men's] cartel ESTs....I wouldn't be able to tell the response of the two bindings apart if my life depended on it.

From a comfort perspective however they are worlds apart. Since I bought them my cartels have cut off my circulation after half a day and pinched the toe box on my boots. These solved both problems and for the first time ever I couldn't "feel" my bindings...I was just hooked to by board securely with no discomfort

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Yule & Bellow wrote a review of on January 15, 2011

5 5

Move over Burton Cargo Pant, there's a new king of sub $200 dollar pants. I can't believe how affordable these are, the material is thick and quality, and even has a nice lining. They are plenty weatherproof, just like you would expect. They fit great, nice and roomy so you don't have to size up to be comfortable.....and they're oakley!!

The only con is the pockets: there's only 3, and of those 3 the 2 front pockets are impossible to zip up while you're wearing them...so I just leave em closed and never open them because they're so hard to work with.

That doesn't even warrant a star being taken off though because for the price you could buy a second pair, go to a tailor and have him add as many pockets as you want with the material from the second pair...and then still have saved some money over more expensive pants!

Seriously a great deal, I'm excited to have a pair

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Yule & Bellow wrote a review of on January 4, 2011

It actually works!
5 5

This took a 3 year old Oakley jacket that was beat to crap, and made it work like new!

I washed it with regular detergent, then with the tech wash, then with the TX direct and this is the result, the best thing is that it's not even a heavy duty high end hardshell, just run of the mill cheap snowboarding jacket material

10oz of Tech wash and 10oz of TX direct did me good for two pairs of pants and two jackets in a front loading washer... ~5~7 bucks a piece aint bad!

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Yule & Bellow wrote an answer about on January 3, 2011

I had that happen to me with both these and my EG2's, it happened when I wrapped them up in the bag without letting them properly dry out after boarding...all the moisture built up between the lenses and took a good few hours of room-temp venting to fix

The other thing I've had happen was that fog built up on the inside of the lens, like normal...but it was really cold and I popped them up into my forehead to see, the fog on the inside of the lens turned to ice and then the ice fogged the space between the lenses...did you expose the inside of the lens to the cold air?

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Yule & Bellow wrote an answer about on January 3, 2011

I've had terrible problems with fogging ever since I started snowboarding, and so far these have been all but fog proof, and I've definitely put them to the test. they're the best I've seen, and In the past I've gone through top models from Oakley, Dragon, Von Zipper, and Electric (I love goggles a little too much).

While the laws of physics might prevent you from being able to see during really sweaty activities, these will likely serve you quite well under normal circumstances, especially if you don't wear a helmet

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Yule & Bellow wrote a review of on January 2, 2011

2 5

I got the "Shoe Blue" colorway, and after a few weeks of basically no use, there's been some really severe discoloration of the soft touch rubber. I used these snowboarding for a half a day and then for a few hours casually hanging out at Starbucks. After those two uses most of the edges have been discolored to a nasty green color, they look absolutely terrible and the wear does not match the use at all. I haven't abused them at all, most of the times I've stored them they've been put back into the included soft bag! The only other place I've stored them naked is in my Dakine mission which has a grey interior which I don't think would rub the blue and make green.

Thanks to Backcountry's awesome return policy I get to recoup this bad purchase, had it not been for the discoloration I'd be totally happy keeping them because they're just fine for what they are, yes they are definitely not studio quality reference monitors, but you can't snowboard in those can you?

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Yule & Bellow wrote a review of on December 30, 2010

2 5

I've used these as liners about 13 days this season, and they're already been ruined. The index finger has complete been torn to shreds and can't stay on my finger because the holes and rips are too much. I didn't get them to save my hands, make me warmer, block wind or provide any protection from the elements. I got them purely to reduce friction while frequently putting my gloves on and off, they worked well for that but with the light use I've put on them they shouldn't have been destroyed so easily

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Yule & Bellow wrote a review of on December 26, 2010

5 5

These goggles hands down solved all the problems I had with my previous pairs, I'll break it down

-EG2: Fogged almost instantly in all conditions except bright sun, couldn't wear a helmet or face mask as both made the fogging much worse
+Phenom: Never fogged on me all day, from a little rain in the morning, to getting pow blasted in my face while riding, to a break in the clouds, to hiking a little uphill and getting pretty heated while wearing my variant brim, to the blistering cold after the sun went down these didn't fog once!....and all in the same day!

-Mace: Really heavy and stuck out way far from the face
+Phenom: Totally light and have a low profile fit

-Fenom (VZ): bad selection of low light lenses
+Phenom (Smith): Sensor mirror is INCREDIBLE!!!! I've never seen a lens that can make the surface appear brighter and more natural looking in cloudy "blue" light, it's like shining a flashlight on the entire mountain, even at night I've never been able to see so clearly, much better than VZ's blue night lens

-A Frame: terrible pressure on the forehead and just tiny all-over
+Phenom: It's been a while since I had my A Frames but these are about the same size if I remember correctly, they provide a more even fix because the frame appears to distributes it's size horizontally instead of vertically, giving you more side to side vision and keeping pressure even and off the forehead

The only con I can think of for these is the lack of mirrored lenses, but other brands have those covered pretty well. If you want pure function then these have to be the way to go.

After riding in these two days I sold my EG2's and bought another pair with the Platinum mirror lens. I've been sold on Smith's optics, they don't mess around and really know what they're doing instead of just trying to look cool

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