Ben Talbot

Ben Talbot

From the Ice Coast, currently living in the NW

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Benjamin's Bio

Board: Rome Artifact 1985 153cm
Bindings: Rome 390
Boots: Burton Hail

Been riding since winter 99-00
Grew up riding NH
Competed in NY in the USASA Catskill series
USASA Finals 2009, 2010

Currently live in Washington teaching my wife and son to snowboard!

Ben Talbot

Ben Talbot wrote an answer about on November 23, 2012

over three years since your question, but I hope this helps anyone specifically looking into the Nitro Swindle. I'm 5' 10" and weight 160lbs and rode a 152cm Nitro Swindle. It's a little stiff, the board was certainly small for my height and weight. It snapped when landing tail heavy. Keep that in mind when looking at boards with less flex...don't go too small. However, I currently own a Rome Artifact 153cm and it's rocker design gives me the flex I need when I land tail heavy, plus I can still have a short board that's easy to control. Hopefully this info helps someone...

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Ben Talbot

Ben Talbot wrote a review of on November 23, 2012

5 5

When I originally got the board, I was looking for something for take everywhere, especially every feature in the park. This board rips hard over groomers and gives you the stability you need on rails. However, it didn't quite have the flex I was looking for and is a bit stiffer than more park boards. In landing tail heavy off a table top, the board didn't give as much as I hoped and my tail snapped. Still giving this board 5 stars because it's incredible on rails and is a sweet ride. My fault for taking such a short, stiff board off a large booter. Would definitely get this board if I was focused more on rails and street hits.

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Ben Talbot wrote a review of on November 23, 2012

5 5

Got these bindings a couple seasons back and originally through them on my Nitro Swindle that only lasted a couple runs before snapping. But luckily my 390s were fine. I threw them on my Rome Artifact 1985 and the set up is perfect. These bindings offer a lot of flex and comfort and are light weight. My biggest fear was the toe strap, but it works like a boss, no slip whatsoever. And the main strap is super cushioned, wicked comfy. My last favorite feature on these bindings is the bungee strap attached to pull back the straps so you can easily work your boot into the binding. A simple addition that just adds to everything awesome about these.

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Ben Talbot wrote a review of on November 22, 2012

4 5

These boots came with the "After School Special" package for my 3 y/o last season. He had zero compaints about them. No complaints of toes being cold, they kept his feet dry even when walking through puddles, and fit nice and snug. We'll see if we can get another season out of them with the Room-to-Grow footbed...the price to get another pair is a little high.

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Ben Talbot

Ben Talbot wrote a review of on November 22, 2012

4 5

Simple, easy to use. Been using this lock for multiple seasons and haven't had any problems. Love the small size as it doesn't take up too much space or feel uncomfortable in your pocket. Durable enough, and a simple deterent for someone potentially walking off with my board, or one or two of my friends as well (fairly easy to clip up to four boards together to a rack). Overall good, simple product that gives me a nice warm and fuzzy

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Ben Talbot wrote a review of on October 24, 2012

5 5

Originally I was not a fan of Smith goggle, but I haven't bought any for years. I got a pair of these for my 3 y/o last season and their awesome! Super comfortable and absolutely no complaints from him, he's so glad to have the wind and snow out of his eyes! Excellent product at a reasonable price. Well done.

Oh, and they're good on him with the helmet, or without when just playing around in the backyard.

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Ben Talbot wrote a review of on October 24, 2012

4 5

Yes, I agree with the reviews that say these break easily. For me, my cord always got beat up and would no longer transmit to the buds. But I took some good slams with these in and they lasted quite a while when you take that into account. Through longboarding and snowboarding my smokin buds have lasted an average of 8 months. But the quality of sound is worth it, much better than a pair you pick up for 10-15 bucks, and you can't beat the buds 'cause they stay in your ear. If you're looking to mellow out and listen to tunes, these are definitely for you. If you are going to be riding hard, expect to be buying a new pair within the year.

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Ben Talbot

Ben Talbot wrote a review of on October 24, 2012

5 5

I've got clips and the extentions to use this with both our Honda Civic 2004 coupe and Subaru Legacy 2007 sedan. I have fit 3 snowboards on the rack for long trips, and the most i've ever thrown up there was 2 snowboards and 2 skis. The Civic could barely move with 4 riders/skiers inside and all our gear. But this rack helps move those big bulky skis and boards around if you've only got a car to work with.

Also, the only reason I wasn't able to fit 4 snowboard onto the rack is because the boards on the bottom, when flipped upside down, the bindings get in the way. For my cars I don't have enough clearance between the rack and my roof. Solution...take off the bindings! Never had a need though.

Overall, awesome product, high quality. Drove my car from New Hampshire to Washington with my board up in the rack. No problems. Has held up over many seasons. And the locks definitely give you comfort when you've gotta step inside the gas station for a snack.

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Ben Talbot wrote a review of on October 23, 2012

5 5

I'm 160lbs and ride the 153cm.

This board has rocked my world the past three seasons! Butters and presses are wicked easy, I've sailed this mother down some of the deepest pow in Japan and was able to keep the nose up no problem, and though a little difficult with the flex, I was still able to hold down my runs over anywhere from 30-50 foot booters. LOVE this board! This is my fifth board and I don't know where to go from here...the standard has been set very high!

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