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Snowboarding
Skiing

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bp2705 wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

3 5

Bought this based off a dare before a weeklong Bwca trip. Probably not a great idea for backpacking or portaging for that matter but I made it through with my eggs and only broke one. I did dry sack them and laid a single sheet of paper over them to avoid jiggling. Oh and I used medium eggs as I read that they're stronger since there is less volume and supposedly harder shells. Anyway it was a good 4$ for the heck of it. I know my buddies thought twice about giving me a hard time before breakfast.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

Bought mine from a neighbors garage sale for five bucks. Silly mistake. I am told they are older than me. I've had these completely blackened from dirty cedar wood fire and they cleaned up like new while at camp. Fantastic on a stove. Good size for a pack of 4 travelers if you cook smartly. Mine came with webbing and a buckle to secure everything - highly recommended if not stock. Weight penalty perhaps but theyll be eating what's left of humanity out of these things when the time comes.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

4 5

Solid and comfortable when packed correctly. I would say it was a bit on the small size for 2-3 day trips but doable if aren't in a rush to load up. Weight isn't a problem for me at least but there are 1 to maybe 2 lbs lighter packs out there but I doubt you could notice much difference. Pockets are a bit on the small side to be super useful but that keeps your load compact and streamlined and not hanging all over the place. Excellent choice for multi snow sport enthusiast as it might be the only pack that has built in carry for skis and a board. The back panel access is clutch when you need it. Still if your doing overnight winter tours and have a decent assortment of gear the guide series might suit that need better. I am borrowing this out to the lady friend and making the guide my go to winter camping pack.

Not made for anything in bounds. If your worst case scenario does not include a night of sleeping outside iwith snow on the ground you should look elsewhere.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

Ah... Probably the best red primus fuel bottle on the market. Actually besides trolling this does have a textured surface that makes it unique. Works with brunton / Primus pumps for certain - others most likely as well- I've only used the stoves i mentioned so I can't be100% certain on that. Ask a rep theyre pretty handy.

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bp2705 posted an image about on November 20, 2010

2 years of wear

Here are mine after about two years of use. Minus the dirt they're still doing well even after lots of ankle deep mud and water and little to no additional care. The sizes run different. Typically a boot is a size smaller than say your running shoe; these are smaller. I wear a 10.5 or 11 in addidas but my timbs are 9.5. My only complaint is the soft soles. They wear out a bit quick for 160 $ boot. I am going to try to get them replaced though.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on October 14, 2010

4 5

just picked these up about a month ago as a casual/skate shoe alternative for fall and winter and so far i still love how they look and feel. not to be too critical since i am not wearing these in the snow yet (as is their stated purpose) but i am having some trouble with some seperation of the rubber outsole and the foam support right under the heal all the way to the back of the shoe which will need to be glued sooner or later. its really not a huge ordeal but less than thrilling for the price. in terms of warmth they feel good and definately not too hot so you shouldnt be worried about the primaloft unless your wearing these in the desert or on the beach. the tred is aggressive and should be good for snow- i will update when we get the goods. these should be perfect for roaming the base area/around town this winter and perhaps the occasional booze fueled retro snowskate session- if anything theyll look great in the ER.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on September 11, 2010

4 5

these are a solid choice for the 10 to 30 day a year rider or someone looking for a more forgiving ride. ive been riding a snowboard for quite a few years and i always have rode with skiiers so i decided to take the plunge back into skiing about two years ago to mix things up. i picked these because i thought they wouldnt kill me being way too stiff like a 120 or 130 flex that alot of the top notch boots get into and i am happy that i did. admittedly im a pretty average skiier but these do the job well enough and are actually a lot more comfortable than i thought and even better than my snowboard boots when im riding. i feel confident that these will take care of me when i am finally able to leave the snowboard behind on a hike. over all the construction looks pretty good and has held up very well to the limited abuse ive ran these through. the buckles are kinda goofy but seem to do just fine- they kinda seem like theyre bigger than you you really need but havent been an issue for me. width wise id say theyre perfect. i actually have a pretty wide foot and that was also part of my consideration for picking up these. for someone who has worn EE hockey skates most of my life i was even a little concerned with 100 mm but that was unfounded as these felt good out of the box and even better now theyre broken in. for the price i would highly recommend these straight forward boots.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on September 11, 2010

3 5

first things first, the lenses are very nice. glass polarized gives them a higher level of quality than others at this price. the frames are sturdy and hinges havent given me a problem after over a year of constant use. on the bad side, they are quite heavy but not uncomfortable but i can imagine someone is not used to wearing glasses occationally its going to be cumbersome. secondly hhe frame shape is comfortable but i think someing that would hold them a little firmer around the back of the ears would be helpful considering the weight. i have had these slip of my face particularly on hot humid swass kinda days and when im bending over the edge of the boat more snug than not would be comforting. but overall theyre alright. ive got a square large face and they do fit well on my face but for anyone else theyre really large definately for men with large faces. the nose pads are quite nice, they feel just like my Rx frames. i would recommend them for anyone looking for a decent pair of polarized lenses thats not going to mind rocking a pair of oakleys.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on January 30, 2009

2 5

I have been using my system for about three years and have always been a little critical of the build quality. install, removal and security are good as i expected and i have taken these on 3000mi+ road trips with no incidents. but sometime into year two i started to see some rust forming on the clips and elsewhere on the towers as well as some significant bubbling and peeling of the paint. additionally when my system is in storage (summer months) or in my trunk when im trying to cut down on fuel consumption- ive had to essentially put the plastic housing back together that encloses the metal internals as it doesnt like to stay together. i might be a little too critical but when your pay a couple hundred bucks on bits of metal and plastic i would hope that they were built to be the highest quality to ensure longevity for the price. and yes these systems will put a dent in your mpg, with a lift ticket 6 i drop upwards of 25-30% in a V6 sedan but what else can you do?

Update- take a look at my picture on the thread. pretty much nasty rust over everything. paint boiling up like soup. that said they have been mechanically sound and super easy to use once installed. installation on the other hand can be frustrating especially when youre covered in oxidized iron.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

5 5

i like the long cuffs, elastic cuff cinch, and wrist lanyards. over the wrist strap allows for easy removal. very versatile with the removable mitts they come with especially for those of us that tend to sweat a bit. durable palm material. great value for the price.

updated 3/2011

on my third or so season with these with heavy use and theyve held up almost perfectly through lots of abuse. picked a womens pair for my girlfriend and she loves them.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

3 5

decent kit to save you some bills each year or on long road trips and in need some board tlc. the file in the edge tuner can be a bit a coarse for an ultra high spec tune. however with some care it will get the job done just expect some extra time honing with the diamond stone... this kit will get it done for 80% of you reading this. if you live in the midwest or east you probably should have ordered this years ago.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

4 5

make nice with airline check in agents cause you'll need it. this bag can and will consume all of your gear and an occasional pair of skis if you need it to. i have the 180cm bag so i can haul my 178cm skis and 165 board around if necessary, with adequate room.
the zippers are rock solid and uniform throughout the bag, no cheap lower spec'd stuff on the pockets. the boot pockets can almost take both of my size 11 snowboard boots in one pocket. super durable rubber on the ends take can take a beating and still look new. thickest padding ive seen on any ski/board bag. could have used an over the shoulder strap to help out in tight spots (elevators, revolving doors etc) but you will survive.
easily the largest bag youll see in the airport. would work well for a couple only looking to check on equipment bag.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on October 26, 2007

4 5

A solid ride for a decent price. Offers good dampening quality underfoot with out affecting mobility and quickness. I have always liked drake composite base plates and metal heal cup for in the fact that they save my knees/legs/etc by offering a little bit of flex at those crucial moment when you need it. Good all mountain set up, especially for intermediate riders looking to save $ with an all-terrain setup instead of a quiver.

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bp2705 wrote a review of on October 26, 2007

3 5

they fog up pretty good, most of the time i just take them off when hiking or when working. the slider feature isn't what its cracked up to be, it is just an additional piece of plastic that sits between the lenses and covers over the vents. i always had to open the vents as they always manage to work closed. they are pretty small too, probably good for a teenager or those with smaller faces/heads. the strap is a bit cumbersome and really not that helpful. A good bargain vs. "value" priced Oakley's, not for the core rider.

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