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dekp358503wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried and owned many snowboards and this is the best moderate to aggressive all-mountain free ride and freestyle I've ever ridden or owned. It's poppy on the groomers and carves well thanks to magne-traction. In the longer sizes, it has pretty good float on pow. It's stable and doesn't chatter at high speeds, and I ride at 40-55 mph. It's symmetric and switch riding feels exactly the same. It has easy turn initiation, making it good for moguls or trees, while maintaining its carving power. (This is a rare and highly desirable combination).

What it DOESN'T do is a short list. Being only moderately stiff and with a rockered center, it only has moderate ollie power. It has reasonable float on pow but you'll still have to lean back in deep pow (the only way you won't is with a dedicated powder board). The graphics are uninspiring, top and bottom, but I don't care because I bought the stealth version and will just plaster it with stickers.

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dekp358503wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's perfect because it's cheap, light (the lightest helmet on the market), small (so it doesn't make me look or feel like a bobble-head), cheap, and comfortable.

The helmet comes without readable instructions, so it took me a while to figure out (a) how to close the vents and (b) that the helmet actually is adjustable. At first, I thought it was a one-size-fits-all and too tight, but after a while I figured out that it could be adjusted, and now it fits perfectly.

When this gets all dented, I'm getting another Maze.

How to adjust: it's not obvious, but the elastic and plastic straps attached to the bottom of the helmet can be unsnapped from the helmet. Just pull them off. No, you won't break the straps, although it seems like you might.

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dekp358503wrote a review of on January 27, 2015

5 5

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

I purchased this jacket primarily for use snowboarding all over the country. I rock climb regularly and hike occasionally, and was interested in a shell that I could use year-round for different outdoor activities.

This jacket is of exceptional craftsmanship, compared to other shells I've bought over the years. The seams are tiny. The jacket fits and articulates incredibly well. The GORE Pro fabric feels tougher than previous GORE fabrics, but is strangely crinkly in a way that it feels like the jacket is made of wrapping paper. However, after wearing it for a few minutes the wrinkles go away and I don't notice the crinkling. More importantly the fabric is completely windproof, yet amazingly breathable. I have an eVENT jacket which was breathable but not windproof, and I'm so glad to have moved on to this one.

The color I ordered (Chipotle) changes hue a bit depending on lighting. Indoors, it's more red; outdoors, it looks more like blaze orange. Captured on a photograph, it reverts to red. Interesting optical physics are at play.

Size-wise, I've always been between M and L. I used Arc'teryx's website, and they use True Fit, which made a spot-on prediction. Arc'teryx calls this a 'trim fit' which worried me but it turned out that there's plenty of room underneath for heavy layering. I wear this jacket usually with a down vest.

(I think True Fit is brilliant, and Backcountry.com should adopt it - they'd save money lost to returns from folks ordering the wrong size).

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