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Kyle

Kyle

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, Backcountry.com

Kyle's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Kyle's Bio



Hi my name is Kyle Brady and I’m a snowboarder. I have been struggling with this addiction since before I could drive. I have moved, quit jobs, and started a terrain park as well as a contest series in the name of snowboarding. Basically, my whole life has revolved around snowboarding since I could drive. After getting sick and tired of flat land activities and compost pile ski hills in Michigan, I relocated to Steamboat. I was in search of that classic western experience and POWDER! Well, I found it. Since then I have relocated to the beautiful Wasatch Front. I found a home at Snowbird and Backcountry.com and have decided this is the life for me. Living in Utah for over 5 years has opened so many doors to other activities. I have expanded snowboarding into the backcountry and yes I do split my own boards. I put over 100 day on my splitboard alone this season. I have fallen in love with climbing and canyoneering here in recent years. That and backpacking pretty much control the summer and keep me occupied till the flakes start falling.

If you ever need any help with any of our products here is how you can contact me

kbrady@backcountry.com


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Kylewrote a review of on January 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you like to surf, this is for you. If you like to throw stunts and drop big cliffs on deep days, you might want to find another board. It's great on deep days that you want to surf the mountain. I had a blast on our last storm with it, for half of the day. Then we started dropping cliffs and I just didn't feel comfortable sending stuff. It's a nice addition to a wall of boards but that's where I would leave it most days of the year, on the wall.

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Kylewrote a review of on January 9, 2016

4 5

I picked up this up a week ago. I've been out 4 days on it and I am pleasantly surprised. It is the biggest, widest board I have rode and there really isn't a lot of rocker in the nose and tail. It's there but it's basically a cambered board. So I was nervous. It rides well. I have taken it out mostly in trees so far due to current conditions and it has been awesome. The few times I have been able to really straighten out the turns, it has handled very well. The fact I had to bend my G3 nose clip is lame but overall that's a small price to pay for a nice stick at a reasonable price. If you do not want to bend anything on your skin, you need to use a skin that has a loop tip connector.

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Kylewrote a review of on January 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I bought these in the black after returning the charcoal. As far as performance goes, I have zero complaints. They fit well. I'm a 32 waist and went with a Med. I love the stretch for comfort and durability. $200 for 15k is a good buy in my book. You might as well buy a volcom jacket as well. Zip-Tech is completely worth it. Pockets are ok. Just enough to carry some cash, chapstick and a bar. The cargo pockets are tiny. Really only good for small soft objects. Like a buff.

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Kylewrote a review of on December 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for big days and stomping big drops. That's what it is designed for. It is camber dominant so if you have grown up on reverse or flat boards, it's gonna be different. If you shredded the 90's you'll love it. Cool art and the base is pretty durable so far but not as durable as my Rossi Onemag.

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Kylewrote a review of on December 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Bought this for some friends that got Married. It works perfect for their needs. They are car campers mostly but may venture a mile so down a trail. From my understanding they both will be using it depending on the trip. It will not be as more for Kristen as her husband but both will manage at or below freezing.

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Kylewrote a review of on November 12, 2015

Just Mehh
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These boots are ok. Not near as durable as they look. That is generally the case with Burton boots. I have never had a pair last more than a season. I ride a lot and splitboard but still anything 450.00 that goes on my feet should last multiple seasons. My Imperials had major issues before this. The liner un threaded, the mesh paneling opened up on the outside of the boot and some of the sole peeled. Somewhere along the line snowboard boots ventured down the wrong rabbit hole. It used to be 200$ a season for 60-100 day riders was manageable but 450 for a season... that's ridiculous. When did skiing become a more affordable sport then snowboarding? At least if I buy a pair of ski boots and all I have to do is buy a new liner every season at worst.

As far as the boot performance goes, mehh. The ankle speed lace creates a pressure point. I ended up riding without it engaged most of the time and just used the traditional lacing to anchor the heel. The Imprint 4 is leaps and bounds better than the imprint 3 and is the highlight of these boots by far. They are fairly heavy and cumbersome for splitting or hiking. I won't be buying this season’s model to replace last season’s.

In the pic you can see the heel peeling and the wear I have on both boots on both sides. My bindings are the right size for the boots they just can't handle the touring mode of backcountry riding.


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Kylewrote a review of on November 2, 2015

Stoked on new upgrades
5 5

I have rode this board in a 56 and 59 in previous years. To say I'm stoked on the newest edition is an understatement. 5s magnetraction is just enough to give some extra hold. 60/40 rocker camber give the board stability with a ton of float. The board does have a directional flex but it's not enough to screw with riding switch. The new feature that I am really excited about is the light frame. It is a polyurethane strip around the edge for dampening and it will probably add some edge durability as well. You can actually tell the board has some more beef to it now. Stoke level is maxed out. I have it paired with the Cuda binding from rossi as well.

I will be riding this at Snowbird the majority of the time. Snowbird does not have a real park so this board is perfect. If I was a brighton rider I would go with the Jibsaw. It crushes the park and can handle anything you can throw at it. It has more camber for the rider who finds himself in the park everyday it's not snowing.

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Kylewrote a review of on October 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these things. I have put 100 plus on mine. They will stand up to any riding style. They have changed the game on the split world. My split reacts the same if not better then my solid. I'm seriously considering quiver connectors. The newly designed heel risers are awesome. Such a little change made a world of difference. They now pop into place more and they only added a few mm of material in 2 places. we are taking .0002 of a gram type weight increase. There are lots up after market upgrades as well. The Flex-lock System and the Air-form straps can all be added if you choose. The great thing about Karakoram is they have a refurbish program. Bend your heel stay, they will fix it. I am actually sending mine in to get refurbished for a very reasonable fee. I'm pretty hard on my gear. I've dealt with Karakoram numerous times and I can tell you , they have treated me better than a board bum deserves.

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Kylewrote a review of on September 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

First off, the tube sock look is legit. That being said I love anything in the PHD line from smartwool. The fit is great. It's stays in place no matter what activity you are doing. I love them for boarding or other high activity adventure in cold weather. The PHD line offers great articulation with the 4 degree fit and the flat knit toe seam helps for all day comfort.

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Kylewrote a review of on September 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I love anything in the PHD line from smartwool. The fit is great. It's stays in place no matter what activity you are doing. I love them for boarding or other high activity adventure in cold weather. The PHD line offers great articulation with the 4 degree fit and the flat knit toe seam helps for all day comfort.

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Kylewrote a review of on September 2, 2015

From Street to peak.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.0

Why take your climbing shoes. These babies will do just fine.

Summit of the Grand Teton via Upper Exum

Love the shoes.

330 miles and 115,000 vertical and still going.
They have been jammed, dunked, scraped, used and abused during this time. I've done 18 miles and 9k in a day with backpacking gear and they crushed the trail. You can run, climb, backpack, hike and even look damn good in them. I have a small rip on the side where the mesh meets. but all and all for that much abuse, they have more than impressed. I already have a 2nd pair sitting in the closet waiting for their chance to shine. I wear an 8.5 or 9 in almost everything. I have a 9 in these.

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