Peterjohn

Peterjohn

Cincinnati, OH

Peterjohn's Bio

Snowboarding fanatic.

When I'm not honing my skills on the local mounds of ice. I'm up in British Columbia boarding the deep powder. Groomed slopes are for squares - Of piste cliffs, bowls and thick tight forests are where the fun is at.

Peterjohn

Peterjohnwrote a review of on March 7, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've got about 35 hours mountain time on this jacket so far in weather conditions ranging from mid teens with strong wind and snow to low 30's with sunshine. Its super light, overall comfortable, and leaves you with plenty of ability to move any which way you like without feeling the jacket twist or become tight. All the features you'd expect to keep you dry and wind proof perform fantastically.

The Sidewinder zipper feature is probably my least fav part. of the jacket. I ride goofy which puts the zipper in the center of my beard when I'm riding and also has the components of the zipper chaffing my face whenever I turn my head (which gets old fast when the ice cold wind is howling and your skin is drying out). The Sidewinder feature also makes the zipper impossible to pull all the way with a single hand. In all the years I've been wearing shells on the mountain, I'd never in a million years thought a zipper could have so many functional issues.

I ride Burton AK Hover pants which don't work with the attachments on the powder skirt but as long as I remembered to pull the skirt down on a regular basis (it rides up whenever sitting down) I kept the snow out of my pants and back.

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Peterjohn

Peterjohnwrote a review of on June 1, 2011

5 5

I've been riding a bigger (164+) Burton board the last 3 seasons because I crave back bowls and deep untouched pow. Caught this board on a 99$ clearance and well I cant say enough good things about how fun it is to ride.

PROs
Super forgiving and easy to adjust before you eat cake.
Tonnz of Pop - in everything from ice to the fresh heavy pow you hit even a small jump and its like "oh hey.. I guess I'm grabbing and hanging ten" and then the landing is super smooth even if you are not quite so.
Fast and easy to control - this board is easy to control while going pretty fast carving and catching air through huge moguled glades.

CONs
After 1 season of heavy use my Manual 56 is pretty beat up. In comparison my Burton board (although in a much higher price range) has taken a lot more wear and been beaten to hell while falling through cornices, down rock faces, and other epic wipeouts.. but it does not show nearly as general wear.

So if you are looking for an awesome board that is a blast to ride and dont mind it being burned out after maybe 2 seasons of heavy riding you will love this board.

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Peterjohnwrote a review of on January 31, 2010

4 5

I've had these boots (2007 model) and used them a great deal each season. They hold up, keep your feet warm, dry, and are so comfy you forget your wearing snowboard boots when walking to the slopes.

Super fast to put on/bind up you leave everyone with laces in the dust.

The Liner is starting to become a little warn but you would expect that after the amount of use I've put them through in 3 years.

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Peterjohn

Peterjohnwrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

This bag is light, has plenty of space for lunch, drinks, camera, and then some. Its so comfortable you forget you even have pack on while climbing to those off piste peaks in search of untouched powder.

After heavy use this bag looks like new still, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a day pack for the mountain.

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Peterjohnwrote a review of on March 5, 2009

1 5

These gloves look really sweet but they are not.

They were super ripped up after just 1 day of riding.

By ripped, up - the fingers were all frayed horribly, the gloves looked like they looked like they had over 3 seasons heavy use in just that 1 day.

They did keep my hands warm even when it was in the high 20s AND are not at all water proof. Each night I would have to sit them out by the fire to dry so I would not have soaked gloves the next day.

Also the gauntlet is very much non-existent, its not long enough to cover much at all and certifiably not keep the snow out of your sleeves.

They do have thick leather palms which offer a lot of protection from stuff like very sharp branches that may come up out of nowhere at you.

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Peterjohn

Peterjohnwrote a review of on October 6, 2008

5 5

I use this laptop bag for work. Its a comfy snugg fit to my back when I'm on my motorcycle. Nothing falls out even when your absent minded like me and forget to zip up the laptop portion. Fits a lot inside! I sometimes carry a 17" widescreen and a 15" laptop as well as notebooks/binders/etc and there is still room for plenty more.

My biggest complaint is the lack of camel toe. But once you get past that its a great all around, very heavy ware bag. I suspect this will last for a good few years.

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