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Nate

Nate

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Natewrote a review of on March 13, 2015

4 5

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

For minimalist shoes these are very kushy but you still get a good ground feel due to the flexibility of the sole. Very lightweight and super grippy in dirt and loose gravel. They also do well snow if you have to cross a snowfield. I use these primarily for hiking and love that they are zero drop. I hike with a midfoot strike and this helps for longer hikes and putting less stress on my IT bands. The luggs/cleets are very durable I have thought for sure they would beak off on sharp rocks and boulder fields but none have broke. They do not do as well on slick rock. Also, if I am wearing no show socks the heal can dig into my achilles and cause a hot spot so i wear longer socks and its not a problem. I also question the durability. The sole is starting to separate from the shoe on both shoes.

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Natewrote a review of on March 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skins grip very well, I have a Lib Tech T Rice that is reverse camber dominant so I needed a very grippy skin to make up for the decreased contact surface on the snow. The cutting tool was very easy to use. They do not glide as well as the alpines but this can be a good thing for me if I need to ski down a small slope because I am not a good skier :) I have a 161.5 and got the medium and they fit great. Cons: the fibers come loose pretty easily and a lot of them are stuck to the glue. The tip connecters can make it hard to get them straight when putting them on. Overall, great skins that will get you up the steep shiz.

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Natewrote a review of on March 13, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a pack that could fit a full size shovel and was streamlined so that I am not fiddling with straps and buckles when transitioning and taking quick breaks while touring and this bag fit the bill. The single buckle that connects the lid is quick and easy to use even with gloves. I can access water or whatever I need to in a jiffy. The lid is roomy enough for food and items that I need to access quickly and there are two organizer pockets which come in handy. The cons of the bag are that it does not have the reactive hip belt and the hip belt is not that padded so it does not carry heavier loads as well. Also the buckles for the shoulder straps loosen up on longer tours especially if I am carrying a heavy load. Overall, I like the simplicity of this pack and it gets the job done.

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Natewrote a review of on February 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Very sticky rubber, they have performed well on all types of rock and despite the agressive toe, do well smearing. I have tried other brands of shoes and the rubber on these is the most versatile and sticky. I got the same size as my street shoe and they fit tight. These are my go to shoes and I love them.

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Natewrote a review of on February 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very fun to ride this board. The flex and snap of this board is a nice balance. the shape of the tips make riding this board in the pow a dream, the tail just sinks and you can stomp anything. This is my favorite board to ride in the pow. The only con is no edge hold tech so it can slip out a bit on ice.

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Natewrote a review of on February 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a workhorse of a shovel. The length and size of the shovel is capable of moving alot of snow. This shovel has the least amount of play in the shafts than any other shovel I have used. The serrated blade helps with chopping through ice. The hoe mode is a nice feature for backup digging. Also, the back of the blade is nice and smooth so you can get a nice smooth snow pit for analyzing snow pack. The only cons of the shovel are weight and the release button for removing the shovel from the shafts gets frozen and sticks after digging. If you use a shovel on a regular basis, this is the one to get.

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Natewrote a review of on July 7, 2012

5 5

These are sick, I tried on shoes from all the other brands and these fit my foot the best and were the most comfy. My heel feels nice and solid and the love bump is a cool feature. These also seemed to have more rubber than usual and were sticking to the cement floor in the shop! I went a half size bigger than my street shoe and it fits like a glove.

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Natewrote a review of on May 1, 2012

5 5

I have owned several other brands of goggles and this one is my favorite. I actually returned the i/os for the regular size i/o because they fit better with my face gaurd in snowstorms. I love the trees and these saved my eyes from being literally poked out, I hit them on several branches sticking out (some very hard) and I only have a couple of scratches after a full season and I can't see them when I put the goggles on. I had the ignitor mirror lens which does great in low/flat light but during blue bird days I wish I had a darker lens. I think they should make more lens options available because I didn't even use the sensor lens it was too light and would be good for night boarding. If I could make my own package I would have got the ignitor mirror lens with the darker mirror lens.

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Natewrote a review of on May 1, 2012

5 5

This was my first rocker reverse camber board and I loved it. It is a very fun board and does not catch edge easy or hardly at all. I was surprised how well it did in the powder even though I am 5'10" riding a 154, I just set back the bindings a little and charged through the powder. My only complaint was at high speeds it can get a bit chattery so my next lib tech will be between 159-161.

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