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Niko Woodwarski

Niko Woodwarski

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Born-again ski bum.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on June 16, 2014

1 5

I fall. A lot. Gotta push yourself, right?. Well I thought I needed some better knee pads for downhilling than the crappy wal-mart ones that have kept the skin on my knees for years. So I stop Jans Sports and pick up a pair of these boys before heading up to Deer Valley for opening weekend.

During the first few laps, I notice these things like to slide down the calf after some heavy pedaling, leaving the knee unprotected. I tried to tighten the velcro straps multiple times and this seemed to eventually help, so I thought I was golden.

A bit of loose gravel on a berm proved me wrong. Went sidewise and landed on my left knee where the pad easily slipped down my leg. Now I have a hole in my knee and pair of bloody pads that will sit in my garage until a friend needs to barrow a spare pair.

Do yourself a favor and spend the extra gold on pads that have lower straps to help secure them to your leg.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on January 26, 2011

5 5

The first time you see the 3-stage rocker shape of Surface skis, you immediately denounce them as blasphemy and proceed to chase the owner off the mountain with torches and pitch-forks. Then you ski them for yourself and have one of those movie moments where the guy that's been a complete a-hole the entire flick is shown the error of his ways and is transformed into a humble believer. Makes me tear up every time. The unique rocker profile and symmetrical shape is what makes these skis pure heaven. They float in the deepest fluff and are super playful in the chop. The flex is stiff which gives them the ability to storm through anything when you're charging hard. Amazingly, the short, flat contact area holds really well on groomers and icy slopes. I have seen the light and am a true convert to 3-stage rocker technology. All you Hellbent heretics are missing the train to powder salvation.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on January 17, 2011

5 5

Ski boots are, time and time again, the only bane to an otherwise perfect powder day. I've never been more frustrated with anything in my entire life, and I've been to the DMV. But these rasta beauties are God's gift to serious shredders. The combination of the intuition liner and the flexing tongues are a perfect combination for when you stomp big drops or take a turn going mach 7. No more feeling like someone took a ball-peen hammer to your shins at the end of the day. Not too sure about the colors though. I mean it looks like a Jamaican first-grader got at them with a box of Crayolas. But if that's my only complaint, than it looks like science has finally cured the painful ski boot epidemic. Curing cancer is right around the corner.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on December 23, 2010

4 5

I have girl hands...in that they are always cold. And much like girls, if my hands are cold, they are whiny and don't do what I want. The Fillmore mitten is the answer to this problem. They keep my digits mega warm by keeping them together to share heat. They are so warm that on the coldest, windiest days, my hands will still be sweating like a fat Russian guy in a dry-heat sauna. They do have the expected frustration of limited fine motor movements that fingered gloves allow, but they make up for that in with all their glorious warmness. So now my girly hands can get back to what they should be doing: getting me beer and making me a sandwich.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on December 22, 2010

5 5

I like ski poles that are light as a feather. These poles feel as light as a feather on Weight Watchers. They have bomber articulated grips and easily adjustable straps that don't have the irritating plastic buckle. Interchangeable baskets are easily switched out by unscrewing them from the shaft. You can buy the other baskets from Momentskis.com for $7 which come with two different powder baskets: a pair of normal size pow baskets, and a pair of pancake-size baskets that are straight out of a 70's Alta video. Rock these poles and you'll have to get your forearm strength from other...less respectable methods.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on December 22, 2010

2 5

When the mountain is pissed off, high winds and ice crystals lay siege to my face. So I like to go ninja and wear a mask to assassinate frost bite. But this neck gaiter makes me look like my mom signed me up for karate so kids would stop stealing my lunch money. The doubled up fabric bunches up way too easy and makes it impossible to keep a tight fit around my mug. I found myself having to readjust between every run. Bottom line, this gaiter takes the stealth out of stealth pow assassin.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on December 22, 2010

5 5

Have you seen Josh Bibby's beard? It's massive. Quite similar to the kind of terrain you can conquer with this ski. These sticks will let you slay big mountain lines with confidence of combined rocker/underfoot camber. These skis really shine in chopped and variable snow conditions which you can charge through as you get your steep on. It's super poppy and the tip and tail rocker keeps the ski from diving in deeper snow like a torpedoed submarine. One recommendation I have is that you mount the bindings a couple cm back from true center. Otherwise you risk kissing your knees as you fly over the handle bars when landing that 15 foot drop on a pow day (my knees still have the teeth marks). This ski will change how you ski steeps and will make you question whether or not to shave anymore.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on November 18, 2010

2 5

Every one of my fellow Skullcandy fan clubbers share the same affinity for steezy dome-top speakers. But we also have the same complaint: These heavy half-gram headphones are putting a permanent dent in my skull. So the brain squad at SKDY added a plush pad to soften the weight on our newborn-like soft craniums. Problem solved...until you try to do anything besides sitting perfectly still in your basement. Try rocking these speakers while throwing down in the park. The top heavy and smooth cushion make the headphones slide right off your beanie (ala Lowriders). So unless you like wrapping duct tape around your head, these suckers don't stay on. I guess we're gonna have to wait for science to save our delicate heads from the pain of heavy headhones.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on October 20, 2010

4 5

Okay, sometimes I am really paranoid that one of my arms is shorter than the other and that other people see this and make fun of me behind my back. Having the wrong size poles will obviously amplify my hideous abnormality and lead to lonely lift rides up the mountain complete with tears freezing to the inside of my goggles. Luckily Armada had the brainy idea to create a pole that is one length that can be cut down to fit whatever height and arm length you possess. Throw in interchangeable powder and park baskets and you have a sick, light-weight pole that works wonders for abominable snow monsters like myself.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on October 12, 2010

5 5

I was a scared green horn the day I showed up to the mountain at 6:00 am. All the seasoned backcountry rippers were loaded up and ready to move up the mountain like a group of cowboys ready to drive the herd northward. All I could hope for was that I could keep up and my gear would last the mornings ride. Luckily I had the fore-sight (and the balls) to mount my sticks with the Dukes. The touring mode made me feel like a mountain goat; the ease of movement was bliss traveling upward. Once at the top, I kicked off my skis, switched to ski (or desperado) mode, and felt the spirit of The Duke himself radiate from within. I left the seasoned riders behind and slayed fresh snow, stomped drops, and straight-lined with full confidence that my bindings would hold true the whole way down. Now I know I can rip up the resort in the morning, than find my own freshies in the afternoon on the backside. Now all I need is huge belt-buckle in the shape of Texas to keep my ski pants up.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on September 11, 2010

Doyonator Beanie: A Love Story
5 5

SLC's proximity to the slopes is sort of a love/hate thing. Love being so close to world-class down, hate having to fight the hundreds of others who share your affinity for fresh. On a busy day, it's easy to lose your buds among the crowd. That's why it's always nice to have a bright green beacon on my head to help my friends find me in the crowd on top of Hidden Peak. Not only does the flashy neon beanie stand out, it keeps my head warm and looking mighty fine. It also looks good with a pair of aviators on a handsome young gentleman. To make a short story long, this is the best beanie in the history of world.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on September 4, 2010

4 5

An old headbanger buddy of mine was once asked why he wears all black clothing all the time. He responded simply, "Because Johnny Cash was a pimp." Too true. Much the way I feel wearing this dope softshell chatting up spring ski bunnies on the tram deck while enjoying some apres munchies. This jacket is slim-fitting enough so you won't have to question wearing black for it's slimming qualities. A cool feature is the zipper that goes all the way to the chin like a ski jacket so you can look stylie ripping corn while keeping your neck covered. The only negative is that the pockets aren't sewn like a pouch so anything you have stashed in there will fall out with any movement. But at the end of the day, you'll be confident that you look good watching the sunset while serenading those ski bunnies with your steel guitar.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on September 1, 2010

2 5

Okay, I love showing off my mid-section as much as the next Jersey girl, but not when I'm hanging with my bros after a day shredding some Wasatch fluff. Obviously I bought this shirt because the sweet graphics take me back to my tenure as an assistant-professor of geometry at Yale. And I assumed this shirt would have the long length like all backcountry shirts, but when I tried it on, I found it to be way shorter than my others. Pretty dissapointing at first til I realized it'd go great with my plaid skirt and silver pumps.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on August 29, 2010

5 5

These shoes felt great from the get go. Love the velcro instead of laces. The soles are stickier than the bathroom floor at Chuck E. Cheese's. Holds well on all...holds. Comfy to wear; you don't have to take them off after every route to let your toes stop screaming like most shoes. Much love for these kicks.

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Niko Woodwarskiwrote a review of on March 25, 2009

5 5

So i've never owned a pair of Rossi Axial bindings before. Frankly the phallic-looking heel piece was always kind of a deterrant. I mean imagine landing in the back seat off of a huge drop and getting that friggin' thing up your backside. Not fun. But in search for a no bull, high DIN binding I can mount on my big mountian skis, I found that there was a lot of pros talking up the Axial2 Freeride 200. So I dropped some coin and bought a pair. All I can say is, step in and hold on because these bindings will take you for a ride, a freeride...haha. I've never had a problem popping out when I didnt want too ( a problem I encountered frequently with my old Salomon bindings). Just yesterday, I did a fun tomohawk off a steep face at the Bird and my skis stayed on the whole time. No injuries, no problem. Another time, I was coming out of a shoot on a deep powder day when I hit a death cookie and my foot got tweaked in a bad direction. The Axial2s popped off very easily then which was good because I would have messed up my need bad otherwise. The only negative thing I have to say about them is that they are pretty heavy. But if your riding super stiff heavy skis, you wont even notice them. All in all, a great high din, big mountain binding that will hold strong when you want it to, release when you don't.

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