sam l

sam l

new england

sam l's Passions

Snowboarding
Skiing
Surfing

sam l's Bio

anything that gives me the glide feeling, i am into.

surfing comes first, buit lately its been all about the tele turn...

sam l

sam lwrote a review of on March 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I started snowboarding in New England in 1986 at a little mountain called Loon. I was 13, and it was the second best thing in the world to surfing.

Moved to CO in 1998, tried tele. Loved it. But sucked at it. Moved back to New England in 03, and had zero fun on the snowboard due to my inability to ride the park without serious consequences. Acceptance was not happening, so i went and bought a tele setup and had a blast touring and struggling on blue runs.

Last winter, almost blew out my knee deep in the woods on a tour, and decided it was time to try something that has a release mechanism. Bought the Kingpin 13 and these boots.

I have now put about 10 days of resort skiing on them. Conditions have been horrible for a full time worker bee and no tours have happened.

Review: Super comfortable boot. Had them heated and fit correctly (toe caps etc/) I'm a 10.5 US street shoe. Went with the 28.0
Did five days in a row on Mon Tremblant, had a good day of 18"s of fresh. Awesome. -21f and feet were fine.

Walk mode is similar to my BD Push. Tongue is akward, but i got used to it. Stiff enough for me, but for the hard charger, it might have some unwanted flex.

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sam lwrote a review of on April 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

Fit: I'll call it spacious. I'm 5 11, 220. They are roomy.

Quality: Very well built product. Put a number of cold, windy, dumping snow days on these and had zero issues with getting wet, or wind peneatration. Mostly woods riding and the shell has shown zero wear from tree encounters.

Overall, great bib at an incredible price. Would highly recommend.

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sam lwrote a review of on March 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The idea of cutting skins never appealed to me. Imagine screwing it up?

After watching the videos on using this tool, I put it to the test.

Perfect cut, easy to use and no blood! Have at it!

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sam lwrote a review of on January 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Put the ntn's on em and spent two days on marginal conditions.
Fun, lively ski. Wanted to make some turns on them prior to putting the skins on em. Rode em in marginal icy conditions in the northeast. They do not carve up the ice, but I had fun sliding them around.
Can't wait to get em in the backcountry.

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sam lwrote a review of on December 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Jacket is not insulated, so cold days need layering.
Construction seems bullet proof. Really good quality all around. The taped seams, zippers, fabric, etc are just good quality.
I would put it on the slim fitting side. Not skinny but definitely not mid.
I'll update as needed.

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sam lwrote a question about on September 18, 2014

Big guy question. I am an OK telemarker. I weigh 220. 6 feet tall. In my 40s and all my k2 skis are under the 180 mark.
This will be a good snow ski with ntn's on them.
Should I stop worrying and get the 181's or stick with what I know and go with the 174's. K2 skis seem to ski bigger than what they put on em for size.

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sam lwrote a review of on April 27, 2007

5 5

i've been riding since 1987 and have gone through the whole progression of bindings including baseless and step in(which i hate).
the past 4 pairs of bindings i have ridden have been the stiffer, carbon bindings like the cfx.
now that i am a bit older and don't ride as much and definitely ain't hittin the biggest of airs anymore, i bought these bindings looking for a good balance between comfort and performance rather than sacrificing comfort for the performance. here's the deal, these are the most comfortable bindings i have ever worn, and the amount of flex they do have is perfect for my current ability. i can bomb down the hill as fast as ever, cut through crud with comfort and above all, i look good. seriously, a great binding.

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