Stevens Pass, Aplental, and Baker WA, Cascade Country, and boycotting crystal mountain due to machismo head employee attitudes
Anyone have this and used it to in an avy situation? I am intrigued by the hoe function for quicker snow evacuation.. but an worried about the ergonomics and setup time. Thanks
Yes you can, but this bag is designed with a separate compartment under the main compartment to stow just decks. As DEON noted it is best to store/ travel w/o binding mounted to your board. If you absolutely wanted to travel with bindings attached to your board you could stow 2 boards with mounted bindings in the main compartment.
This is not entirely true, even though there isn't a tip to tail structure that goes throughout the entire bag, the nose and tail have a hard structure that protect the nose and tail of your board from slams. That being said the bag still relies on the the inserted board the keep the entire bad from sandwiching/folding. I would say it's a good compromise as a full internal structure would make for either a very expensive or very heavy bag. If you have ever had to lug a board bag around from the house to the airport and from the airport to the mountain.. you know that weight is a big deal! LMK if you would like pictures showing the internal structure.
This bas is amazing! It's large enough to carry everything you could possibly want for a week long excursion into the deep without breaking your back. It's super sturdy with a hard capped nose and tail which add to it's longevity. The wheels are standard skate wheels so they are easy to replace when they call it quits. The bag comes with 2 internal bags (each one big enough to fit a pair of bindings and then some) that clip into place allowing you to compartmentalize your gear. All the seams are super reinforced so you know it's going to last forever. I was told this is the bag of choice for Burton Team riders and I can easily see why. Burton knocked it out of the park with this one.. as far as I can tell there is no other bag on the market that touches this board bag. $$$ BUT WORTH IT!
If I didn't pick up my Gore T Rice shell I would have swooped this up in a heartbeat. The fit and finish of this jacket is top notch. It's loaded with cool features like the wrist gaiter wiper, trash pocket, and offset zipper. A huge plus is the fact that Bond is a carbon neutral company that is run by some really cool people. A worthy addition to anyones kit!
I'd say it fits like a normal jacket. I normally wear a Med as I don't like baggy. But I'm 6'2 175 with long arms. Picked this up on a pre-season sale and they only had 1 large. It is a bit big on me but I'm not swimming in it so it's comfy. I think i am between a M and L on this jacket. I'd say a M would be good for you as long as you like things a little baggy. Over all the fit is still nice even in a larger size.
To anyone who has these (any year).. how many days of riding did they take to break in? I'm assuming they take longer than normal boots due to their stiffness.
I will at some point pick this pack up to replace my Dakine Pro 2. I have tried it out a few times to make sure it's the one I want. The fit is superb, the best fitting winter pack I have tried on. It even has a rod support system that helps distribute loads and keep its shape no matter what you have in/on it or how it is synched (something the Dakine pack utterly fails to do). It has all the storage you need with appropriate compartments including a very handy zippered back panel flap (which does not effect comfort or fit). It fits all my avy gear with ease, and it has a vertical snowboard carry (which the covert does not) but does not have a horizontal snowboard carry.
THE DOWN SIDE (why this is not a 5 star pack):
The airbox that brings in fresh air is literally a box with 90º corners. Normally this would not matter, however this box is positioned right ontop of your shoulder where allot of weight and pressure is held. The positioning of this makes for a very uncomfortable hot spot. WHY DID BLACK DIAMOND DO THIS??? Im my opinion this is a HUGE mistake in the design of this pack that could easily be fixed with a better location or an ergonomic shaped box. FYI - you can but should not move the air box due to its required interaction with the mesh material it rests inside of (moving it can restrict air intake and nullify its functionality)! The only other gripe I have with this is the back panel's lack of good air flow between your back and the pack (same goes with 99% of the winter packs out there) giving the user a sweaty back.
Malamute liner showcasing the stiffener inserts. There is a spot on both sides of the liner for the inserts. Each liner comes with 2 inserts (so you get a total of 4 with the piar of boots).
A shot showing the internal power strap that tightens the boot to the liner.
Anyone have these for a year in wet snow? Any issues with the 30k not holding up? I really want these but Oakley does not do Gore and I know and trust in Gore so I am skeptical if these will hold out water in the long run. Thanks
Yes they do get thicker the colder they get. The solution is to sick em someplace warm a bit before you want one. If my base layer has a pocket i'll put one in there before i start my day, if not then i keep em in my pants pocket and toss one in my glove 5 min before i want one. That way the shot will be warm and less viscous.
Got some of these to help get through log hikes as well as extend the day (backcountry snowboarding), and that it does. Better if consumed when warm (I put one in my glove for a good 5 min while hiking) as it becomes more like a drink and less like a gel. I tried all the flavors and Mocha is my fav. These really give you kick in the pants with little to no crash. Love the litter leash as well, keep it clean out there! Stock up on em as once you use em you won't leave for a hike w/o em.
I mainly got this for cornice bombs, and it does that job with ease, but I also use it for block testing. It cuts through layers of crud and ice with minimal effort. I decided to do a little modification to the crimped copper stoppers that hold the coils in place. I took a small jewelers file and rounded the edges so the cord would be less harsh on my probe. I didn't mind doing this as the coils are what cuts the ice and snow and as I said above it still does that with ease. It come with a nice clip to keep the cord coiled and the bad can be filled with snow to give it some swing weight. A great tool for you back country kit!
This review is for all A-Frame lenses.
I've come to the conclusion that there is an issue with the foam lens sandwich in all A-Frame lenses. I have had an issue with the foam in between the 2 lenses getting a crack in it letting moisture in which causes a terrible, unfixable, fogging issue in every A-Frame lens I have owned. I am fed up with it and am looking to get new non Oakley goggles soon. Sad really as I had loved the A-Frames up until this last straw. Oakley has been good at replacing the defective lens in the past, but every season I end up needing to send one of my lenses in for warranty.. really?!? Oh and even though the outside of the lens does a great job of resisting scratches.. however the inside does no job at all in resisting scratching.. i.e. only wipe the inside with a clean baby bum.
The optics are great, the tint choices are great (especially FIRE), but this issue makes all that greatness.. well.. useless!
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I currently have a pair of Salomon F22's and love them.. but over the years they have broken down and are not as stiff as I would like so I tried out the Malamutes. These boots are for riders that like to charge big lines at high speed and need the stiffness to maintain maximum control. These things are tanks! Very well build, especially when you have them next to another boot you will see how compact and designed they are. They have some nice bells and whistles such as a moldable toe-box and adjustable internal heal strap. My next pair of boots will be these, hope I can find a pair in my size at the end of the season.
BTW my F22's are old, very old and they just keep truck'n. I am 100% sold on Salomon boots!
A great google. Great field of vision and with a superior fit. These are ideal for those who ride with a helmet. Fogging is very rare, mostly when I hike and sweat like a pig. Build quality is great as well. I have been pretty hard on my 3 year old pair, which includes the occasional face to tree plant. The lenses are easily interchangeable and there are a wide variety to choose from. The only downfall is the price of a replacement lens.. OUCH! The only thing keeping theses from a 5 star is the outrageous price of the frame and lenses (you can get a new frame and lens for the same price as a replacement lens).
For the people who prefer not to ride with a helmet I would suggest the crowbars over the aframe as the crowbar as a wider field of vision.
Just the same as the previous 2 years this board has been out.. the name says it all, SICK! Don't be confused people.. just because it's a pintail does not mean it cannot ride switch, because it can and I do! I am serious when I say that I now only have 2 boards; a 156 park board and a 162 Sick Stick and that is close to all I need out here in the Pacific NorthWest. There is a reason the Sick Stick is listed in the All Mountain section and not the Powder Board section; it kills is all over the mountain and not just the pow. The 162 rides like a 159 thanks to the pow rocker'd nose, which due to it's shape never stay buried under the snow. I have sold this board to 2 (soon to be 3) of my riding buddies who are all super stoked on it. If you live in an area that has lots of snow, you want this board. Just find a demo and ride it if you don't believe the hype. Just be warned, you WILL fall in love!
For the record I am 6'2 170lbs and I could get away with the 160 but I love my 162!
This board is made for the deep white powpow. Keep that in mind when you ride it because out of the powpow, more so at the end of the day when you are tired, it's like driving a train off the rails.It's obviously not as bad as a k2 Gyrator or Lib TR Banana Hammock, but it's still a bit of a handful out of the pow. When this board is in the pow, WOW, it handles like Bentley! It's fast and very responsive. It initiates pow turns with ease and stay afloat with little to no effort. I'm 6'2 170lbs and I rode a 164 which rode great for me, it could probably support even more weight before you'd have to jump up a size. This is saying allot because when the snow out here in Western Washington gets wet and heavy.. float is hard to come by. Not a problem for the Ride SC. I highly recommend the this board to anyone who lives in and rides pow. Also check out the Salomon SickStick for another pow slayer option.
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