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soylentgreen wrote a review of on August 30, 2010

4 5

While on the heavy side, these things are redicuously comfortable. Thick, wide strap keeps the tops of your feet happy, surprised to find a decent amount of arch support after putting them on, airbags on your feet make every step more comfortable. They mold to the foot quick, making long, late night, inebriated treks to taco bell the day after buying them a breeze.
Haven't tried the bottle opener yet, but it warms my heart to know it's there.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on August 30, 2010

4 5

Great package for those starting out venturing past the boundary ropes or looking for the perfect package when speed and weight count. The probe is damn near idiot-proof and the deploy-3, while on the small side is well designed and durable. The pack is small (skins,granola bar, midlayer) but holds its own with skis loaded on for a hike.
I've since upgraded to the Covert, but still keep the bandit close by for quick trips.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

The optics, style, and fit can't be beat. I've got the wall street's with the platinum mirror and the evolves with the sensor. Between the two I'm covered for any light condition out there. No fogging, solid ventilation, no complaints.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

4 5

Granted my hands don't get hold unless it's single digits out there, but I use these gloves almost every day. Whether I'm shoveling my driveway, walking the dog, or skinning up the wasatch backcountry, the kingpins perform admirably.
I took Chris' advice below and waterproofed the hell out of them and they feel bomber now.

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soylentgreen wrote a question about on August 10, 2009

Would someone mind laying out the primary differences in performance and feel between the Axial 2's and the SAS's? I've been loyal to the Axial 2 140's for a while, and I'm curious about the SAS counterpart. I understand the SAS's don't have any lifters so you're closer to ground with less weight for jibbing, and that they're lighter while sacrificing some of the bomber durability of the axial2s.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on August 6, 2009

5 5

Why do so many people complain that beacons arent redicuously easy to use? If youre in the backcountry, its your responsibility to learn how to operate your equipment correctly, big deal if that actually includes reading the manual and running some drills. I picked up the M2 last season after having the BCA DTS and couldn't be happier. Spent a little time learning how to use it and it performed admirably during the season.
Its accurate, comfortable thanks to the contoured fit (not as bulky and slightly lighter than the tracker), has a fast response time and is better than expected with multiple burials. Great range, and the hybrid feature's a plus. My only issue is with the on/off switch on the back, which can be a hassle with or without gloves.
I've converted to the germans when it comes to beacons, maybe you should too.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on August 6, 2009

3 5

Great little tool if you need a quick tune in a pinch. Durability has been an issue with me for many of dakine's products, and this one is no different. Holds up to light use, but shouldn't hold a center spot on your shop bench. True, if you don't have a great eye, this tool does make things easier than a plain file, but there are other products on the market that will serve you better.

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soylentgreen wrote an answer about on June 27, 2009

The chronics would fit the bill, but I prefer the blends. As for the length, your ability would obviously matter but for no snow/fucking around days I usually go a bit smaller (high 170's).

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on June 24, 2009

4 5

Yeah, I was shocked, but it is in fact possible. The sound quality is above average for buds, clearly moreso than the standard ipod ones. The play loud and do a decent job blocking out outside noise. Best part? Maxing out at 20 bucks, you can afford to rock a number of them if they get lost/destroyed/stolen.
However, they do NOT have in-line volume control, which wouldn't have bothered me so much if they were upfront about it on the site. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, the buds do sometimes have a tendency to fall out if your hat isn't pulled down over them, especially trail running or skiing without a helmet.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on June 24, 2009

4 5

As if that matters to any of you ladies, but she loved it. Noticed that she wasn't sporting the goat on her gear, so I sought to remedy that problem. I ordered the small for her and after throwing it in the wash, the organic cotton shrank down to normal size and fit her perfect (form fitting, but in no way tight. Makes her top half even more flattering, soft organic cotton, and she's now showing the goat some love. You should be doing the same.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on June 24, 2009

5 5

After owning last years model and loving it, I just bought another one for my brother. This is my go to jacket for late spring through mid fall. It packs down to nothing so it can be easily stowed in any pack, arguably handles rainstorms better than gore-tex and my green one was vibrant and eye-catching. Obviously it's not intended as a lightweight replacement for winter jackets, it's for rain. No reason to believe durability will become an issue as I'm abusive to all my gear (this jacket has been AT skiing, backpacking, and mountain biking), and the DIAD holds up.

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soylentgreen wrote an answer about on June 24, 2009

Flimsy? Umm...No. The jacket is designed to be super light weight and waterproof - both of which it succeeds in doing. I have a "flimsy" older model and love it and just bought my brother a new model. I throw it in a backpack everytime I head out, packs down to nothing, and as one other reviewer put it the Hyvent DT is strikingly competitive with gore-tex. I've used it AT and alpine skiing, backpacking, and around town - never a problem, never a tear. You may want to consider taking better care of your gear or contacting TNF for a warranty issue.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on June 24, 2009

4 5

These things have sick optics, (I use the evolve sensor and wall street ignitor lense-goggle combos) fit my medium sized face perfectly, and look quite dope in the lift lines. My vision is clear, distortion-free, and comfortable as all hell. Only problem is that swapping out lenses can be a pain in the ass, and I'm considering springing for the IO's, but I don't think I could turn my back on the phenoms.

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soylentgreen wrote a review of on June 24, 2009

4 5

A. Yes I'm Aware what Bombaclot means, However I have no idea what hitting a bombaclot drop is supposed to mean.
B. I could be wrong, but I think my spelling is the correct form.
C. These are NOT twin tips, the product writer has obviously never first-hand seen a pair.

Issues aside, as the product description says, you really do snap into the irie bliss of a 140mm underfoot. These ultra-fatties are meant for one purpose - bottomless powder days in the front and side country. Considering the size, they're full of pop and surprisingly nimble. You will find yourself in nirvana in an open powder bowl after a huge dump with the jahs. Long tours in the BC aren't much of an option as these boys are heavy (I have no idea how someone could think mounting these with dukes wouldn't make an absurdly heavy package.)

The important thing to realize is this is not an all mountain ski. This should be a niche model within your ski quiver mucho grande powder. Keep 'em in the deep, and it'll be easy skanking for all.

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