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swagbrdr wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the second pair of Hi Standards for me. I loved the first pair but the lace lugs broke while I was riding my sled. The new pair has different lugs that look and feel far more bomber.

I hate stiff boots and these can start out a bit stiff. However, when they break in, they are like wearing a skate shoe. I can hike, tour, drive, or dance in these things without feeling like robocop. I hate breaking in new boots, so I cheated and put my old liners in the new shell. Feels like my old boots!

As far as warmth goes, no issue to date, and I have quite a few days in these things.

Save yourself some money and try a pair. As long as Vans make the Hi Standard I will continue to buy them.

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swagbrdr wrote a review of on April 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This shell is pretty much what you see in the picture, a basic shell. It is however roomy, comfortable, and not constrictive.

The Gore-Tex works great on those slimy days to keep you warm and dry.

There is a pit zip on each arm for the warm days.

I have two complaints. One, the gizmo pocket inside the coat seals only with velcro. I can see that wearing out in the future. Plus, there is no way to access the pocket without opening the main zipper. This really sucks when it's windy and cold and you need to get to your gizmo. I've had plenty of other coats (Burton included) that had an external entry to the gizmo pocket.
Two, the small straps that connect the powder skirt to the pant loops are again velcro. These will definitely wear out in the future.

A major advantage for the shell is the lifetime warrantee.

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swagbrdr wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had no...major issues with this board. It rides great with the S-Rocker shape. No submarine issues thus far, and I've hit the deep!
I have the 158. I'm 5'7'', 170 lbs. Rides great through the fresh. I can't comment how it does on groomer type snow, but that's a good thing, right?

I have had one issue with the board. The measurements between the binding holes. The standard distance width is 3 3/8". Mine measures 3 1/4". This has caused some major frustration mounting Voile and Karakoram interfaces. My Freebird is a couple of years old now and perhaps they have worked this out, but I would measure before buying one again (or any board for that matter). This is why the four stars instead of five.

I bought my board late season, 40% off. It seems theres always plenty left over at the end of the season. I suggest you wait and get a good deal!

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swagbrdr wrote a review of on January 8, 2014

5 5

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

I took this board out for a spin today at the Bird with plenty of fresh on the ground. What I can say is the Barracuda is a serious pow slaying machine. Surprisingly, I was able to ride switch no problem like it was a twin shaped board.
I love the S-Rocker shape...it keeps you afloat no matter what. It also seems to naturally float compared to my flying V rocker. The flying V requires a bit of leaning back in the deep but not that much...
I can't comment how it does when conditions suck (hard pack/ice) as I've only ridden the pow with it.
And....the graphics are nice and old school.

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swagbrdr wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

Tight!!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The tolerances on the machining of a King hub are unparalleled...period.

I bought this hub at a decent price and decided I wanted to build a wheel for the first time. "They" say you're not supossed to build an expensive first wheel. Well, I did, and I found out two things. I'm only building my own wheels from now on, and I'll only do it with King hubs! The build turned out great, and the hub is outstanding.

I like parts that last from one frame to another. This hub will go of many years of smooth riding.

Oh, the other awesome perk is the killer bee sound.

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swagbrdr wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had good luck with this sack. Actually, I have the old version that is more of a royal blue color. Pretty much the same setup though. Throughout its career, my sack has been through many drizzle type conditions and a couple all out deluges (one was an AZ monsoonal storm). I've stayed dry with them all.

A couple of times I have had the condensation issue it seems all bivys are plagued with. I found I only use the bivy when I absolutely need it and keep the venting as open as possible to eliminate the condensation. If it's a clear night but I'm expecting dew in the morning, I'll sleep under a tree and leave the bivy packed.

Fours stars due to the poles. Yes, they work ok, but they're a bit slow during setup. I'm not super stoked with the snaps, but again, they do work. I do find having the sack off your face is a benefit however.

I haven't bought a newer version because mine has held up just fine over the years and still running strong.

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swagbrdr wrote a review of on November 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased these so I wouldn't slam my colossal platforms into my shins. These are the first leg/shin pads I have ever purchased and so far, I would not buy a different pair. The cross strap system hold the pads in place while pedaling, jumping, etc. Venting is not too bad, minimal sweating. As far as protection, they seem pretty bomber...I haven't wrecked bad enough to really try the safety aspect yet. However, just having the pads has given me more confidence to go bigger and faster without fearing pedal smack or wicked road rash on my knees. I would recommend these pads to others!

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swagbrdr wrote a review of on November 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was surprised when I received this helmet. Backcountry's sizing chart was right on the money and this thing doesn't weight very much. Granted, it's not DOT approved and wouldn't hold up to moto use, but I think it's more than adequate for DH or urban biking. It's not even that hot! I have not tried this dome piece with goggles, but so far, with sunglasses vision is great. I would definitely recommend this helmet!

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