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tatumvaywrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

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

What’s up with the price of beanies these days? These essentials can run you anywhere from 15-30 USD each! To make matters worse, when you’re in the backcountry, it’s recommended you carry two because sweat-soaked beanies equal cold domes!

But this Spacecraft Otis Beanie combo has got you covered; two premium, stylish beanies for under 45 bones. These fold-over beanies are 100% acrylic and sport a sweet Spacecraft patch. They are soft, feel good, and most importantly, are warm!

Get them from Backcountry.com right now! They went on sale a week after I bought them and those guys still gave me the price adjustment for the 20% off. They pretty much rock, and this is a combo-pack you shouldn’t pass up!

Check out photos on www.splitboarddecision.com

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tatumvaywrote a review of on January 22, 2016

Splitborder's pack; ordered two more
5 5

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

If you don't need an airbag pack, this is a great option for splitboarders! Plenty of room inside and ultra-accessible avy pocket.

- Love the A-Frame carry; the straps will come completely off, so no sliding your boards into place. I was able to lay the pack down on the ground and attach them when I needed to A-Frame.
- Very compact when full. I filled mine to the brim with avy tools, a mid layer, snacks, water bottle, a Grand Trunks hammock, and 1L thermos of tea (with more room for skins if I decided to put them into my pack); when full, it still retained a very slim look and didn't look like a huge bulgy bag hanging off my back. Not sure if it would have also fit my outer layer if it was hot though.
- Comfortable straps and a hip belt that actually works, unlike some packs that are just straps and don't actually spread the weight.
- Great helmet carry that keeps the helmet on the outside for more room inside.
- Hydration bladder compatible, with insulated sleeve, if you carry one.
- Avy pocket- even when my helmet was cinched down all the way, I was able to grab my probe and shovel with ease. The avy pocket even has a special metal zipper pull. I hope I never need to use it, but good to know it's there. I have a larger shovel (Voile Telepro) that hasn't fit in some bags I've used, but there was plenty of room here.
- Ski carry was great for my poles on the way down.

Just bought two more of these, one for my girlfriend and another one as a back up since they were on sale.

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tatumvaywrote a review of on July 29, 2015

Great in-the-middle bag
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a solid bag. I own two of them (got them at deep discounts, thanks to Backcountry.com!)

I've used this bag all over the resort and for day tours in the backcountry; I love the feature set (especially goggle pocket) and the on-the-go hydration helps me save a lot of money at the resort by letting me stash snacks, coffee and water. I also keep a GoPro pole and extra batteries.

I wish the load-bearing system was a bit better for both the shoulder straps and the waist; at the end of the day, you definitely feel like you wore a backpack all day versus some other, bigger bags I own with proper load-bearing systems that don't wear me out.

But those are not enough to disqualify this bag for consideration; the horizontal snowboard carry is great in the backcountry if there aren't a lot of obstacles and the pack will hold full ski poles, snowshoes, and gear all the way down your run without being floppy and throwing you off your ride. I was pleasantly surprised how well this worked for shorter day tours. Only thing it's missing is a dedicated avvy-gear pocket; had to store my shovel and probe where I could fit them.

In the end, it's a tough consideration; a backpack for the resort? There are better options. Good for the backcountry? It does well, but it's definitely not a backcountry backpack. It's kind of in the middle; great pack for school/work but doubles as a snowboard backpack.

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tatumvaywrote a review of on July 29, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a solid bag. I own two of them (got them at deep discounts, thanks to Backcountry.com!)
I’ve used this bag all over the resort and for short day tours (3-5 hours) in the backcountry; I love the feature set (especially goggle pocket) and the on-the-go hydration helps me save a lot of money throughout the day not buying liters of water and keeping a Thermos-full of coffee with me to not buy coffee!

I wish the load-bearing system was a bit better for both the shoulder straps and the waist; at the end of the day, you definitely feel like you wore a backpack all day versus some other, bigger bags I own with proper load-bearing systems that don’t wear me out.

But those are not enough to disqualify this bag for consideration; the horizontal snowboard carry is great in the backcountry if there aren’t a lot of obstacles and the pack will hold full ski poles, snowshoes, and gear all the way down your run without being floppy and throwing you off your ride. I was pleasantly surprised how well this worked for day tours.

In the end, it’s a tough consideration; a backpack for the resort? There are better options. Good for the backcountry? It does well, but it’s definitely not a “backcountry” backpack. It’s kind of in the middle; great pack for school/work but doubles as a snowboard backpack.

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tatumvaywrote a review of on July 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite travel bag. I travel about 10 out of 12 months a year, and this has been my frequent flyer ever since I got it. (I’ve own the bag since last April, 2014.)
For short, weekend snowboarding trips, my girlfriend and I can fit all our casual and snowboarding clothes in this, no problem! (But she has her own too for trips where more 3-7 more days’ worth of clothes and warming layers are needed.) For one rider, it can get all that gear plus helmet and snowboard boots!
The compartments make organization a breeze and work very well, though I do have a concern that something sharp will shred the mesh to pieces (hasn’t happened yet *knock on wood*.)
It’s even saved me time after landing; I’ve got this beauty in the Higgins color, so it’s always easy to spot on a conveyer belt and I’m never mistakenly grabbed someone else’s.
The wheels on the bag are not suited for varied terrain; if you’re going on or off a curb, any angle will cause the bag to flip and they’re a bit small to begin with. It also doesn’t stand upright too well and will tip unattended.
I read the reviews about the size, and thought I’d have some trouble checking these in at airlines, but it hasn’t ever been an issue after about 14 months of travel but the fabric at the corners is a bit frayed; that’s more of those baggage handlers’ fault and less of a design flaw.
This is a great investment, especially if you can get them discounted! Like I said, both my girlfriend and I own one and I will be replacing this when my current one gets worn out. (I’ve owned the bag for two years and hope to not need to replace it for a couple more years.)

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tatumvaywrote a question about on March 7, 2011

I'm heavier than most people here: I'm 5'8" and 205-210 with a pretty athletic build and I was wondering if I should stick with 161cm or get away with a 157cm for all-mountain riding?

I usually ride a 160cm when I rent (this is my first board purchase) and it seems to do pretty nice for me. I don't want to go with a 157cm and be too heavy for it. Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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