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Chase

Chase

The Pacific Northwest

Chase's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Skiing
Climbing

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Chase

Chasewrote a review of on February 24, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I fish over 100 days a year in the PNW for salmon, trout and steelhead. Since our year-round season varies from hot summer evenings on the trout streams to stormy and snowy winter mornings on big steelhead rivers, good all -around breathable waders are essential.

I'm usually a huge fan of Redington products. Unfortunately after putting in a year with these waders I'm wishing I'd sprung for something higher end.

I would have expected and been fine with a few puncture holes from bushwacking by now, but what keeps failing and leaking on me are the seams where the neoprene booties meet the legs. A good coat of sealant fixes it for a few weeks, but then they start leaking again.

If you fish a few times a summer on sunny trout streams, these should work fine for you.

If you fish every chance you get in conditions where a leak can ruin your day or waste hundreds of miles of driving, spend a little extra on something better.

Lastly, I'm 6'1" 175 and the medium long fits great.

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Chasewrote a review of on November 8, 2011

3 5

I have mixed feelings on these boots. While they have served me well on numerous hikes, for backpacking and light climbing trips as they have worn in I have started to wish for a slightly stiffer, heavier and more durable boot.

I would highly recommend them for day hiking and light backpacking trips, but the ankle support, wear in factor, and overall tough construction of the boots leaves something to be desired at altitude, on multi-night treks, and on snow or with crampons. If you're hiking on snow or in PNW rain like me they will need re-waterproofing after multiple uses.

The vibram soles do provide excellent traction on rock and mud, and the flip side to the above is these boots are much lighter than others I've used.

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Chasewrote a review of on January 10, 2011

5 5

Couldn't be more stoked about this board, in shopping for a new deck I tried out Burtons, Rides, and Lib Techs (including skate banana and T Rice) and none of them brought the total package like the Coda.

Its flexible enough to butter spins and surf the deepest pow (reverse camber helps as well), yet still sturdy enough to keep control at high speeds. The grip tech works great and the extra contact points at toe and heel are positioned perfectly. The huge amount of pop provided by the bamboo core was immediately noticeable and turns every little lip into a park kicker.

Overall a fantastic quiver killer, a perfect balance between flex, speed and control. Not to mention a sick graphic. If you have the means, I highly recommend it.

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Chasewrote a review of on January 10, 2011

3 5

Bought these for a non-Burton board. Flexible yet still very supportive, and rachets are a breeze to get in and out of. Great bindings for aggressive riding except:

My only complaint is the bindings tend to loosen from the board after every few days of use, I've missed out on more than a few pow turns trying to find a screwdriver. A pocket tool is absolutely necessary with these bindings for mid run tightening.

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