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woop488204 wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

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

I love the combination of camber and flex that this board offers. The flat spot between the feet forms a long platform where there are a lot of ways to make it balance out, with a little rocker at the tip and tail to make presses easy and really float you through the powder.

This was my first board that used a new-age sidecut like the "QuickRip", and it takes some getting used to. Sometimes when trying to hold an edge and go straight, I would wind up pushing too hard, and when you engage the ripples they can really bite in and kill your speed. After a few runs I got the touch of it, but overall I don't think that the QuickRip adds anything that much better than a traditional sidecut. I could go either way.

It seems pretty durable so far. To be fair I rode it one day, but I've had pricier boards that were in worse shape after a similar level of abuse. I'm thinking of picking up another one, because all of my decks seem to eventually find that tragic stump/rock in the deep snow.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on March 28, 2014

3 5

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

This is a pretty nice hat. The fit and length are great for wearing "slouch" style (I have a size 7 3/4 head). The acrylic material handles moisture way better than cotton would, and it feels softer than my other acrylic hats.

The only problem is, the finely-woven acrylic get's snagged and scraggly in a hurry! First time being near velcro, the hat got snagged, pulling a few big ugly loops out of the normal weave. Even when I was being extra careful, I couldn't stop the hat from getting snagged as I put it in my pocket!

I guess if you don't own any velcro this hat would be perfect.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

4 5

I've used these bindings for 3 days of shredding and they've handled it all -- powder, trees, moguls, groomer, even a little jibbing in there.

After beating on a pair of Flow MK4's since 2006 I finally needed an upgrade. Great investment. The flex is forgiving, but there is still good response in these bindings.

For non-Flow users who are thinking of trying the hatch-back style entry: it's a very good system. It will take a few minutes to get the straps set up for your boots, which is a similar process to tightening traditional binding straps. After that initial set-up, though, these bindings are way faster and easier to use! The reclining ankle piece is very intuitive; I can use it with bulky mittens on. You can easily get your foot in or out while standing up (with a little practice you can even do it while moving...major style points)

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woop488204 wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

1 5

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

Used this tool to put bindings on a snowboard. Worked well.

A few days later, used this tool to put bindings on another snowboard. It broke: I can no longer apply any torque in the counter-clockwise direction. The ratcheting mechanism slips.

Some of the other reviews say that they have had theirs for years without problems, so I am going to get it replaced and see how the second one works out.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket serves its purpose of being warm, light, and packable. I received the jacket last week and I've worn it everyday around town and it's kept me warm in the 40's and 50's with just a T-shirt underneath. It cuts the wind very well, and it does seem to be "water resistant" but it's definitely not for rain protection.

For camping and other rigorous activities I wouldn't want to wear the jacket without a shell, hence the title of this review. The downside of the lightweight construction is that the outer material doesn't seem very durable. I have been very careful to not nick it on anything, and I would be very nervous that any branch or rock would trash the jacket. Forget about wearing this thing around a campfire, any spark or hot ash would immediately melt a hole.

The fit is roomy enough, but the shoulders are a little restrictive. Raising my arms makes the bottom hem of the jacket raise up. Also, the jacket is a little long in the body, considering that it wants to be layered under a technical shell. I was very disappointed to discover that it hangs out 3" below my TNF Venture rain jacket...even though they have the same "rated" center back length!

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woop488204 wrote a review of on July 19, 2013

3 5

Ok, so I love the idea of these headphones. Easily switch between standard headset or inserts for a helmet...brilliant!

Unfortunately the execution is a little lacking. The headset by itself is rigid and uncomfortable. Also, since my dome is pretty big, I have to extend the arms to get sound in my ears, which RUINS the super-clean look of the headset. (If you extend the arms, the line of the overhead strap is interrupted with a thin strip of metal.) Also, the assembled headphones LOOK like they should fold up really small, but they don't.

The upside is, the speakers sound pretty good, so if you have a compatible helmet then pop these babies in and rock out! (Just don't waste your time with the headset.)

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woop488204 wrote a review of on July 17, 2013

4 5

One thing that is not clear from the description is that there is an adjustable wrist tether. This is such an awesome feature! On the lift, if you take your mittens off, they are impossible to drop. I used to lose a least 1 mitten per season (even with MANY heroic rescue attempts) and haven't lost ANY since I started using wrist tethers. Also it's fun to pretend to drop a mitten and mess with your friends' heads...just sayin'.

The liners don't seem to add much warmth. I don't expect to use them in the mittens very much, but maybe for driving to/from the mountain. That's if I don't lose them...they don't velcro in or anything. (However, even without the liners, the mittens seem warm enough. Mittens are inherently warmer than gloves.)

These mittens seem well made and the materials feel great inside and out. My only problem with the fit/feel is that the partition between the thumb and fingers is too restrictive. It's not like I have webbed hands, but that area is just really tight.

With the wrist strap AND gauntlet drawstring, there are lots of options to keep snow out.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

4 5

For the money I'd say this is a great buy. The size is perfect for my gf and me; fairly roomy but 3 people might be a squeeze. We just took it on a 3-day trip and we had some decent rain...everything stayed dry even without the footprint. At 5-6 pounds it isn't featherweight, but i.m.h.o. those few pounds are worth it for the dependability/waterproofness/sturdiness.

The pre-bent pole set up is unlike any tent I've used before; you will want to set this up in the yard to get familiar with it before you hit the trail. The 3rd smaller pole/crossmember doesn't appear to be super crucial to the structure of the tent. It might help keep the form rigid in wind...not sure if it's worth the ounces to carry.

There are 2 design flaws in the rain fly that keep this from being a 5-star review. First, as others have pointed out, the poles form a flat "triangle" on the top of the tent that collects rain water. Not a big deal because it won't soak through, it's just a nuisance to have a puddle to deal with when you're packing up.

The second problem with the rain fly is that the vestibule door opening hangs over the inner mesh tent door. This means that rain (when falling straight down) will get on/through the mesh tent door. Water that is beaded on the rainfly can also fall in if you aren't careful...very unpleasant way to start your morning.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on May 18, 2013

3 5

This jacket is alright for a rain shell. Waterproofing is good, but the material is loud and plasticy. Also if you are doing anything active whatsoever, your sweat will condense on the inside and it gets clammy in a hurry. This isn't really a problem if you have a layer underneath it. (A mesh lining would help this jacket a buttload.)

The fit is large enough to layer under, which is great. The shoulders are a little tight/restrictive. It's fine for hiking but I play a lot of disc golf and it's not flexible enough for that.

The zippers are low-quality and not smooth. The biggest problem is the pit zips, which are SUPER NECESSARY to vent moisture (and opening them improves mobility)...but the zippers get stuck really easily, and it's a total bummer if you have to take the jacket off to unstick a zipper. Then you're just gettin' wet.

This jacket is very packable. It comes with a tiny sack that you are supposed to stuff it into, which is a gimmick. The jacket will pack down smaller (and deploy more quickly) if you just roll it up, but I will wind up using that bag for something.

Chest pocket: good. Flap closure for hand pockets: bad. Hood adjustment: good.

I also have a Venture rain shell by The North Face, which has very similar features. This jacket is almost as good, and at the price point I'd say very worth it. Material is very similar; I'd say the Venture is better because of the freedom of motion and the zippers are smoother.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on May 18, 2013

4 5

Would be 5 stars, the only problem is that the toe box is small. The ankle and mid-foot are very spacious and the padding is ample; just the toe region is tight and inflexible. I've never had this problem with Osiris before. You may want to order a half size up; I'm hoping mine will break in to my foot.

Otherwise, these shoes rock! Here are some things I like.

They are actually fairly waterproof; just had them out in heavy rain for about 10 minutes and the inner liner is damp but I'm impressed with how well they shed water. I will def be using these to commute to and from the mountain this winter.

The feel of the shoes is awesome. I don't usually rock high-tops but the ankles feel very comfy...not too tight, but if you start to roll the looseness gets used up and the support is there when you need it. Also the grip is very consistent.

As you can see, the the style is super fresh. The colors rock and I love the big fat tongue. Also they used a nice glossy/vinyl material which looks great up close and far away. The more scuffable areas are a matt material that will not show wear as much, which is a very good design choice.

Overall: Buy them a little big, then impress everyone with your fly and functional sneaker game.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on April 19, 2013

1 5

Alright, I actually give this knife 2 stars, but I wish there was a "Zero Stars" option just to balance out all of these 5-star reviews. Apparently this is the first knife some of these people have ever held.

In the open/locked position, the blade is loose. Right out of the box! It's not huge but it is noticable, and on a knife as bulky and heavy as this monster I expect better. Speaking of bulkiness, it's too big to be my daily carry, and I wear loose clothing with big pockets. They could have slimmed down the handle significantly; it's not like the thing is flimsy. (Although the nylon handle is not very grippy. This makes it easier to slide in and out of your pocket, but I would not want to use this knife with wet/oily/greasy hands.)

The advantages of this knife are durability and ease of use (unless you're a lefty). The blade seems to hold an edge well and it is pretty thick -- no risk of bending or breaking it. The SAT technology is great; it opens the blade quickly and it ALWAYS engages the lock. No funny business. Also it has not yet opened when I DIDN'T want it to open (in a pocket, for example). The safety lock is a nice feature but I doubt I'll ever need it.

My only beef with the mechanical operation is the lock release knob. In the closed position it roams freely througout the slot, and when the blade is locked open it still has significant play. This doesn't really have any negative effects on the usability, it just seems sloppy. Also, the knob is only on one side, so left-handed knife users will not get the intended ergonomic ease of operation.

In summary: not worth the $75 MSRP, you can def get a better knife for that kind of money. I scored it on SAC for $30, so I'm happy to leave it in my car's emergency kit because (1) weight and space aren't at a premium and (2) I think it will be dependable even after years of rumbling around in there.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on April 17, 2013

2 5

PROS: The sound quality is pretty good. The bass is rich and smooth; treble is pretty clear. These headphones are more than sufficient for listening to MP3's or similarly compressed audio. They are also comfortable when adjusted right, and they look pretty stylish.

CONS: The ear padding does a crappy job of pushing the sound into your ear! With the same device and volume setting, these headphones sound quieter than all of my other headphones. On the other hand, my girlfriend said that she could ALWAYS hear my music clearly from across the room. For this reason, I can't use these headphones at work, and I'd prefer to not use them in crowded public areas where I might disturb others. Pretty much the only time I use them is skating.

In summary, these turned out to be one of my pet peeves: headphones that are more fashion than function. I would return them, except that I got them for $18 on WM so the return shipping almost offsets the refund!

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woop488204 wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

3 5

This shirt is stylish, I especially like the teal. Perfect for wearing to work or out on the town.

Fit is a little slimmer than I was hoping for, but not a deal breaker.

Fabric and construction are of low quality. I would expect more from a $50 shirt. It seems clear that you are paying for the brand, not a quality garment.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on April 11, 2013

4 5

I have used this jacket for a few days in light rain and heavy wind. The waterproofing seems very good; I have no reservations about rocking it in nastier storms.

The fit is relaxed, which provides good ease of motion and allows layering underneath. The underarm zips are great for high-energy activities, both because they dump heat/moisture and they increase mobility in the shoulders.

This jacket is super packable. The self-packing zippered pocket is a lame gimmick; you can get it down smaller (and deploy it more quickly) by rolling it up.

The material is very light, but it is not soft at all and it makes a lot of noise (think crinkly tarp: good waterproofing, but not much comfort). There is zero insulation; it is a straight up rain shell. It will break the wind but that is all the warmth benefit this jacket has to offer on its own. On the plus side, you can layer underneath it.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on March 12, 2013

2 5

I have a large face and I rock big sunglasses exclusively. When I saw the boxy style of these shades I had to grab a pair, but buyer beware!

The nose of these sunglasses is too tight, so that if I have them pushed comfortably up on my face they ride too high. This can be fixed by sliding them down my nose slightly, but this moves them farther from my face, which is uncomfortable and there are more gaps in my field of view.

These might fit well if the bridge of your nose is concave or you have a small nose. For me, no go. (For the record, I buy a lot of sunglasses online and I have never had this problem. Damn shame!)

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woop488204 wrote a review of on March 12, 2013

3 5

I picked these kicks up on Whiskey Militia for about $30, hoping that they would help me blend into my corporate slave environment. So far they have accomplished that goal because the ultra clean style gets easily mistaken for boring by the sheep and the drones. So in summary: great success.

I'd say these fit true to size. You might want to order a half size small, but it isn't a big deal.

Unfortunately I cannot recommend skating in them. First of all it would be a shame to scuff these shoes up. Moreover, there is zero padding, and the upper material feels like cardboard. I have not broken them in very well, but I get the feeling that they will be flimsy before too long. They seem like the type of shoe where if you try to slip 'em on and stomp the back of the heel down, it will never be the same again.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on March 12, 2013

5 5

These goggles look mad steezy, but you can tell that from the pictures so I won't harp on about it.

I have ridden 5 days with these and I have zero complaints so far. They have a really good field of vision and no distortion. I have an XL pro-tec classic helmet and these goggles fit very well over that massive bucket...none of the dreaded "gape"!

I have only had problems with fogging when breathing directly up into the vents. (This happens to me with all goggles, and the EG2's are always very quick to de-fog afterwards.)

Also, these goggles are still in brand new condition, whereas most of my equipment tends to get wrecked pretty quickly. After a few faceplants the lenses don't show any scratches.

I'd say these goggles are easily worth the sticker price. I picked them up on whiskey militia for $60, which is downright theft.

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woop488204 wrote a review of on March 1, 2013

3 5

This board performs well all over the mountain. It is light and maneuverable for trashing the park, floats ok in powder, and to my surprise it is stable at high speeds (although for anything too steep or icy the flat camber is too washy).

My only problem with this board is that it has not lasted long. After 3 days on the mountain, I have one core shot the size of a quarter, one edge close to blowing out, and the tip is starting to delaminate. Now the base damage IS my fault (I'm not one to shy away from a powder stash, even if there may be hidden rocks and stumps) but the size of the damage tells me that this stick was not built to withstand much abuse. Also, the delamination is UNACCEPTABLE after only 3 days.

Overall I'd recommend the buckwild for crushing anything in-bounds, but it will not stand up to the streets or backcountry. The combination of pop, camber, and flex make it ideally suited for halfpipes and big jumps, especially when spinning is involved.

((( A note on flat camber: I bought this board short, thinking that a short board plus flat/rocker profile would equal mega-smooth buttery jibbness. At 6/10 the flex is too stiff for such purposes, and I found myself slipping off the end of the board if I attempted any but the most modest of presses. For playful softness I think a traditional camber board which flexes in the middle is a better choice, because a softer reverse camber board gets unstable in a hurry. Now you know! )))

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