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Vermont snowboarding for life!

Anna Bo Banna

Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on March 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got done demoing these at Whistler/Blackcomb here in wonderful BC Canada, and these bindings are so so SOOOO legit. I was a little bummed because I was hoping to demo the women-specific Vetta model, but they were all sold out. That said, apparently, the Now brand is based out of BC and the shop I demo'd them at is very tight with the inventor of the Now binding Skate Tech system. They were able to give me a lot of info on these and set me up right with them. If you're ever at Whistler, definitely check out Underground Tuning in the Lobby of the Summit Lodge. They know their stuff!

Onto the actual review...the bindings themselves are AMAZING. You would never think that you'd get such a performance difference from a pair of bindings but...you do! You know that feeling when you want to just shred into something, but it takes you a minute to get your weight balanced on the edge of your board and get the pressure just right? Well these bindings take care of that 100%. With the IPOs, all it takes is a slight flick of the ankle and all of a sudden, you are on your edge, shredding the way your board was meant to shred! Also, you won't just see this response on the groomers, the same was true on groomers as it was for half a foot of fresh pow. These bindings deliver, regardless of conditions.

It's not every day that a snowboard tech invention comes along and changes the industry, but I truly believe the Skate Tech will do just that. At least for riders who can actually notice/benefit from the performance increase.

You'll have to excuse me, I've got some USD to convert to CAD so I can pick up these bindings.

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Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on February 18, 2016

5 5

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

I am liking these gloves! They appear to have a very solid construction and OMG OUTER GLOVES THAT I CAN USE MY PHONE WITH!!! It doesn't seem like a big deal, but trust me, it is when you don't have to freeze your digits to answer a call or take a photo of a stunning view. The red color is rad as well. I would suggest before you buy any Hestra gloves that you go into a ski shop and try a few pairs on to figure out your size. These run very true to size and getting a proper glove fit is actually very important to the function of the glove. Hence the term..."fits like a glove" ;)

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Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on February 18, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: Small

First let me say that these are stylin' gloves. The leather is soft and plush and the fleece inside is soft too. However, over here on the ice (east) coast, these will not hold up to an average temp ski day. As others have mentioned, be prepared to add a liner for 32 below days and even then, I think I don't see these withstanding extreme cold + wind chill. I'm also kinda worried about the material holding up over time...We shall see...3 stars for now, but I will bump it up if I'm still rocking these next season.

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Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on February 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had DC Mora boots since the middle of the 2013 season and I can say with confidence that if you are a chick with small feet and narrow heels/ankles, THIS IS THE BOOT FOR YOU! I've tried Nikes, I've tried Flows, I've tried Burtons, but this is the only boot I've ever worn that has actually ever given me superior heel-hold, really making my toeside action so much better. It helps that they have built in J-Bars in the liner. Don't even get me started on comfort...once you break these babies in, they will feel like a DREAM. I found that out first hand when I was forced to wear a pair of Burton's for part of a day and then I put my Moras back on....I never want to put another boot on my feet ever again.

I should clarify, I'm in still in the process of breaking in this new pair, but I can already tell they feel like the same good stuff I got with the last model. I believe DC has been making the Moras for several years now so they've had time to improve the design with each new release. I was happy to see the double-stitching between seams on this model because my old Moras started to wear at the seams eventually. The black Boa cables are a nice touch too. I really can't say enough good things about these boots. They're true to size and they get the job done. A+++

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Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on May 22, 2015

Awesome light hammock!
5 5

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

I've used this hammock for no more than 2 hours and I've already spilled beer on it and poked it numerous times with a pointy stick. No visible damage. I weigh 160 and it supports me with no sign of breakage whatsoever. This thing seems pretty durable to me and for the price I am really quite happy with it! Do I plan on hiking the AT with it? No, but I may fall asleep in it this evening.

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Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on August 21, 2014

4 5

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

DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT IF YOU HAVE BOOBS! The sizing is not what you expect. I ordered this in a Women's size Large which ALWAYS fits me, but I could not get this to zip up over my chest. So much for being a women's cut. I ended up buying a Men's XL on another site and that fits me just right.

Whiskey Militia was awesome and hooked me up with a free return on this item. Having taken the correct size out for 2 days on the slopes I can say that the camelbak worked perfectly with no freezing or issues with water flow.

The only other negative here (besides the sizing) is that you will look like a hunchback if you wear this under any clothing. But that's a small price to pay for being able to stay up on the hill all day long and not come down for anything.

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Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on April 23, 2014

Good bindings, good price.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these bindings for a second park board and they work great! A fore-warning that the paint on the forward-lean device located on the back of the high-back will chip a bit with use, but this does not affect the performance of the binding.

Very simple design, just step in and ratchet them up and you're ready to go.

The only word of advice I would give on these is that if you have smaller feet, be sure to tighten the ratchets down as tight as they will get. Otherwise, I've noticed them get loose mid-run if I don't tighten them all the way.

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Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on March 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

EDIT: I've now owned these boots for 2 seasons and I can now say that I won't wear anything except DC Moras. I now believe my initial foot pain was due to the fact that I had not fully broken these boots in yet. Once they were a little more packed out, they felt like a DREAM. No more foot pain! They're so good I just bought the newest release and couldn't be happier!

I decided to go with these boots because of the shining reviews that the Mora models for previous years had gotten. I ended up buying these boots for slightly more on Amazon because Backcountry didn't have my size in stock and didn't have any plans to order more.

OVERALL: I love these boots. They were a bit more than I wanted to spend, but you absolutely get what you pay for with these boots.

PROS:
AMAZING INCREDIBLE FOOT HOLD!!! I tried on 7 or more pairs of women's boots in the backcountry store and NONE of them even came close to the heel hold you will get from these boots. If you have small feet (I'm a size 6) and small heels, these are the boots you need.

Features I liked:
- Dual boa closure provided tension on the lower part of the foot that most boots do not provide due to only having one boa at the top of the boot.
- Very cool mesh harness system molded into the interior of the boot that is tightened using the pull string that usually only tightens the liner.
- As mentioned, awesome heel hold thanks to the built in J-bars in the liner
- Super comfortable interior design. The interior liner is made of a soft material that feels really nice on your feet and won't cause your socks to bunch up when you're putting the boots on.
- Very sharp in appearance, which is hard to find as most women's boots go out of their way to look ridiculously/unnecessarily feminine.

CONS:
Ultimately, they didn't fully solve my foot pain problem I've been having during my second season of snowboarding. I've been getting awful foot cramps after only a couple of runs. However, they did lessen the pain a bit due to the great comfort of these boots. This is the only reason they don't get all 5 stars from me.

Otherwise, these are great overall women's boots and I'd highly recommend them.

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Anna Bo Bannawrote a review of on January 5, 2014

Find yourself in a Pickle...
5 5

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

I demo'd this board yesterday at Brighton Resort where Gnu held a special women's shred day, and this thing was sick. When I hear "park board" I'm used to that meaning a board that won't be stable at high speeds with edges that will slip out from under you on even the slightest bit of ice. This board blew that assumption out of the water! I could really feel the Magne-Traction edges gripping into the snow while still giving me silky smooth turns on my edges. I think riding the longer 152 also helped with that. The park was no exception to this board's awesomeness. I was killing it on boxes and jumps all afternoon!

If this board wasn't so obscenely out of my price range, I'd be buying one right now. Hoping that price tag comes down soon so us ladies can tear it up on Pickles!

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