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Big Jwrote a review of on February 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been riding ns legacy 174's for about the last 10 years. I'm 6'6 and I was concerned this board would be way too short for me. Although I would appreciate another 5-10 cm out of ns in general, this board in a 169 does not feel too short. I've had issues going over the nose of other ns 169 models in the past and ended up selling them. Add on to that that this is the lightest most responsive board I have ridden in years and I'm thrilled with it. Not that I'm complaining, but I've only ridden it in 26" fresh and a second day in 16" fresh, so I've yet to see how it handles on any hard pack. It does seem to hold an edge much better on traverses than my 11/12 legacy with rocker. From what I can tell so far, nothing squirrelly underfoot.

Unrelated, but ns needs to bring back some longer models for us taller guys. Super disappointed they dropped the 174's from their lineup. My 181 venture storm gets a lot more use now (side note another awesome board).

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Big Jwrote a review of on November 7, 2011

5 5

I bought this pant off of Backcounty about 3 seasons back. Going on my fourth year of riding in them. By far the best constructed, most durable and waterproof pant I have ever owned. I didn't take great care of them, normally left in my bag at the end of the day with the rest of my gear. Held up amazingly, both to abuse, and the elements. Took multiple broken branches with no holes, and never left me wet. Only complaint I would have is that there is no mesh in the inner leg vents. If you forget they are open, or accidentally leave it unzipped an inch or two, prepare to get a crotch full of pow when you wreck. Can't say enough good things about them. I'll be buying another pair of these once I find another deal on them. $400 is steep!!

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Big Jwrote a review of on August 12, 2010

5 5

I've been riding strictly NS boards for the last 8 years or so. Been riding going on 16 years. NS boards are the way to go. Built like tanks, awesome 3 years warrranty, and ride like a dream. I've been riding NS Legacy 174's for my last 4 boards. I'm 6'7" ~215 lbs. I wanted something a little shorter and much more agile for those resort riding days. I ended up purchasing a 169 Titan TX w/o rocker and camber. Plenty wide for my size 14 boots. Once you get up to speed in powder, this board handles like nothing else I have ever ridden. So solid and stable, cutting through the snow like a knife through warm butta. Immediately got comments from friends about how hard I was charging that day. All that being said, I went over the front of the board countless times. Not sure if it is just me being used to the extra 5 cm of my other boards or what. On groomers it does not have as much pop as my legacy 174 (to be expected from a board more geared towards big mtn riding). Bottom line, on semi-powder days (fresh 6 inches or so) this is my board of choice. On straight up powder days, or days riding some deep in the backcountry, I will stick with my Legacy. If I were purchasing it over, I would end up buying the Legacy 174 w rocker and camber. I hear that the rocker and camber boards ride a little shorter then those without. If you can get by with a 169 or shorter board, and do a lot of big mountain riding, no question, buy this board.

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Big Jwrote a review of on December 22, 2009

3 5

Solid filter, high flow rate, easy to use. I'm on my second season using the filter, really have not used it filtering a whole lot of water, but it has traveled a lot of miles with me. I pulled it out of its case during a late season high altitude backpacking trip, and the fitting where the tube attaches to the body of the filter had snapped off, it was super cold, so it may have been a little brittle though. It just kind of sticks out there for anything to snag on and torque until it breaks off. Sort of a poor design in that respect in my opinion.

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Big Jwrote a review of on December 22, 2009

5 5

I'm going on my third season riding these gloves. Previously, I was buying a new pair of gloves every season. I abuse my gear. These gloves have stood up to everything I have thrown at them... or in my case everything I have thrown myself at. Trees, board edges, rocks, bindings. This is the first pair of gloves I have owned in 16 yrs of riding that have not pulled apart at the seam between the thumb and index finger. I won't be replacing them anytime soon. The only time I have been able to get them wet is when I take them off for a safety meeting, deep in the trees somewhere swimming in pow. It can be hard to get the snow out of the fingertips of the glove without a removable liner. Minor complaint though. They can be slightly on the cold side some days. A thin low profile liner would be a good idea for colder weather. Still the best glove I have ever owned. When I do end up replacing them, I'll end up buying the same glove, maybe in the mit style to keep the fingers a little warmer.

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