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Dave H.

Dave H.

Dave H.

Dave H.wrote a review of on December 8, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: large

purchased large, needed xl. i'm a pretty fit guy but have a bit of a beer gut. these pants fit well on legs. they're loose, but not too "baggy". length was true. tight on hip and butt regions. probably would've split em right up the butt crack, so i had to return. appeared to be a decent product otherwise to build snowmen, kick cornices or snow blow the driveway.

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Dave H.

Dave H.wrote a review of on January 29, 2018

solid carver with some flaws
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

the '17-'18 o-drive is a nice stiff binding for aggressive directional freeriding. flipit ankle strap sits nice and locks in your heel/ankle well. i only ride the freeride side of the flipit because i prefer to have the greatest ankle support/response i can get. i'd like even more support if available in the future. when it's cold the flipit fits nice, but when it's warm and wet it felt a little less supportive. i also prefer to crank the flipit as tight as possible so the blood stops flowing. i can't quite get the blood to stop flowing, but when cranked tight and i hit a little bit of chatter in a carve turn the flipit buckle does sometimes come unclicked a couple/few ladders on the plastic ladder strap. NOT good for racing bx or banked slalom. the ladder strap is not stripped out either. i've had these bindings for almost two weeks and have 8 days on them so far so they're pretty much brand new. NOW the toe strap issue... broke the friggin ladder strap on run number two due to overhang and drag during a toeside carve turn. i had to adjust the strap multiple times on 'day one' to continue to use the original ladder strap. it's broke more than once. i have a size 12 boot with a 26.5cm waist board. in the picture below you can see the buckle overhang along with the ladder strap drag when carving toeside. sometimes the buckle remained in the open position after a carve. it's bound to break if i didn't do something. i have since replaced the broken ladder strap and now buckle over the top of my foot and don't use the strap like a toe cap due to this design and reoccurring issue. having the option to rotate the highback would be nice too. i run these on bomber powerplates, so it took more than a few runs to get used to the sk8 tech along with the e-ring dampeners. i guess it's ok. can't really notice the sk8 tech aside from the powerplates. it's almost like a double dampener, but also creates some chatter rather than hold a consistent solid edge. it can also be technique and body positioning too. can't blame the equipment. this is an extremely responsive softboot binding with a little more buckle/strap r&d needed.

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Dave H.wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

stiffies? yes! at least the first day out on them. i was lucky enough to find them on sale for a hundo off retail so i figured why not try em out. the stiffness took a little getting used to, but definitely worth keeping instead of returning (if you're ready for such a boot). this is the first boot i've ever tried with this boa system. not sold on it and would prefer a lace up next boot i purchase. call me old school, but i have to continually tighten each ratchet thing as the day progresses. i might add, this is easy to do so it's not that big of a deal. this boot is the last boot i ride before going to a burton driver, but wanted to try something outside of the box other than burton. from there, it's full on hardboots which i'm not sure i'd like to be stuck on all day. i've had about five days on them at the end of the season during variable spring conditions. typical bulletproof ice coast to mashed potatoes. the boot rode like a straight up and down freecarver the first day out. i thought, shit, i can't tweak out a sweet mute grab or method with these? once i got used to them i was able to find enough maneuverability in the boot to really freeride. i'm not interested in the park so much anymore, but still jib around while fast charging down the hill. the faster the better. the boot handles nicely through "oh shit" rutted chatter just fine. sole has a nice cushion for no worry landings. toe box is not as roomy as the burton boots i've ridden in the past, but just barely enough that i'm ok with it. one major gripe with the boot is the dinky little liner lace lock mechanism. what a pain in the ass it is to loosen this thing at the end of the day! keep your fingernails handy for these. definitely something worth changing for next year on this boot SDS. all and all they're solid boots. they're more of a sixty day boot, not one hundred... for hard charging kill the mountain all day, every day type rider. 100 days sounds better for marketing though. point it.

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Dave H.

Dave H.wrote a review of on March 22, 2014

responsive but fragile
2 5

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

this binding is very responsive. i'll give it that. comfortable ankle strap beyond the point of cutting off your circulation. nice. toe strap isn't as effective but does the job. the buckle end still kind of points into boot when tightened. basically, i used the toe strap to provide a snug fit rather than a tight fit. lots of adjust ability with all straps, forward lean, base plate, heel cup and cover pad. came packaged very nice from union as well. the first day on these was a banked slalom in the morning and freeride afternoon. what a nice binding i thought. the second day on them was a boarder cross. had to skip my time trial due to a blown out high back where it is attached to the heel cup. guess this was pretty common with the carbon material. the factory model is pretty much the same, but no carbon highback and this is the binding i ended up with (rome targa not available). basically i got one full day on these and two runs on the second day before i discovered the failed carbon highback. sizing considerations: with an 11 boot i got the the L/XL. once screwed to the board, the base plate was nearly overhanging the edges of the board with a euro stance of +30 front and +9 rear. board has a 26cm or 260mm waist. the M/L fit much better and with all the adjust ability in the straps it works. i bet it would work with a 12 boot too. if riding a 13 or larger, you're probably on a wider board than a 26 waist so the L/XL would be a more accurate fit.

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Dave H.wrote a review of on May 5, 2013

4 5

comfortable like a moccasin. light yes. soft mesh support. low ankle fit.i got the shoe for a light, comfortable and breathable shoe for work so it meets my needs perfectly. especially after i replaced the insoles. i do kind of wish it was a little more stiff but that's what hiking boots are for. this is a shoe, not a boot. not sure i'd use this shoe on anything more than a short day hike or scramble to a climb. great shoe for traveling.

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Dave H.wrote a review of on January 20, 2012

colors
3 5

the "white/blue solex" goggle has a white frame. it appears when viewing on the site that the frame is black with a white interior and blue solex lens. kinda disappointed when i opened the package as saw this. however, i tried 'em on and they fit my face well with little obscurity to vision. if you're contemplating whether or no to go with a medium/large or a large face gog then these shall do you justice if you dig them. i have not riden with them so i can't say how they perform, but there are other reviews for that. i have since ordered another color in this gog along with a von feenom so i can decide which one i will keep and fork it up for the shipping with what i don't keep. just wanted to clarify that color issue for other consumers. i gave three stars because of the color thing. if i keep the other color i ordered then i will update the review, but i'm sure they'd perform just fine for me as the other reviews are high stars. i'm just a stickler gear freak kinda guy and want the color i see when i order. good luck

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Dave H.wrote a review of on July 27, 2010

4 5

that's pretty much my only beef. the pockets are very shallow. they'll still fit my stuff and at least they have two in front AND two in the rear! other than that, i think these will be my new favorite summer all-around-do-anything-go-anywhere short. thin, light, and breezy. kinda feel naked if commando. can't wait for 'em to get out of the dryer.

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