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El Boogie

El Boogie

Pacific Northwest

El Boogie's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Yoga
Skiing
Surfing

El Boogie's Bio

Snowboarder / Splitboarder based-out of the Pacific Northwest.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on July 6, 2014

Awesome Leash!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Ruffwear for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

We got this leash to tame our border collie/cattle dog, Bandit and aren't disappointed in the least! The leash itself can function as either a traditional, hand-held leash OR can snap around your waist. Before you start thinking to yourself, "do I really want to be that nerdy person attaching their dog to my waist?" give it a shot.. we were those skeptical folks and have been completely impressed!

The leash is super easy to swap between modes as well as completely comfortable around your waist. It's light and it doesn't dig in at all.

The magic with this leash happened, however, when we started trucking with Bandit. She's not great with other dogs so you always have to be cautious when you're passing by people on the trail. When you have her hooked-up to your waist she feels confident enough that we found she didn't even flinch when we walked past other dogs along the way. To make things better, there is an awesome handle near the collar that is super easy to grab for those moments when you do want a bit of control.

My husband and I were impressed with what this leash brought to the table with Bandit. She pulled less overall and not having her react to other dogs on the trail was an added bonus. I highly recommend this leash for all dog owners out there, but especially for those who might have a pup that pulls or needs a bit more assurance with other dogs along the trail.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on March 24, 2014

Love this top!
5 5

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

This top is my go-to for riding. It fares well on those really cold and wet days - keeps me dry and warm, even with just my three-layer shell. Where it really surprises me though are on those warm days when you would expect it to be too much! It breathes well, doesn't get too stinky and is super comfortable to boot. To top it off, I love the fit! Patagonia did a great job with contouring the top to actually hug a lady frame.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on March 24, 2014

Great Touring Piece
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought this jacket in Men's since Black Diamond doesn't make clothes for the ladies (yet) and love it! It's a great piece to bring touring. It's super light weight, compresses well and I love that it doesn't have insulation under the arms or along the sides where I tend to get warmer, faster. I bought the hooded version in bright green and absolutely love the color - can't wait until they officially start making the jackets for ladies as well!

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El Boogiewrote a review of on March 8, 2014

5 5

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

I've been incredibly happy with these bottoms. I've used them on tours and days at the resorts under my three-layer shells and they've performed wonderfully. On the coldest days I continue to stay warm (and dry).

These pants are structured - which is a great improvement over most long john pants. I'm 5'10" and do not have the problems mentioned below - the pants go to my ankles and fit very well (no bunching in my snowboard boots)! I find that the fit is very nice. I too have an athletic build and while they are snug on my thighs and calves, I don't feel that they are too tight or uncomfortable.

On top of all of this I have to add that they are super cute as well. I bought the red striped pants I've even worn them out on their own after a wet day on the mountain.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on March 8, 2014

4 5

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

I purchased this as a lightweight option for snowboarding/touring - something I could use on the warmer days. The fit is good (it's not as tailored as my Capilene 4 zip-neck) overall, the green color is great and it works very well. The thumb loops on this top is definitely of lesser quality than my Capilene 4 - where the 4 has a soft thumb loop, this one is just elastic as the commenter under me suggests. The fabric is a bit scratchier than my 4 but it's comfortable and I haven't noticed it beyond when I initially put it on.

All-in-all it's been a great alternative to my 4 and is much lighter in weight and warmth for those days when I don't need it.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on March 8, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

What's not shown in the pictures here is the weird arm design of this sweatshirt. I was stoked when I ordered it and when it arrived and I put it on I was completely baffled. There is no structure under the arm so when you raise your arms up it looks like you have wings... seriously... weird.

The shirt also isn't very sweatshirt-y. It's a very light and thin material. It's also cropped very short.

All-in-all, not the sweatshirt I was looking for and it was promptly sent back as a return.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on March 8, 2014

A Powder Beast
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have this bad boy in a 161cm. This board is a lot of fun to ride, especially on the deep powder days. The shape of the nose helps lift it up on top of the surface and helps it stay there. It's a total blast to ride - through trees, in wide open powder - the whole shebang. The directional shape takes a bit of getting used to but isn't anything crazy.

I'd definitely recommend adding this board to your quiver if not for just the deep powder days. I can't say it's as versatile on the hardpack groomer days as my Lando, but it's definitely a top stick.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on December 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

This jacket is awesome in terms of the level of comfort it provides, its ability to shed the rain and prevent the wind from making it through and overall mobility. It's light and easy to pack and is something I throw into my backpack when we head into any split adventure.

I've worn it up to the hill as my every day jacket once. The temps were cool (lower 20's) for the Northwest and I'll admit it would have been a bit nicer with a puffy vest or additional insulation underneath.

I do agree with the poster below me in regards to the size an that is the only negative thing I have to say about this jacket. I was in between the L and XL and opted for the L. While the shoulders and arms fit well (and I'd say even have a little extra room), the waist is smaller than I would expect. Still today I find myself wondering if I should have opted for the XL but always end up reminding myself that while the extra room in the hips would be great, the extra room in the arms would be a total bummer.

All-in-all, this is a great jacket for the price (especially since you can get it for a steal right now), but make sure you try it on first.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on December 26, 2013

A Beast of A Board...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have last year's version of the Billy Goat Split in 162cm and it's a beast in a good way. The board is sturdy and strong and a blast to ride in all conditions. The Magne-Traction helps on days that leave something to be desired while the rocker/camber combo helps you stay afloat in the powder we all desire. When split into tour mode it's totally solid and provides a pleasant climb up the hill.

I'd highly recommend this board to anyone who is looking for a solid split and who doesn't want to lose the feel of a solid Mervin board between their feet.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on November 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These pants are great. They have a good fit, are lightweight and super comfortable. I've used them for snowboarding and splitboarding and can say they are comfortable in both situations. From the low 20's to the mid 50's, I was never too cold or too hot. The side zips are easy to use, the venting in the ankle is nice on a hot day and the adjustable waist is a nice feature for during/after a day on the hill.

I would definitely recommend these pants to others.

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El Boogiewrote a review of on November 30, 2013

4 5

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

I've been out twice on these bindings and so far so good. They are easy to manipulate on the mountain and feel markedly more sturdy than the Voiles I rode last year. The one-piece-pin system is nice and the bindings are overall very light and very comfortable - both uphill and down.

On the downside, they are definitely an experience to put together and given their handmade nature you may have to do some manipulating to get everything working as it should. We ended up pulling the foam pads off the ride-mode piece in order to get the binding to compress down to a point where it would lock. I also think it's worth noting that the videos make using the bindings look much easier than it is but I'm confident that over time everything will loosen-up/fall into place and they will be easier to flip in and out of where I need them to be.

The one downside is that these only come with the tall climbing wires. Given the climbing wires double as your heel lock (which takes some manipulation the first couple of times) they lay down straight under your boot. This can make it a bit difficult to get the wires up/down on your ascent, not to mention the grade is pretty steep. I'd recommend buying the short wires ($15) and installing them straight away. It will make the situation much easier.

All-in-all I am very pleased with these bindings, the usability and comfort and prefer them over the others that I tried out. Just remember with handmade items you can expect some level of messing around is necessary to get them to work perfectly.

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