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Ian Bisantz

Ian Bisantz

Wasatch UT, Western US Rivers and Creeks

Ian Bisantz's Passions

Snowboarding
Fly Fishing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping

Ian Bisantz's Bio

Fly Fishing is my way of life not only for the pursuit of the fish but for the great outdoors. Growing up throughout the Rockies as well as the Appalachian's has allowed me to grow into a diverse outdoors man that enjoys small stream fly fishing to big mountain snowboarding.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on February 1, 2019

3 5

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

The swift is a super quick stick from edge to edge. That tail literally just wants to come around whenver it gets the chance. Due to the squirrely-ness of this board is really why its getting a 3 star rating from me.

I had the chance to ride it in some cut up pow and cut up groomers getting to the pow. For whatever reason I just didnt feel very confident on the board going from pow stash to pow stash and riding the groomers to the lift. I felt like the board bounced around too much for my liking and then that tail would want to come around due to the bounce.

I already have a board that is quick edge to edge and narrow in the waist for pow in the trees and tight chutes, so this board wont really fulfill what i need in my quiver. However, if you are looking for something to splice trees and go fast, this could be your stick.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on January 17, 2019

3 5

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

I rode this binding on a pow day, and didnt get a ton of opportunity to really rail it edge to edge and see how the carving was, but regardless it held up and worked just fine. The straps held my foot in quite well, minus the toe strap sliding off every once in a while, but i bet if i had really tightened down the tool less adjustment, i could have combated that issue.

Though these bindings were pretty solid and will work great, they werent my favorite. The straps and ladders werent buttery smooth like you want in a binding, and the binding overall just seemed a bit too clunky in terms of getting on and off. They also packed a few extra pounds compared to some of my union bindings, at least it felt that way.

Wish i had more to say on the Skate Tech and ripping groomers.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on January 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I thought this was just going to be your run in the mill standard flannel shirt, however I was wrong. This flannel is actually more of a flannel jacket, which makes it even better! It's not as thick as a jacket would be, but definitley has a heavier fit than a standard flannel does. Plus, this shirt comes with hand pockets! It is super comfortable and works great as an outer layer during the spring and fall.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on January 7, 2019

4 5

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

This board rips, and trust me I wanted to give it 5 Stars but am hung up on one factor, but lets get to what this board does great.

I was lucky enough to have back to back storms roll into SLC within a 2 day window. It put down ~30" in the 48 hr mark, so basically riding a foot of new snow each day, with the potential for deeper wind blown areas. This puppy doesn't sink, and it probably never will. Even if your legs are made of anvil's, you'l keep this puppy floating, the nose just goes up. This board also steam rolls anything you put in its path. You want to go Mach 10 down a bumped out groomer, go ahead and flatten everything in your path with the Sushi. Just like a steam roller, the Sushi is SUPER stable. I put a fresh coat of wax on before the storm rolled in, and i was cooking around the mountain, making every high traverse, no problem.

So, its really hard to not like this board after getting to ride it in fresh, blower, and some wind affected new snow. I knew it was going to crush on the off piste and made sure to pin it in the trees and blow up everything i could while also managing a few small cliff drops. This board accomplished them all and then some, slash away.

The only reason this board doesn't get 5 stars is because its a tank. With stabiity and float sometimes can come some weight, which is fine, you just need to be prepared for it. Because its also a tank, the sidecut is a little long on this board and ends up being variable between 8-9m. When i did get on the groomers to hit the lift, I really tried to drive it edge to edge and lay down some hard carves, but it was just lacking some of the pop from turn to turn that I really enjoy. For reference I wear a size 7 stiff boot, and come in at 5'5 on a good day, so really im probably not man enough to drive this edge to edge.

In the end, you're buying this board for pow, so who cares about the groomer performance. Strap it on, and tomahawk down the celebrity line under the lift.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like the idea of this grill and wanted to really enjoy this grill. I really enjoy the double sided feature of the cast iron grill. The cast iron is both a skillet and a grill meaning you can cook on a traditional style grill on the one side, or flip it over and cook on the smooth skillet style.

The reason this doest get 5 stars from me is that the grill is very difficult to clean, and you end up with a lot of grease on the bottom of the actual grill. It still gets the job done, as I have cooked multiple meals on the grill. Not to mention, you can also drop in a rack and boil water in a pan if need be.

The versatility is there, however the maintanence/ cleaning factor for me brings it down a touch

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thes goggles are sweet. They have a great spherical lense which really opens up your field of vision. The lense adjustment/swapping system is something that you will have to get used to at first but is a solid choice for locking in magnetic, quick change lenses.

Plus, they offer a simple but great fit.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Variance is a helmet in Smith's line that just really checks all the boxes. It has a great fit, custom fit adjustment in the back, vents, and features a nice aesthetic.

I have been wearing the Variance for the passt 3-4 seasons and really thoroughly enjoy it. It keeps my head warm and best of all protected.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You really can't go wrong with a ski helmet, period. The Allure is a great option and is a solid price point for having MIPS. The helmet comes with ear covers, but is all removable so you can customize how the helmet really fits on you. Beanie underneath, or no beanie underneath, the choices is yours.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You really can't go wrong with a ski helmet, period. The Maze is a great option and is a solid price point for having MIPS. The helmet comes with ear covers, but is all removable so you can customize how the helmet really fits on you. Beanie underneath, or no beanie underneath, the choices is yours.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on December 14, 2018

5 5

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

I had the chance to demo the Force's and i tested them out on the Warpig. I really liked the performance of the binding and felt right at home crusing groomers, boosting side hits, landing on my head, and riding some pow.

I have some Union T Rice's from about 3 years ago that i really enjoy due to the stiff nature. Though not as a stiff as my other Union's, these Force's still really handle themselves, especially on some medium flex boards. I really enjoyed the way they ride and I plan on potentially picking up a pair later in the season.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on December 14, 2018

4 5

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

The Warpig is a super fun board. It has that short surf vibe to it and the board has a ton of volume due to its length and width combo. The board has suprsingly good pop and stays up in the pow no probem.

I rode the Warpig in the XS size which translates to the 142. I also own the K2 Party Platter in a 143 and even though they are only 1 cm apart, they ride drastically different. I felt like the 142 in the Warpig was a bit small for me with a stance width at 19 inches.

The board was super quick edge to edge and performed well, but I just didnt have the confidence of going for it like I did on the Party Platter. I think if I sized up to the 148 I would be more at home launching and really getting after it on the board. For reference, I am at home between a 151- 153 for my resort boards, both of which are directional twins with different profiles and shapes

All in all, I would recommend the War Pig because its super fun and rides pow great. What i would recommend more....demoing them before buying because getting the size right is going to be key for these set of boards.

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on December 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Fall Line is a tough mitten to beat. Low profile, stylish, and super warm. The quality and build of the mittens is also bar none the best I have ever worn. Though they are a mitten, the inside fingers are still seperated within a liner. I was hesitant at that fact early on, however after wearing them for the past two season, I really enjoy that they have individual fingers on the inside and havent noticed any temp difference.

Note: These mittens dont come with a wrist gaiter, so either be a bum like me and make your own, or grab some Hestra cuffs to attach. Don't forget to wax these puppies in order to keep them hydrated!

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Ian Bisantzwrote a review of on December 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

Picked these up for the girlfriend and she said they were super soft and not itchy at all, which is common for her baselayers. She likes the fit and her only worry is stretching them out potentially. However, they work well with her ski sock and boot combo and they are ready to shred.

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