Ian Buckinghamwrote a question about Smith Maze Helmet on January 9, 2016
are the ear pads removable?
I strive to start my day with a good speedwing flight in the morning- to lead to some climbing or riding in the afternoon- then hope to catch another adventure around sunset- The daily grind.
are the ear pads removable?
These are as confidence boosting as hard shell pads, but so comfortable and low profile I take them on any trail that's high speed or technical. Lasted a whole season and going strong
If your short a PFD, get one! You don't get much better for the price so if you just scored that 2 day raft trip put your order in now. These do work for Kayaking but if thats your primary use put down the extra dough for a PFD with more range of motion.
Warning: these might render your underwear drawer obsolete. Well worth the extra $ to get the 9 inch to prevent any riding up on your thighs. these feel great against your skin, don't get stinky, and dry fast even if you use as swim shorts. if your thighs are a little beefier like mine just know they will be snug. I wish they were slightly more affordable, so i ask for them as birthday gifts.
I use these for Mountain biking, climbing, paragliding, and anything else i need some quick hand protection for. No crazy bells and whistles they just work (though i do wish the loops were big enough to fit a standard carabiner through). Not to hot in the summer since the fo-leather is very thin and slightly breathable, and that being said there is limited warmth . After nearly a year of heavy use there is very little damage to them when they pass on i'll get another pair. The dexterity is amazing and the price omits the need for babying, and they make it through a washing machine just fine without changing size or shape. they stay in my truck waiting for the next adventure.
For me this board is great for any day. Great float if you are already fairly strong with deep pow, and fantastic edge hold on hard or variable snow. The only negative i have is that it broke in and got VERY soft after about 60 days. that being said its a great ride but consider stiffer boards if you ride extremely hard(or have this just be for those playful days).
My GF loves this shell jacket when it gets Cold/Stormy/windy, or when you just need to keep the fluffy stuff from sneaking up your shirt. Good hood, good vents, good fit, powder skirt. She doubles it's use as a cool-weather rain jacket.
At first I had to return these because my 10.5 size boots didn't fit the Medium bindings, But they are well worth throwing down the extra dough!
-Easy to switch to and from Ride/hike modes
-Not much more money than buying a different binding system from scratch
-put your foot close to the board and press the halves together to make it feel like a solid board
-support small company that make an excellent product, and they will work hard to please you
-Hard to justify purchasing if you already have a splitboard binding system
-takes a long time for initial setup, and slight McGivering might be required
When mounting the K-rams I used a bastard file to take off about a 1/8" of metal from the overlapping tongues that contribute the solid feeling the bindings give (this is recommended by the manufacturer in some cases due to slight differences in the mounting holes on boards) and i zip-tied the toe and heelstrap adjustment tabs to prevent accidentally hitting them while splitting(I even do this to regular bindings, It's my signature move). The ease of switching modes is outstanding as you can sometimes do so with out taking your feet from the binding, but most of the time ice buildup prevents that leisure. If you visit Karakoram's website they have crampons, wires, vert adapters, etc. that backcountry.com is yet to carry (Hint, Hint). it would even be possible to use the same bindings on many boards if you purchase an extra interface.
Overall I say splitting can't be easier with any other system. They to save up the extra money to get these. HAPPY SPLITTING!
Light Lasal Powder
Lightweight and super compatible. great for skinning up then storing in a pack discretely. The handles flip up risers really easily Not meant for skiing in my opinion as the need for compactability isn't there and they aren't extremely sturdy, but could be great to keep as a spare if you are guiding a large group? Be aware that my 2013's used griptape like material instead of low profile handles (for sidehilling) like the BD expeditions. It still worked really well.
I have been riding on the 390's and targas for years now. i am currently reviewing the 2013 targa: These binding are great for holding and edge and carving hard. they can make a so-so board handle very well with great power transfer to the heel and toe edge.
-for myself who likes a wider stance the canting is great.
-the adjustability is outstanding for those who are trying to dial in their stance just right.
-the piston highjack adjustment is (when it works) the easiest
-as stiff as you want
-highback adjustment unreliable?
-toestrap coming undone
-footbed design is a pain
So with that being said: if you buy a binding for over $250 they should just work. I rarely adjust my stance or remove my bindings so with slight modifications i made them work great.
-the highback didn't adjust on my left foot so I JB welded it to my preference
-the toe cup straps would loosen (on the adjustment side, not the ratchet side) so i zip-ted them down at desired length (fine unless you ride different boots or loan your board.
I recommend these binding still, but advise you to keep warranty info, and use them on your hard charging board. Not as good for hiking because of their weight, and i don't advise them if you adjust stance often/use many different pairs of boots.