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Jared Downs

Jared Downs

Gearhead

White Mountains (NH) - Little Cottonwood Canyon (UT)

Jared Downs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Snowboarding
Biking
Snowshoeing

Jared Downs's Bio

East coast born and raised, but in the fall of 2013 I packed up my Ford Focus and drove west.

It was time to break away from that bland office life I constantly found myself in. I was in need of some time with the outdoors finding powder, going for hikes and building up some climbing skills.
If you've got questions that need answering or details that need examining, give me a call. I'll do everything I can to help you get the right gear.

Instagram Handle: @jared.downs

If you see any of my product reviews and they're garments, here are my measurements to give you some context:

Height: 6'0" (Just under)
Weight: 185ish LBs
Wing Span: 6'3"ish
Chest: 43"
Waist 32-33"
Inseam: 31" ish

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

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Jared Downswrote a review of on November 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used a bunch of the skratch labs products and enjoyed them all, so I figured it was time to give this ago for some post work out refueling.

Taste:
It tastes just like chocolate milk and I love chocolate milk. The taste is spot on.

Mixing:
At first it didn't mix well but I kept mixing and eventually the whole think mixed perfectly. So if yours looks clumpy....keep mixing and it'll work out!

Cost:
I do think this is a little expensive since it's identical to the nutrition facts on chocolate milk (I compared against the stuff I can get at the local grocery store and everything was almost a perfect match). But the big upside with this (that I can't do with chocolate milk) is travel easily. I've tried putting chocolate milk in a thermos before and then going to the gym, working out and then consuming the milk, and that was always a gamble on whether the milk would be good or not. There were some quesitonable days.

But with this stuff, I can hit the gym, bring this with me, work out, mix it up and then get on with my day and I don't need to worry about it going back in the next hour or two. Just leave the powder in a cup until I'm ready to add water/consume.

I've mixed this in only 6oz servings to get 24 uses out of a pouch rather than 12oz servings which give you 12 uses.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on October 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't count how many bags of this stuff I've used over the last couple years.

The only flavors I haven't tried is the Strawberries and the Passion Fruit. I'd definitely like to give those a shot.

I'm a big fan of the individual servings when on extended trips. I used this stuff on Mt Rainier and definitely was a nice way to add some happiness to some junk weather by drinking some warm Skratch.

Favorite Flavors:

1 - Lemon Lime - this is by far the best flavor and mixes the best
2 - Orange - this also mixes real well and tastes great
3 - Apples & Cinnamon - this is best warm and with a little whiskey
4 - Matcha Lemons - tastes good, I'm just not big on caffeine
5 - Pineapple - I'm not a pineapple flavor lover, but this is definitely the best tasting pineapple food I've had.
6 - Raspberry - This one mixes the worst of all the flavors I've tried but tastes good

Flavors TBD: Strawberries / Passion Fruit

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Jared Downswrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've posted this as 5 stars because it fits me great, had great construction and is mega comfy. But I'll start by saying this doesn't have the standard medium fit that most brands carry or what I'd expect of TNF shirts. And that is why I love it.

I just picked up another one in a different color and am most likely going to get the remaining colors.

Fit:
Most mediums are always super tight in the shoulders on me and perfect at the waist. And Larges always fit great in the shoulders and super wide at the waist.

The Alpine Zone fits perfectly in the shoulders for me and perfectly in the waist.

Sleeve Length:
I've got one of the Patagonia Fjord flannels from about 5 years ago and the sleeves on that were short to begin with when I got it. But the sleeves on the Alpine Zone are nice and long with good coverage.

Material:
This is a nice thicker material and definitely perfect when the temps are a tad bit cooler.

Measurements:
6' tall
180-185lbs
42/42.5" chest
32/33 waist
Most Euro larges fit me perfectly
TNF Mediums are generally too tight in the shoulders

I'll try and get a photo posted to show fit.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Flight Attendant 159cm and 162cm
Bindings: Burton Genesis EST
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: Freeride - with big powder and all-mountain qualities

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
I like this most in freeride category but it still provides a great float in powder and solid edge hold in more all-mountain type terrain.

Personal Burton Favorite:
This is the board I love the most from Burton. I've ridden it in both a 159cm and 162cm and liked both but could tell a differnent in flex and handling between the two sizes. I put a bunch of days on the 162cm and ended up opting for that size. And enjoyed this board on all the terrain at Snowbird. There are other boards out there that have nose geometry that i prefer a bit more for powder days but if you're only able to have one board, this is pretty solid across all categories.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Custom 158cm
Bindings: Burton Genesis EST
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: All-Mountain - with some freestyle/park qualities

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This is a great All-Mountain option and daily driver for the east coast riders. And a great option for the rider that occasionally hits the park.

All-Mountain All the Time:
This is a sweet board, and the only reason I don't have one in my quiver is the flex is a tad softer than my personal preference. But that is not to say the tech and geometry of this board isn't great. I think a lighter rider or rider that enjoys a medium flex board would enjoy this big time. It wouldn't be my first pick for powder but hitting everything else on the mountain would be a blast, plus I love the fact that there is nothing weird about the camber profile on this board.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Party Platter 150cm
Bindings: K2 ???
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: Powder - with party qualities

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This fills the powder part with a bit more emphasis on the party and freestyle.

Flex:
This was a fun board but it won't end up in my quiver because the flex is too soft for my liking. That's where I'd go Cool Bean and the lighter guys could go Party Platter. This was definitely fun in the deeper snow but I still like a bit more of a stiffer flex even in powder. The part I really struggle on with this board was the hardpack. It felt a bit noodle like there.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Cool Bean 144cm
Bindings: Gnu ???.
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: Powder - with party qualities

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
Ever since the stubby pow boards popped up, it felt kinda of weird calling a 144cm board a "powder board" but it is. And it's mega fun to carve on when the powder gods aren't delivering.

Versatile:
I originally rode this in a 144cm but opted to size up to the 150cm for next winter for the extra float. But it's super fun on deep days and really easy to handle. But I'm an east coaster that grew up riding hard pack, so it's nice to carve every now and then and this board is pretty fun for that. I wasn't expecting it to lay down as good of a carve since it's a 144cm board with a shorter effective edge but it's surprisingly fun.

With the board being a wider one (good for the big foots out there!) it is a tad slower edge to edge but that is really only noticeable on hardpack.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Custom 158cm
Bindings: Burton Genesis EST
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: All-Mountain - with some freestyle/park qualities

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This is a great All-Mountain option and daily driver for the east coast riders. And a great option for the rider that occasionally hits the park.

All-Mountain All the Time:
This is a sweet board, and the only reason I don't have one in my quiver is the flex is a tad softer than my personal preference. But that is not to say the tech and geometry of this board isn't great. I think a lighter rider or rider that enjoys a medium flex board would enjoy this big time. It wouldn't be my first pick for powder but hitting everything else on the mountain would be a blast, plus I love the fact that there is nothing weird about the camber profile on this board.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Ultra Mountain Twin 160cm
Bindings: Now Selects
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: All-Mountain - with freestyle and some not so deep powder capability

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This board filled the All-Mountain need for me and occasional freestyle/powder. I'm not a park rider so for me, I have no need for a jib board but this was as close as I would get to that type of board.

When You Can Have Just One:
I personally am not a fan of the term "quiver killer," since it's used to death by folks trying to describe the versatility of a board. But I think it's just an easy word to use when you don't want to take the time to describe the characteristics of a board. But If I could only have 1 snowboard, I'd go for an All-Mountain board because of versatility. Keeping in mind that there are certain areas it'd lack in but that is the trade off in only having one board. To me the CamRock profile is great groomers, hardpack, chunder, some freestyle and when the resort gets a dusting of snow and you don't want to break out the powder board for less than 6" of fresh.

Tech:
I'm not entirely certain why Jones' makes a Mountain Twin and then an Ultra Mountain Twin. If one was $400 and the other $550+ then I'd understand. I mean, there are material and performance differences between the two boards. If you're after a top end twin board, then the Ultra Mountain Twin would be the board to look at.

Size:
I rocked a 160cm on this board and loves it. Wasn't too big, wasn't too small, and worked great for me. But that being said, a lot of folks size theirs differently.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Ultra Mountain Twin 160cm
Bindings: Now Selects
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: All-Mountain - with freestyle and some not so deep powder capability

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This board filled the All-Mountain need for me and occasional freestyle/powder. I'm not a park rider so for me, I have no need for a jib board but this was as close as I would get to that type of board.

When You Can Have Just One:
I personally am not a fan of the term "quiver killer," since it's used to death by folks trying to describe the versatility of a board. But I think it's just an easy word to use when you don't want to take the time to describe the characteristics of a board. But If I could only have 1 snowboard, I'd go for an All-Mountain board because of versatility. Keeping in mind that there are certain areas it'd lack in but that is the trade off in only having one board. To me the CamRock profile is great groomers, hardpack, chunder, some freestyle and when the resort gets a dusting of snow and you don't want to break out the powder board for less than 6" of fresh.

Tech:
I'm not entirely certain why Jones' makes a Mountain Twin and then an Ultra Mountain Twin. If one was $400 and the other $550+ then I'd understand. I mean, there are material and performance differences between the two boards. If you're after a top end twin board, then the Ultra Mountain Twin would be the board to look at.

Size:
I rocked a 160cm on this board and loves it. Wasn't too big, wasn't too small, and worked great for me. But that being said, a lot of folks size theirs differently.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Explorer Split 162cm
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Quiver Position: Split - for powder and freeride

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This fills out the Split category of your quiver, but is a sweet board to go with for the lighter guys.

A Do-Everything Split:
This is a sweet board similar to the Solution but it's geared towards a rider that doesn't want as stiff of a board. It's closer to a medium flex which is great for the newer riders or the guys that are on the lighter side. It's still great for all things in the Backcountry.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Mountain Twin 160cm
Bindings: Rome Arsenal (old ones from 2008)
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: All-Mountain - with freestyle and some not so deep powder capability

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This board filled the All-Mountain need for me and occasional freestyle/powder. I'm not a park rider so for me, I have no need for a jib board but this was as close as I would get to that type of board.

When You Can Have Just One:
I personally am not a fan of the term "quiver killer," since it's used to death by folks trying to describe the versatility of a board. But I think it's just an easy word to use when you don't want to take the time to describe the characteristics of a board. But If I could only have 1 snowboard, I'd go for an All-Mountain board because of versatility. Keeping in mind that there are certain areas it'd lack in but that is the trade off in only having one board. To me the CamRock profile is great groomers, hardpack, chunder, some freestyle and when the resort gets a dusting of snow and you don't want to break out the powder board for less than 6" of fresh.

Size:
I rocked a 160cm on this board and loves it. Wasn't too big, wasn't too small, and worked great for me. But that being said, a lot of folks size theirs differently.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Mountain Twin 160cm
Bindings: Rome Arsenal (old ones from 2008)
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: All-Mountain - with freestyle and some not so deep powder capability

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This board filled the All-Mountain need for me and occasional freestyle/powder. I'm not a park rider so for me, I have no need for a jib board but this was as close as I would get to that type of board.

When You Can Have Just One:
I personally am not a fan of the term "quiver killer," since it's used to death by folks trying to describe the versatility of a board. But I think it's just an easy word to use when you don't want to take the time to describe the characteristics of a board. But If I could only have 1 snowboard, I'd go for an All-Mountain board because of versatility. Keeping in mind that there are certain areas it'd lack in but that is the trade off in only having one board. To me the CamRock profile is great groomers, hardpack, chunder, some freestyle and when the resort gets a dusting of snow and you don't want to break out the powder board for less than 6" of fresh.

Size:
I rocked a 160cm on this board and loves it. Wasn't too big, wasn't too small, and worked great for me. But that being said, a lot of folks size theirs differently.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Storm Chaser 147cm
Bindings: Now Drive
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Quiver Position: Powder - with party board qualities

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
I've got this filling the powder board need but it is a board I'd also rock on a spring day when conditions are less prime and the beer flows like the wine where...

Surf The Snow:
The riding intent is in the name. It's all about deep days and deep turns. But this board is surprisingly fun to carve on and get mess around when the conditions aren't blower. At first I didn't think this board would carve as well because of the shorter effective edge and wider nose, but it is mega fun to get this board up on an edge and lean it over.

Sizing:
This one is tricky to size due to the combo of it being a swallow tail and the nose being so wide. I've ridden the 147cm a few times and am definitely on the upper end of the weight for that board.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Explorer Split 162cm
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Quiver Position: Split - for powder and freeride

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This fills out the Split category of your quiver, but is a sweet board to go with for the lighter guys.

A Do-Everything Split:
This is a sweet board similar to the Solution but it's geared towards a rider that doesn't want as stiff of a board. It's closer to a medium flex which is great for the newer riders or the guys that are on the lighter side. It's still great for all things in the Backcountry.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Explorer Split 162cm
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Quiver Position: Split - for powder and freeride

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
This fills out the Split category of your quiver, but is a sweet board to go with for the lighter guys.

A Do-Everything Split:
This is a sweet board similar to the Solution but it's geared towards a rider that doesn't want as stiff of a board. It's closer to a medium flex which is great for the newer riders or the guys that are on the lighter side. It's still great for all things in the Backcountry.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Hovercraft Split 156cm
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: Split Board

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
For me the Hovercraft split is a do everything type split in the backcountry that you can get without having to sacrifice an arm and a leg like the Ultracraft. If you find yourself doing some splitboard mountaineering and the conditions are variable, this is a great board to have.

Great for Touring:
On the deeper days, the nose doesn't stay down under the snow. It just wants to pop back up to the surface, thanks to the wide rockered nose. It also handles tight chutes and steep slopes well.

Size:
This is where things get wonky. I've rode a 156cm Ultracraft and enjoyed it a ton, for splitboarding this is where I should size up even more to the 160cm Hovercraft split. But sizing Hovercraft/Ultracraft splits can be tricky.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Ultracraft Split 156cm
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 10
Quiver Position: Split Board

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
For me the Ultracraft split is a do everything type split in the backcountry. I mean, no one goes out in search or hardpack and ice when touring and but if you find yourself doing some splitboard mountaineering and the conditions are variable, this is a great board to have.

A Dream for touring:
I've ridden the Ultracraft and loved it. It had a better feel to it than the Hovercraft, I'd describe it as a more precise feel. Like the Hovercraft, it rode super well in deeper snow, with the nose almost impossible to sink.... it just wants to pop back up to the surface that to the wide rockered nose. It also handles tight chutes and steep slopes well.

Size:
This is where things get wonky. I've rode a 156cm Ultracraft and enjoyed it a ton, for splitboarding this is where I should size up even more to the 160cm Ultracraft split. But sizing Hovercraft/Ultracraft splits can be tricky.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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Jared Downswrote a review of on September 22, 2017

The Split To Rule Them All
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Board: Solution 161cm
Bindings: Spark R&D Dyno DH's
Boots: Scarpa Aliens
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Height: 6'0''
Rider Boot Size: 28
Quiver Position: Split - for powder and freeride

My ideal quiver includes:
Powder / Freeride-Freestyle / All-Mountain / Party or Jib / Split Board

Quiver:
I've got a couple splits and this one hands down wins out every time. It's super lightweight which puts me at an advantage on the uphill and still rides incredibly well on the down hill. Plus I've got a Flagship for the resort and the Solution is the split version of that.

My Do-Everything Split:
This split is the split of splits. From the mega light weight (Dan has the weight spec'd in his review) to the over all flex and shape, this board is killer for the backcountry. I've had it for a few season and absolutely love the thing. The only thing I would change is sizing up a little more for slightly better float in deep snow on the uphill and more float on the ride down as well. But if you're after a lightweight set up and an awesome ride, this is the board to go with. I've taken this up Shasta and side slipped 2000 feet of miserable 40 degree ice, ridden sun cupped snow on Rainier, ridden tight lines like Terminal Cancer in Elko and all over the Wasatch. I can't think of another split that I'd rather have had for those days.

Set Up:
I've got mine set up as a hardboot set up. I personally love the ease of use of the set up, but I've also used it with other splitboard bindings like the Voile Speed Rails, etc. To me this board works great for a wide range of set ups.

Board Selection:
There are a range of board options and this one might be for you....and it might not. Let's chat to make sure. We can also talk shop on boot, binding and board combos and how each part of the set up effects the others for your specific situation.

I'd encourage you to hit me up via email - jdowns@backcountry.com
(this way I'll get these during off hours)

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