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Sam Bwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

4 5

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

So I really want to like these shoes. I consider the bushidos the gold standard for really aggressive trail where rocks shred most soles, and I wanted something rugged enough not to fall apart but a bit cushier to handle longer approaches on pavement and long gradual downhills. These fit that bill exactly - the sole is spectacular and very grippy, and they are cushioned enough with enough drop to go fast on more gentle terrain where I can really open up my stride.

Two downsides have caught my attention worth noting. First off: my feet tend to get a bit hot in these - not a problem I've noticed with other shoes, but also not a deal-breaker. Secondly: the thick, cushy sole is also their weakness: it is narrow, which means that they don't provide much lateral stability and my ankles tend to roll. This means that even though the sole can handle very rugged terrain, they don't seem to be stable enough to handle it. But other than that it's a great shoe!

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Sam B

Sam Bwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

3 5

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

These shoes are incredibly good for what they're supposed to do - they're grippy and comfy. They're padded enough and have enough drop to handle a long and sustained downhill at a good pace, but are still light. The only downside is unfortunately a big one: the sole on this newer model. The outer part of the sole appears to be small panels that are glued on. I had these start falling off after 100 miles or so - and this wasn't a one-time thing. I'm at probably 150 or 200 miles now an I've glued at least 4 of these little panels back on. It's a bummer - based on fit, performance, and fit alone this is a 5-star shoe and I happily went through two pairs of the older model. Unfortunately this is a major design/construction flaw that really affects the lifetime of the shoe (I'd expect 500 miles or so).

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Sam B

Sam Bwrote a review of on March 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

These things are made to perform on technical and sharp terrain, and they don't disappoint - I haven't found anything better for really aggressive trails. They're nice and light, but you can still jump onto a pointed rock and have it feel no worse than stepping off a curb onto a flat street. They are not very padded but protect well - they're not my first choice for long approaches on pavement or long gradual downhills where you can really open up your stride, but hey: that's not what they're for! I've thrown these at the toughest trails with the sharpest rocks around and they hold up great. Awesome!

I have narrow feet and they fit like a glove (like most sportiva shoes) - I could see how these could be hard for bigger feet.

Edit: I've since also figured out that once they have been properly worked over by many miles of hard trail, they work great as a comfy pair of hiking shoes for when you don't need tons of ankle support. I'm on my 6th pair of these by now and have every intent of getting a 7th when they finally wear out.

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Sam B

Sam Bwrote a review of on February 1, 2015

5 5

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

So let me get this out of the way: I have never been disappointed with a norrona fleece. I have an old Narvik Warm 3 - 6 years old, probably worn it 300+ days, and it's finally showing signs of being ready for retirement... I haven't tested the durability of this yet, but I haven't taken it off for 3 days. It fits a bit more baggy than most insulating layers, but it's just fine under a jacket.

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Sam B

Sam Bwrote a review of on April 22, 2009

4 5

If you want a split board without paying the cash for a ready-made one, this kit will do the trick. I took an old board, and after 6 hours in the shop I had a new split board. It's not too tough to do - just takes some time. As far as using it goes... Skinning is not easy. This is no fault of the kit and with practice it works well, especially with the amount of grip the tractor skins get. The board rides well. You can't expect a board to ride the same if it's cut in half, but the kit system is actually amazingly good: it holds well and sturdy, doesn't chatter, and the board keeps quite a bit of its snap. All in all, if you want a cheap split board, and don't mind investing some time, this is for you.

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Sam Bwrote a review of on April 1, 2009

5 5

This board is perfect for anyone not interested in riding park. I'm 5'7", 145lbs and like a bigger board for high speeds and powder. It does that perfect: the edges hold and don't let go, the flex is snappy, and best of all it doesn't chatter on crud and choppy groomers. It really shines in powder, the taper helps with float and stomping drops is a breeze. Also, even with the taper, it still rides switch ok. The ICS is overrated - infinite stance options are unnecessary and just another burton gimmick to keep people from using bindings from other manufacturers. The only advantage of the ICS is that it's real easy to change the setback on powder days. Ranting aside, it's an amazing board.

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