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Soul Positionwrote a review of on August 17, 2019

5 5

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

I’ve only used it once but I took this paddle onto the lake for 3 hours. I’m still relatively new to sup but I’ve tried 4 or 5 different paddles through demos. This one is strong, stiff and comfortable! It breaks down well for travel, and with the lock pin and clamps, it feels solid and rigid when stroking. And, not that this was a determining factor, but it has arguably the coolest graphics on a paddle as well. I think it’s a good balance between performance and portability. Going to keep this one.

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Soul Positionwrote a review of on March 25, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I had to order these to check them out. There aren't any shops in my area that stock this binding and I was very curious. Overall I'm not as impressed as I was expecting or rather hoping to be. There are some pros and cons to this binding, but to me the cons outweighed the pros so I sent them back. Keep in mind, I haven't ridden them, just inspected them, however I've been riding for ~25 years, so I can anticipate what I'd get out of them.

These bindings are pretty lightweight, but in my hands, they didn't seem much lighter if any than this season's union T. Rice bindings I compared them against.

I do like the canted footbeds, and also, the asymmetrical highback is slightly canted... I have not seen any mention of this, even in ride's video.. I thought that was a pretty cool feature.

The footbeds are nice and plush and the toe strap looks super comfy and grippy, some buddies of mine ride the capo's and love them. I found the ankle strap to be a little too minimalistic. It just seems like when really digging into a deep toeside turn, there might not be enough support, but that is just based on appearance. I haven't been able to test.

My biggest issue with these is the LACK of adjustability. The baseplate and heel cup have some room to adjust, but, the ankle strap is non-negotiable. It's fixed in its position so if you prefer it a little higher on your boot, you're SOL.

Also, the highback rotation is just simply lacking, it almost defeats the canted highbacks purpose. I can't align it w/the heel side edge of the board enough to be happy, it's not that it's too stiff, it's the mechanism that attaches the highback to the heelcup. I'm just not impressed with the engineering behind it.

Finally, the tool-less forward lean adjustment from previous seasons has been removed in place for a forward lean that requires a philips head... very disappointing for on the fly adjustments.. b/c there aren't any!

If you're willing to overlook these issues then these might be the right binding for you, but to me, they just didn't live up to the hype, especially at this price point. Overall, I was expecting more from Ride's highest end binding. I think you're essentially paying for the Carbon and the nifty Case. Just a little Disappointed.

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Soul Positionwrote a review of on December 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great little bag. Fits perfectly into the overhead carry on compartment on all airlines i've traveled with so far. The bag opens to a lot of space that can easily pack for an extended trip.

While many carry on luggage is extendable, Dakine has made it to where the extended part of the bag is not adjustable. It is an extended suitcase.

There is only one con for me with this bag, the legs for the suitcase to stand upright are on the extended part of the bag, so if not properly packed ( i suggest putting heaver items towards the bottom or legs of the compartment so it is not top-heavy) then this bag has the tendency to tip over.

Like i said, it's a tough bag, great build, great durable material, just doesn't stand up as good as others.

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Soul Positionwrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great mittens. I have worn them in all types of conditions and have not gotten cold hands. They have kept me warm in negative temps, and don't overheat in warmer temps. The leather is a good barrier against wet, but if it's real slushy then they might get a little damp.

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Soul Positionwrote a review of on February 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up the 90L in black/blue. I absolutely love this bag! It's HUGE! It has taken over as my go to bag for my snowboard gear. It fits it all no problem, I packed bindings, helmet, backpack, pants, cold weather insulated jacket and boots in this thing w/room to spare. The stow-away back pack straps are probably my favorite feature. When the bag gets heavy, don't walk at a 45 degree angle, just pull out the back pack straps and hoist this beast onto your back!

Interior is very easy to clean and I have used it several times for week long trips/vacations (VEGAS BABY!).

Now there is a 100L... Very Tempting!
A must have for any traveler.

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Soul Positionwrote a review of on January 6, 2014

3 5

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

I just got this jacket in, and have some initial impressions. First, I own 3 other 686 jackets. They are my favorite brand besides Oakley and Ride's capp3l line. But, to be honest, I'm not that impressed with their catalog this year. . This is by far the slimmest fitting 686 jacket I have purchased. I am 5'11" and 170 lbs w/a 41" chest. I purchased a medium. The fit through the midsection is exactly what i was looking for; it's very tapered and trim.

However, it gets a little tight when layering at the point where my shoulder meets my chest, basically the underarm. I'm not the biggest guy in the world, but I'm pretty fit and have a lean athletic build. If this jacket was a bit bigger in the underarm area, I would love my size Medium.

The asymmetrical zipper is a great innovation, it allows for the face mask to cover my face without the sensation of cold metal against my skin. Haven't busted it out in the snow yet so not sure if it will freeze up like the reviewer below mentioned. But, since it is an exposed zipper rather than covered like my other coats, it is a possibility.

The Hood is not big enough to cover my helmet, but i don't usually wear a hood w/my helmet on so no loss there.

It is a thin shell, and pretty lightweight. I can see myself putting it in my pack on days. I would not wear this coat in very cold temperatures unless I had lots of layers on underneath, however as I mentioned earlier I can't really go more than 2 thermals without it getting uncomfortable. I will probably be sending the coat back simply b/c they are out of stock in a Large in the Black. At my size I think a L would be a better fit, but an XL is probably too big.

All in all, I give it 3.5 stars,

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