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William Hooley

William Hooley

Vancouver, Whistler, BC

William Hooley's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

William Hooley's Bio

Avid split boarder and resort rider. Love to hike, swim, cliff dive, anything that my home of south west BC has to offer. Raced giant slalom and boardercross for the last 4 years and have a mother that loves me :p
Bit of a nerd when it comes to tuning/board maintenance, but I guess that's a good thing.
I also have a tendency to look like a Roman emperor^

William Hooley

William Hooleywrote a review of on October 6, 2019

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a pair of no frills mitts that would perform well out on the hill without the price point and over the top design of the big brands (HH, Arct, Hestra). I was wrong to go for these mittens. They feel very cheap, like a plastic bag sandwiched between leather and liner. They have no stretch, giving a very restricting feeling. The waterproofing is poor; you would expect a glove that is marketed for skiing/snowboarding to be waterproofed and ready to rock upon purchase, but they were not. Overall, I am not satisfied with the glove. I would have returned them, but the 30 day limit had passed before I was able to receive them, try them out and decide that they're junk. The only silver lining is that I only wasted $50 on them. I thought this brand would set a new precedent for ski/snowboard gloves/mitts, but no.

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William Hooleywrote a review of on February 24, 2016

So much visibility...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have always used electric goggles and glasses because of their toughness and simple construction. These goggles uphold that. Put on your goggles and roll your eyes around looking at the frame sitting on your face. How much do you see? With the EG2, you wont see anything except straight down the nose. I compared these goggles to every 'fishbowl' style at my local ski store and felt these had the best visibility; even more then the EG3 with the snap on lens.

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William Hooleywrote a review of on February 24, 2016

5 5

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

This sock is a quality product that has performed well for me. I enjoy its minimal thickness and formed fit. Some socks seem to be formed to fit a blowup doll, but not this one. The wool is nice and breathable, reducing the amount of sweat in your boot. It's hard to screw up a sock.

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William Hooleywrote a review of on February 24, 2016

Reliable and comfortable
5 5

I have used this helmet for half a season now and I am very happy with it. I find its versatility Is fantastic with the removable liner and customizable goggle clip on the back. The fit is nice and all the pieces seem very strong and durable. I will be using it for many years to come.

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William Hooleywrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I've just recieved this jacket and have worn it for the last few days. Initial impressions are that the fit is nice and long just as the Theta fit is said to be. I'm 6'3" and have the large. It sits nicely below my bum just as I like it. I'm 180lbs and the chest fit is functional with room to layer underneath.
The hood is extreamly large. I know it's meant to fit a helmet but i've had smaller hoods handle a helmet just fine. I have to pull all the draw chords nice and tight to have it fit/sit nicely. The brim of the hood is not very sturdy but maybe it will break in and hold a nice position with time.
There are a whole wack of extra draw chords on this jacket allowing you to fine tune the fit nicely. A standard jacket would have 2 in the hood and 1 around the bottom. This jacket has 3 in the hood (extra one from the back of the neck to the back of the head) and 2 around the bottom (extra one around the hips, where a backpack waste strap would sit). The overly sized hood can be controled by the 3 draw chords so I would not call it a set back. It is very easy to put the hood up when zipped up all the way because of the 'drop hood' design.
I'll upload some photos of the jacket soon!
Any questions i'd be happy to answer

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William Hooleywrote a review of on November 14, 2013

Didn't like the highback wing...
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To be honest I did not like the highback wing on these. I found it got in the way and didn't really do anything. The asymmetrical ankle strap on the other hand is fantastic! It really adds when you lean back or forward covering more surface area of your boot. The full cover foot bed is nice and comfy under foot and is on almost all burton bindings recently.
I also didn't like the toe cap strap. It did not stretch to fit at all and would always slip when I tried to ratchet it down tight.
Over all I think this binding was a bit of a flop but it did hold me to my board for a few seasons so it does have a place in my heart.

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William Hooleywrote a review of on November 12, 2013

5 5

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

Tons of ways to wear and use. I love how stretchy it is. Big thick fleece neck warmers always slide down my face I find. It is also very easy to breathe through if you cover your mouth with it. Dries very quickly and is easily washed.
I'll be using this for the forseeable future!

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William Hooleywrote a review of on November 11, 2013

Amazing camber
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The S-rocker profile on this board is beyond amazing. The float it has keeps me above the deep stuff far along the flats at the end of a run. You can feel the big blunt nose pull up above the snow like it has a flotation device on the front. Better than the hovercraft I would think because there's no option to ride switch when weaving between trees or traversing with the hovercraft. I'm 175lbs and ride the 164. I ride a big boarder-cross board so i'm used to the size but would still recommend going bigger for extra float and support.

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