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tatumvaywrote a review of on January 26, 2016

5 5

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

What’s up with the price of beanies these days? These essentials can run you anywhere from 15-30 USD each! To make matters worse, when you’re in the backcountry, it’s recommended you carry two because sweat-soaked beanies equal cold domes!

But this Spacecraft Otis Beanie combo has got you covered; two premium, stylish beanies for under 45 bones. These fold-over beanies are 100% acrylic and sport a sweet Spacecraft patch. They are soft, feel good, and most importantly, are warm!

Get them from Backcountry.com right now! They went on sale a week after I bought them and those guys still gave me the price adjustment for the 20% off. They pretty much rock, and this is a combo-pack you shouldn’t pass up!

Check out photos on www.splitboarddecision.com

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tatumvaywrote a review of on January 22, 2016

Splitborder's pack; ordered two more
5 5

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

If you don't need an airbag pack, this is a great option for splitboarders! Plenty of room inside and ultra-accessible avy pocket.

- Love the A-Frame carry; the straps will come completely off, so no sliding your boards into place. I was able to lay the pack down on the ground and attach them when I needed to A-Frame.
- Very compact when full. I filled mine to the brim with avy tools, a mid layer, snacks, water bottle, a Grand Trunks hammock, and 1L thermos of tea (with more room for skins if I decided to put them into my pack); when full, it still retained a very slim look and didn't look like a huge bulgy bag hanging off my back. Not sure if it would have also fit my outer layer if it was hot though.
- Comfortable straps and a hip belt that actually works, unlike some packs that are just straps and don't actually spread the weight.
- Great helmet carry that keeps the helmet on the outside for more room inside.
- Hydration bladder compatible, with insulated sleeve, if you carry one.
- Avy pocket- even when my helmet was cinched down all the way, I was able to grab my probe and shovel with ease. The avy pocket even has a special metal zipper pull. I hope I never need to use it, but good to know it's there. I have a larger shovel (Voile Telepro) that hasn't fit in some bags I've used, but there was plenty of room here.
- Ski carry was great for my poles on the way down.

Just bought two more of these, one for my girlfriend and another one as a back up since they were on sale.

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tatumvaywrote a review of on July 29, 2015

Great in-the-middle bag
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a solid bag. I own two of them (got them at deep discounts, thanks to Backcountry.com!)

I've used this bag all over the resort and for day tours in the backcountry; I love the feature set (especially goggle pocket) and the on-the-go hydration helps me save a lot of money at the resort by letting me stash snacks, coffee and water. I also keep a GoPro pole and extra batteries.

I wish the load-bearing system was a bit better for both the shoulder straps and the waist; at the end of the day, you definitely feel like you wore a backpack all day versus some other, bigger bags I own with proper load-bearing systems that don't wear me out.

But those are not enough to disqualify this bag for consideration; the horizontal snowboard carry is great in the backcountry if there aren't a lot of obstacles and the pack will hold full ski poles, snowshoes, and gear all the way down your run without being floppy and throwing you off your ride. I was pleasantly surprised how well this worked for shorter day tours. Only thing it's missing is a dedicated avvy-gear pocket; had to store my shovel and probe where I could fit them.

In the end, it's a tough consideration; a backpack for the resort? There are better options. Good for the backcountry? It does well, but it's definitely not a backcountry backpack. It's kind of in the middle; great pack for school/work but doubles as a snowboard backpack.

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tatumvaywrote a review of on July 29, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a solid bag. I own two of them (got them at deep discounts, thanks to Backcountry.com!)
I’ve used this bag all over the resort and for short day tours (3-5 hours) in the backcountry; I love the feature set (especially goggle pocket) and the on-the-go hydration helps me save a lot of money throughout the day not buying liters of water and keeping a Thermos-full of coffee with me to not buy coffee!

I wish the load-bearing system was a bit better for both the shoulder straps and the waist; at the end of the day, you definitely feel like you wore a backpack all day versus some other, bigger bags I own with proper load-bearing systems that don’t wear me out.

But those are not enough to disqualify this bag for consideration; the horizontal snowboard carry is great in the backcountry if there aren’t a lot of obstacles and the pack will hold full ski poles, snowshoes, and gear all the way down your run without being floppy and throwing you off your ride. I was pleasantly surprised how well this worked for day tours.

In the end, it’s a tough consideration; a backpack for the resort? There are better options. Good for the backcountry? It does well, but it’s definitely not a “backcountry” backpack. It’s kind of in the middle; great pack for school/work but doubles as a snowboard backpack.

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tatumvaywrote a question about on March 7, 2011

I'm heavier than most people here: I'm 5'8" and 205-210 with a pretty athletic build and I was wondering if I should stick with 161cm or get away with a 157cm for all-mountain riding?

I usually ride a 160cm when I rent (this is my first board purchase) and it seems to do pretty nice for me. I don't want to go with a 157cm and be too heavy for it. Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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