Pros: small and light, easy to use, easy to set/adjust the combo,
Cons: its not a definate prevention, just a deterrant, the 76cm can be a bit short,
bought this a few weeks ago at a local shop just for peace of mind. it's small enough and light enough to fit in almost any pocket unobtrusively.
I found thought that the 76cm can be a bit short for some situations, or if you're trying to lock more than one board to something. Its definitely not going to stop someone who really wants your stuff, but it will definitely make them think twice, or go find something easier.
Pros: comfortable straps, side bottle pocket, multiple board/ski carry possibilities, insulated hydration sleeve in shoulder strap
Cons: a bit weighty (1.5kg), no organizer pockets for school stuff,
As there is no listing for the 2011 model, I'm putting it here under the 2010. First off, I actually wanted the normal heli pro, but after seeing it in the stores and comparing the regular and the DLX models, I decided on the DLX. The only real differences between the 2 are that the regular heli pro has organizer pockets inside of the shovel pocket in the front, for pens and calculater or whatever kinda stuff, while the DLX does not Though this doesn't really bother me that much. The other difference is that the DLX has a pocket on the side that when opened, a mesh pocket pops out to hold your bottle of water or keys or smokes or whatever you want to keep handy, but still pretty secure (drawstring bungee closure on top). It also has a small camera/key pocket on the waist strap(even has a little clip inside so you dont worry about dropping or losing stuff if you drop em) And last but not least, the DLX has a flap on the backside of the pack (between you and the bag) that you can use to carry your board horizontally.
Even though the DLX weighs roughly twice as much as the normal heli pro 20L (700 vs 1500g) I really wanted to have the bottle and waist-strap key pockets.
Ive used the bag for a few weeks now as an everyday school bag and theres enough room to pack several notebooks and the like inside and the bottle pocket on the side is also quite handy.
While the front pocket is designed for a shovel, it also has vents, for lack of a better word, so that the melted snow can drain out. This however makes it so that if you want to put things in there other than your shovel, they might get wet.
Overall a very well thought out, functional, sturdy bag.
Pros: headphone hole in pocket and guide near collar, warm, easy to layer, pocket tightening pulls,
Cons: seams/threads come undone, doesnt breath well,
Fit: Just right
My Size: L
Fits Like: L
Description: form-fitting, but not too snug
bought this last year at a local shops warehouse sale for cheap. fell in love. it fits great(Im 5'11 190/ 180cm 85kg), layers well, looks good (even on its own as a light jacket), and is very comfortable to wear. I have the jacket in mocha, and while it was happenstance that I bought the jacket in this color, I really like it. Had it over a year now and other than a couple seams that have started to come undone, nothing really major to complain about. The mesh lined pockets are sewn in such a way that on the inside, you can also use the space between the pockets and the jacket as pockets. the audio hole in the left pocket with the little elastic loop near the collar are nice when using your ipod too. Give it only 3*s though because of the random seams coming undone and because alot of times i end up sweating because it doesnt breath too awfully well.
Pros: clear vision, dont fog easily, silicone inside of strap,
Cons: peripheral vision a bit limited,
I've managed to pick up a couple pairs of these. I love the way they fit (med face). I also use them with my RED Mutiny, and there is no problems with gogg/helmet fit. I also really like that the silicone inside of the straps keep them from sliding easily. Only downside is that the peripheral vision is a bit limited... My figments have a bit more, but the spys dont have double vision like my figments do.
Pros: 2 lenses, look cool, fit great with RED helmets,
picked these up from a guy on sierra a year or so ago... have been riding/loved them since! they came with a second lens for low-light/cloudy conditions, but ive only usually used them on bluebirds. they fit great, have nice clear optics, and fit great with RED helmets. i think my only negative worth mentioning would be is that if you hold your mouth right, and are looking for it(actually notice it) sometimes, there is a glare from inside, a double vision type of thing. but if you're not concentrating on it, you wouldn't normally see it (ie... on the hill)
ok, so this was my first pair of binders after a cheaper pair, so it was a substantial jump up, but it was a nice one. aside from the ICS/EST combo, which in itself is great for fine-tuning your stance setup, these binders are soft enough to get comfy in, but still responsive. i've found though that when i crank em down though, that i get a couple pressure points.... but only when standing, or on the lift. when riding, they just feel wonderful. in the end- soft, plush, but still responsive to ride em about anywhere.
I LOVE this board! I found this board (with '08 uninc bindings) locally for a steal and HAD to pick it up! I've ridden it a bit over a season now and I just love the kitteh! I picked the board up for a steal locally, and although its (from me) never seen a park, I love the way it rides on the mtn. It turns easy, its fast, stable, and holds a great edge. Im pretty sure my 156 is a bit small for an all-mtn board, for my weight, but I've still been able to carve it all to hell and turn it on a dime, so therefore I'm still gonna keep it around for days I just wanna play around.
I actually want to try to find a 160 because I want to have the same smooth riding, but with just a bit of a bigger board.
Pros: water bladder compatible, integrated whistle,, lined goggle pocket,
Cons: fairly small,
I picked this up last year on sale in the roasted brown camoflage. I really like that I can use my camelback, but there is nowhere to secure the tube on the shoulder strap. Ive used this a couple different days up on the hill, but must say theres not really room for much more than a camelback, a couple sandwiches, and a redbull or two. Because of this, I usually just use this pack when riding my bike. When out on my bike, I usually use the board straps to hold/store a hoodie or a jacket.
Not a bad pack, just wish it were a bit bigger.
Cons: only 5k breathing, double velcro'd back pockets,
Pant Fit: Just right
My Size: L
Fits Like: L
Description: not too much so, but comfortably baggy
I'm 5'10 190lbs usually wear 34 pants/jeans. I like having places to stuff everything, though between my jacket and pants, sometimes I forget where I put things. lol The 10k waterproof is quite enough, but the 5k breathability usually finds my riding the whole day with leg vents open. I like a bit of fresh air anyways so Im not too worried about this. What DOES annoy me a bit though is that there is velcro on the rear pocket flaps AND inside the pocket slit to keep it closed... it can be a bit trying sometimes when trying to dig m wallet out.
overall a solid pant.
Pros: saves the noggin, looks good, goggle gasket,
Cons: ear pads always slip down/out, ear pads press a bit hard on the ears,
I bought this helmet a couple seasons ago in order to prevent the inevitable while learning how to ride. What I like is that the helmet fits nice and snug, and is pretty warm even on cold days. Though on warmer days, even with the vents open, it can be a bit too warm.
What I'm not so hip on is the earpads. In the back where the litte velcro tab velcros to the helmet to keep it in place.... the velcro on the helmet side came off and wont restick. And then there's the earpads themselves on the sides... They have a tendancy to keep slipping down and/or out. I find myself repeatedly pushing them back up. THIS can get very annoying!
Also, I find that the earpads have a tendancy to squeeze in on my ears. I dont have big ears by anymeans... I just think that the earpads are a bit of an odd fit.
The goggle gasket is nice and keeps you from getting a nice little sun/wind burn on your forehead.
The helmet is obviously designed to work seamlessly with Anon goggles, and while my figments fit nice and snug with the helmet, my spy soldiers also work and fit quite nicely.
I only give 3 stars because of the annoyingness of the earpads slipping out, and how they can also be uncomfortable on long days.
Cons: hard to get a good grip, clumsy to swap bits, will not work with ICS,
I keep it in my pocket or in my backpack, and truth be told, ive use it on other peoples boards more than on mine. But when I've had to use it on mine ('08 UnInc), I found that it BARELY fits along the side of EST binders.... and to be able to be able to tighten them worth a damn, requires multiple partial or 1/4 turns, as you cant make a full rotation when tightening a ICS/EST setup.
Other than that I cant really fault it, the bits have held up pretty decent the last 2 seasons.
Other than that, its kinda clumsy to get open, especially with gloves on.
Its great if you've got nothing, but I think I'll be looking for something else in the future to keep in my pack.
Pros: lots of pockets, big wheels, rolls quiet, sectioned and seperate compartments, TSA reg lockable zippers, sturdy handle
Cons: can get a bit tipsy if not packed correctly, its a soft-side,
I bought this over the summer because when I came home to visit, my sister decided she wanted her suitcase back. I paired this up with the Dakine Low Roller, both in Alpine Plaid.
What I like about this bag is that its a quiet rolling, sturdy designed suitcase. The ability to zip it open and have two different sides and several compartments is quite nice. I can see where this would be good for seperating dirties from cleans, but I used the seperate top (padded and with zippers) compartments to stuff in shoes and in the other ones, fragile itemss wrapped in tshirts... The top compartments are smaller than the large bottom one, but they work great. On the bottom is one large compartment, with a mesh seperator to zip up and keep it all in. THIS is where one has to be careful, as once you get everything packed up and zipped up, if you're not careful and put the heaviest stuff towards the wheels, this will make the bag want to tip over when stood up. This bag fits enough clothes for a normal 1-2 week trip and this is why I like it. I thought about getting the large, but when combined with the low roller board bag, Ive got WAY more than enough room for EVERYTHING.
What I don't like (but still hasnt affected my 5-star rating) is that its a bit easy to tip over if you dont watch how you pack it, and airlines will make you sign a waiver when you check it, because its a soft-sided bag.
This was my first go at buying/owning a pair of boots. I spent a while looking and fitting different brands, and ended up buying Nitro in 43.3 because they fit me the best. I was also sold on the TLS system, as it makes individual adjustments in tightness to the upper and lower part of the boot possible.... and easy. Just make sure to snug up the bottom laces first, otherwise, its almost impossible to snnug them when the top is already tight.
The boot isnt too stiff and is also not too soft, kinda a mid flex, when not a shade on the softer side. I dont ride park or urban, but everywhere else, and I havent really found myself needing a stiffer boot. The times however when.... I usually just stop and tighten up the top part of the boot a bit more. Ive been riding this boot for 2 seasons now, and while the toes have packed out a bit in the toes, (I will probably get a 43 next time instead of the 43.3) Im still quite happy with my buy.
Pros: WARM!, pockets everywhere, insulated,, jacket to pants zipper,
Cons: doesnt breath too well, burlap colorway shows dirt easily,
Jacket Fit: Just right
My Size: L
Fits Like: L
Description: A bit long, in the sleeves and body
Ive got the Arctic jacket in Burlap. I must say it keeps me warm! The sherpa lining is nice and cuddly. There are pockets everywhere, enough to lose things, if you forgot which pocket its in. On really cold days in the alps I find the jacket just right with a long sleeve layer underneath. But on not so cold days, it can be a bit too warm and I usually have to ride with the pitzips open. Since Ive had the jacket its lost a bit of its water repellency, especially around the cuffs. I find, the burlap colorway also shows dirt fairly easily.
Overall I still really like the jacket, to the point that I usually wear it as my normal street jacket. I however, would probably go for a higher water/breathing rating next time.
Pros: big solid wheels, beefy zippers, padded, TSA-approved zippers, lots of room,
Cons: carrying by shoulder strap a bit unwieldy, no accessories pocket/compartment,
I bought the low roller 165(Alpine Plaid) this summer to bring back my 2 new setups to Germany from the US. I was able to fit 2 complete setups inside (one board mounted one unmounted, and the 2nd set of binders on top in the middle) I was really impressed by how quiet it rolls and how beefy the wheels are. I also bought the small split roller (also in alpine plaid) and what I was not able to fit in the split roller, I stuffed in the Low roller. In the end, I think I had a dozen or so Tshirts, and 3 or 4 pairs of jeans (I was shopping a bit while at home...) I brought back a 153 Stunt and a 159 Reverse Crew, and while the bag is a 165, Im not so sure that a 162(ish) might be pushing it, as the inside dimensions seemed a bit smaller. Also, the shoulder strap is a bit odd, unless you're carrying it, you have to basically take it off because it clips on one end on the top, and the other end on the bottom. To open the bag you also have to unclip it. When carrying the bag using the strap, because of this, its a bit unwieldy... ie the bag keeps wanting to turn.
Overall Im happy with the bag, It gets my boards from A-Z unharmed and in one piece. But for anything other than air travel I think Ill find a smaller, less bulky bag.