This board is sick. I've ridden CustomX and BaronES boards in the past, then took a break for a couple years and tried a rocker stick. I really missed what camber did for me on the steep runs so this year I came back to camber and love it.
I took the CustomX out to Jackson Hole for a few days and forgot how precise this board is. When you are burning down a steep run, through a mogul field, or doing sidecountry I was reminded how the CustomX takes you wherever you tell it. I never had a moment where you initiate a turn, realize the board won't be coming around exactly as planned, and had to redirect to a slide or lower angle turn instead...everything I did, even when my legs were getting tired, the board just responded.
I'm sure some of that is coming onto a factory fresh board from my old rocker toy that's been beat on for a couple years, but I loved it! When you have to carve on the steeps the board is there for you. No washing out. you have the control needed to swing this around and get yourself out of trouble or into a nice stretch of powder!
I was also impressed that even since I purchased the wide variant, the edge to edge response is very quick.
You can't go wrong with the stainless steel edges either that don't rust up while your board is drying out for the night.
The edges and base took a beating from early season rocks, but everything seemed to hold up well with no core shots or edge dings so the construction seems possibly stronger than prior years or else I'm managing rock hits better. I still wish it had the 45:10 edge to give it a little more beef.
Wow, sounds great just don't fall down...music stops. Fist bump your friend? Music starts again. Hit a mogul? It stops. Turn your head? Lose one ear. Turn it the other way, lose both ears. Do nothing for 10 minutes...music mysteriously returns, then pauses, then returns, then crackles...
Everything I have ever bought from Skullcandy is crap. They have some crazy marketing machine convincing everyone they produce a quality product, but I have never been impressed.
The volume knob on this is awful. When you adjust it the sound goes in and out and brings static. In some positions it stays that way and you have to readjust.
There is a breakaway connection to the control knob and one to each headset. So, 3 junctures in total. None of them are solid connections. The main one above the control is the worst and needs to be taped up and tucked inside your helmet.
When everything is working, though, the sound quality of music and calls is very good.
I bought this in 2013 from Smith, so it looks slightly different than the one pictured but is the most recent available.
The only pant I've found that would top this would be the Burton 3L pant, but only if it had the pockets and features of the 2L.
I've had this pant for several years. I currently bought the 2013 and figured I'd compare it to one from a few years ago.
First off, the sizing is different than it used to be. I'm a 36x32 and used to fit into the large very comfortable. The 2013 large for me was too snug with even a mid-weight base layer underneath. If I added pads or full pockets it'd be an uncomfortable day of riding. So I had to move to the XL which was much more roomy, if not a little too much space.
The 2013 Stagger has HUGE mesh lined vents. The one on the side goes from the hip to the knee and there's a big one in the crotch. The only downside of vents this large is when you have them full open they look more like saddle pants. But I'll take it for that much venting! Love the mesh, when we spill in powder, we'll keep the snow out.
The GoreTex material is rougher than prior years thus seems more durable. While it isn't an insulated pant, I have never needed anything other than a mid weight layer in even the coldest conditions.
Nice big cargo pockets on the side so you can load them up with your cameras, cliff bars, tools or whatever. So even if you change coats during the day, you can keep all your important gear with you. The upper front pockets and rear pockets are all zippered so you won't be losing your wallet.
It is really the best featured snowboard pant I have found and I've looked around a lot.
Only thing I miss over prior years is the zipper jacket to pants interface. Burton took it out this year so all you have is three loops that you can use to connect to a powder skirt. It isn't going to keep you bone dry when you go for a long slide like the zipper will, but it's better than nothing.
The jacket has good pocket layout, great build quality, and enough layers inside to have it lightly insulated but not heavy. You could wear it on warm days with only a small base layer and you'd be okay.
I have a 2010 Burton Jacket and the sizing this year is smaller. Where I could fit into a L in the past, with room for comfort, it was a little snug this year (both Stagger pants and jacker) making me move to an XL in both so that I could comfortably put a layer underneath.
Wish it had mesh on the vent so I could open up the vents on warm days and not be afraid of big powder falls filling me up with powder.
Burton has also gone away from the Zipper jacket to pants interface. That's too bad. It was a GREAT feature giving you the powder defense of a one piece with the style and flexibility of a two piece. Seems that everyone except Volcom is going to those 3 little snap tabs this year to connect Jacket to Pants. If you've taken a big butt slide fall down a long slope...you know how well they work! :) (your back will be full of snow)
Bring me back zippers and mesh. Otherwise, size-up and the jacket rocks!
Goes fast, lasts long, & smells nice.
I use this as a hot wax. It says you can also use it as a rub-on wax, but I'm not sure how effective that is. I suppose it's a nice option to have if you're on the road.
So, got the jacket. What the heck are these tiny pockets for?
??? Don't say its for your stash...those little square pockets are too small for a pipe, lighter, or barely a crunched up sandwich bag. Maybe you could put a couple screws in there, but they'd fall out. It is only velcro. So, WTF...ideas?