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I have had had a pair of these for about 3 years now. I bought them direct from Wolverine (backcountry just started carrying them). These boots work for me and my day to day work life. They are very comfortable work boots. I got turned onto Wolverine in my early construction days. I have owned three pairs of Wolverines thus far. I bought these with the sole intention (pun intended) of finding a pair of winter boots that were semi professional looking for my job as a internet sales manager, as I am constantly inside and outside throughout the day, regardless of the season. I needed a winter boot providing good grip in the snow, and kept my feet warm and dry. These fit the bill perfectly. If you can spend the coin, go for these. Very comfortable.
The only cons to them which are negligible, is that after three years now, the soles are almost worn out. Also, since they are insulated, if you wear them on 40+ degree days, your feet WILL sweat quite a bit. And lastly, the price on these seems to be going up every year, but in my opinion, it is worth it.
As Swayze put it best - "Wolverines!"
Hands down THE best board I have ever ridden (and I am 38 and have been riding every year since I was 19)! First off, the graphics are just plain sick, top and bottom. Our resorts just opened, and I couldn't wait to ride this beast. This board can do it all: float in powder, rail on the groomed, cut through chunder, press. The antivex dampening is really cool, where you usually get chatter, it just plows right through. Ice into powder! I can't wait to ride this board even more and see what it's limits are. I am 5'9", weigh 190, and I got the 159. You won't be disappointed, and will be the envy of your crew.
This was my first experience with Union, and I have to say I am impressed. Long story short, bought two new boards this year, and two new bindings: this, and this years Burton Malavita. Mounted the Unions on the Gnu Billy Goat. Holy balls. These bindings impress. Super responsive, and I didn't even have to mess with the forward lean out of the box. And the straps. Super smooth, in and out quick, and they form to my boots perfectly. Even cranked down, I did not notice them, and didn't have to loosen for the lift. Paired with the Gnu Billy Goat, probably the best board/binding combo I have ever ridden (I'm 38 and have been riding ever year since I was 19). I will give a more in depth review once I have a bunch of time on these. Kudos to Union for now!
These are the best bindings by far I have owned. I consider myself an OG. I'm 37 and have been riding since I was 20. I have owned Drakes, Sims, Bent Metal, Flow, and previous Burtons in the past. These Cartels trump them all. I was running the Burton P1 carbons before these on my current board, and when I switched to these, my board feels SO much lighter! Great flex, great response. Easy to set up. I like the way Burton "hinged" the footpad to make adjustments easier. Comfortable, and easy to get on and off. The feature I am most impressed with is the easy adjustability of forward lean. You just turn a dial. Everything on this binding makes it easy to dial it in for your personal style. Next time I buy a new board, I will get another pair of these.
Been wearing this the past few days. Love it. It was about time to upgrade my long underwear. I overdressed snowboarding yesterday in 40 degree weather. Sweated a lot. I never felt wet, and when I took them off they were dry in an hour! Today it is bitterly cold out, and I am toasty warm. I am going to get more of these.
I wore the Talon top and bottom all winter last year. Snowboarding, working, everyday. They still look new after being washed, a lot. Killer long underwear. May be too warm for you in above 30 degrees. Wicks away sweat like a dream.
I was driving cross country from South Dakota to California to go take care of my dad, who was in the hospital in Newport Beach. It was a two day drive, and I stayed the layover night in Breckenridge, CO at a buddy's house. I vaguely remembered a store in Breck that carried luggage, and found the store, and this bag! My only regret was I was crunched for time, and didn't buy it off of Backcountry.com!
This bag is great! I WAS using my firefighter turnout bag previously when I went on trips. Boy, I didn't know what I was missing with being organized, and being able to find my things quickly! The compartments in this bag are great. They keep things really organized. I was able to fit a weeks worth of clothes in there, along with my toiletry bag, cell phone charger, reciepts from the trip, etc.
I purchased this in the Phantom colorway, and I love it. I like this bag so much, as soon as I got home, I ordered the matching Groomer bag, and plan on buying the matching board bag and bigger suitcase from backcountry.com when I can! You can't go wrong with Dakine products! Buy this! You won't regret it!
Just tried these bad boys out yesterday in waist deep pow, and was dry as a bone. This pant is probably THE best pant I have ever had, and I have been riding 15 years. Stylee fit. Nice and baggy for freedom of movement. Leg venting zips are awesome, and do their job well. Loads of pockets to use, can't beat the piece of mind with the Recco reflector, and of course you will never get wet! The Rice man knows his ish, so I trust his pants will take care of me! I am gonna get a second pair just as soon as I can afford it! Put on your Gnar boots, 'cause it's time to get EXTREME!
Just took this puppy out yesterday in waist deep pow, and groomed runs. It is very comfortable, just the right amount of pockets, and the magnet zipper closure is tech. I took a good digger in the pow, and got up and was completely dry with no snow sneaking its way in the jacket. The only improvements I would change are the pit zips are a bit hard to close, and the front zipper is reversed (throws me off every time). It was cold out (8 degrees F) and I was never cold. Overall, I love my new jacket, and Backcountry.com has awesome customer service. That's it, That's all!