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I picked one of these up last season and ended up spending the majority of the season wearing it. It's my first softshell and I definitely like the added freedom of movement that it brings. Out here in Salt Lake it repels any sort of precipitation on the mountain. I'm 6'2" with long arms and broad shoulders and got an XL and it fits just right: loose but not park steeze.
It's too bad they didn't do the absinthe color again since that's what I got and it is bright neon green. Love it. Like radioactive gumby.
Only thing I'd love is an external pocket that isn't part of the vents. I drop my phone down into the chest vent, but they're so deep that I have to dig around to get it out sometimes.
Much like joh4203932, I too wear glasses under these and the fit is fantastic. I also wear a Smith helmet so the interface between the two is great (imagine that). I have the sensor mirror lenses in these and they are so great for all conditions, except for blindingly bright days. On a heavy snow day I was in the parking lot with my girlfriend and she made mention of the bad visibility. I told her I could see fine and then handed her my goggles. "I F@#$ing hate you" was her response upon looking through them.... she now owns a pair with the same lenses as well.
Great fit (larger face), glasses compatibility, and fantastic optics. Smith knows what they're doing when it comes to making great goggles.
Spent the last 3 seasons riding in Salomon F24's.. and those boots are totally cashed. Loved those boots so much I decided to pick up the successor to the F24. These boots are definitely stiff, but it allows me to not lace them as tight. The liners are super comfortable and the lacing system doesn't cause any random pressure points. I'm also a huge fan of the footprint shrink technology they use. I wear a 10 in this boot and it allows me to run a medium binding without having the straps maxed out. As someone who prefers to go really fast, while still being able to play around in the trees, I'm already in love with these boots. I hope I get as much use out of these as I did my F24's (which was about 120 days of riding).
I just bought these to replace the Burton Cartels I've been riding for the last 2 seasons. I have them on a Never Summer Premier F1 and day one I noticed better board feel. The binding is also stiffer, but has flex in the right places. I notice better energy transfer from my boots to the board in turns.
Can't wait 'til the real season starts. C'mon lake effect...
I bought the '09 version of this jacket at the end of last year and have been up about 20 times in it so far this season. It is AMAZING. The wind-proofing is excellent. I generally wear a a thermal and a hoodie underneath and that is more than enough for the conditions up at Solitude/Brighton. As for the water resistance: I think that "resistant" is not a strong enough word. IMPENETRABLE is better.
Other key features are that it has a nice long torso and good length arms. I'm 6'2" 200lbs with wide shoulders and long arms and the large fits perfectly. Nice and long, while not looking like I'm wearing one of those Snuggly blanket things they have on TV.
Pass pocket is a plus. I breeze through the lift gates at Solitude.
I think that's everything... this jacket is perfect.