It doesn't have headphones integrated to the helmet. You used to be able to buy some through Pro Tec that replaced the standard ear flaps with ones with headphones in them, but I think they discontinued them. I have a set and they don't fit the helmet very well. Now I just use low-profile ear buds under the standard flaps and I have no problems.
It took me half a day to get used to the BTX, and now I can't see riding anything else. I ride Crystal Mountain and Alpental near Seattle, and this thing handles the crappy PNW non-powder like a champ. First day was a little squirrely when flying down the groomers, but once I got the feel it was super-responsive and FAST.
Up top, it rode the chunk, powder and ice with good control, and I landed my drops without fear of snapping it. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I'd still be sketchy hard-charging some chunky doubles, but I guess it can't be awesome at everything.
If you're big (I'm 6'-4", 230, size 13) and like riding all over the mountain, and only want one board to do it with -- get this one.
I would definitely suggest trying them on before purchasing. The stiffness is completely awesome, responsive and bully.
The fit is good -- tight on the heel, solid around the ankle. But the toes are where I ran into trouble.
Maybe it's Burton's Shrinkage Tech or whatever, but I got these in a 13 -- which I normally wear -- and after a full day on the mountain, my toes felt like they were being squeezed in a vice. It was excruciating. I couldn't walk once I got to the lodge. I would have traded for a size up, but I got them on clearance and they were out of 14s.
So, great boot if you get the right size, I guess. Just beware.
I heard this board was your "quiver killer," making it decent for the backcountry to the groomers to the park. Every time I see a description, though, it is described as a "freestyle" board. I don't plan on doing many rails or jibs, but I expect to be able to land a 10-foot drop with this. Or am I asking for a broken board/leg/skull and maybe should stick to my DC HKD?
The RC36s are the closest you'll come to a "standard" lens. They're basically like the "persimmon" that every goggle company has, but they use a rose tint. Plus, Smith gogs have less distortion than most others I've tried.
You can also use the Sizing Chart under the color/lens selector drop-down at the top of the page to get a more detailed description of how each lens is supposed to perform. I'd say they are all pretty comparable lenses.
I've been riding these for 3 seasons now, and they have never failed me.
I originally went in for a set of cheapies, because I was just making the transition into intermediate riding, but since I am 6'-4" and 225 lbs., the guy at the store recommended I go with something with an aluminum base instead of the poly.
That being said, they're great for tearing down the mountain at neck-breaking speed, quick adjustments and rapid input transfer -- but definitely stiff for rails and landing 20-footers, although I would feel confident that they wouldn't bust on me if I did.
If you're a hoss like me, then get 'em. If you're smaller and/or park rat, go for something softer.
I bought this off a guy on CL, and it's definitely a stiff board. I'm 6'-4", 230 and ride a 160. It's my first advanced-intermediate ride and it took a bit to get used to the stiffness.
The other thing that I have trouble with is the base. I don't know if this is standard with the sintered 7500, but it seems that I cannot hold a wax for more than a day. When the wax eventually rubs off, the base sticks something awful and makes a sound like nylon being rubbed together. I've tumbled a couple times just from the base sticking to the snow. Not cool.
All told, it is a very fast board, and floats like a dream in pow. After getting used to how much to boss it to turn, it's a great ride. Get a wider one if you've got gigantic feet like me. I wear a 13, and my toes hang over.
I bought these goggles hoping that they would be compatible with my Smith Triads I got a couple years ago (strap broke). Unfortunately, they are not, but Smith still makes the best goggles out there. The Gold Sensor lens is fantastic in almost all light conditions. I took them to Alpental at night and had awesome visibility, field of vision and no fog at all in some very poor conditions. The following weekend, I used them at Crystal Mountain under bluebird skies and despite some initial squinting from the amount of light they let in, they again worked amazingly. I've got a pretty big face, and they do not pinch my nose or ride high like my Oakley Wisdoms. They also work great with my helmet unlike the Wisdoms. (Giro Encore) The frames seemed a little cheaper than the Triads, but they are flexible and resilient. The added contrast in the Gold Lens is a godsend.
Mostly any Oakley lens with "Iridium" in the name of it is a mirrored lens. But, for true mirrors, stick to the Fire, Black and Emerald Iridiums. Those are the only ones that are completely mirrored. The others (Ruby, VR28, Gold, Ice, etc.) all have some transparency.
This jacket is massive. I'm 6'-4", 225 lbs, got the XL, and this thing wears like a tent. I imagine it is good for the baggy look, but I think I could have achieved that with the Large. The pit and pocket zips are definitely sticky, and hard to manage with gloves. The interface with the liner is clunky, too -- using buttons and loops instead of hook-and-loop or snap fasteners. Plus, the sleeve buttons are about 6" up the sleeve, making it difficult to insert the liner without taking the whole thing off. I personally don't like wearing liners when I ride, so it's not that big of a deal to me, and I got an extra jacket out of the deal.
Overall, the jacket is definitely sweet and bomber, and as long as you plan on just wearing it together or in layers and not making a lot of changes. If you can pick it up for a deal and like Oakley equipment, then go for it. But unless you like your shell super-big, get it a size smaller than usual.