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These pants are definitely dope and worth the money based on style/features/durability! The only complaint I have is that they should be a bit longer like other Volcom snow pants I've owned (by 2" or so). Some pictures of these pants online show a Gigi Rug sewn signature on the front, but mine don't have that, and I prefer it, not that Gigi doesn't own the mountain. I like ground drag on the length, pants worn low Lil Wayne style, son. These can almost drag, but I'm going lower than Lil Wayne himself to accomplish this. At 6"1, 32-33 inseam I had to go Medium because the waist on overall fit of the large was like wearing 80's parachute pants break dancing in Times Square, but a little bit longer. The material is extremely tough and built to last. Bulletproof for nights in Compton..... yet soft and supple for on-mountain champagne powder (bust the cap off the Moet!) steez. Plenty of abrasion resistance for bushwhacking, dropping entire staircases, or in the awful event you butt check on a patch of chocolate chips on the hill. No cargo pockets which I don't like anyway because you are bound to crush anything in there anyway, or possibly shoot yourself in the leg if you strap your Deagle in there. There are zippers on the traditional pockets with "pass leash"(a 6-7"? nylon cord sewn to bottom of pocket) to attach a key, or your season pass. This leash is simple, but such a great place to attach my season pass with the short holder I already owned. I replaced the stock clip with a metal one because I didn't trust the strength and security (same with the AK). My season pass always got in the way, or was buried too deep in pockets but now it's a breeze to whip my pass out of my right pocket with no fear of dropping it or losing it, even if the zipper is down. It always seemed like a hassle attaching my pass anywhere else. I'm critical when I spend good money on gear, and highly recommend these pants. Time to get out the snorkel. La Nina is pissed off!

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This is the only reasonably-sized hike-worthy camera backpack that will carry your camera and large telephoto lens without disassembly. Holds 70-200mm Nikon f/2.8 and 1.7X Nikon Teleconverter all connected with room to spare for an even bigger telephoto, and also has space for at least 3 other lenses (non-telephoto), or another big prime telephoto lens up to 300mm f/2.8.

This pack is durable, very well made for the price, has plenty of compartments in intuitive places, and is very comfortable on your back even with 15 pounds or more of camera gear on your back.

The laptop pocket? if that's what the pack is meant to hold (the large front pocket) is very shallow and can barely fit my macbook 13" notebook. This could be the only downside to this pack, although it does hold my macbook so I'm stoked.

If you have a 15" laptop and like to carry it with your camera gear, you might be able to place it above the camera gear on the other side of the pack, but it will require some adjustment and hassle becasue you'll have to place it aside every time you pull out your camera.

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I've been riding Cartels ever since the model was introduced 6? years or so ago and have owned 2 sets and am picking up my 3rd! These are the consensus favorite bindings and have held up to harsh beatings at the Bird season in, season out riding 50-100 days per season.

They have perfected the Cartel over the years, and that's the only reason that I upgraded mine twice. Steep and cheap helps too -Cartels for $109 last year!! I have never had a problem with either pair, other than one of the metal buckle ratchets getting floppy/loose but the strap still gripped tight.

These have the team skyback that is the tallest highback but don't let that scare you. These bindings perform on all terrain in all conditions. They're fairly stiff but this helps when hauling ass through a snowloaded gnarly chute!! I ride big mountain stylie in Utah and these bindings are perfect.

Cartels are the best bindings on the market according to many and I've heard through the grapevine that a lot of pros ride these that aren't sponsored by Burton. All of my bros rock them and so should you-if you want to keep up!

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MTX is legit. This board rips all over the mountain and grips hardpack and ice like no other standard edged board. There is definitely no downside to mtx edges-it's all on the up and up! This board is on the medium flex side. maybe a 6.5 or 7 on the Burton scale. I used to ride nothing but Burton 50+ days (and many of them UT pow days) but once I got the T rice with mtx, I'll never buy anything but a Lib. The downside to this board is that it is not as durable as a burton due to a softer base (which is also slow overall with fresh, proper degree wax), and the topsheet peels but generally this is only cosmetic and my board took a beating on the cirque for 1.5 seasons without coming apart as many boards have in my past. Last but not least, if you are a newer rider, mtx is much less likely to catch an edge that any snowboarder knows can be punishing when hauling $%#!!!

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