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The best compromise in a ski/board pant that I've seen, and I've worked in outdoor retail for many years. These pants beat the big names by a mile. The North Face, Burton, Columbia--they all cost the same or more, but for a 10k waterproof/10g breathable pant, I believe this pant is a much better value. Durability is good--I'm a skier, not a boarder, and the cuffs are tuff enough to ward off cuts from ski edges. Waterproofing is excellent--sitting on a wet Oregon chairlift for 15 minutes is the true test of a pant. Chugging hard up a ten degree slope for an hour in Randonee gear creates a bunch of heat, and the fabric's breathability along with the cool vents on the inside of the thighs get the heat out. Nice touch. The mesh lining is not too light or too heavy. I turned the pant inside out and the seams are nicely sewn. There is some quality construction here. No problems with any zippers so far. The "style" is cool, even for an old guy. My warning about the fit--go smaller than you normally would. I have a 34" waist, 30" inseam, took a chance and bought Small-they fit perfect. Pockets are nicely angled, fabric is tough, water-proof/breathable claims are true. Bottom lines is, these pants are excellent. I never heard of Sessions before cruising your site, but I will keep an eye their other offerings.

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This ski/board carrier is nice looking as well as practical. My older version fits only Thule bars, but the latest version has a universal bar clamp that works with Thule, Yak, and most factory cross-bars, Nissan Xterra excluded. Easy installation, but don't lose the included Torx tool. It's similar to a hex, or Allen wrench, but fits only Torx head screws and it has a "security" feature, which is a tiny hole in the middle that mates to a pin on the Torx head screw. It makes it hard for a thief to steal your Thule ski/board carrier, but also makes it hard for you to remove it if you don't have the tool. In fact, it's darn near impossible. Locks are included, a nice touch. Lifetime guarantee--keep your receipt.

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There are two ways to get rid of wind noise from car racks--Get some good speakers and turn up the volume or install a fairing, Yak or Thule on your rack bars. The fairing is also a nice place to put stickers for whatever else you think is cool. The fairing from Yak works as good as the better looking one from Thule. Hey, all they do is direct fast flowing air over the rack bars. Without the bars, fast flowing air howls, screams and whines. (That's where the good speakers come in handy.) It's all simple aerodynamics. Direct the air flow over the round or square thing that is not aerodynamic and things will settle down. Ask the U. S. Air Force. Ask all those aliens that have those flying saucer things. They know.

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Been in the ski and board industry for 23 years, tried all the waxes out there, made my own, tried my neighbor's, even used paraffin mixed with creme rinse. (Dont' ask.)
Dakine has great marketing, young boarder appeal, good ad writers, etc., but their fluorocarbon wax is no big deal. Besides, it doesn't even smell like wax, it smells like cheap perfume. (Ah, marketing.)
Best way to use this stuff if you fall for the hype is to hot wax some GOOD hydrocarbon wax from Swix, Toko, Dominator or others and then overlay some fluoro wax on top. (Any brand of fluoro, for that matter.)
The fluoro is faster, slicker and wears off faster, so you'll have some fast early runs and then get to the hydrocarbon stuff that lasts much longer and is therefore more cost effective. And you'll still be fast, because you waxed and 90% of the people on the slopes didn't.
Fluoro wax is really better suited to warm temps and wet snow, so it's a waste of time and money to apply it in cold conditions, no matter what Dakine's temp ratings say.
As for the nice perfume smell they put in their waxes...what the heck does that have to do with skiing or boarding?
If you're riding or skiing hard enough, you're gonna stink at the end of the day.

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