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I am a fan of low-profile brimmed helmets, so my favorite helmets till now were the Bern Watts and Bern Baker. Just got the Riot and I am stoked on it.

PROS:
Really really light. Haven't weighed it but I would rank it among the lightest on the market.
Lowest profile of any helmet I've tried other than the Bern models, and the fit is better.
Liner is soft, stays put, and the ear pads are cush.
Fits as well out of the box as the Smith Maze (best-fitting helmet out there IMO, but everyone and their girlfriend has it). No forehead pressure point.
Strap setup is dead on and easy to adjust.
Chin strap pad is secure and really soft. I usually take them off but not this one.
Top vents are mesh covered (no snow plugs to knock out after you eat it).
Fits great with Oakley Crowbars and the re-issue Pro Frame.

CONS:
In-mold design, so not quite as durable as an EPS-lined hard shell.
The 'windshield' channel up under the brim doesn't fit my goggles, but I assume that's because of the goggles not the helmet.
Rear goggle strap holder should be removable, and it's just a tad high for my taste.

OVERALL:
Super nice. The pros far outweigh any cons, and I am really nitpicking. I fully recommend the Riot if you want a light, great-fitting, low-profile lid with a real brim.

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Tyler is incorrect. The Heli Pro DOES HAVE a dedicated snow tool pocket with room for your shovel and sleeves for your shovel handle and probe. It is the lower exterior pocket in the picture. While I would not recommend this pack for extended touring, it is a great choice for gate-accessed backcountry laps, in-bounds hiking, cat skiing, or any day on the resort that presents a high avalanche risk.

Sorry, but contrary to Tyler's answer this bag DEFINITELY DOES have ski and snowboard carry built in. Ski carry is diagonal, with a retractable wire loop at the lower right corner of the pack and a clip strap at the top left. While it's not the best carry system out there, it works fine for short hikes and fits fat skis without any issues. For touring I would recommend a bigger pack with internal support and 'A-frame' carry capability. As for your size question, I would recommend the 16L.

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Despite the model images, these pants AREN'T BAGGY at all. They fit and look a lot like Levi's 501's but with about an inch lower rise and a touch slimmer straight leg if my eyes work right. True to size. I am 5'10 170lb, 32X32 and they fit perfectly with the cuff rolled up 2in. Like another review said, WeSC's attention to detail is outstanding. Denim is 12.5oz ring-spun cotton, with laser-like chain stitching and double-stitched inseams. If you get the Raw look out for dry bleeding on light clothing and furniture.

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It's low-profile, comfortable, and warm without being hot. Ok, the Brock foam isn't rated for severe impacts, but I have rung my bell pretty hard in this helmet and I'm still here. I can definitely say I'd have been in bad shape without it. Also that means you can toss it around without worrying you'll decrease the protection. The EPS version simply doesn't fit as well.

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Chris, here's the easy answer: take out the liner. With the Brock version just get a thin helmet liner to cover your ears, and Crowbars will fit right up under the brim as a result. Note: this is with the strap going OUTSIDE the helmet. In the EPS version, take the liner out and wear a beanie underneath with the goggle strap inside the helmet. Trust me.

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Trust this: you can't tell how nice the Plattans are until you have them in your hands. They have a high-quality, sturdy feel from top to bottom, like that 'thunk' when you close the door of a German luxury sedan, but made into a headphone. The drivers, headband and cord are all matte finished, and the logos are ultra-discreet. Even the wire clips that hold the cans are finished to match the color scheme (I have the black ones and the wires are gunmetal chrome, which you can't really tell from the photo). Great-looking headphones, period.
Sound is pretty tight. Not mind-blowing audiophile quality, but I haven't heard anything better at this price, or that looks this good or packs down this small. Good efficiency; plenty loud with my laptop volume at 60% and iTunes around 50%. Decent bass, and the highs are rounded off, never shrill.
Fit is tight and secure, and the pleather earpads are plush and smooth. My only complaint would be that the cans don't swivel horizontally, but as it stands they're comfortable enough for all-day use.

Overall, these are awesome. If you want good sound, but you don't want to spend a mint and/or walk around looking like an escaped studio producer, you'll have a tough time beating the Plattan.

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