I got this pack for some international travel and had problems with the zipper from the get go. I sent an email to Poler's customer service and they shipped me a new pack, no questions asked. It seems to be holding up great and I don't have any complaints with it. The bag itself is pretty spacious and the fabric is fairly heavy duty. I give it 4 stars just for the initial problems I had with it.
You gotta love the pockets on this jacket. Combine the easy access to whatever you put in there with the Gore-Tex shell and the zipper system and life is good. Stay dry, stay happy, and enjoy the facemask on powder days. Pick one up!
In all my years of snowboarding I have searched for the perfect all around board and have finally found it. I have ridden it in all conditions (packed, fresh, and deep) and it hasn't let me down yet. The magnetraction on the board is great in icy conditions and the shape allows for fun all over the mountain. I am very impressed with how it handles through the crud. On other boards I have ridden it gets to be a pretty bumpy ride, but this board cut through them like butter. It was kind of weird, but I'm not complaining at all. The stance is set back just a bit so riding switch isn't like riding a twin, but it is still very doable. All around, I would say this is the board to get if you are looking for the best.
Be prepared, right? I love this belt for its style but also for fucntion. Gone are the days of desperately looking for a screw driver or bottle opener while on the mountain. I wouldn't recommend this as a fix-all, but it does give a little peace of mind when a buckle or strap comes loose miles away from anything. The leather is very durable and wont disappoint. Get one and be happy.
This is a solid binding. I have had a few pairs over the years and really don't have anything to complain about. They can take a beating and will show signs of wear, but they will stay functionally sound. I have never had issues with the baseplates, just a little wear and tear on the straps and buckles. If you are looking for a great all-mountain binding, this is definitely one to consider.
Even though this isn't an 800 fill down jacket, I think 600 works just fine. I have been in -10*F so far with this in nothing more than a long sleeve base layer underneath and was just fine. This is a simple jacket, just meant to keep you warm when it's cold, steep, and deep, and it does just that. The reason it's not 5 stars is because the material it's made from seems to tear more easily than it should. I had a quick brush with a branch through some trees that left a little rip on my sleeve. Other than that, it's been a great jacket.
Heli yes, backcountry, no. While this is great for day trips either in bounds or in the chopper, I wouldn't recommend it for anything longer than that. There just isn't enough space. That being said, this is an amazing pack. Dakine definitely thinks their gear out when they make it and this is no exception. The pocket placement and ski/snowboard carry is great and the hydration sleeve hides away the bevs until you need them. I love also Dakine because of their warranty and exceptional construction. Get this pack; you won't be disappointed.