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....the goggles kept slipping off the back and slapping me in the back of the neck. maybe it's something i'm doing because i haven't read anybody else having a trouble with it. what it is, the back helmet retainer actually has a very stong magnet, as does the helmet, so they stick together. i think i'm pulling hard enough so that it's slipping off and popping me in the back of the neck. the helmet itself feels good, though, and the vents have removable plugs you pull from the inside. it's lower profile than the protech assault, but not super low. probably as low as a helmet can be and still retain some cushion between your head and a tree. a 4 because of the goggle thing, but the rest of it is great. oh...what looks like weaving on the inner lining is a printed pattern on the cushion inserts.
bought these brand new in 09 to go on my K2 board. only problem i've had is when you get to the end of the ladder ratch, it starts skipping and missing. you have to pick up on the end of it to make it catch and progress. this is on the left binding only. i took it to the burton store in vail and all i got was 'yeah, mine do that, too'. i'd heard burton wasn't aces in the binding dept, though. it still works, it just skips at the end....kinda like my indicator that i'm fully ratched in.
besides that, the back board broke on chair 4. i took it in and they swapped it out free of charge. **key thing here - turns out everything from burton after 05 or 06 is guaranteed! dude asked how i did it, i didn't know (found out later it's the chair that drops down on it and crunches it). no problem, he simply replaced it instead of me shipping it off. so, pretty good binding, excellent warranty.
like the first guy, i didn't notice the skulls in the camo design, and that was pretty cool. it runs tight just above the ears, but i pulled the velcro pieces there (that hold on the inner skull liner) and sanded the inner padding a little with 60 grit and it's a good fit now (they probably wouldn't recommend altering it, though). i also cut the chin pad off because once i got it snugged up, the pad was just hanging off and was pretty useless at that point.
i've destroyed multiple watches, but this has lasted over a year. i researched nixons and found them to be waterproof to 100m (meaning you can wear it in a shower). the crown has a raised bezel, so the crystal looks as good as the day i got it (working on cars is a hobby of mine, and i have yet to scratch it). the backlight is bright enough to create a low glow across a dark room so you can guide yourself through the house in the middle of the night without turning on lights. it's a heavy sucker, yes, but i snugged mine down so it wouldn't flop around on my wrist and now i don't even notice it. the double-clasp is well built and hasn't let go yet.
i started out 7 years ago with an old 156 and learned on that. this summer i hit a clearance and saw a black/red 161 and fell in love with it and had to have it. i got it home, had it tuned, hit the mountain with it in december, and it's like a whole new world of boarding. i can skate on flats with it, it carves easier, and the raised lettering also acts like a stomp pad so i can steer off a lift. in short, the best board i've had ever. only reason it's not a 5 is the red wears off, and that was part of the appeal for me. short of that, i've never been on a better board!
i liked the one for my 157 so much i got another when i got my new 161. they are a perfect fit and the boots slip neatly in the pockets. if you can pack light enough, you can fit your clothes (besides your ski jacket) between the bindings and have one bag for everything when you travel. it's padded pretty good so my equipment doesn't get damaged, and the airlines haven't managed to rip or break anything on it yet (traveled with one about 5 times now). if i get another board, i'm buying another bag!
i liked the one for my 157 so much i bought another when i got my new 161. they fit great, the boots fit perfectly in the pockets, and there's enough room between the bindings to fit a day or two's worth of riding gear. it's rugged and padded good enough that the airlines haven't destroyed it or anything inside (traveled w/5 times so far). if i get another board, i'm getting another bag!