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5 5

What makes these so great? Well the obvious is that they add a few more inches at the leg so I'm not constantly being asked 'where's the flood buddy'? Jokes aside, I'm average height (5'11" with 32 inseam) and love the extra baggy-ness of the pants. I've tried on the non-tall version and the hem just looks a little too high for my taste. Pants have pockets galore positioned in traditional, thoughtful locations, and not like some of the other pants out there with crazy angles and sizes for pockets (e.g. Volcom). As for fit, it's perfect. Not too baggy and not Shaun White nut-hugging tight. Fabric is durable and breathes well, and sheds the snow/water with ease. Fleece liner is the bomb and just makes these the pants the most comfortable thing ever. Liner is easily removable, but you really don't need to remove it: in my experience, no matter the temps, this pant is capable of regulating your temp perfectly. I swear, it's witchcraft. It just breathes that well. It's easily my favorite piece of gear. Just a shame that 686 does not make this in more colors in the tall version. A dark gray and dark khaki color would be frickin awesome.

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4 5

Bought this in the North Atlantic colorway and absolutely love the color! The blocked color design gives a nice retro look. Very warm, relatively light jacket that is suitable with just a Smartwool 250 baselayer when riding in temps around 25F with the vents open. I'm sure I can wear this comfortably down to 20F and maybe lower with the vents closed with no additional layering. Breathes extremely well, more than its rating would suggest. Fit is quite baggy and rides the line between the typical bonafide snowboarder look and what is a bit too much. Room for layering if needed. Perfect hem length. Hood is small and NOT helmet friendly. I agree with others that the arms could be a bit longer, but the wrist gaiters help keep the sleeves down. I have yet to find gaiters that do not 'bite' the thumb web, and these gaiters are no exception (why won't designers learn NOT to sewn the bartack right at the thumbhole???). I would say the biggest shortcoming is the lack of thoughtfully-placed pockets. The outside hand-warmer pockets are great, but the inside of the jacket just confuses me...a single pocket on the RIGHT side? Really??? Needless to say, it is awkward to open/close one-handed for a right-hander like me. A standard pocket on the inner left side would have been perfect to balance out placement of knick-knacks like tissues, chapstick, iPod, snacks, etc. Another ding is that the zippers throughout the jacket are not as smooth and catch-free as in other jackets I've used/own (Burton Stagger, Orage Alaskan, Marmot Hard Charger). However, despite the negatives, the look and performance of the jacket make it hard for me to not want to keep this as my go-to jacket. I do not regret buying it at all at the sale price of $116, though I would have to think about it at the regular price.

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5 5

Had the Poc Retina goggles prior to picking up the Marshall goggles. Absolutely love these. Perfect size---not too small, and definitely not too big. Great field of vision for its size and not claustrophobic like others on the market. Very comfortable with the triple layer foam. Grip strips on the strap hold it in place on the helmet. These goggles have me quite content and not on the subconscious search for a 'better' pair. These things rock.

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5 5

Great stomp pad for keeping your foot planted and giving you the control and confidence you need for those hairy chair lift departures. The urethane is extremely sturdy, with nice spikes that are so pointed they should require a weapons permit. Clear version allows board graphics to shine through. The 3-piece design allows you to customize the placement of the pieces for your preference. Love this stomp pad, and will be buying more to stock up with the reduced price.

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5 5

I bought the Burton Gig bag (166cm) to lug my snowboard around on anything from the local ski trips here in NYC to trips out west. Bus, train or plane, I wanted a way to protect my board.

However, after receiving the Gig bag and test-fitting my 158 wide board, I felt like I needed something extra to truly protect the board's edges. I had visions of bag handlers tossing my bag around and damaging the edges, which seemed quite vulnerable through the tough, but skimpily-padded material of the Gig bag.

So, I decided to get the Burton board sleeve to complement the Gig bag. Bought the Majestic Black Plaid which is sweet in person. Sleeve is a soft, cushy neoprene which covers all the edges perfectly and, at 160cm, fits within the Gig bag with ease.

So, not only do I have extra padding for my board, but I also have a 2-stage travel arsenal for carrying my board around. Take just the sleeve for short jaunts in the car, or the bag + sleeve for plane or travel-intensive trips.

As for details on the sleeve...excellent construction with heavy stitching throughout. The tips at each end have heavy duty rubber caps to protect the tip of the board when standing it up. Three straps secure the sleeve around the board. The sleeve also has back-pack-like straps that tuck into a low-profile pocket when not in use.

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