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I picked these up last season to use with a board I had bought. I wanted something with good support, good response, yet wasn't excessively stiff. I have a lot of Burton bindings, including the C60, Diode, and X-Base, so I decided to go with Burton again.
The hammock highback system seems to work very well without any issues, and offers good support. The straps are big and comfortable while keeping my boot secured to the binding. Like I wanted it offers good response without being overly stiff.
The only issue I have is the Re-flex system over regular discs. It doesn't really feel that much difference to me, so I don't think anyone should choose these for this feature alone. I have a lot of EST bindings and those actually feel different. This one doesn't.
Overall I would definitely recommend these bindings to anyone looking for a solid item. I love it enough that I'm buying the 2014 EST model for a new board of mine!
For starters these are great goggles. The Smith I/O is one of the best goggles I've used; the fit is impeccable (even for us Asians), the field of view is excellent, and overall the goggle is comfortable. That's all Smith there.
As for the Recon part, it's pretty terrible. I have the first goggle as well the Zeal Transcend, and it's as if they didn't do anything to improve the system. Honestly with the first system I expecting a real HUD not some small LCD in the goggle. With the new system it's the same issue. The LCD can only be viewed at certain angles and none of which is when the goggle fits well on my face. The battery life isn't that great either. I can barely last me trough a morning of riding let alone an all day session.
A couple things does work, like the tracks, the speed, etc., but overall it's a terrible system and I wouldn't recommend anyone buy this goggle over the regular Smith I/O (the latter which I recommend). Personally I'd return this if I didn't use it all of last season.
I purchased this board unsure of how it would perform in deep powder condition. The specifications on this board say the limit is 140lbs whereas it's advertised as a "nug" version of the Fish, so I can downsize more than usual. So far I have take this up to slopes with waist deep in powder and have had no issues. I weigh 180lbs and when geared up [with jackets, backpack, etc)] closer to 200lbs. I can say the float is outstanding. I never had issues with sinking as long as I was riding with reasonable speed. It's short enough to be nimble taking tighter tree lines. Even on the resort groomed runs the board is stable, but I would not use this for mostly groomed runs. It is short, maybe that doesn't help when bombing down a groomed run. The front doesn't flap around like the regular Fish does. In terms of measurements, this board measures wider than my Fish 160 on the nose which should contribute to it's good performance. I'm not sure if I'm the top weight limit of the this board, but if you are close to my weight I think you would be fine. For me this is a keeper. I highly recommend this board for those deep powder days.