I spent quite a long time trying to decide on a new jacket. After a lot of research, I landed on this puppy. I have only snowboarded in it five or six times, but so far I am one happy customer.
I live in the PNW, so bluebird days are hard to come by. So far I've used the jacket in high winds, fresh snow, and misty conditions, but stayed warm and dry. Compared to my old jacket that acted more like a wetsuit than a waterproof layer, the L stops water in it's tracks. Even when a nice icy layer built up from hours in a cold, misty cloud, and eventually melted, I was bone dry.
The fit is great. I like my gear a little on the baggy side, so I went with the large (5'-11" 170 lbs). The sleeves fit well over my gloves, the length comes down just past my butt, and the neck comes up to a perfect height to help you both hide from the elements and work on your goggle tan. I'm pretty sure the hood fits well over my helmet as well, although I can't say I ride with it up often.
The pow skirt has a nice elasticity to it. I don't have Volcome pants, so I can't use the zip-in feature. The good news is that the skirt also has a few little clips, so if you have loops on your pants like I do, you can secure the skirt from riding up into a bra during heavy falls.
There are three main external pockets. My old jacket had a lot more organization built into it, but I definitely like the simplicity of the L. Plus I found that the Velcro 'media pocket' inside the chest pocket works perfectly for a few cards, cash, or an RFID season pass.
I'll check back once I can give the L a more thorough beating, but so far I'm pretty psyched about it. The large is a perfect, loose fit, and the blue is mega sexy. Plus the main zipper is also a whistle - how cool is that?!
I used to rock a pair of Ride SPIs that I really liked. I was looking for something a little stiffer, and found that the Capo was perfect. It is stiff enough for excellent response and stabilization, but soft enough to comfortably butter around on groomers. They are a bit heavy compared to something like Union, but I love Ride's craftsmanship and wouldn't choose anything else. My ladders are in perfect shape, and the toe cup fits nicely over different boot styles.
Ive always ridden true camber boards. I decided I wanted something a little different, and have never really been into full rockers. I decided to give the hybrid a try and absolutely love it. The rocker zone of the T. Rice is smaller, so it doesn't ride as loose as a full rocker. I don't know if its the swing weight or the magnatraction, but it is extremely responsive, similar to a full camber board. The T. Rice has a lot of power and great pop, too. I've ridden it on hard pack, ice, and in spring like conditions and it has performed very well. I haven't had the chance to take it out in any snow deeper than a couple inches, but I'm sure it will live up to the hype in pow too. The only downside thus far is that it can be a little catchy at higher speeds on hard pack because of the magnatraction. A small price to pay for a great board.
As a side note, be sure to keep an eye on your board or lock it up when you step inside for lunch. I had my T. Rice stolen the first night I took it out after only about two hours of riding. (I ride my boards pretty hard and they are always beat up and in no condition that would incline someone to steal them, so I didnt think twice about leaving it off to the side out of view... wont make that mistake again.) Long story short, I liked the board enough from the two hours of riding to buy another one (and a cheap lock)!
i got the white pair and love them. i can walk in them all day and have no problems. the only problem is that i wear a 10.5 shoe and went with the 11 sandal... its a little loose over the top of my foot. not enough flip for the amount of flop if ya know what i mean