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    My experience of Burton gloves isn't that good but their customer service was.


    Had a pair of toasters I think they were called, with weird leathery finger tips. The tips wore off within maybe 10 days so I took them back.

    The same thing happened with the replacements so I got my money back and bought some 3000yen no brand gloves from a resort that have now clocked up 30-40 days and still work great.


    I know Burton-bashing is quite a popular activity, but in this case I really couldn't recommend the gloves.

  2. It was all used - but the company that I shipped it with had a really strict form to fill in.

    In the customs declaration box the only options were things like "gift, sale, repair, return" No option for used personal goods.


    I put gift down, but I'm thinking now repair or return might have been better options.


    I itemized the entire box and the total I estimated at about £500 (which is what, 500yen at current interest rates!?)


    Not sure whether it included all the paperwork and processing in that tax bill, and it was shipped by interparcel, who then passed it on to DHL.


    Has anyone ever managed to get import tax back from the Japanese tax people after it has been incorrectly charged?


    My buddy in Niseko had to pay 1man for collection of a package that I sent out containing my battered snowboard kit - they claimed it was new stuff and slapped an import tax on it. The kit was all bought in Japan 4 years ago, for which I have the receipts...


    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!

  4. I think I may have caught the terrain park at a bad time, as when I went this Spring it was barely a park! Not one rail in site, and a collection of kicker-less humps to coast over did not impress on my visit. There was some good stuff to be found off the beaten track though, especially around the womens downhill gondola.


    Hope you catch it on a good day!

  5. Maybe there's more stories of burtons breaking because there's more burton boards out there and proportionally they don't break more than any other maker?


    Or maybe they do just suck?


    I try to buy boards from smaller manufacturers now because I don't really believe that the process of manufacturing a board has advanced much for quite a while. They're still pretty much just wood cores with fibreglass bits right?


    Also, how much of the extra you pay for a big-name brand board actually goes into making the board better and how much into keeping the brand big? Im guessing that a lot will go on promo/sponsoring events/advertising which wouldn't be the case with smaller manufacturers. I'm sure there's plenty of happy burton owners out there who will disagree with me, and fair play to you, I hope you're happy with your stuff, but I know I wasn't.

  6. I finally bought some decent (or so I thought) gloves for this season, splashing out almost a man on burton toasters. - 10 days later, all the fake leather stuff had peeled off the ends of the fingers, and my hands were getting soaking wet.


    Fair play to burton, they did replace the gloves with no fuss, but I then took them back to the sports shop with the original receipt and bought some 4000 yen no-brand gloves. -20 days later, the no-brands are still going strong without a scratch.


    Bottom line - don't be fooled by big names.

  7. Hey Mudguts,


    I did almost exactly the same to my custom on a tree at Happo-one, except my snap was just behind the front binding. I could get to the bottom of the hill on it OK because the base wasnt't snapped through, and was quite a lot of fun for that run. It basically just hinged between my two feet allowing me to pick the front or back up really easily, and coast along in weird super-long nose or tail manuals, steering with just one foot!


    I did get some strange looks though.

  8. Ive been running my flows for the past 2 seasons, and have found that the best way to prevent the lever on the highback from catching and them undoing was to put my trousers outside the bindings.


    It means that the catch cant physically come undone as your trouser is in the way, and takes no time whatsoever to do. I had one of my bindings come undone once last season in Niseko before I started doing this, but this season with the trousers outside its been all smiles with the flows.

  9. Ive ridden duck (+15/-15) since day one, with a totally centered stance on a twin-tip board. I didn't want to learn to board with any preference in terms of direction, so whenever I managed to do something regular, I'd turn around and try it switch (although I didn't really have a regular and a switch, if you see what I mean...)


    Ive pretty much persevered with the same idea in mind for 2 seasons, and have been happy with the results. The only downside of this technique that I (in my unpreofessional opinion) can see is that it sucks a bit in powder as your legs ache from leaning so far back. It's nice to not have to worry if your facing the wrong way, and has given me a lot of confidence on the slopes.


    I think this technique is pretty good for beginners too, as when you are doing falling leaf etc. I think its good for turns in both directions to feel exactly the same, leaving you to decide (without bias generated by board setup favouring a certain direction) which setup, regular or goofy, is for you.


    I don't know of the health implications though, regarding damage to your knees, I'd never thought of that.


    This, of course, is just one mans opinion, but I can safely say that boarding duck has certainly worked for me.

  10. Granted, there are certainly more important things for Blair to concentrate on, but I do think that this is a good(ish) idea.


    The streets of certain towns in England have long stopped being a safe place to be, especially at night, and I hope that his plans have some effect.


    I'm not particularly looking forward to leaving Japan, and returning to England partly as I'll lose the freedom to do and go exactly where and when I want without the nagging feeling that danger could be around the corner. (I'm not saying I live in the Bronx, but there is a load more danger involved in a night out in my home town than in anywhere I've found in Japan so far). If this "culture of respect" agenda goes any way to help alleviate this problem, then fair play to Tony, but I am fairly sceptical of what its effectiveness will be.

  11. I know that this isn't the case for some fat people who have genetic problems or people that are blissfully happy with their fat selves, but I don't understand how people get really fat.


    Surely, if you notice yourself gaining a few lbs or kgs, you then have thoughts like "i really should change my diet" or "i really should go to the gym" etc. yet some people pay no attention. Over the course of a journey to full fatness, there must be countless times that you notice your weight increasing, and countless opportunities to rectify what is happening.


    You don't just wake up one day and be 50kgs heavier than the day before, its a long, gradual process. People who ignore the many signs (not fitting into clothes, feeling less fit etc.) who then complain about it when they become fat will get zero sympathy from me.

  12. I had only seen my girlfriend once in over a year, during last summer, so I decided that I wanted to buy her a plane ticket to Japan as a christmas present. she was only temping at the time so it shouldn't have been a problem...


    However, once I told her this she replied with the news that she was about to move in with a new fella in London.


    Thats my worst experience, not sure what I did to deserve it.

  13. With regards to crossing over between the different Hirafus, it really won't be a problem for you, being a skier and able to pole along. I found it mildly annoying last Winter as a boarder, but once you know where the flat spots are you can maintain your speed into them and get a lot further across than you think.


    One thing to worry about is not being caught down in the wrong area at the end of the day. Once night skiing starts be sure to check the bus schedule back to your home area the lifts up to the connecting runs will be shut.

  14. Ive had a 20gb 3rd generation ipod for about a year and a half now, and I love it.


    I think I prefer the buttons not on the central wheel too, it somehow makes it feel more sturdy to me.


    No problems whatsoever with mine though, have taken it boarding on a gentle nighter session, but probably wouldn't take it out for anything more adventurous. Listening to air, sigur ros, manual etc. (anything floaty and light sounding) while gliding down through the night at Niseko last season was one of my best nights so far.



    Those are my thoughts...

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