When you can simply reach down with one hand and call your buddies, it is unbelievably comforting and convenient.
It seems like there are a handful of companies that dominate the mountain snowmobile gear industry. We like to venture outside of just those brands to give other companies a try. So when I ripped my previous pair of pants, a pair of North Face pants which had a good run, I decided to test the HMK Cascade Bib.
Please note that we have no vested interest in HMK–if we ever do, we’ll clearly state any connection we have. We will stay as unbiased and neutral as possible. We simply want to pass on what we’ve learned. We also hope that you’ll share your experience with the products we review in a comment at the end of the review.
I’ve been looking into a few different helmets over the past few months. There are so many high quality, good looking helmets on the market. I don’t think you can go wrong if you exercise some thought. But, when I got the 509 Tactical helmet I was very pleased with what I saw. Here’s how it arrived.
Here at Rocky Mtn Pursuit, we’ve had great experiences with gloves. I wasn’t really looking to leave my pair of Cabela’s (scoff at the non-sledding brand if you must, but we use what works best whether it is made by the coolest companies or not) GoreTex gloves behind, but I was excited to give the 509 Backcountry glove a shot.
We’ve told you in the past that if we have a vested interest in any of the products or companies being reviewed that we’d let you know. Full disclosure, 509 sent this product to us to review. Regardless of this connection, we are always in pursuit of the best gear. The following is an unbiased review of the pros and cons of this product from the perspective of true backcountry mountain sledders.
The picture below shows the product as it would come straight off the rack.
We grew up in a skiing family. Occasionally you’ll see this come out in some of our gear preferences (we’ll talk more about that in future posts). But, this month, I decided to go from a typical Smith ski goggle to a true sledding goggle…the 509 X5 Sinister Goggle.
Please note that we have no vested interest in any of the products or companies being reviewed–if we ever do, we’ll clearly state any connection we have. We attempt to stay as unbiased and neutral as possible. We simply want to pass on what we have learned. We also hope that you’ll share your experience with the products we review in a comment at the end of the review.
The picture below shows what was in the box. They come with some information about the goggles as well as maintenance tips, instructions for changing lenses, instructions for removing the nosemask, and a few pointers on how to keep from fogging up. They also come with a warranty registration card, a 509 product brochure, and most importantly, the goggle bag that is recommended for wiping the lenses.
Cost: $70-$90 depending on the exact frame you purchase. They can be found for less if you shop around. Continue reading “509 X5 Sinister Goggle”