The perfect gloves

Many years ago my brother introduced me to snowboarding. During one of our many conversation he wisely said that “one of the most important pieces of equipment is a good pair of gloves”.

I tried on many and finally shelled out just under $100 for a pair of Burton’s Gore Tex gauntlet style. They had removable liners and wrist strings so you wouldn’t loose them on the chair lift. For years I used them for everything from boarding to snow blowing and back to tossing snowballs at the kids. Simply put they were bullet proof, never leaked and my hands were always warn.

However, like myself they started showing signs of wear! At the start of this season they took a turn for the worse. The outer material started flaking off a few fingers and thread were showing in the fingers tips. Also, the thumbs lost all the outer coating and on real cold day my fingers were getting cold.

The quest was on to find replacements. At ten year plus I knew I was not going to find a pair like mine, but I really wanted to come close. I must have tried on fifty pairs of gloves and I even took a few runs in a pair of Swany X-Cell ll Gloves. They were very warm but I couldn’t get them to go over my jacket arms, just under. Two runs later I didn’t like how that felt so off they came and on went my Burtons. The other concern was how long it would take for an all leather glove to dry. Quite a while it turned out even after two runs. Thankfully the store took them back.

Other than getting gloves that I liked I also needed to get them on over my wrist guards. At this stage it’s all about making it down the hill in one piece, do I won’t board without them. After additional research I came across Hestra gloves. I ordered a pair of there Heli Gloves from for $ 80 and some change. According to Hestra’s sizing chart I needed a size 9, but with my wrist guards that turned into a size 10. With free two day shipping I had them in no time and at first glance I was very impressed. Like my Burton’s they have a removable liner and wrist strings, except it’s a string that attaches to the glove and an elastic material band that goes on your wrist. I don’t think you could accidentally drop them even if you tried. They feel warmer that the Burton’s as the liners are much heavier. I can easily get my hand with wrist guard into them. I may order a pair of liners that a size 9 at some point but I can use

my old liners also. All in all I’m very happy with them and I cant wait to try them out.

BTW. I did find a few loose thread on one seam but one live chat with backcountry and a replacement pair was on the way. No question asked, no hassle and they included a free UPS shipping tag.

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Last night while I was at the BAC I got my annual reminder from the Boston ticket givers that my inspection stickers expired!

First off I know it’s my own fault, but if you can flip over a Smart Car and put it in some of the pot holes in Boston street I hope they spend my money wisely.

Also, it’s a $40 ticket! Wow, that hurts. So check your stickers!

Update March 4: I went to get a new sticker and my car failed! Apparently the flashing cruse light has something to do with the emissions. The last time that happened the guy at the dealership said that the light comes on if the gas cap is not closed all the way. So now it’s off to the dealership to get it turned off once again. Then back to the other garage for a real sticker. Currently I’m sporting an “R” which means I have 60 days to get it fixed. Hmmm, I think I just made it thru to May!


x-ray of me

So the last time we went snowboarding I took a pretty good fall. I know I did something as my left ankle was not happy with me! A week and a bit later it’s still at me so I went to the nice folks at Lahey Clinic Burlington. A few x-rays later and a chat with the doctor it’s turns out to be a Grade-1 sprain.

When I told the doc what I did he gave me a funny look as if to say “well at your age perhaps you should stick to flat ground”, but also promoted the fact that in a few weeks we’ll be hitting the slopes for four days!

The fix is stay off it, keep it elevated and take it easy for now. I’ll give it a try and see what happens.



Kittery Trading Post trip

We did a trip to Kittery Trading Post in Kittery Maine yesterday. It was a grand day to walk around inside. I needed to pick up a few extra magazines I ordered for my S+W Model 41 and some cheap fodder (ammo).

Upon arrival the GMan and I went up to the gun department and spend a good amount of time fondling the wears. I was particularly impressed with the weight or lack there off on a the Benelli auto shot guns. They feel great and shoulder very well. Perhaps when I have a few extra dollars I’ll buy one. We looked at a few kid size .22 rifle’s that would be a good first gun for the GMan. All breach acton single shot where you have to slow down and think about each shot, not just pointing the business end down range and blasting off a mag full.

We visited the Under Armor store and scored a few item well below the regular price. We also picked up a floor lamp in the Create & Barrel outlet. All was fine till the JMan decided to head but something sharp in the back seat of the car, don’t ask as I have no idea what, but the kids were horse playing. He gave himself a nice gash above his eye, but a few napkins later he was fine.

Other that the trading post the highlight was lunch. We went to “When Pigs Fly” pizzeria and bakery. The food was great and I highly recommend it if you are in the area. However, the bakery is to die for! The breads are out of this world with every possible combination you can think of. We ended up bringing home six loafs and two jars of preserves.

All in all it was a nice day trip.


Kittery Trading Post at dust.

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Yet another great boarding day

Yet another fine day snowboarding with the GMan at Wachusett Mountain. The condition were great (for man made) for top to bottom, but the upper half seemed better. We ended up parking in the remote parking and taking the shuttle to the mountain. Its a quick three minute ride in a fancy school bus with cranking music and creaky springs.

After suiting up and picking up the GMans rental board and boots we headed right for Ralph. It was fairly quite considering it was a holiday and the start of school vacation week. We did a few runs and them headed for the top.


We boarded for a solid four hours and I feel it now! I did take one good spill but all in all it was a wonderful day.


Freedom Trail

Today we had a firsts. We visited Bunker Hill Monument and walked down the Freedom Trail to the USS Constitution. The weather was great and we all enjoyed the great outdoors.


Freedom Trail


Gate 1