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Dude it's a guy with a YouTube channel, take a break, it literally doesnt fucking matter
The level of crappiness is just too ridiculous to not call out. "I bought these from... (mind blank, eyed rolling).... err...." And the fanbois' ejaculations of joy in the comments.

The internet. May it never cease to amaze.
 

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Supposedly... Kevin was a snowboard instructor (god have mercy!) for years, so he got around in the ski/board school gear most of the time, and they probably got a pro-deal discount on the same brand jacket and pants for days off riding.


Bingo. Well, I suspect it's because if he admits that he's owned by the sponsors, and is getting free shit all the time, then what ever shred of reviewer credibility he imagines he still has, is gone.

Kevin reminds me of the Manchurian Candidate, kind of vacant and robotic..
Perhaps the sponsors call him, say his full name, and his brain switches into gear and he knocks out an unboxing, or 'review', uploads it, then afterwards, has no memory of it at all. ;)
What I find absurd is how carelessly he presents the goods. Whether he got just the goods or was paid a fee, you'd think he'd put a little more effort into the transaction. He can't make it sound convincing, and can't fake it either. Hence my advice to get some acting advice.
 

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What I find absurd is how carelessly he presents the goods. Whether he got just the goods or was paid a fee, you'd think he'd put a little more effort into the transaction. He can't make it sound convincing, and can't fake it either. Hence my advice to get some acting advice.
Yep..., he even had to check to see what he allegedly paid for them.
 

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Another great review from Arielle. Probably the the best women's YT snowboarding gear reviewer out there. Rides reasonably solid as well. Only fault in presentation, she talks a tad bit too fast. Maybe just her personality...., hard charger in the [ak] Kimmy bibs???

 

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Here's TGR outerwear expert/specialist Grant MOORE running us through the spec's of the '21 [ak] Helitack Insulation "60 grams in the chest and like 20 in the arms, roughly".


This is his 2nd review over the years of this jacket as well. Lucky for us he's on the ball with his presentation accuracy here???






 

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Here's TGR outerwear expert/specialist Grant MOORE running us through the spec's of the '21 [ak] Helitack Insulation "60 grams in the chest and like 20 in the arms, roughly".


This is his 2nd review over the years of this jacket as well. Lucky for us he's on the ball with his presentation accuracy here???






Jeebus, it's got the vibe of a hostage video where he's being forced to review a jacket at gunpoint. :oops:
 

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I don't even know how I ended up here but man that was a hilarious 12 page read.

It would be interesting to see James and Avran do a collaborative review meshing their 2 styles together.
It's more likely that Avran will do R-rated reviews of Biesty's reviews. My ears are starting to bleed just thinking of it.
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This is an idea I've toyed with for a few years.
I know we all say comments are turned off because he’d get flamed but I think he’s more saavy than that. He has that submission form you fill out for questions and through it he is able to capture your email address. That’s probably more valuable to him than comments. His channel gets a lot of views anyway.
I used to hate on him until I realized I was mostly being a dick. That being said I don’t find the reviews overly helpful.
He turned them off because you would see that he couldn't answer them timely or correctly as well as feed a affiliate link to the person. In fact the only reason he turned them on again was I went on a rant about how it buried him in the algorithm, poof a week later they're turned on. Dude watches me I don't watch him. Also his channel doesn't get a lot of views, since he started it he only has 3.5 million, I did 2.1 million last year alone and I've already done 2 million this year.
Gotta hand it to avran...that dude replies to everyone.
Yup but... half of the replies are just fancy ways of saying your stupid lol.
I try to answer everything but dear god the level of stupid I get sometimes is just uncanny. The r/snowboarding and Facebook group people spill out of their safe spaces and it gets heinous. If people would just use their smooth brains a little they could get their answer.

I agree. For a guy that's riding 100 different boards a year, at times it seems he doesn't know his head from his @$$... I think the fact that he rates a board's ability to skid turns is indicative of who a large portion of his target audience is - people that don't know how to ride. :LOL: In all fairness, I guess riders who skid their turns need reviews as much as hardcore riders. I take Avran and Kevin's reviews much more seriously. I've shot Avran some questions in the past, but I'd never ask JB for advice.
That said, JB has found a way to turn snowboarding into money, so good for him.
That's my issue with him and always has been.
An AVRAN REACTS video series would be pure gold. I'm tradmarking this idea btw.
Go for it.
Gee...., James has got this transitional sentence overlay thingy going on strong here. I'm curious just how he does it. It sounds like his sentences are running straight after each other but there is all this SFX change between from one to the other. Like the boot zoom in effect bringing us in for a closer look in front of the camera. Got that carousel going strong again.
TGR lifting the game to a Galactic level???
Pretty sure he hired this Filipino edit farm that you pay like 300 bucks a month and they'll edit something like 150 videos for you. It's pretty much drag and drop clips, slap transitions, poof done. He's not doing the editing himself that's for sure. It's better than he had but it's nothing mind blowing they haven't even scratched the service of editing capabilities. They aren't even using a LUT.
Did I find one of the rare videos where you can see Avran's riding?

I see some very short clips of carves, 180s, tripods, etc sprayed throughout the video. Just from this very small sample, I would judge his riding skills to be on par with Biesty's.
God those Burton boots were fucking awful and I couldn't get them to fit me right even with my liners in them. Damn things were so painful and just hurt to ride in. But if you want to come ride with me we're working on a demo and dogs meet up day to get people on product and just shred.

Gee..., Avran must of woken up on the wrong side of the bed before he shot this Top 5 clip.
Pretty sure I filmed that one after a day of smashing corduroy and dodging fat skier families.

Avran has his own individual style but in the end I'm taking his reviews from his alleged experience. I've never seen him actual ride a board. That's where at least TGR excels above him. I don't mind Avrans "Explained" segments they are short but pretty informative.
Let me ask you this, do you ask your local shop guy to show you his riding when he talks to you about a snowboard? Same concept. I've been doing this a long time and I'm not going to start riding with a pole in my hand. We are working on getting reps with demo fleets and my audience lined up so people can come do some laps with me and test product. I'm planning on a test day either Nov. or Dec. this year at Copper and then another potentially at A Basin and Steamboat.

I appreciate what Arvan does and how he does it, but I think this is the future of sales. Companies will sell direct to the consumer using the influencer model.
So certain companies have started this roll out and it hasn't gone as planned. Every time it goes negatively I end up in a call with some brand manager and we discuss what they need to do or how to build an authentic voice. I've had lengthy discussions about people you're talking about here. They ended up losing their deal with the brand because of points I made.

Avran doesn't strike me as the sort of guy that would whore himself for a few extra bucks and ride around the Mountain looking like a sponsored Pro. On the other side of the coin, James from TGR seems to have all the most expensive gear as he rides around shooting his reviews.
Nailed it, most of my personal stuff is actually old. I just retired my L1 jacket from 6 years ago, I bought a new dead stock old L1 Puffy that's 10 years old. My Black Labels are all from the first year just with upgraded parts to keep them running although I did trade an Angry hoodie for a new set from a fan so I'll have those in rotation. My Cool Bean was from the first year, Backslash was a first year, bought a Party Mod last year and only got to ride that a few days, my Ranquet was current last season but it's dead and clapped out so I'll probably replace it with a Shadowban.

I have ridden a half dozen boards that Avran has reviewed. I have found that his reviews of these boards were very accurate to my experience. Now any time I am looking for reviews, Angry Snowboarder is my first stop, and his opinion is the one I credit the most.
I see this comment a lot and I think a lot of that has to do with all my time working in shops and selling to people face to face. If you've never sold a snowboard to someone and had to worry that you would see them on the slopes and they'd be pissed you sold them the wrong product it shows. TGR, SPC, TJ to an extent, and others seem to have this. Everyone should take the approach of who is this for and not make it about them.

Jesus it’s not even close. But hey Avran keeps it real so props for that. I love his authenticity. He also responds to EVERYONE in the comments. So I respect that also. Sadly keeping it real doesn’t seem to get you as many followers and likes these days.
Everyone concentrates on sub counts like it matters but it's such and arbitrary number. SPC has almost 600k, yet every video for the last 4 months hasn't been able to break 15k with one exception. The real thing is how long people are watching the videos, interaction, how many people have viewed thumbnails, and yearly totals. I have an average view duration of over 65% being around 4 to 4.5 minutes. That's a hell of a long time to keep someones attention in a world inundated with short format. I've had multiple years of 100% growth which is huge but it's remained sustainable. If I went from 30k to 1 million in a 6 month period I would be so fucked.

Confirmed, work in retail cloud tech, influencers are the next gen Amazon review in the eyes of retailers, you build trust with the and they become your talk show/qvc, it’s frankly an old model with modern tech. Howard stern reps a movie, you like and trust him, you go see the movie/buy the product/whatever. By the end of this year you will see payment/purchase options on these feeds to complete the consumer cycle all within your YouTube/tik Tok/snap stream.

Sincerely
Satan
Still waiting on Amazontube.com to launch, was told it was happening 4 years ago now. A full integration of review videos on Amazon with commission for those with the best reviews. YouTube is also toying with this in select markets. Online/influencer integration will merge at some point but it will also kill off those that just sold out for whatever and value those that understood it's a marathon not a sprint. I'm pretty sure I'll catch the early wave of this when it happens, but when it does it will be a wild west gold rush.

The problem is I think this pushes out guys like Arvan who I know I can trust for his honest opinion. I work in 2 industries: mortgages and residential solar. Both industries consistently lie and misrepresent, so I guess in the business world there just isn't alot of room for a guy like Arvan who will always call it like he sees it.
There's room for all kinds. I'm not worried.
IMO, Avran helps the community more by avoiding regurgitation of marketing material and offering more than platitudes to appease companies. It would be nice to think that he moves more product.
If more people would have an opinion and understand there's nothing wrong with having a strong opinion if you can back it up the world would be a better place, unfortunately everyone's opinions seem to be what the companies are telling them. Or they seem to fear the hand that feeds them.
I'm not sure if Avran's MO really resonates that high with Corporate US of A ie pushing more sales $$$$$$.
You say this, but in the last year I was invited to 3 sales meetings from top tier brands, had direct calls with global sales managers, and work with a lot of people I've known for decades and they're fine with my approach. Most companies actually don't have a problem with it because it then lends their product authenticity. As I mentioned up above I actually talk with a lot of brands marketing/sales people about who they should and shouldn't work with and what product I think would move for them given to these people. I know I'm sitting at the top of the food chain for reviews and I'm not worried about anyone competing with me as there's plenty of money to go around. I'm more or less pissed off at the lack of people having a real opinion and just being a shill to get a free board or social clout.
Is it Avran or Arvan???
It's boobookittyfuk actually.
Wish it was arvan and he was from Arkansas, arvan from Arkansas checking in on my shred stick is a influencer I can get behind
Randy's new lover?
That's an understatement, he has zero production value in his videos, just a dude being angry in his living room, talk shit about sbpc or board archive all you want, but editing all those videos with the footage and music is no small feat and takes lots of hours
You're funny. Still upset I see.
OTOH, he does a ton of reviews. If he had to splice in video of him snowboarding too, that's just that much more time and TBH, I don't know how he dedicates as much time to AngrySnowboarder as he does while working a real job. I don't know how much value 2 minutes of footage of Avran riding adds to his reviews.
I don't know why Avran doesn't just film Kevin carving and shit for the reviews..
He's done it in Can Kevin Carve It series..
So two points on this.
1. CKCI was filmed in 3 to 4 hours on Kevin's schedule. That dude lives in a whole different time zone than people think. Making things work with his schedule is multiverse juggling. This was always an issue with the podcast or getting things done. Kevin's a great dude and I'm glad we did what we did and I'll always have his back for references, gear, whatever.

2. I haven't had a real job in a few years, just this. But the time thing does come into play as well as equipment issues and digital storage. God damn digital storage! The other thing is I refuse to ride with a pole in my hand, definitely not a skier. I also take the approach of riding really doesn't add anything beneficial to the review it's vanity at this point. Give the masses the information and move on. Why make a review 20 minutes so you can hit a better ad rate and feed the algorithm when you can spit out what needs to be said in 5 to 7 max? YouTube actually favors longer format videos the magic number is something like 18 to 22 minutes.
I'm interested to know if anyone here has ridden a board that strongly disagrees with a AS review? I've seen plenty of people say they would agree, anyone thought otherwise?
They're out there.
Angry absolutely hated step-on bindings, and I disagree very much with his review.
Also I can never get a good grasp of how stiff he thinks the boards are - 80% of the time he's riding a board too small his size - which he defends saying that Colorado snow is softer... I also disagree with that.
Because they're fucking shit! I hate those pieces of shit, so under performing and feel so weird with that cleat on the heel.

If I lived back in the NW again I'd ride a bigger board, no reason to go board overkill on the softest snow on the planet. 30% humidity on the most humid day isn't like living at Stevens Pass where I was regularly riding 166's and dealing with a snow line that could move a couple hundred to a thousand feet and make things miserable. Same reason I don't own a jacket over 10k anymore, just no reason for it unless I leave the state.

Now to go on to my weight. Yeah I'm 200lbs and I'm kind of a meat head these days in the gym 5 days a week. I'm a big believer in most companies weight ranges are made up and just marketing bullshit as well as personal preference. My park size is a 54 and has been for a decade plus, my all mountain size is ideally a 157, volume shift is somewhere in the 47 to 53 depending on board, and pow I keep it 59 to 61. I also don't always have a say in sizing, they just send me whatever they have and I have to make due with it. But I also try to always look at things like who is this for, who would be the ideal rider for this, and am I over flexing it.

Now I know some of you want to talk numbers. I'm according to Evo one of if not their largest affiliate partners. I tend to believe I am number 1 because of a conversation I had with their head of the program and how he let it slip that no one was doing my numbers, not even Biesty. This was after they told me I was top 5 globally. I know on the Avantlink network I use I'm in their top 5 for snowboarding. Through about 20 to 30 online retailers I moved 500k in product through that program alone last year, Amazon was about another 100k, and the Euro programs I'm in about 150 to 200k. Then there's the little shops I work with that I talk to on a regular basis and they've said I account from 5 to 40% of their sales depending on how I push things. These numbers like my YouTube have grown annually 100% or more. I'm moving about a million plus in product I can mostly track, who knows what I can't track. But I do know from talking to multiple brands that what I do is now considered part of their sales/marketing as well as others in the space.

If I drop a review of a hot ticket item I'm guaranteed x views in the first 24 hours and a couple sales, but when that content turns evergreen which is about a 3 season shelf life those links live on in the description. I'm still making money from YT and Affiliates from boards I reviewed in 2019. That's straight passive income. That's something everyone in the review space should be doing, no reason they aren't. My boot fitting 101 series which still needs to be updated brings me in about $300 to $500 bucks a month and it's been sitting there for years.

In terms of competition I honestly don't view anyone as real competition anymore, there's no one that's forcing me to up my game except myself. Adding a remote controlled mood light to a curtain and hiring a farm editor isn't anything special. Adding riding isn't going to magically up a subscriber count it's just going to let a lot of critics that have 0 footage of themselves be armchair quarterbacks. Hell most reviewers are using a tweak on the original template I created on snowboard.com to review stuff. They're the ones tuning in with fake accounts on Live Streams to illicit a rant from me about them so they can gather what they need to tweak their shit. Good for James on finally figuring out how to get better at riding, took him long enough, he's still awful. Also his partnership with Evo is really showing. Good on Curated for actually hiring a few people that don't suck (90% of their hires are idiots that couldn't get a job at Zumiez or REI). Just remember Curated's job is to push what Curated is able to sell and a lot of companies don't care for them. Also I'm noticing they actually charge more than anyone else, but that's whatever. It's infinitely easier today to start a review channel or website than it was when I started, the groundwork is done and the foundation is laid, make it your own. Have strong opinions, say a product sucks, argue with board designers in the comments, talk with marketing about how they should label products. Understand I'm not going to give a shit that you made a 4 minute video of you going "um, uh, snowboard" just the same as when someone emails me and says "I don't know if I should be emailing you because we're competition" and I respond with "No offense but I don't view you as competition" that doesn't mean you should get offended. I've done this a long time and been riding 2/3rds of my life. This is what I dedicated it to.

At this point I'm just treating it like I'm your local shop guy but in an Internet capacity. So many people say they need this, poof there it is. Some people say their local shops suck and they won't support it, I assume those are the same people that won't support me and that's fine I'm not for them. At this point I'm just working on building a little community of snowboarders and a few people that snowboard. If you look at every other reviewer/vlogger no one gave away as much gear as I did. No ones done any fundraisers for various charities/foundations. And everyone seems to be sitting around sniffing their own farts think they're so great. Snowboardings bigger than me and I'm happy it's given me what it has and I'm not going to ask it for anything as I owe it everything.

Thanks for the 12 pages of laughs. I needed this today.
 

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I don't even know how I ended up here but man that was a hilarious 12 page read.


It's more likely that Avran will do R-rated reviews of Biesty's reviews. My ears are starting to bleed just thinking of it.
This is an idea I've toyed with for a few years.
He turned them off because you would see that he couldn't answer them timely or correctly as well as feed a affiliate link to the person. In fact the only reason he turned them on again was I went on a rant about how it buried him in the algorithm, poof a week later they're turned on. Dude watches me I don't watch him. Also his channel doesn't get a lot of views, since he started it he only has 3.5 million, I did 2.1 million last year alone and I've already done 2 million this year.


I try to answer everything but dear god the level of stupid I get sometimes is just uncanny. The r/snowboarding and Facebook group people spill out of their safe spaces and it gets heinous. If people would just use their smooth brains a little they could get their answer.

That's my issue with him and always has been.
Go for it.

Pretty sure he hired this Filipino edit farm that you pay like 300 bucks a month and they'll edit something like 150 videos for you. It's pretty much drag and drop clips, slap transitions, poof done. He's not doing the editing himself that's for sure. It's better than he had but it's nothing mind blowing they haven't even scratched the service of editing capabilities. They aren't even using a LUT.

God those Burton boots were fucking awful and I couldn't get them to fit me right even with my liners in them. Damn things were so painful and just hurt to ride in. But if you want to come ride with me we're working on a demo and dogs meet up day to get people on product and just shred.


Pretty sure I filmed that one after a day of smashing corduroy and dodging fat skier families.


Let me ask you this, do you ask your local shop guy to show you his riding when he talks to you about a snowboard? Same concept. I've been doing this a long time and I'm not going to start riding with a pole in my hand. We are working on getting reps with demo fleets and my audience lined up so people can come do some laps with me and test product. I'm planning on a test day either Nov. or Dec. this year at Copper and then another potentially at A Basin and Steamboat.


So certain companies have started this roll out and it hasn't gone as planned. Every time it goes negatively I end up in a call with some brand manager and we discuss what they need to do or how to build an authentic voice. I've had lengthy discussions about people you're talking about here. They ended up losing their deal with the brand because of points I made.


Nailed it, most of my personal stuff is actually old. I just retired my L1 jacket from 6 years ago, I bought a new dead stock old L1 Puffy that's 10 years old. My Black Labels are all from the first year just with upgraded parts to keep them running although I did trade an Angry hoodie for a new set from a fan so I'll have those in rotation. My Cool Bean was from the first year, Backslash was a first year, bought a Party Mod last year and only got to ride that a few days, my Ranquet was current last season but it's dead and clapped out so I'll probably replace it with a Shadowban.


I see this comment a lot and I think a lot of that has to do with all my time working in shops and selling to people face to face. If you've never sold a snowboard to someone and had to worry that you would see them on the slopes and they'd be pissed you sold them the wrong product it shows. TGR, SPC, TJ to an extent, and others seem to have this. Everyone should take the approach of who is this for and not make it about them.


Everyone concentrates on sub counts like it matters but it's such and arbitrary number. SPC has almost 600k, yet every video for the last 4 months hasn't been able to break 15k with one exception. The real thing is how long people are watching the videos, interaction, how many people have viewed thumbnails, and yearly totals. I have an average view duration of over 65% being around 4 to 4.5 minutes. That's a hell of a long time to keep someones attention in a world inundated with short format. I've had multiple years of 100% growth which is huge but it's remained sustainable. If I went from 30k to 1 million in a 6 month period I would be so fucked.


Still waiting on Amazontube.com to launch, was told it was happening 4 years ago now. A full integration of review videos on Amazon with commission for those with the best reviews. YouTube is also toying with this in select markets. Online/influencer integration will merge at some point but it will also kill off those that just sold out for whatever and value those that understood it's a marathon not a sprint. I'm pretty sure I'll catch the early wave of this when it happens, but when it does it will be a wild west gold rush.


There's room for all kinds. I'm not worried.

If more people would have an opinion and understand there's nothing wrong with having a strong opinion if you can back it up the world would be a better place, unfortunately everyone's opinions seem to be what the companies are telling them. Or they seem to fear the hand that feeds them.

You say this, but in the last year I was invited to 3 sales meetings from top tier brands, had direct calls with global sales managers, and work with a lot of people I've known for decades and they're fine with my approach. Most companies actually don't have a problem with it because it then lends their product authenticity. As I mentioned up above I actually talk with a lot of brands marketing/sales people about who they should and shouldn't work with and what product I think would move for them given to these people. I know I'm sitting at the top of the food chain for reviews and I'm not worried about anyone competing with me as there's plenty of money to go around. I'm more or less pissed off at the lack of people having a real opinion and just being a shill to get a free board or social clout.

It's boobookittyfuk actually.

Randy's new lover?

You're funny. Still upset I see.


So two points on this.
1. CKCI was filmed in 3 to 4 hours on Kevin's schedule. That dude lives in a whole different time zone than people think. Making things work with his schedule is multiverse juggling. This was always an issue with the podcast or getting things done. Kevin's a great dude and I'm glad we did what we did and I'll always have his back for references, gear, whatever.

2. I haven't had a real job in a few years, just this. But the time thing does come into play as well as equipment issues and digital storage. God damn digital storage! The other thing is I refuse to ride with a pole in my hand, definitely not a skier. I also take the approach of riding really doesn't add anything beneficial to the review it's vanity at this point. Give the masses the information and move on. Why make a review 20 minutes so you can hit a better ad rate and feed the algorithm when you can spit out what needs to be said in 5 to 7 max? YouTube actually favors longer format videos the magic number is something like 18 to 22 minutes.
They're out there.
Because they're fucking shit! I hate those pieces of shit, so under performing and feel so weird with that cleat on the heel.

If I lived back in the NW again I'd ride a bigger board, no reason to go board overkill on the softest snow on the planet. 30% humidity on the most humid day isn't like living at Stevens Pass where I was regularly riding 166's and dealing with a snow line that could move a couple hundred to a thousand feet and make things miserable. Same reason I don't own a jacket over 10k anymore, just no reason for it unless I leave the state.

Now to go on to my weight. Yeah I'm 200lbs and I'm kind of a meat head these days in the gym 5 days a week. I'm a big believer in most companies weight ranges are made up and just marketing bullshit as well as personal preference. My park size is a 54 and has been for a decade plus, my all mountain size is ideally a 157, volume shift is somewhere in the 47 to 53 depending on board, and pow I keep it 59 to 61. I also don't always have a say in sizing, they just send me whatever they have and I have to make due with it. But I also try to always look at things like who is this for, who would be the ideal rider for this, and am I over flexing it.

Now I know some of you want to talk numbers. I'm according to Evo one of if not their largest affiliate partners. I tend to believe I am number 1 because of a conversation I had with their head of the program and how he let it slip that no one was doing my numbers, not even Biesty. This was after they told me I was top 5 globally. I know on the Avantlink network I use I'm in their top 5 for snowboarding. Through about 20 to 30 online retailers I moved 500k in product through that program alone last year, Amazon was about another 100k, and the Euro programs I'm in about 150 to 200k. Then there's the little shops I work with that I talk to on a regular basis and they've said I account from 5 to 40% of their sales depending on how I push things. These numbers like my YouTube have grown annually 100% or more. I'm moving about a million plus in product I can mostly track, who knows what I can't track. But I do know from talking to multiple brands that what I do is now considered part of their sales/marketing as well as others in the space.

If I drop a review of a hot ticket item I'm guaranteed x views in the first 24 hours and a couple sales, but when that content turns evergreen which is about a 3 season shelf life those links live on in the description. I'm still making money from YT and Affiliates from boards I reviewed in 2019. That's straight passive income. That's something everyone in the review space should be doing, no reason they aren't. My boot fitting 101 series which still needs to be updated brings me in about $300 to $500 bucks a month and it's been sitting there for years.

In terms of competition I honestly don't view anyone as real competition anymore, there's no one that's forcing me to up my game except myself. Adding a remote controlled mood light to a curtain and hiring a farm editor isn't anything special. Adding riding isn't going to magically up a subscriber count it's just going to let a lot of critics that have 0 footage of themselves be armchair quarterbacks. Hell most reviewers are using a tweak on the original template I created on snowboard.com to review stuff. They're the ones tuning in with fake accounts on Live Streams to illicit a rant from me about them so they can gather what they need to tweak their shit. Good for James on finally figuring out how to get better at riding, took him long enough, he's still awful. Also his partnership with Evo is really showing. Good on Curated for actually hiring a few people that don't suck (90% of their hires are idiots that couldn't get a job at Zumiez or REI). Just remember Curated's job is to push what Curated is able to sell and a lot of companies don't care for them. Also I'm noticing they actually charge more than anyone else, but that's whatever. It's infinitely easier today to start a review channel or website than it was when I started, the groundwork is done and the foundation is laid, make it your own. Have strong opinions, say a product sucks, argue with board designers in the comments, talk with marketing about how they should label products. Understand I'm not going to give a shit that you made a 4 minute video of you going "um, uh, snowboard" just the same as when someone emails me and says "I don't know if I should be emailing you because we're competition" and I respond with "No offense but I don't view you as competition" that doesn't mean you should get offended. I've done this a long time and been riding 2/3rds of my life. This is what I dedicated it to.

At this point I'm just treating it like I'm your local shop guy but in an Internet capacity. So many people say they need this, poof there it is. Some people say their local shops suck and they won't support it, I assume those are the same people that won't support me and that's fine I'm not for them. At this point I'm just working on building a little community of snowboarders and a few people that snowboard. If you look at every other reviewer/vlogger no one gave away as much gear as I did. No ones done any fundraisers for various charities/foundations. And everyone seems to be sitting around sniffing their own farts think they're so great. Snowboardings bigger than me and I'm happy it's given me what it has and I'm not going to ask it for anything as I owe it everything.

Thanks for the 12 pages of laughs. I needed this today.
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Thanks Arvan! Lits go Hogs!
 

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I don't even know how I ended up here but man that was a hilarious 12 page read.


It's more likely that Avran will do R-rated reviews of Biesty's reviews. My ears are starting to bleed just thinking of it.
Avran, I've noticed Biesty in his vids seems to always be kitted up often in multiple different colours ie has a number of them, of Burton 3L [ak] Hover/Tusk outerwear that is super expensive. He seems to always be kitted up with high end gear. Does he get sponsorship or is TGR earning him heaps of coin. $$$$$$
 

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Avran, I've noticed Biesty in his vids seems to always be kitted up often in multiple different colours ie has a number of them, of Burton 3L [ak] Hover/Tusk outerwear that is super expensive. He seems to always be kitted up with high end gear. Does he get sponsorship or is TGR earning him heaps of coin. $$$$$$
He's got a pretty solid partnership with Evo. I'm pretty sure because of his proximity to the Portland store they're floating him very well.
 

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I can't take the board reviews seriously from TGR. I swear half the time it's like they are shooting the video stoned with no preset script or plan.

Also, they can't ride. Their riding fundamentals are poor to the point any remotely serious deck is a hard charger for them.

Ex. The Alloy DO is a fun toy. I've taken it off groom off the ridge at Loveland, no issues on powder/bumps/trees. The carve performance is: it's a fun toy, nothing hard charging and definitely not an sbx board. Any competent rider can take a 170cm+ sbx board and ride powder/trees with it. It's really not a hard thing to do; you might just cry if you get a core shot on it though.
 
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