which of your boards saw most rides this year?
I knowit depends on some factors like maybe what kinda riding you plan for the day or snow conditions. I am freerider, very little park. I have 3 pairs of Burton Co2 bindings... 2 est type and one non-est for the Libtech. I really like CO2.. if you want really stiff supportive binders they do that easily. Less stiff? just loosen them a bit. I usually brought 2 boards in my truck and i would swap boards part way in the day if i felt like mixing it up.
Heres what i rode this year, in order of most ride time/favorite all around stick descending to least ride time:
1) 2011 banana magic 157: this board truly does all things really well. I selected it on ice days for its superior ice hold. Pow days it rocked. In the trees.. cause its 157... lightweight and shorter, the rocker profile follows natural terrain so easy. I dont think i caught an edge even once all season on this deck. Its fast, poppy, its a dream machine. its big fat nose made it float easily in deep pow. For all-around, multi purpose fun factor this board is winner.
2). 2010 supermodel X 164: i bought this one used from a member of team Canada snowboard National team. Thier team ordered a whole whack of these from the Burton custom shop. It has an all black race-base, all black top sheet and some other tweeks, but the story here is the race-base. This thing is FAST FAST FAST. The racebase a $50.00 upgrade . The team wax techs waxed and brushed this thing many many dozens of times. Easily the fastest board i have ever ridden. In slow sections on the mnt where others were hopping along and skiers pushing along with thier poles, i would sail right on past never a problem . I LOVE that about this board. This board carves better than the nana magic, is faster, and had pretty good edge hold. For big mtn this deck is #1 on my list but for day to day all mtn.. it came in a close second.
3) burton custom X 164- last yr i rode this board a ton, but this year my new supermodel X largely took its place. The custom X has better on ice than supermodel but not as good as nana magic. NOTE: I gave this board an 88 degree side edge instead of the factory 89. The 88 improved carving and edgehold but yes is a bit grabby. Trade off.
4)burton fish LTD 160. I need not say much about this deck. It exists for epic pow, and a finer pow stick does not exist, IMHO. Fun slashy turns. crazy float and speed. But for mixed conditions that are what most of us ride in... I reached for the Libtech most days. In early morning fresh pow... the fish is alot of fun though.
Last edited by Ballistic; 07-08-2011 at 11:17 AM.