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post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 01:32 AM
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I owned a banana for maybe just over month with about 12-15 days on it, and here's what i found:
- it's really soft, torsionally and longitudinally. The downside of this was that going fast on rough chopped up snow felt really sketchy. You could feel every single bump. BUT, this meant it was so easy to press.
- like all lib and gnu boards i've seen, there's no full wrap around steel edge, the nose and tail are "exposed". I'm not sure if that's what caused it (maybe could have been a weak topsheet), but a lot of little bumps and taps i got while waiting in line for the chairlift caused chips. However, another thing i noticed with this board is that if you hold it up to the sun you could see that the core starts maybe 4 inches from the tip and tail. Combine that with no metal edges near the tip and tail and that means even the hardest impacts on the tip and tail are most of the time going to be cosmetic and not cause too much structural damage to the board at all.
- for some reason i found it hard to steer when one footed skating, especially while getting off the lift.
- In terms of looks, this thing is plain but loud (get's even worse for next year). People know you're on a banana. This also made me feel very uncomfortable leaving it on the racks even if i had it locked.

Aside from the first point i mentioned (which i consider important), the rest of the complaints are very minor. I actually ended up selling the board for $130 more than i got it for on Ebay.
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