Originally Posted by CheoSamad
How do you guys feel about throwing tricks in to air bags?
Does it still hurt to land on your back or face if you mess up?
Does it really help once you have to take the tricks to big jumps?
My local mountain is installing the new air bag this weekend and I want to know what to expect.
1. It's pretty fun.
2. Landing on your whole back is fine... It stings if you land head first... but it's a LOT less painful/damaging than if you did it for real.
3. Yes, it helps you get a feel for the rotation in the air know when to spot your landings... especially for inverted tricks... for instance on a backflip/wildcat... you will know that once you see the sky a second time, you need to open up, slow your rotation and get ready to land (in the beginning a lot of people have no clue about their orientation to the ground while in the middle of the spin... i.e. if they are under/over-rotating in the air or if they are off-axis).
4. I've done three different air-bags... most of them it's much better to land on your board and then intentionally slide off your heelside onto your butt than to try and ride it out (it's actually impossible to ride it out on some setups).