Snowolf - latest update 4-8-12
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04-09-2012, 12:57 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Snowolf - latest update 4-8-12
Just wanted to give you another update. I seemed to be struggling with the Roxy Ollie Pop board I have so I tried a Rossignol Diva Magtek Directional Board last Friday and OMG I LOVE THIS BOARD! I always wondered if I should try a directional board and maybe that may help me get over this hurdle I've been having troubles with. My Roxy Ollie Pop is a true twin and 151. The Rossignol I got is a 148 and I was a little worried because I am over the weight limit for this size of board - but wanted to try something smaller with the camkber between my feet rather than rocker. This board had Ride VNX bindings which did not have the new 1.5 canted footbed (they are last year's model) but it did have some lift at the toe area which I wonderd how it would affect my toeside turns. The Rossi board is 60% camber between the feet and 40% rocker at the tips - kind of similar to your Rossi Angus I think. I was concerned that it was reversed from my Roxy Ollie Pop which is rocker between the feet and camber under foot and rocker at the tips like your Billy Goat. Both boards have the magnetraction on the boards. Since I only ride groomers and icy packed conditions I thought maybe the camber between the feet would be better since I seem to have been having problems on the Ollie Pop.
Last weekend I also played with my angle again because of my knee pain. I decided to just stand on the board in a position where it did not hurt my right knee and go with that angle. So, the angle I settled on was +15/-21. I know the -21 seems extreme but OMG it gave me about 90% less knee pain than any other angle. Before just standing up from the bench my right knee would start to hurt. Now I can stand up and it doesnt hurt. woo hoo!
So, Friday I started with the Rossi Diva and wow - getting off the chairlift was SO MUCH EASIER! First toeside turn was really odd due to the fact that the bindings had lift at the toes - but on my second toeside turn I REALLY noticed the board turning for me in a way that the Roxy never did. I was having such a hard time going toeside on the Roxy but on this directional board I can't explain it but it really felt good. Turns seems to be a breeze and I didn't feel like I had to man handle the board around like on the Ollie Pop - so now I wonder if the 151 was just too big for me. Or, being that I am over the weight limit on the Rossi that it makes it ride differently. The magnetraction on this Rossi seemed much better than on the Roxy also in the icy spots I encountered. In any event, I really love the Rossi. I have tried a 148 in the Roxy but it it could have been my stance or angles affected why I didn't like that length or else having more time on the snowboard that I can now tell the difference.
I really think the standard camber between the feet and and the rocker at the tips and being directional is why I like it - could I be wrong or am I smoking something? It is a 7 rating on the stiffness and going down the diamond run on it over clumpy snow was WAY better than on the Roxy - but it could be that I am cutting thru rather than slidding over them? My Roxy is a 4.5 flex rating so maybe the 7 flex is what I am liking?
Went riding with Handscreate today and now I have a new knee pain - the pain from doing blues and diamonds over and over! All that bending is a new pain now! lol
Here are some videos. The first video is on the green run getting used to the new board.
The second video is upclose showing that I am getting somewhat on my edge on the blue and black runs.
I know sometimes I am still slidding, but it seems way better than what I was doing before. Any comments???? Next year I want to work on trying to not open my left shoulder on toeside turns and try not to make so many turns on the blue runs. I've been trying to find a board where I feel confident to excel on and now try to fix my problem areas and I think I finally found the perfect board! (for now! lol)
I learned to snowboard at 50! woo hoo!
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