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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-11-2012, 06:09 PM
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The Villain is a killer board. Talking to the rep I guess a lot of the company guys that had been riding the Grip cause the Drift Rocker just wasn't enough board are riding the Villain now.

The Good Ride is more or less just unreliable cause they don't seem to be able to say anything just sucks at something. For instance, they gave the Capita Horror and Arbor Draft Good rating for jumps and Average ratings for Pipe. Really? Cause I've ridden both and would never choose to take either of any jump bigger than 20ft or into a pipe with walls taller than I am. Also they lump 3 stage rocker and zero cam into "flat camber". Those are two completely different rides.

The Machete GT is a twin freeride board. No way around that, its a gnar stick. T.Rice is a freestyle/freeride deck. Pain in the ass to jib. Same goes for the Berzerker and DH2. The Sherlock is one of the best options out there if you have decent snow or better all year. Hardpack it kinda lacks. Same goes for the Jones. Not for lack of grip, but Jones boards are just characteristically harsh riding. So unless you have good snow you'll need some damn good dampening in your boots and bindings to compensate.

From Ride look at the Buckwild. From Lib I guess the TRS. From Burton the Parkitect (at least on paper). I would also take a look at the Flow Drifter or for true twin the Shifty or Quantum. For some good classic snowboard feel look into the Signal OG Flat. I can take that board from rails at Bear to trees in CO. Someone will inevitably mention the NS Proto. If you don't mind the steep price, from NS that is your best bet. For the asym charge, the YES Greats for 2013 is just fantasmic. Rome Mod Rocker is another. And if you want to be uber unique on the mountain riding something probably no one else will be, the Endeavor Live Reverse. And lastly for some looser camber goodness, Bataleon Goliath.

Some of those are going to be different than what you have. But, they all are capable at high speeds, all will do well in pow and on groomers laying carves, and all have good to great snap.

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