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Old 10-21-2012, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
thowi
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Default New Freestyle Board (+bindings): Arbor Westmark, Skate Banana, Yes Greats, NS Proto?

I wanna get a new board and bindings.

My weight: 160lbs
My height: 5'9
My boots: Nitro Team US 10, MP 28.0, EU 42 2/3
Expected board size: ~152-154 I guess

I wanna use the board mostly in the park for small to mid sized features, but also to hit some natural features on the slopes, buttering, maybe some smaller rails.

Currently I ride a Burton Custom 157 Wide 2009, with Cartel bindings. 22" 18/-18 duck stance, Goofy.
I like the Custom for slopes, and kickers.
BUT, it is a bit too wide for me, I'd love to have true twin (for switch), rocker shape for more agility, and a bit of a softer flex.

My current favorites:

1) Arbor Westmark
Flex 4, True Rocker, True Twin.
(+) A bit softer than the alternatives
(+) True Rocker, so probably even a bit more agile than the alternatives
(+) Absolutely love the design (with the wood structure still visible on the top sheet)
(-) 2013 model has an extruded base, a bit slower, but probably a bit more robust
Reviews:
2013 Arbor Westmark Used and Reviewed
Arbor Westmark 2013 Snowboard Review
Arbor Westmark | The Good Ride

2) Lib Tech Skate Banana
Flex 4-5, Hybrid CamRock, True Twin.
(+) Magnetraction
(+) One of the most popular boards around, I guess for a reason
(-) Not too excited about the design TBH

3) YES The Greats
Flex 5, Hybrid CamRock, True Twin.
(+) Asymmetric Sidecut
Reviews:
2013 Yes The Greats Used and Reviewed
Snowboard Review: 12-13 YES Greats
YES Great Riders of History | The Good Ride

4) Never Summer Proto CT
Flex 5-6, Hybrid CamRock, True Twin.
(+) Never Summer seems to build the dampest and most durable boards
(-) Maybe a bit too stiff (while I think the Evo could be too soft...)
Reviews:
Never Summer Proto CT 2012 Snowboard Review
Never Summer Proto | The Good Ride


Bindings:

1) Union Contact Pro
Light, soft.

2) Burton Cartel
Light, stiff.
Possibly go for the Restricted version? Pro/con?

3) Union Atlas
Light, medium flex.

4) Flux DMCC Light
Ultra light, medium-stiff flex.
Less shock-absorption.
Quite pricey, worth the money?


What do you guys think?

Thanks a lot!
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