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Old 01-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I weigh in at about 68kg (+2kg for kit for skijo riding) (+5kg for BC riding). Well....... I'm assuming we've got lighter and better pow than Honshu (that's what all my mates here say), but to be honest I've never ridden anything epic in Honshu, furthermore I've only ridden 4 days in Honshu.

But yeah the fresh pow is certainly light & dry in the skijo's.... usually knee deep after a dump. In the BC it's super light, super fluffy, and at this time of year bottomless (you WILL posthole in regular snowshoes, gotta have pow snowshoes or a splitboard), I'm sure the local temps are helping, it rarely rises above -5C this time of year.

I don't like to setback my bindings because I ride switch about 1/4 of the time in the SC/BC, that and I'm trying to get myself pretty much ambidextrous on my deck.......

@Memphis - Your riding a 180cm... crikey, that's a long deck!...... Is that your main stick for riding?
I have no complaints about the pow in Nagano, but you clearly have the best up there.
On good days its very light here and I don't set back because I also prefer to ride switch about 30-40% of the time in pow and on groomers.

Often as the day goes on I need to setback to stay afloat because the pow gets heavier.
Still amazing pow though.

Also you are about 10 kilos lighter than me on a board more or less the same length and maybe a touch wider, which will help a lot. I am 78-80 kilos without my pack.

I also have a 161, but its semi-directional as well and not so good for riding switch in pow.

I love to do little spins of natural hits too so I am always trying to be as close to centered as I can. Thats also why I prefer my 158 Highlife to my 161 Volkl because its much easier to spin and do grabs off little hits.

This year I have my season pass for Nozawa but next year I will plan a trip up to Hokkaido.

Would love to try your TRice as well. I have always ridden semi-directional boards and a true twin that can kill the pow sounds amazing. I would probably need to be on the 161 for that though.

Here is a few shots and a brief report of my trip.

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/tri...tml#post467477
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I live in Toyama and spend my time riding here and in Nagano. Here's a recent vid:

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Old 01-16-2012, 12:17 AM   #33 (permalink)
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@dreampow

I'm inclined to agree with you, I've only done a bit of riding in Honshu, but from what the local crew tell me here the Hokkaido snow's like Champagne.... and I agree, it would be hard to beat the quality of snow we get up here, it's tip top

Dunno if you'll find the T.Rice 157 too short, the board rides long and stiff, you've gotta be on the ball (well, I do anyway) when you're doing spins and air on this thing otherwise it's pretty happy to buck you off down the hill..... I've been there a few times. This thing is playful and goes edge to edge very quickly, but I must say it does take a bit of energy to ride well. If I had anything to whinge about it's that the sidecut is a bit wide for my weight range, but oh well..... Nothing McDonald's can't cure

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Man that looks nice, what skijo are you at? I've got a mate in Toyama and she's always off to Nagano, but you're vid's got some very nice looking pow.... Are those runs ungroomed at your hill?
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:31 AM   #34 (permalink)
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180 birdman is still amazing to me. The longest board I have been on was a 165 and that was getting plenty of looks at my mountain, like Wow!

They must all scatter out of the way when you come through on that thing!
Believe it or not I have seen longer boards up here at Hakkoda. We had 190CM of snow in the last three days so it's hard to say they are going overboard (no pun). I am 100KG and 193cm so I think it's a good board for me size wise.

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@Memphis - Your riding a 180cm... crikey, that's a long deck!...... Is that your main stick for riding?
No, out of the 15 days riding this year I have used it 5 days, and all of them were over 60cm of snowfall. My other board is a 159 K2 Slayblade.
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@Supra, nice vid, looks like you are doing some backflips there?

None landed in the vid but it looked pretty good anyway.

@Memphis Hawk 180 is probably fine for your weight, just never seen one before.

How do you like the slayblade? does it do OK on smaller powder days?

Considering the snow everyone else is getting we are all very lucky to be here.
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No, out of the 15 days riding this year I have used it 5 days, and all of them were over 60cm of snowfall. My other board is a 159 K2 Slayblade.
Hey nice pick on the Slayblade, that was a serious contender last year when I had to decide between the T.Rice, Slayblade, and an Endeavor High5. How are you finding the zero camber profile?
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onji, would your mate be called Shizuka by any chance?

We have an old aerials spot (flat to super steep) at the local resort where we launch on powder days. Great fun. I was filming. I did some backflips though, tomahawk-style. Couldn't land to save my life that day. They only groom the middle of the main runs so there's always loads of pow around.
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Why, yes she does happen to be a Shizuka.... from Hawaii.... How's her riding this year?
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Hey nice pick on the Slayblade, that was a serious contender last year when I had to decide between the T.Rice, Slayblade, and an Endeavor High5. How are you finding the zero camber profile?
I love it. This is my second year on the Slayblade and for an everything board it is exactly what I want. It's super fast on groomers, like faster than I want to go, it's super SUpER light what is nice for being playful and it reacts quick to your input. I've done kickers and boxes and stairs with it, never anything crazy, but with centered Stance I imagine some people could really work it. I don't like it for pow too much. It WILL get you to the other side but expect rear leg death and not tons of speed. If its the 2nd or 3rd day after a heavy snow it will rip untracked stuff decently as long as it doesn't flatten out too much.
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After a few days break it looks like there is another big dump coming our way next week.
I will be in Nozawa from the 25th for 3 days of riding..

I have successfully added some rocker DIY style to the tip of my Volkl and will be taking it out for a test run.
Wish me luck.
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