Herd others talking up the Now Drive's, My boots are Van's Acura 11.5 has a reduced footprint. Solomons 12 which are huge have been reduced to backup and will probably never see the slopes again. How do you like the SkunkApe HP .
I demo'ed it with my 2014 Now Drives and DC T Rice boots back in February and it was daaaa shit. Little heavier than I'm used to (other than my big Birdman), but it rode like my other favourite Lib boards. I wasn't getting quite as much air as on my shorter boards, but it had so much stability and grip I loved it. I'm tempted to buy a 169 too! Now bindings are stellar, try 'em.
So you didn't want to hold out for the 2015 with the Satanic/metal graphic, eh?
I love this board so much that I think when I fully trash this current one, I might pony up the $700+ for the custom shop model in blank white to avoid any more "Quincy Quigly" top sheets...
Has anyone paired a Diode or a Genesis with the Ape? I hate to admit that this is a Minnesota board, and I'm worried that the stiffness of the Diode will kill me in the tracked out shit that happens after 9:30AM around here....
Hey, if you can't hang with the Quig and the true gnar top sheets, then maybe you're not a real Ape after all... and you should stick to the little sticks. I reccomend you try another sport...
Actually, I went for the 2014 'cuz I liked the topsheet on this year's better than next year's... that and it was like 30% off and I can still use it this season. We got another two months left up out here!
Only thing is... next year's HP model has a way sicker base! The perfect board never seems to line up with these things. It's been the case with a few other Lib boards in the past too. My Banana Magic is a boring base compared to the non-wide versions. With the Apes it's always either the regular version or the HP version has the nicer top or base, just something!
Or in my case... I was gonna get a custom waterjet split done of the 169 HP Ape early this season, then I find out they're coming out with one next year... only it has plain, boring graphics on the top and the bottom! It's a stupid, silly problem... but it's nice to be fully stoked on something you're spending that much money on, even if it's something almost completely inconsequential like the graphics.
The custom shop ones will also not be made with Horsepower construction, something that matters to me personally. But if you're in Minnesota... you'll never get to appreciate gnarly freeride stuff anyway! Get out to the big mountains man!
But I stick by my reccomendation for the Now's. They handle the chop unbelievably well.