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Old 11-03-2010, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi there, i have a buddy who is toying with the idea to change his board. he is looking for the lightest stiffest, and fastest board so he can bomb his runs even faster.

He has research thoroughly but I am just see if you guys have some first hand experience.

groomed conditions, powder is rare in the lower NE.

Palmer Crown? Custom X? NS Raptor? LIb TR? he has checked out Nidecker aswell.

i look through a lot of the manufacturer websites but i dont know enough to compare cross brands.

he is riding a Palmer Clash or something.160cm+ with size 11 feet and he is running some aluminum bindings currently.

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Old 11-04-2010, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This should be moved to the 'boards' section.

I would recommend the 2011 Capita Black Snowboard of Death, a great charging board that is not only limited to bombing, would be good off jumps and in the pipe. It won't be the overall fastest board or the stiffest but you need a bit of versatility, it's also a little bit pricey.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hi there, i have a buddy who is toying with the idea to change his board. he is looking for the lightest stiffest, and fastest board so he can bomb his runs even faster.

He has research thoroughly but I am just see if you guys have some first hand experience.

groomed conditions, powder is rare in the lower NE.

Palmer Crown? Custom X? NS Raptor? LIb TR? he has checked out Nidecker aswell.

i look through a lot of the manufacturer websites but i dont know enough to compare cross brands.

he is riding a Palmer Clash or something.160cm+ with size 11 feet and he is running some aluminum bindings currently.
may be kessler board with catek fr2? or even with td2 and 4x4 plates? That'd be ultimate setup.

If choose from what you listed, i'd go with Raptor (X for me).
BTW. Look at Elan Vertigo. It got 1 titanal layer,(kessler BX board got two) and it it's stiff and light. and it feel very very solid. I gonna get this one, if local shop bring it here for a reasonable price.
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thanks guys, i realized it was in the wrong section but i reported myself to get it moved.

Hopefully the mods will move it in the right section.

yes my buddy has Caitek bindings currently. will check out the suggestions.
those bordercross boards are serious stuff and not as versatile.
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thanks guys, i realized it was in the wrong section but i reported myself to get it moved.

Hopefully the mods will move it in the right section.

yes my buddy has Caitek bindings currently. will check out the suggestions.
those bordercross boards are serious stuff and not as versatile.
well, if he got catek, i think he knows better what to get =)
i'd stay on pure BX board. of freeride model from kessler. (or oxess)
imho: raptor X < vertigo < kessler
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thanks TLN. naturally the BX board is the best fit but i guess hes curious if freeride boards offer similiar performance.

wow Raptor is having great feedback on its initial release year! i am a fellow EVO owner
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Sorry to bring this back from the dead. I'm seriously considering getting a Kessler Ride to replace my Burton T7. Has anybody had actual experience on a Kessler? Obviously I want to think it through before dropping $1300 on the plank alone (and my C60 EST bindings would be useless unless I made a plate to attach them to the standard holes...).

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Sorry to bring this back from the dead. I'm seriously considering getting a Kessler Ride to replace my Burton T7. Has anybody had actual experience on a Kessler? Obviously I want to think it through before dropping $1300 on the plank alone (and my C60 EST bindings would be useless unless I made a plate to attach them to the standard holes...).

Thanks in advance,
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I've ridden a Kessler alpine board with plate binding... that thing is a serious speed machine, it is FAST, it is DAMP, it has ridiculous edgehold - try asking on BOL as a bunch of people there have them. The last three Olympic gold and silver medalists were on Kesslers.

Does Kessler even make boards for softbooters? oh I guess the BX model (I would definitely call them up and talk to them before making any purchases). Sorry Kirkrider, the A-Frame is a fine board... but it is steak knife compared to the katana-like Kesslers. I hope that analogy make sense... steak knives are useful and used by a lot of people... where as a katana is an zenith of craftsmanship... but not very useful if all you want to do is eat steak
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I've ridden a Kessler alpine board with plate binding... that thing is a serious speed machine, it is FAST, it is DAMP, it has ridiculous edgehold - try asking on BOL as a bunch of people there have them. The last three Olympic gold and silver medalists were on Kesslers.

Does Kessler even make boards for softbooters? oh I guess the BX model (I would definitely call them up and talk to them before making any purchases). Sorry Kirkrider, the A-Frame is a fine board... but it is steak knife compared to the katana-like Kesslers. I hope that analogy make sense... steak knives are useful and used by a lot of people... where as a katana is an zenith of craftsmanship... but not very useful if all you want to do is eat steak
Yeah they started making something called The Ride this year. Designed to be a free-ride board with the same tech as the BX and alpine boards. They're not cheap, at $1300, but I get a lot of use out of my boards and can justify the money.

Kessler Ride: Although not listed on that page because they're sold out, they do also have 163s that should work for me. Almost identical waist width to the T7 159 I'm riding now.

The only trouble is the Canadian distributor is in Ontario and I'm out in Alberta. I could have my buddy go check it out, but I'd rather at least have my hands on one before purchasing, and I still haven't read any rider reviews of them. The few online magazine reviews of them are glowing, but I'd rather hear it out of a fellow average riders mouth.

Also, I'm not 100% sure but I thought the T7 was supposed to be a fair bit stiffer than the A-Frame. I love the T7 at the moment, and the only reason I'm looking at replacing it is it was damaged when I moved. Cracked topsheet. I realize there's no wood core to worry about being damaged by water intrusion, but I don't think the aluminium honeycomb would take to kindly to it either. It's not open at the moment, only a hairline crack, but I'd like to have a succession plan for my board for when it does go! lol

Thanks for the comments lonerider, I haven't read a bad review of a Kessler product yet, and the podium results should speak for themselves, but I'm hoping their only non-competition aimed model actually got the same goodness as their other boards.

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