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Old 11-19-2013, 05:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi

I'm off to Japan for a trip of a lifetime and will be spending time in some serious powder (hopefully)...

I haven't bought a board since my Custom Wide 154cm that I bought back in 2008.

I'm completely out of the loop and have no idea where to start looking...

Height - 5'11'' / 160cm
Weight - 70kg / 155lbs
Boot - uk 9.5 / us 10.5 /eu 43.5

I like cruising (fast) and small jumps, switch riding, drops and just fun stuff but I also need a board that will perform in Europe - which often has groomed runs and tracked out off piste.

Still, main priority is having fun in the powder in Japan all day without having to lean back constantly.

I also don't want a wide board (or something too long) - and am buying some new Burton Moto boots as the profile is so much smaller than some others.

Can anyone recommend me some boards to check out?

Cheers

giblet

PS I've been snowboarding since 1985 so I'm no beginner but I know my limits and have no desire to test them anymore... too many days in the chalet with broken limbs

PPS Please only reply if you have actually experience of riding many boards - too many kids on here that I can see are recommending boards and have seemingly only ridden 1 or 2 in their lives...

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Old 11-19-2013, 05:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what do u ride on most? (groomers, park, all mountain, powder, ur mom?)

OP updated 1st post, ill stfu

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Old 11-19-2013, 05:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you demo different shapes / have preferences? Flat, rocker, camber, hybrids? How important is the switch aspect?
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Did you demo different shapes / have preferences? Flat, rocker, camber, hybrids? How important is the switch aspect?

I've not ridden any other boards other than my Custom Wide since 2008.

Not tried any new boards with rockers, cambers, v's - and any other type of new design. Always been on 'flat' boards. Switch is half the fun!

Need help!! Completely lost.

Friend just recommended a K2 Slayblade but that's only because he has one.

PS I used to skate (a lot) and love boards that I can throw about but I need good powder performance for Japan - I've heard some talk about the 'Nug' working good in powder as well as being a complete laugh on the rest of the mountain but this is totally new design to me.

It seems people either love them or hate them.

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Maybe rent a true powder board for the week, like a Fish.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Maybe rent a true powder board for the week, like a Fish.
Yeah I could do - but at around $50 - $60 dollars per day I might as well buy a board as I'm there for 10 days.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sod it - I'm going for Jones Hovercraft which I'll sell on return.

Saying that - I've now seen a Burton Spliff 148... oh jesus.

Forget about hard pack and groomers, Looks like I'm going full powder....

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Not sure on performance in Japan pow, but I see the salomon powder board for cheap as well as Charlie Slashers for cheap (last year models)
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Not sure on performance in Japan pow, but I see the salomon powder board for cheap as well as Charlie Slashers for cheap (last year models)
Sorry to dredge this up but I was just looking to buy a board and quickly checked this thread one final time and saw your recommendation.

Charlie Slasher looks like a good board for powder - the only size available to me in the UK is 158 but it's very cheap (225 brand new) and I'm seriously tempted.... do you think that it would be OK?

Just seen Solomon Powder Snake too... excellent recommendations dude!! That's also good price - 209... now I'm confused! Also what size would you look at for one of those?

And which is better????

(Given up on the Burton Barracuda 149cm that I was considering - price is crazy @ 430)

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Old 12-10-2013, 05:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Send a PM to Supra, he has ridden many board in japan powder. He can recommend from experience.
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