Heya guys, need help for a freestyle board :)
So, I am currently riding Kink Ride 2011/2012 snowboard, and Im looking to replace it for another freestyle board.
My first 3 picks were:
- Lib Skate Banana (but a bit pricey)
- K2 WWW (similar to my current Kink)
- GNU Carbon Credit (cheep banana)
Because I am buying my snowboard at the end of this season, when they get cheep, I didnt need to chose between them.
BUT, a problem appeared when I saw the new Ride Slackcountry!!!!
Now, I know that pro boarders are laughing at me right now, cause this is a freeride board, but my specs will clarify everything.
Hight 6'6'' (198cm)
Weight 254lbs (115kg)
Boots US 15 (EU 49.5 )
So, would Slackcountry 162wide (insane width), be a great freestyle board for tall people, or do I just need to suck it up, and keep riding 159w boards.
Hope to get some good pointers, especially an answer from someone who rides Slackcountry :)
when you say freestyle, you mean like jumps, rails, backcountry features, etc...
I tried skate banana, and it is insanely good, but now, with this slackcountry, my head is all messed up with that to buy :)
I have a slack. I'm very small compared to you and arguably too small for the deck, I clock in at ~155 lbs and 6 feet even. But I love to over stable decks so I ride a 161, couldn't say if its wide or not, my foot size warrants use of either. I dug it out of the clearance rack so I couldn't complain either way, it was a steal.
Here's the rundown, while the deck has a similar profile to your average park deck, the slack is very stiff. I find it extremely hard to butter because when you load up it either wants you to ollie it or it pushes you back to the ground. I doubt that would be too much an issue since you're bigger and probably a fair bit better at ground tricks than I am. But don't go buying it thinking its going to be a playful deck. Naturally since its stiff and has a flat base its very stable at speed but since the tips are rockered it tends to feel a bit surfy. It wont lock in on landings and tends to have shoddy edge hold unless you really focus on keeping your weight centered. Lastly, the flex is stiffer in the back than it is up front, its tends to make ollies easier off the back foot but harder on the front, and vice versa for butters. Wouldn't say it were a bad idea to buy it for freestyle with big air on the side, since the deck is more favorable to big air jumps than your typical park deck, but you will have a bit of trouble with the more freestyle oriented riding you do.
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