From Swallow Tip to Rocker where to next?
:yahoo: Time to move on up!
I'm 32, 6' 2", 165lbs. 10.5 sz feet
My snoboard timeline is as follows:
I learned to board on a swallow tipped burton borrowed from Qwen Howitt.
First board was a 40lb. 159 Nitro. Rode it for like 3 years.
Got my first twin tip board at 15 it was a burton knock-off brand called Pill 149.
First board bought with my own money was a Gnu Carbon Fiber 160. Rode it for like 10 years before it finally died.
A few years ago I picked up a Sims FSR900 161. It's great and all but there's really no play in it.
I've always ridden older boards but I'm ready to lay my money down on the creme-de-le-creme. But where to go?
I'm a Mt. Baker local and in the deep as much as possible. I've always been a backcountry rider but the idea of a softer flex and a bit more playtime sounds interesting.
Of all the boards I've owned, I enjoyed the Gnu most. It wiggled like crazy at high speeds and couldn't really hold an edge. I don't think it was the right fit for my riding style but the soft flex was just fun.
I'm starting to realize I may need a quiver to cover both playtime and pow time. The boards I've been interested in are (in order of interest):
Jones Mountain Twin
Gnu Billy Goat
Never Summer ProtoHD
Gnu Carbon Credit
Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro
Academy Propa Camba
:dunno: Please help me narrow this list down...Thank you
The features I'm interested in are:
Solid presses with a lively pop.
Good Float in powder
nice edge in the hard pack/ice
lively flex w/o too much stability loss
is it possible? Which board gets closest?
if you want to ride pow a lot, and at baker you can, get a pow stick. Capita Charlie slasher was my choice before the k2 ultradream came out, it looks much better. both can be had for very cheap and are good boards. then get a medium board like the proto, coda, salomon assassin, capita doa, or gnu riders choice. any of those will be playful but still good for going fast in any conditions.
Like 158-160 for your pow board and 154-156 for your all over stick.
I personally think the coda come closest to satisfying all your requirements.
Really like what I've seen on the coda but it's durability seems a bit questionable. Any comment on the durability of Arbor boards?
usually baker has an arbor coda for premium rental, you can go and get one to try out for like 30 bucks and try any of their other boards the same day
Haha, that's the plan this Saturday. Supposed to be a pow day so it will be a perfect day for it. Can anyone add or subtract from my list before then so I can give them a whirl.
That being said... if you're at baker.. get a damn pow board, fool. save one of these for "regular days", and have a silly pow stick for when it gets snorkel deep.
Ok then. I always thought my FSR900 was fine in the pow. But its a decade old and I'm sure there's been some hefty advances. Let's say I'm a baker rider with two boards. One board for under 8" New and one board for over.
What two boards should I get.
Pow days I run the trees and backcountry all day. Reggae days I...well I usually do the same. I'm teaching my son to board which is why a fun play board may fit better on the days I'm teaching.
Try a hovercraft on the next deep day.... It'll rock your socks!
GNU Billy Goat
I found a brand new Billy Goat w/ Bindings included for $400. I'm going to pull the trigger unless someone wants to stop me...
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