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descipar 01-20-2014 09:14 AM

2nd Board (Freeride)

I`m an intermediate rider
6'2" feet (187 cm)
176 lbs (80kg)
11 size foot (Mondopoint 29.5)
and since the prices seem to go down at the moment I am looking for a second board.
Just a freeride board (70-80% piste, 20-30% powder) no park at all.
I have a Ride Capo binding and want to keep using it.
Also, just because I am only an intermediate rider the board must not be super easy. Sometimes falling because of a crappy style/technique is a good way to learn. ;)

At the moment I was thinking about the Jones Flagship or the Capita BSOD.
Any advice on those two or other sugesstions?

neni 01-20-2014 10:10 AM

Can't comment on the BSOD, but I absolutely love my Flagship for pow and good morning groomers (mentioned this sooo many times in this forum, won't repeat all the chorus of praise [hint: use search function :)], thus here only a short version):
on the + side: super stable at speed, very fast edge to edge, great float
on the - side: teeth-ruttling stiff, PITA in spring crud/moguls

Gonna borrow the words of an other member, which describe the board pretty nicely: rock solid confidence going fast in pow... On the other hand, FS had all the sprightly nimbleness of a garage door in tight trees and glades, it just basically wanted to go straight down.

descipar 01-20-2014 10:38 AM


Main duty of that board would really just be to go straight and fast down and give my skiing friends a run for their money. :)

neni 01-20-2014 11:42 AM

Straight n fast is not a problem, it'll stay stable as fast as you dare. Just be prepared to ride low in the knees all the time cos it won't absorb crud. It's like driving a Porsche over a bump road.

If you're fine with CRC (I'm not ;)), the NS Raptor could be an option. That one absorbs crud nicely, more an all day board.

Nivek 01-20-2014 12:39 PM

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My favorites thus far have been the Slash Straight, Flow Darwin, Burton Barracuda or Juice Wagon, K2 Ultradream, Salomon Snake, and the YES PYL.

nsrider121 01-20-2014 01:54 PM

Depending on your camber preference, the NS Raptor would be a great option. Its amazing on groomers and chop, and only a pow specific board would do better in the deep stuff. Also, I'm selling mine ... :cool:

descipar 01-21-2014 05:21 AM

thx again for the suggestions.
At the moment I am prefering a camber or hybrid camber to get a some variation because my current board is a rocker (Skate Banana).
Although the NS Raptor (despite being more a rocker) and the YES PYL do look appealing.

Any thoughts about the Ride Highlife UL? My local dealer recommended it.

ASwedishViking 01-21-2014 07:27 AM

Check out the Ride Berzerker, a little bit cheaper then the Highlife

neni 01-21-2014 07:52 AM


Originally Posted by descipar (Post 1455665)
Any thoughts about the Ride Highlife UL? My local dealer recommended it.

Only spent one day on groomers with one and liked it a lot (didn't get one cos on groomers, it did ride very similar to the Flagship I already have). It's fast and stable, a tad less stiff than the Flagship but still kind of a plank more suitable for good groomers (BTW: the Volkl Coal fits in this categoty as well); moguls were hard work with it as well. A fun board for charging, but also tiring.
Ask yourself if you really want such a stiff board specialized on high speed stability and barely ridable in crud. Other, slightly more forgiving boards charge as well, but give you also the opportunity to relax sometimes and spend the entire day on the mountain without changing the board. If you want such a plank, just be aware, that they come with disadvantages as well. Best would be to try them to find out, if it's really what you're searching :)

Mel M 01-21-2014 08:23 AM

Since you say you have a skate banana, and you mentioned you all you want to use this board for is to shoot straight down, then I would go for a stiff, all camber board. You already got the Ride Capos.

Hybrid boards like the NS Raptor are great if that's the only one in your quiver. Despite all the anti-rocker sentiments you'll hear on this forum. I still like rocker for float and quick turn initiation if I need it.

Some suggestions would be the Burton Custom X, Arbor A-Frame, and Ride Highlife UL.

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