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Old 02-19-2014, 09:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I got the new Highlife, it is a blast on groomers and powder, but in trees I am having real trouble controlling it. It is too fast and I just can't get a good hold on it in steeper deep pow woods. Could it be my stand?
I am 179 cm and use to ride 21'' on my Machete GT with +15/-6. On groomers and pow I felt that the Highlife 'demands' a wider stance so I set it to 22'' (its default stance width). Do you think I should go back to 21'' probably shifting only the front foot backwards? what about the angles? Do you think if I set the back foot close to 0 it will help me navigate better in tight trees?
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most likely what you are experiencing is the larger radius sidecut the Highlife has. Its made for pointing and riding big lines and will never be as agile in the trees as say the Berzerker or your Machete GT. Stance probably won't have too much of an effect. Your are simply going to have to power the board through turns more
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Thanks red, also was thinking about the different camber in the tail: Machete has rocker in the tail, while the Highlife is all camber there. Anyway in your opinion the stance won't help and I just have to out-muscle it with brute force?

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Thanks red, also was thinking about the different camber in the tail: Machete has rocker in the tail, while the Highlife is all camber there. Anyway in your opinion the stance won't help and I just have to out-muscle it with brute force?
i have a totally different board (a volkl selecta) but i tried both 21/-3 and 18/-6 and i found the latter much harder to manouver in the trees.
so much that next time i will try 24/-3.

it might prove itself useless, but adjusting bindings is such a trivial task that i think it is definitely worth a try.
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Probably it depends on both the board and the stance... With the Machete I felt perfectly fine with the 15/-6
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I'm not saying stance won't make a difference, but that its mostly the board you are feeling. Stance setup is mostly personal preference and I ride the same stance on all my boards +/- 1/2". The highlife is never going to be agile in the trees, it wasn't make for that.
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Most likely what you are experiencing is the larger radius sidecut the Highlife has. Its made for pointing and riding big lines and will never be as agile in the trees as say the Berzerker or your Machete GT. Stance probably won't have too much of an effect. Your are simply going to have to power the board through turns more
This. I had the 2012/13 highlife for a few months before selling it. The thing is a point and shoot beast. Too stiff for me. It's a nice board but not enough torsional flex to make it agile enough for my very average riding skills!
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This. I had the 2012/13 highlife for a few months before selling it. The thing is a point and shoot beast. Too stiff for me. It's a nice board but not enough torsional flex to make it agile enough for my very average riding skills!
Ditto Had same board 159W Highlife last year. Called it my morning rocket. Sold it also.
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Wow, everyone is selling the HL after trying it... doesn't it get any better after some time?
I bought it for this reason - to have a super fast powder board beside my Machete, but didn't expect it to behave that clumsy. I would suggest it is my riding skills thought, I hope it will be better when I get used to it.
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I live on Ice Coast + I'm 6'3" 230LBS so was the 159W just was the wrong size for me.
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