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Old 04-06-2014, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Upgrading from Burton Elite [[EDIT: which of these three boards?]]

I currently am riding a 2008 burton elite, which has been a good all mountain board. The thing that bothers me about it is how stiff it is - I feel like I can't pop it and would like to be able to manual. It also seems heavy - I don't know if that's normal or not (only board I've ever rode).

I don't do park, but like going off jumps and messing around. Will be skiing in resorts on lots of groomers but also like going through the trees and through powder. Pretty much I want something that'll go fast on any terrain but maybe has a bit more flex and 'pop' than the Elite.

People say the Skate Banana is a good all purpose board, but others say it's not ideal if you aren't mainly looking for park. My question is, whAt would you recommend given my information? Or is my board just fine and I won't find anything significantly better for all mountain and powder?

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[[EDIT]]

Went into a shop and talked to someone and looked at some boards... I'm now looking at:

Process Flying V
Gnu Carbon Credit
Nitro Team Gullwing

Any opinions?

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Old 04-06-2014, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's hard to tell you anything from your description. You say you don't do park but don't really say what you do. Anyhow if you want something similar look at the c3 Mervin boards, look at jones, Burton, capita, etc all of them have boards that do what you want.

My opinion is the skate banana is a horrible value and everyone makes something just as good or better for less money
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I don't do park, but like going off jumps and messing around. Will be skiing in resorts on lots of groomers but also like going through the trees and through powder. Pretty much I want something that'll go fast on any terrain but maybe has a bit more flex and 'pop' than the Elite.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Burton Custom could be a good fit.

Basically... any mid flex all mtn/freestyle board with some sort of hybrid camber will work out fine for what you said.

Neversummer Proto
Gnu carbon credit
Rossi Jibsaw
Salomon Villain or Assassin
or something rocker/flat/rocker
... There's so many it's almost unfair to name a few...

Rocker between feet floats a little bit better and is more relaxed, camber between feet carves better and is more precise....... rocler/flat/rocker pretty much if you can't decide

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Old 04-06-2014, 02:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Look at the yes. Jones, Burton, Rossignol, and salomon. Look at those brands and you will be in good hands. You want something targeting all mountain
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies guys...

Went into a shop and talked to someone and looked at some boards... I'm now looking at:

Process Flying V
Gnu Carbon Credit

Really like the lightness and flex of the V, and read that the Nitro Team Gullwing is comparable...

Any opinions?

Also, for a 6'4" 170-175lbs boot size 12 guy, I can't decide between 159 and 162 on the Flying V, and 158W and 162W on the Gnu.
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Assuming your boot size is US 12, you are on the edge of needing a Wide board.

Hopefully others here with experience on the Gnu and Nitro will chime in and let you know if you do need a wide board from those brands.

With regards to the Burton Flying V profile; in good conditions it is a really fun experience. However on hard pack / icy conditions it is a loose, sketchy ride that for some is less than confidence building.
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Get a Custom Flying V or comparable board from another manufacturer. If you REALLY want pop get the Camber instead of the Flying V
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Went with a Jones MT. We'll see!
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Excellent choice. I predict you will be really pleased with the MT. It is one of those boards that does everything very well as a solid "All Mountain" board should.

Enjoy staring at it for the next 6 months......

It's ok to touch it every so often..........
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