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Old 04-30-2009, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
Can anyone help me with this...
I've been riding a 9 year old Burton Canyon and have finally decided that its time to get a new board (mine is all delamintad on the topsheet and have huge gauges in the base thanks to some fresh pow hiding a nasty spiked rock.
I really like the look of Bataleon and their TBT and was wondering what to go for.
I am a fairly aggressive rider and tend to do a lot of fast jumps and bumps off the side of pistes, trees and when I can find it powder fields and like to dabble in the park occasionally. I am 6ft4" and about 13 stone. My canyon is a 168 and feel sometimes it can be a bitch to spin and butter.
Any ideas?
I was also looking at a Never Summer Legacy but not sure about the stability at high speed and the 2010 graffics suck?

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Old 04-30-2009, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Riot or the Jam in my opinion. They're both mid-flex with sintered bases.
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was looking at the Goliath purely from a length point of view seeing as I ride a 168 and the G is about as close as I can get out of the Bataleon range for an all mountain board.
Do you think it matters too much that I am 6ft4, the Riot sounds badass. I need to demo these of course but it would be good to narrow it dowen before hand.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Why are you riding such monster length boards when you only weigh ~185lbs?
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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well this is part of the reason I'm thinking about sizing down.
TBH I originally rode a 162 oxbow when I first started which was loads of fun and soft as hell - too soft but I knew nothing then. Iguess i literally walked into Rude Boys in Banff one day and said what do you recommend and there you go. I think about 9 years ago it was all about height and not weight.
So for me now I'm thinking either Never Summer Legacy 166, Bataleon Goliath 164(not keen on the base though?)
Is a Riot too small for me? baring in mind I rarely ride park and if I do its only the kickers.
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My 163 Legacy-R is stable as hell. Built like a tank. I'm 5'10"(18 stone).
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a legacy-r 166 and a bataleon jam 161. Id take the legacy hands down no questions asked. Im not sold on the TBT. It gets pretty squirrely and unstable through chop. Personally i feel a lot more comfortable riding on the legacy. Its got good pop, great edge control, floats like nobodys business in deep pow. I freakin love the board.

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oh and FYI im 6'5 190lbs. Size 13 boot.

OH. and NEVER buy a board for the graphics. who cares what the base looks like if you are rippin down the hill with style.

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Old 05-01-2009, 10:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Is a Riot too small for me? baring in mind I rarely ride park and if I do its only the kickers.
I'm 6'3" 220lbs and I ride the Riot 159. No way, no how would I ride a 164 anything unless I was going to be in powder or racing. Been there, done that.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice, I definately understand that I can go for a shorter board than I'm used to.
I think I need to demo a Bataleon and a Never Summer, although I doubt I will get a good idea in only a few runs as both will feel alien to me after riding my old Burton for so long.
I think the best thing is to just buy one or the other and learn to ride it and love it.
the Legacy R sounds like the one, maybe I'll get this years as 2010 has a really rubbish font. Although nothing a sticker couldn't sort out.
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