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Old 11-13-2009, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been away from snowboarding for the last few years, and I am looking to get some new. My most recent purchase was a Burton Blunt, either 06 or 07. It is a great jib board, but I seemed to get away from the park, and enjoyed cruising groomed trails and glades. The Blunt felt like a wet noodle in these conditions and it couldn't keep up with me. I want to get another board this year because my college has a club that takes us to VT many times for rediculously low prices. When I bought the blunt, I was unaware of the technology and how much it plays a role in choosing a board. I don't know whether I should look into camber style boards or rocker or any other specs for that matter. I know there are pros and cons of each, but for groomed trails in NE I don't know whats best. As I said before I am a poor college student so my budget would like to be around $400 for quality all mountain board. Many of the boards I have looked into are classified as beginner boards, such as the Rome Crail. I like the Rome Agent, but I don't know if Im willing to shell out $500 for it. What type of board should I look into, rocker, camber etc.
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here are a few I would recommend that are very all-around types of boards-
GNU Carbon Credit Series BTX - Snowboards Reviews & Sale | SierraSnowboard.com
Ride Antic - Snowboards Reviews & Sale | SierraSnowboard.com

This would be the BEST choice for an all-mountainer around your price range, however it's still $40 more than you want to spend. I'd HIGHLY recommend figuring out a way to get another $40 together and get this one.
Rome Graft - Snowboards Reviews & Sale | SierraSnowboard.com
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, those are are definite possibilities. As for my budget, I don't need to spend under 400, but it was a goal I set. If I can get a much better board for a bit more, I will do it.

How does the Rome Graft compare to the Agent?
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Agent is a better board, but you get to pay for it. The Graft is no slouch though, I demo'd one last year and it was a REALLY fun and confident board.
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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any opinions on board style? As far as the original camber design, or the rocker like the Banana Tech from GNU?
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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any opinions on board style? As far as the original camber design, or the rocker like the Banana Tech from GNU?
ive ridin camber forever and just got a lib tech skunk ape with banana. havent gotten to take it out yet but friends of mine that switched to rocker a few years ago said that its a more effortless catchfree ride. cant wait to get on the mountain.

i would get a lib tech or gnu they are the only boards i have bought in 6 years.
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The main issue I see with rocker style boards is the carving. I love to carve, and if going to a rocker will limit my carving ability, then I would stick to camber style boards. Im just trying to wiegh my options and figure out which is the smarter investment.
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you my friend need to be introduced to CAPiTA =).
these are really good boards and they are like 100$ cheaper than boards of same quality and diff brand.

for you i would look into maybe a mid life photo as a more all mtn freestlye board with camber, and for a rocker board, more towards park i would suggest the sierrascope. or the indoor survival.

also take a look at the Omni from signal. from what i have heard a quality board.

i have a rome agent and a capita stairmaster an i must say the agent is a really nice board with tons of pop, but it is def expensive. if i knew bout capita or signal before i got the agent i prob woulda gotten one of those boards.

imo signal and capita, and other small brands make some good stuff but for much cheaper.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:21 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Capita is definitely something to consider. I would love to support a smaller company.

If this helps at all, I am looking for a Burton Custon X but for a much lower cost. The specs of the custom x are exactly what I'm looking for.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I did a lot of searching and found an 09 Custom X for 350, but the EST binding system seems questionable. I already have a pair of mission bindings from 07 that I planned on using, are these compatible with the burton channel in the 09 Custom X?
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