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Slash Durability

At the beginning of this season I bought a Slash Straight 163, and absolutely loved it. Halfway through my Utah trip I noticed a pretty significant delam on the base edge, and a smaller one on the top sheet close to the same area. Fortunately Tactics.com where I bought it from were awesome and made the warranty process super easy, and even sent me a Burton Tough Cat as a replacement since neither them or Slash had a straight in stock. I was talking with the owner of a local board shop who sells Slash and he said he's been seeing lots of their boards come back with similar issues, to the point he's sending his excess stock back. Has anyone experienced anything like this with their boards. I love what they do, but would hate to have to keep sending their boards back in the future.
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I rode a 168 at a demo earlier this year and had a blast. It seemed like it'd be great for the days when you just want to bomb everything in sight, but to me seemed like at that size it'd be more of a quiver board, as it refused to go anywhere close to slow, and I don't think it'd be an every or even most days kind of board. I'm a pretty big guy at 6'1 and about 220 loaded up. The conditions weren't great that day, but you could barely notice as she just cruised through everything. It was like riding a greyhound bus on the highway with those fancy airbrakes/suspension. When they say it's responsive, they aren't lying, all you have to do is think about turning and it does, but it was a lot of work to make a bunch of quicker smaller turns, but not hard, just a lot of extra work. I went with a 162 though so it would be a little more versatile for me. I normally ride 160-164, and when I rode a 162 flight attendant it seemed like a perfect balance to me so I'm sure it will be similar with the tough cat, just a little stiffer/more aggressive. Unfortunately I just got it a few days ago, and here in New England there's not much left to ride, so it's gonna have to sit and tease me till next season.
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Thanks... My weight and height are almost identical. Info was very helpful.
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A friend of mine has been riding a Slash Happy place this season and its held up better than any boards he or i have every ridden...we ride pretty hard and usually dont get more than 2 seasons at most out of a stick. The thick edges on the nose and tail have saved it from lots of dings and even a gnarly rock shot from the highway up on the rack. As far as Delaming goes....havnt had an issue with it yet and its got about 65 days on it. Base is strong and overall very impressive durability.... As for my Bataleon Evil Twin Asymetrical i bought 2 months ago...i could NOT say the same thing....broken rails in 3 places huge core shot on toe edge and mild delaming on the nose.
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I have a Slash Straight 2014/15. Zero issues in terms of durability. It's held up surprisingly well since it's been through hell and back these past 2 seasons. It's in a lot better shape than my Salomon board, which I have half the days on than the Slash.

They might have changed manufacturers? A "bad batch"? Learned to make sure your shop or warranty provider is solid.
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I put my slash happy place through hell last season. Those guards at the tips are great. Seems like real durable shot though I can't speak for the straight.
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