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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-20-2016, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a new board for hardpack/freeride

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Im +10 years experience on board 6'1'' and 192lbs and I am looking for hardpack towards freeride board. I typically do 80% of hardpack and 20% of freeride. Alps only. For park and fun I have NS Proto already and I am happy with it. I want to take this new board and explore for the first time Canada and or Japan this season but will be doing resorts as well. All items up to 600-700$ are ok.

I am asking here as I do not have here much of testing opportunities and shops are stuffed with commercial brands like burton, ns, lib tech, salomon. Im not saying they are bad or so but just wonder if there is anything else or not commercial but quality stuff that fits my pref.

My struggle is, should I go for 1 or 2 boards, meaning, conventional freeride/hardpack board and something special surf shape for freeride enjoy it all the way (or maybe If I do not have experience on those give up for now, stay with one board and test some first).

Next question, do You think there is anything worth buying from this season (ie. wait until feb and get it with discount) or I can get previous season new or used board in decent price then.

My choice for the moment was PYL and NOW Recon on it or NS Ripsaw or JJ Flagship.

What do You think what would You recommend?
thanks a lot for any hint here!
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Hey there,

I'm pretty much in the same position as you, probably 30/70 ish freeride/groomers, I ended up going for a Jones Carbon Flagship and Burton Genesis X bindings. But here are some of the other boards I considered.

The regular flagship
Yes PYL
Rossi XV
T-Rice Gold member
Burton FA
Burton Skeleton Key
Burton Branch manager
Burton Gate keeper

Seeing as you mentioned you ride in the alps I assume you're from europe in which case I'd strongly advice you to buy the board through a UK retailer since the current exchange rates/board pricing allows you to safe quite a bit of money.
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Two boards that caught my eye for go everywhere (never tried them but food for thought):

Dupraz D1
Donek Flux
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+1 for Donek. You can get a totally custom board if you talk to Sean there- Custom width, length, sidecut, etc, etc.. and graphics.

I love CRC (i.e. the Ripsaw) for versatility, but If it's for hardpack only, I think Trad Camber might be the way to go.
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Jones Flagship is our (hubby on Carbon, I on the regular) one quiver go to board for everything n everywhere.

We mainly ride in the Alps - freeriding - , but travelled to AK, CO, Japan, Svalbard with them; many different types of terrain and snow and the boards did very well. Not ideal in tight trees or flatish terrain, but in everything steep n deep they're awesome. Also for charging resort, be it icy or soft, they're big fun.

If you however loof for something playful or to ride trees, there are better suitable boards for that. If you like to ride fast, carve, and hit deep pow, the Flag is great.
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Arbor Steepwater is also another option if you are looking into big mountain boards.
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Thanks for all the answers guys!

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Two boards that caught my eye for go everywhere (never tried them but food for thought):

Dupraz D1
Donek Flux
That Donek got my eye! thanks, will def look more into it! Sounds very exciting to set it up and customize in tech and graphics. What bindings You put on that board?

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Jones Flagship is our (hubby on Carbon, I on the regular) one quiver go to board for everything n everywhere.

We mainly ride in the Alps - freeriding - , but travelled to AK, CO, Japan, Svalbard with them; many different types of terrain and snow and the boards did very well. Not ideal in tight trees or flatish terrain, but in everything steep n deep they're awesome. Also for charging resort, be it icy or soft, they're big fun.
Ohh, Svalbard sounds epic! I think I may come back 2 You on some advice for my trip as well What bins You have on those flagships?

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Arbor Steepwater is also another option if you are looking into big mountain boards.
hmm, got a bit confused with one review of that board that it does not do well on uneven terrain, hmmm, need to look more into it but sounds like it hits my hotspot of hardpack/freeride board.


Seems like it goes down to Flagship, Donek Incline or Flux, PYL or Burton FA now.
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Customization options available here which should suit...

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I just ordered the Burton Branch Manager but it was between that and the Flight Attendant. The FA is a solid all around board that can be a goto for just about anything! The Branch Manager is more of a compliment to my all mountain Rossi that I already have. I'd look hard into the FA or maybe even the Gatekeeper if you have bigger feet.
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What bins You have on those flagships?
Burton Diode / Burton Lexa
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