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Old 01-18-2010, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,
long time lurker, first time poster here.
I'm heading to Japan next week for 3 weeks, and thinking about which board to take. I hear the pow is pretty deep there, and was considering taking an older, yet bigger board along with my new one.
For starters, i'm 5'9" and 155lb. My "main" board is a 2010 K2 Parkstar 152 (LOVE it btw!). This is fine for riding in Australia / New Zealand, but I fear I might sink too much in Japanese pow. I have an option to take a friends old burton board (dont know what model, but probably 5 years old. it's 158cm, directional).
Do you think it is worth carrying the bigger board, or will the rocker of my parkstar make up for it being too short for powder?
thanks in advance!
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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take both, you'll fit them both into a board bag if one of them doesn't have bindings attached
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah that was the original plan, just thinking of reducing weight to lug around. I figure if the rocker is just as benefitial as an extra 6cm i'd save the trouble!
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Where are you going in Japan?

I say if youre going to be to the steeper area like Hakuba take both especially if youre planning to hit up back country, otherwise you should be able to get away with the 152.

Im 180lbs and taking 161 Rocker board for my trip to Hakuba in a few weeks, last two trips i was on 162 with no real issues.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm going to Niseko
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I'm going to Niseko
I go to Niseko every year for the last 10 years. You will want to bring both boards.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm at Nozawa Onsen last weekend and it snow so much that I literally sink into the snow up to my armpits at Yamabiko (top bowl of Nozawa Onzen) even when i was riding my 07 NeverSummer Summit with my setback set to the very end. Tried to ride fast to float through the powder but it was not steep enough to avoid sinking.

I suggest bringing larger board especially in Niseko where the snowfall is even more than Nozawa.
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Did Niseko last year with a 158 Custom

Going back this year with a 162 Malolo as well as my Custom. If I were only to take one of those boards, it would be the Malolo. The snow there is DEEEEEEEEP
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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cheers for the replies guys, will definately take the other deck along!

sounds like I might be tempted into buying a pow board if it's that deep
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Just thought i'd give some feedback on the boards. The rockered 152 turned out to be much nicer to ride in all conditions than the old cambered 158, couldn't tell you why! I seemed to keep my speed better in powder, especially on less steep slopes, copared to my mates. Might be something to do with technique too? I have been riding longer than the others with me...
Niseko rocks my world though!!
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