gday blokes! lib/gnu vs ns?
hi there guys! im new to this forum- my name is scott, and im from melbourne australia.
i currently own a 2007 option dufficy, which has held up well but, well, im going to japan for holiday and its time for a new board.
i am really interested in a rocker-camber board as the design sounds very convincing from an end-users point of view, so i've narrowed it down to three decks:
1. gnu riders choice
2. lib skate banana
3. neversummer evo-r
the gnu and lib are available for sale at my local store- they get EVERYTHING warrantied as they are the biggest store here (by far), and they are on sale right now. the neversummer will have to be shipped in from the states, by which time, it will be a similar price.
therefore, price isnt a factor as its really too close to call.
im really interested to know if you guys have heard of mervin boards just folding/ snapping under heavier rider weight? i know they've been players for a long time, but i've never heard anything good OR bad about their durability.
im a fat ex rugby player [6'1''] and i weigh 265 lbs. i would say that my skill is intermediate, with a view to increase my park skills. once upon a time i used to ride 50-120 days a season, 4 seasons in a row, so im not a newb.
now, as far as i can see:
neversummer evo: pros = awesome construction, durable, everything ive ever heard about them since i first heard their name in 1996. cons= non-existent warranty for me (will not ship to another continent for warranty), the size avail on dogfunk is a couple cm's longer than i'd ideally want (and they dont have the revolver, which is what i would have wanted as i like wider boards)
mervin boards: pros= they've got all the sizes in store, the shop has huge buying power in australia and i know they warranty non-warranty problems like snapping etc. cons= seem quite light, wondering if they are durable, or if their tech is focussed mostly on getting board weight down.
so whaddya guys think? i really would like to simply go down to the shop and pick up a skate banana 159w or a riders choice of similar spec, but im really, really stuck as i dont want to be in japan, riding 8-10 hours a day in both pow and park, and have my new board simply snap on me and leaving me to use my old one as a back up. i want a board that will be able to take the punishment for atleast 30-40 days.
you guys reckon that the mervins are OK for taking hard landings (heavy rider on 30-40ft kickers, as well as pillow drops)?
any feedback wins you a hug.
p.s. the reason for my apprehension with the SB, for example, is because the 159w is still only rated to 120lbs +, which is VERY light when compared to a similar sized board from other companies.
Last edited by buller_scott; 01-26-2010 at 03:04 AM.