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Old 02-01-2010, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Buying tmrw, Could use advice - Stepchild / LibTech / Rome

Ive narrowed my search down and could really use some help with a final decision.

Im looking for a board that is good for all around riding, 50% time in the park, 50% time free riding. I live in CA, so pow is not always local...something that can handle ice or packed pow as well. I weigh about 155 and I am 5'11

Here is what im down to...

Stepchild JP Walker 2010 154 - $365 ish

Stepchild Jib Stick 2010 153 - $336

Rome Artifact 1985 153 - $389 ish

Lib Tech Skate Banana - $399 (found on sale locally)

I know that all of these are reverse chamber except for I believe the JP Walker? Correct me if im wrong! Never rode reverse before. Any help would be REALLY appreciated. Thank you! Ive been reading tons of reviews, some thoughts from this board would really seal the deal.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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+1 for the skate banana because of MTX
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i was in the same situation as you, except i was trying to decide between the banana and the GNU park pickle. i eventually went with the pickle because its awesome in the park like the banana, but the deeper asymmetric side-cut makes it very easy to turn and its a little stiffer so its better on jumps and carving. i think its $489, so if you're willing to pay a little more you should consider it.

otherwise i think the banana might be a little soft for all-mountain, but ive heard that many people like it anyway.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thats been my worry is that it would not fit me for all mountain riding. I live in CA, so it's nothing major out here...but I still don't spend all of my time in the park.

I need something that can go both ways.

I guess it comes down to reverse camber or not. If no, then the Stepchild JP Walker seems like a great choice. If yes, well then there are alot of options I suppose.

For some reason I feel really drawn to the Stepchild JP Walker, although it is not reverse camber (rocker)

But im not sure I can ignore all the RAVE reviews of the Banana

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Old 02-02-2010, 06:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Since you will be outside of the park 50% of the time im not sure you need reverse camber. I would say look into the nitro T1 with its zero camber shape. If you really wanna try a reverse camber all over the mountaintry the rome agent 1985.

Both boards on sale at sierra snowboards right now.

Btw the artifact is on sale there too.
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