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Old 12-19-2007, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, all. First post. I'm a 40-something with about 2 seasons of riding to my credit. Basic stats are 5'11", 155lbs, 10.5 boot.

I ride groomers (in the northeast) almost exclusively; no park, no pipes, no trees, fakey only occasionally (usually when I get turned around without meaning to...). Moderate skill level (linked skidded turns; the occasional moment of actual carving), but still learning to get comfortable with speed. In a nutshell: a cruiser looking to carve sometime in the future.

Current board is a Ride something or other (159) -- Craigslist special -- and I want to get my first new board.

I've been reading, talking to dealers, and pinging complete strangers (like you!), and I've pretty much narrowed it down to:

Atomic Cold Smoke (160)
Salomon Ace (160)

(Actually, I was going to get a Cold Smoke until I saw the Ace on... Craigslist... but, hey, it's new!)

I'd appreciate any advice. I'm looking for a board to grow with -- although I have lots to learn, I feel I'm past the "learner's board" phase.

Thanks!
David
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, all. First post. I'm a 40-something with about 2 seasons of riding to my credit. Basic stats are 5'11", 155lbs, 10.5 boot.

I ride groomers (in the northeast) almost exclusively; no park, no pipes, no trees, fakey only occasionally (usually when I get turned around without meaning to...). Moderate skill level (linked skidded turns; the occasional moment of actual carving), but still learning to get comfortable with speed. In a nutshell: a cruiser looking to carve sometime in the future.

Current board is a Ride something or other (159) -- Craigslist special -- and I want to get my first new board.

I've been reading, talking to dealers, and pinging complete strangers (like you!), and I've pretty much narrowed it down to:

Atomic Cold Smoke (160)
Salomon Ace (160)

(Actually, I was going to get a Cold Smoke until I saw the Ace on... Craigslist... but, hey, it's new!)

I'd appreciate any advice. I'm looking for a board to grow with -- although I have lots to learn, I feel I'm past the "learner's board" phase.

Thanks!
David
Another night of surfing the web, and I have juggled the list a bit:
  • Atomic Cold Smoke
  • K2 Select
  • Ride Control

Any thoughts about these? The Atomic has a sintered base, the others are extruded. Other than some slight differences in sidecut radius, the specs are fairly similar across these boards. Any one of them stand out among forum members as a good long-term deck?

Thanks!
David
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