Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hacienda Heights, CA
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Choosing a board: Narrowed down to 2!
It's time for a new deck and I've narrowed it down to two, but I'm having trouble pulling the trigger and I think it's due to a lack of information on either product. Before I get too deep here's some background on me. I'm 6'4" 160lbs (SZ 12) and currently ride an Arbor Westmark 159 w/Flux Super Titans. My primary riding style is park @ So Cal Resorts (ex. Bear Mountain), but a few days out of each season I get out to places like Mammoth/Snowbird/etc. (Real Mountains) so I enjoy some range, but not much.
I've narrowed it down to the Capita Stairmaster Extreme 156W vs. Ride Machete 157W. Both meet my most important criteria; Non-Die-Cut Sintered base, Urethane Sidewalls, and True-Twin. The obvious difference is Camber vs. Rocker and Capita's lack of Cleav-Edges. I find my Westmark to be a hair too long and too stiff and thus why I'm going down a few sizes. I also want to board that's easier to press than what I've got now.
My feeling is that the Capita Stairmaster Extreme is going to be slightly softer and more park/jib oriented but enough to still have fun on some bigger mountain runs. I figure the Ride Machete will be a little stiffer and considered more of an "All-mountain Freestyle" w/pressing benefits coming from the Lowrize Rocker. My fear is that the Machete will be yet another slightly too stiff board for my primarily park/jib riding... but I'd really like to fool around with negative camber.
What do you think?
Thanks in advance,