Any thoughts on the Nitro Magnum 165 or 68 or the Lib Tech Skunk Ape?
I ride the 165 Magnum - 27.4cm waist width, 20mm setback, 9.4m sidecut, stiff as a board (excuse the pun). This board is a backcountry monster for a monster of a guy.
On piste - nothing too cute - you will be doing very quick short carving turns (pretty much going in a straight line) because the board is made that way - you need too much energy and room to do anything else hence be comfortable with warp speeds and scaring the hell out of anyone else who finds themselves on the same slope as you on the day
Off piste - bliss - find anything with 20cm of the right kind of snow on it and you will think you are in heaven - in my opinion this is what the board was made for.
Park - ok - very decent pop in the tail but feels a little weird switch hitting the jumps because of the slight setback. I dont do rails so dont know if its any good for that.
Overall Impression - Happy to have found my powder/big mountain board. However, my next ride will be a better all-rounder - shorter, softer and a deeper sidecut - maybe a 162 Burton Custom Wide.
Last edited by thetraveler; 03-26-2010 at 05:58 AM.
Haven't ridden either, but the Nitro Magnum and K2 Slayblade wide are both amazing boards from everything I've read. I would def recommend the NS Heritage-XR 166 which has rocker camber, variogirp, super long effective edge, and a 26.9 waist.
16 Gnu Swallow Tail Carver . 16 NS West . 15 NS Snowtrooper BIA
16 Burton Genesis X . 15 Now Drive
16 Flow Talon . 14 Flow Hylite
I ride NS Legacy-R 174 and i'm soo happy with it in powder. I can hit the jumps also, not so big, but i can do a 360 with 220 lbs in me =) US 13 foot.
El Grande is good too, quite stiff and not-so-pricey. Elan got soo gor price to quality BTW.
I've writtem my opinion here: clickme it's almost the same situation. Definately can't understand, why to go smaller size, when you're not goint to jump(and spin) and when your weight is out the recommended weight table.