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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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I rode the Lib tech in Japan last month and I found it a little too flexible for me, but then again I like stiff boards. Not touched the Nitro
too flexible i dont like...curious about anyones input on the Nitro.
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I've got size 13 boots and a 166W K2 Slayblade. I'd go for that.
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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.


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Any opinions on the Elan El Grande?





So, the 3 candidates are:
Nitro Magnum 168
Elan El Grande 167
K2 SLayblade Wide 166
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Any opinions on the Elan El Grande?





So, the 3 candidates are:
Nitro Magnum 168
Elan El Grande 167
K2 SLayblade Wide 166
You could also look into the Ride Fleetwood 165.
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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.

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bumping this old thread cuz my trip is coming uo in late Feb.
any new sticks I should consider?

also would like to find a last years addition to save some duckets or score a black friday or cyber monday steal.
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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.
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SO i think I am starting to think that I will get the NS Raptor X.
it is offered in 165 and 169

6'5 still but lost some lb 'os now 249.

no park, small jumps, some out of bounds, mostly cruising and carving.
After all I've read about the Raptor, it sounds like a beast.

What should I go with?
Leaning towards the 165
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definately 169.
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.
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