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Old 07-19-2010, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Due to the fact that I am married (to the most wonderful lady in the world BTW) I dont have a lot of control on the check book. Its a good thing because I am terrible with money. Because of that I need to find a board that will LAST! I am putting my ceiling on spending at $400 for a board (thats a high ceiling, would love to fall into like $200). For the right board that will get me through quite a few seasons I will spend the extra money. The fact that I have been out of the game for a while puts me in newb status when it comes to board knowledge. I have been reading up on websites and forums trying to gain some insight but there are too many damn opinions on too many different boards.

Here are some things I have narrowed down that I am looking for:

1. 152-154 (I am 5'8" 155)
2. Not Burton - Dont know why, just dont like em
3. Rocker/Reverse Camber/Banana.....whatever. It just seems easier to ride and more forgiving and since I am still an intermediate rider I think its a good choice.
4. Durable. I want to be able to ride this thing for a few years easy

My riding conditions are Mid Michigan hills with man made snow. I will hopefully head out west one week a year and up north a weekend or two. I would like something that can kill it all really (I know there is a give and take). Starting out getting real comfortable tackling fast carves and terrain changes then moving on to jumps and box/rail work.

Some companies that tickle my fancy are the Melvin brands (Lib Tech/Gnu), Capita (Green Machine spec.), Never Summer and K2. Lib's Magnetraction also peaks my interests as it seems like a forward thinking technology. I am an engineer by trade so techy stuff fascinates me.

I could go on forever but boards are really my bane as I have pretty much made up my mind on bindings and boots I know you have to try on to find good ones. HELP ME OUT!!
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I about the same size (5'6" and 160lbs) and wanted a board that would do everything you're talking about. Ended up buying a 2010 153 K2 Slayblade on sale. Have yet to use it but according to all the reviews it seems like a "true do-it-all" board. Good luck!
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestion and I certainly have not discounted K2 as a selection. I definitely had a soft spot for the fat bob back in the 90's when I was still "tearing it up" .

I did some more research last night and I am liking Ride, Gnu, Capita and Lib. Does anyone have any opinions on Palmer? I remember when they first came out they were the shiz but it seems that not many people are riding them these days. They too have a "rocker" camber set up so it keeps them in the running.

Does anyone have any hands on experience with the magna-traction? Since I ride mainly Michigan hills, ice control is a big plus!
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I rode a lot of Magna Traction here in Michigan. I've tried all of the male Mervin teched out boards... Rossi, Lib, and GNU. They all rode really well in Michigan ice. However, a lot of them lacked pop. I mean it wasn't bad by any means, but just noticeably less pop than compared to the likes of Ride boards. The top Mervin boards that stood out to me were:

Lib Tech: Banana Magic (Expensive, but if you do manage to see one within budget, get it! This board was absolutely a blast to ride.), Skate Banana (I think this board is overrated, but it is pretty damn decent. If you find one for cheap, I wouldn't hesitate picking it up.)

Rossi: One Magtek. All the boards I tried were 2011 so some things have changed. This one had combination rocker/camber. It was a great board to ride here in Michigan. This is a price point board which is shocking considering how much fun I had on it.

I didn't really like the GNU boards I rode. Especially the Park Pickle. I didn't notice anything outstanding about it at all.

Ride also makes great boards. If you are into regular camber, the DH is an absolute great ride. I still love regular camber boards and there will always be a place in my heart for them. The DH is a great camber board. The Machete and DH2 are also great boards. David Z here in Michigan rides the Machete.

I keep saying this next one everywhere, but the K2 Turbo Dream is a sick board. The rocker on this board is near perfect. The 2011 gets harshmellow which adds to the dampening factor for higher speeds.

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You should look into stepchild. I have a jibstick for a similar purpose and love it. I got it late in the season and didnt get to ride it too too much but did enough to tell you that I love it lol. I rode over in snowshoe which is the similar to what you ride im assuming Idk how much of their snow they make themselves though. When I was there it was mostly real snow. But anyway its a good reverse camber board. They are not making them next season though. Its being replaced sorta by joe sextons pro model i think. I think for your purposes its something to definitely look into. Good luck with your decision and I hope you like whatever board you get.
Edit: Forgot to say that because its not being made next season youd have to find a store that has some left over. But that means you could get one for a decent price.
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I did look into Stepchild but its hard to find a lot of info/review on them and I am a research junky when it comes to spending money on anything.
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I did look into Stepchild but its hard to find a lot of info/review on them and I am a research junky when it comes to spending money on anything.
$Lindz$ posted a review on his and knows alot about it. Read his review and if you have any questions just ask and I will try to help you as best I can. $Lindz$ seems to know his shit about those boards so maybe he can help you out? Overall I agree there is not a lot of info about those boards. I was able to demo one first. If your not comfortable with one thats perfectly understandable and good luck in your decision.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I am open to anything really. Like I said, I have been out of the game for a long time and no matter how much research I do, there is either not enough information or too much (depending on board, binding, boot). So its hard to make an educated decision. I would go to a store and just feel things out but the mark up on stuff "in store" is usually rediculous.

I may do what I did with all of my backpacking and snowshoe gear and try stuff on in store and then bargain hunt online. I hate to do that because I like supporting local economy but its always so much cheaper!
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Been looking into the Stepchild stuff. They don't seem to bad; I am really liking the Chi Borg Stepchild. Good price, rocker camber and good stance options. Plus no 80's influenced graffics and true twin shape. Its got pretty much what I am looking for. Now I just need to research it to death!
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Maverick, Don Thomas Sport Haus in Birmingham is having a tent sale this weekend. Check it out. There's going to be tons of gear marked way down up to 80% off.

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