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Old 08-10-2010, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, you guys helped me a ton last year. I ended up going with the Ride Machete. Had SO much fun on it. Really though, I have no interest in the parks. I drink too much and I'm liable to kill myself. What few jumps I did last year really didn't do much for me.

I'm looking for another board, I do want another "rocker" type as the Machete was a ton of fun. I just started reading up on the new season and could use a little help.

Currently I'm looking at the Rossignol One Magtek and the NS Raptor but I mean really not sold on it there's so many options. When do the 2011's usually release? And whatever other choices you guys give me please be sure its a 2011. Pretty sure I paypal'd 20$'s to someone last year for their time, and I'll do the same this year for whoever convinces me with a happy purchase. I live in Michigan, so I'll mostly be snowboarding at Boyne/Crystal (and various small ones near me). I do plan on hitting Colorado once or twice and Blue Mountain in Canada this year. I'm intermediate at best, and basically wasted most of the time, so I stay off dangerous hills... I like speed, control, I can ride switch no problem (at medium speeds) and take everything else as fast as I can. The Michigan thing is a huge thing though, we rarely have "good snow" so I need control/speed more than anything. As stated before, don't care about the parks. The biggest thing I noticed about the Machete is it seemed to really handle its self great even going straight, wouldn't pull or catch when it wasn't supposed to.

Money is not a factor for the board. I love snowboarding too much to care. I buy new bindings for my boards every year too (I generally like flows, but w/e), so if the board works best with certain bindings that would be great to know as I know Burton started doing this. I love my boots though and I am not willing to switch those out. I'm not partial to any brand.

If I'm not allowed to bribe people here just delete my post and I'll make a new one lol. Thanks ahead of time guys, psyched for the season, golf is boring =P.

Oh, and if you're partial to the one magtek, that can be an answer too. I just want some details as to why, does it cover what I need/want, etc. Thanks so much again.

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Old 08-10-2010, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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good god why would you gravitate to what amounts to a fringe ski company snowboard of all things? there is a reason rossi has almost zero presence in north america and although you can get whatever you want i just can't see why thAT board would jump out at you with all the other, much more legit options there are
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Was just reading a couple people that got to ride it this year, a few of which were from Michigan, said it handled well in the ice/groom was a lot of fun to ride. I couldn't care less about the companies (is Burton hated or favored this year, I know there was a lot of spite due to their binding/board setups saying they were greedy etc.)

I haven't read through all the new boards yet, just maybe three of them, that one stood out. I have 0 knowledge of the history of Ros, or pretty much any of them, nor do I care to. But anyway, if you're up for it, fill me in on these options and I'll start looking into them. Today's the first day I started looking at the new season. We don't get decent snow till late December here (if we're lucky). Michigan has terribly unpredictable winters, and last year maybe had three weeks of decent powder at best. Its depressing =\.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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good god why would you gravitate to what amounts to a fringe ski company snowboard of all things? there is a reason rossi has almost zero presence in north america and although you can get whatever you want i just can't see why thAT board would jump out at you with all the other, much more legit options there are
I'm with this guy just don't do it their boards are crap.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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its probably the presence of magnatraction that they were liking. supposedly its the tits on ice. you could look at any mervin brand board (libtech or gnu) for similar feeling boards.
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Thanks, will do. Still reading through what boards are offered at the moment. I hate my bindings right now. I had flows (can't remember which) and they were great, durable, etc. Got the newer model last year, and they lost a screw third time out, and just felt... insecure. Might just switch to regular bindings this year even though I'm lazy.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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LoL. I liked the Rossi One Magtek for Michigan conditions. That is no lie or sugar coating. It was a pleasantly shocking ride. I didn't expect to like anything out of Rossi's line-up. Would I ever buy one? Probably not because there are simply better boards out there that get the job done just as well and better than Rossi's boards.

I'm a fan of Magnatraction because of Michigan conditions, but to be completely honest, it was pointless when I had a chance to ride it in some real snow. If the board I buy happens to have it, great. If not, I won't be butt hurt over it. With that said, I would not recommend buying a Rossi One Magtek unless you find it for an absolute steal of a price. Not because it sucks, but because there are better options.

People tend to gravitate towards NeverSummer. In fact, I really want one myself, but because the company I work for doesn't carry them yet, I can't get any discounts. And I won't pay full price for any board if I get employee discounts on so many other ones

Other than an NS board, there are tons of great 2011 boards that will suit your needs. I am blind to brands. I just look at the boards. With that said, here are my recommendations. By the way, snowboards.net is a part of Summit Sports which is based in Michigan with shops all over town including Don Thomas in Birmingham. Sorry, had to say that because you're a fellow Michigander. Whatever you see on snowboards.net, you can see in person at one of our Summit Sports shops or Don Thomas (this one is closed during summer).

Burton: Custom V-Rocker, Custom Flying-V (a few people here dislike this board, but I found it to be a really fun ride), Custom X <---- This one is not rockered, but it is an absolute killer ride. The Custom X has always been one of my favorite boards to just bomb with.

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K2: Slayblade (zero camber and this thing charges), Turbo Dream (I am seriously considering this as my next board. The all-mountain rocker is awesome and 2011 has harshmellow which makes for a damp ride at higher speeds)

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My favorite board of all though, if I could afford it along with new bindings, is the Lib Tech Banana Magic. All I can say about this board is that it was so fun to ride. I didn't want to give it back to the reps when I demoed it. In fact, I demoed this board and the Custom Flying V three times just so I can ride them again (that's what she said).

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okay what the hell is wrong with all u guys. u cant pick a board based on what people think u have to be confident with it. That being said i dont want to try to get u to buy a different board but why arent u looking at some of the good companys that have awesome feedback such as mervin(lib tech, GNU), u could look at burton good freeride boards, NS
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... What?

Anyways, just to throw some out there...

the NS Raptor is supposed to be an absolute beast at freeriding. Supposed to also be nimble for how how stable it is. It's brother (in my eyes anyways), the Premier F1, is a bit more stable and a bit less nimble. I really feel like you couldn't go wrong with either of these boards if you want something you can bomb almost anywhere. (The Raptor is the model just released in 2011 if you want to be super trendy, haha).

I've never felt that Ride was the best at freeride boards, but the Slackcountry might be one to look at for a powder specific board. If you want something that has a similar rocker setup to the Machete but is more freeride oriented than you might want to check out the new Highlife.

This is just throwing a brand out there, but I've never heard of anyone on the forums being disappointed in an Arbor yet. (Granted, I've only heard a few people talk about them too... )

Haven't seen much about Rome's stuff at the moment, and someone else already mentioned k2's lineup. It's a pretty cool time to be looking at boards since so much has changed recently.
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okay what the hell is wrong with all u guys. u cant pick a board based on what people think u have to be confident with it. That being said i dont want to try to get u to buy a different board but why arent u looking at some of the good companys that have awesome feedback such as mervin(lib tech, GNU), u could look at burton good freeride boards, NS
While your post for the most part is true, it is also quite generalized. Who says he's here to buy a specific board based on what an individual tells him. He's here for a consensus and opinions on what boards to take a look at. If the overall consensus of say the Rossi One Magtek is bad, then there is certainly a reason for that. Everyone here undoubtedly would highly recommend that he avoid anything Lamar. There is a reason for that. So it goes the other way too. If everyone and their momma is on NeverSummer's nutsacks, there is probably a very good reason for it and it's worth it for the OP to take a look at their lineup.

It could backfire though. Like the whole Union bindings hype right now. I was very interested at first, until I noticed that they look like Drake bindings. Come to find that they are in fact designed by ex Drake designers. To each his own though.

Hell, I was searching around for reviews on the 2011 Burton Custom Flying V. One of my favorite reviewers (BA) shot it down big time. Did that change my mind? Not one bit. I still love the Custom Flying V.
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