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Old 09-01-2010, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone,

Looking at upgrading this season to a higher quality ride. I currently am a beginner/intermediate rider looking to upgrade my Burton Deuce 162W to a mid range (~$500) board. I ride probably 60/40 mountain/park, and am looking for something with more flex than my burton while still being able to take a thrashing. I was really interested in the Chilly dog but due to needing a wide I am now VERY interested in the parkstar/fastplant. Leaning more toward the fastplant, especially with the 5 year warranty. Are there any other models in that price/quality range that I should look into? (Remember I do ride a wide)

I appreciate any advice or thoughts.
Thanks!

Edit: Also my buddy recommended looking into the slayblade, maybe if someone could provide some comparison on that as well. Sorry for such a complex request.

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Old 09-01-2010, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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After reading reviews all day long at work, I am still not sure.
I was ALMOST set on the wide slayblade until I read the 2nd to last review on this page... Slayblade Wide Snowboard | Men's Snowboards | K2 Snowboarding

Can anyone here provide a breakdown between the parkstar/fastplant and their opinion on a zero camber (slayblade) for a wide footed, 210 lb, 6'3'' rider?
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The Slayblade will be stiffer than your Deuce. From K2 and your description, I would recommend the Parkstar wide. Others I highly recommend are the Ride DH2 wide and Salomon Grip magnum (wide). The Salomon has rocker abouts inbetween K2 and Rides with a longer nose kick. You stay centered inbetween the contact points but your nose is a little longer to help float in powder. Its a really versatile deck. This years DH2 is the closest you get to zero camber while still having your contact points raised for a looser catch-free feel. Its got 2mm of rocker that start a little before the contact points. So you have flatness from about 2.5 inches in from each contact point. Its also one of the poppiest decks you'll ride.

Also, how much do you weigh?
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I weigh 209 right now, I work out on a regular basis.. HOPING to get down to 200 by this season
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Then I would recommend a 159w for the DH2, a 158w for the Grip, and a 160w for the Parkstar.
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