Sorry guys, I guess I shouldn't have typed that first post so quick. I guess I was trying to avoid the recommendations of NS because a) I already know it fits my criteria b) I expected the recommendation based on the NS love on this forum (well deserved, BTW) c) It's the one board on the list I expect to pay full MSRP on
So yeah, I guess I should have said "I'm considering the SL-R, but looking at these other boards because I can potentially get them for cheaper, even though MSRP is the same"
What do you mean? Are you talkiing about getting last years? Cause all both those arbors and in the same price range as the ns, actually the element is 35 more.
"(not talking just straight MSRP here)." does that mean looking for last years boards?
Talking current year on all the boards. But can get a discount on the Arbors and potentially the Jones that I can't get on the NS.
Think Berkshire Bike and Board might carry Arbor, out by Butternut(if you hit this area) might want to give them a call and see if the have any that you can demo. Have a couple friends that have Arbors but never ridden one myself. I have not heard one bad thing about Arbor to date.
The Jones is one board I really want to get on and try out.
Good luck with your choices.
Assume he is talking about last seasons since he called it the SL-R
Thanks B.Gilly, and thanks for the PM. Hopefully can get some early season demos on this stuff. I'm in CT, and usually ride Wachusett and Southern VT (Okemo and Stratton, mostly) but I might make my way out to Butternut/Jiminy to get the demos you recommended. And I forgot the "R" got dropped off the SL this year, but I was in fact looking at this years. (though I wouldn't be disappointed to grab an 09 or 10 at a steal, the changes to make the line lighter and poppier this year really got me excited)
The dual camber of NS and Jones is different and FK is just a standard 3stage. NS is ReCamber, Jones is CamRock, Arbor is elliptical rocker. I would shoot for the Coda 161.
Yep, I realize the profiles of all the rockers are different. I guess I was looking for a more specific input on how they ride. The FK seemed to ride like the contact points were right under foot moving out towards the tips at higher speeds or more aggressive turns, whereas the Vrock rode more like the contacts were between the feet more and moved out at speed. While on paper the Arbor Elliptical rocker should ride more similar to the Vrocker, I'm wondering how the Grip Tech contact points under the mounting positions change that ride. I know the only way I'll know for sure is to demo them, but in the absence of getting on one myself (at least for a couple months) I figured I'd see if anyone had any firsthand experience with them.
Why the recommendation on the Coda? I read BA/Angry's review on it, and it certainly appealed to me (though the fact that he wanted to size down from his demo made me wonder if I'd really want it in a 161) but I wasn't sure how similar it was going to be to my current decks.