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Old 10-21-2010, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I definitely want to get a new board for this winter.
I mainly ride pistes but want to get something flexible and easy to turn.

So I looked at K2 all mountain freestyle:
Darkstar or Believer
Any ideas which one is more flexible/easy to handle?

I tried Ride DH recently and it was ok for easy turns. I am 174cm and 67kg so I hope 155 will be good.

Thanks for advice
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I ride the K2 Parkstar 155 and I would consider that an all mountain board. From peak to park is how they advertise it. And I agree!!! It is a fast playfull board that can handle screaming down groomers, powder, jumps, and park features (rails/boxes). Its soft enough that you can butter effortlessly but not too soft to where it is unstable at speed.

The difference between the Parkstar and the Darkstar is the Parkstar has reverse camber and the Darkstar is a flat camber. Other then that they are basically the same board.

My buddy has the Ride DH2 and it rides similar to the Parkstar.

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Thanks pontiuspylate
I might be able to test Darkstar and Believer next month, but I am almost decided to go for Darkstar.
I just want more flexible one.
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For it as a park board get the 152. For it as a peak to park board, more focused on jumps and powder, get the 155.

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I've owned and ridden both boards. The Believer is bar far the stiffer of the two and both, IMO anyways, is similar in handling. So, in terms of what to get:

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For it as a park board get the 152. For it as a peak to park board, more focused on jumps and powder, get the 155.

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Thanks.
Looks like it is gonna be Darkstar 155.
It will be mostly piste with occasional off piste and maybe a few tricks.
But I still prefer something flex for easy turns rather than stiff.
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I've owned and ridden both boards. The Believer is bar far the stiffer of the two and both, IMO anyways, is similar in handling. So, in terms of what to get:
By saying similar in handling you think stiffer Believer 154 will be as easy to turn as longer Darkstar 155?
Believer has much shorter effective edge than Darkstar. 118 vs 122 I think.
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Side cut is more important than effective edge when it comes to turning. I believe both have very similar side cuts, hence I didn't feel there was any difference in the amount of effort required to turn the Believer or the Darkstar.

Something I just noticed, if you're hitting a lot of jumps and bombing down runs, the 155 is perfect. However, if you're looking more for a freestyle board, being only 143lbs, you might consider a 152. It'll still be pretty stable at speed and a little more playful for your weight range.
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Side cut is more important than effective edge when it comes to turning. I believe both have very similar side cuts, hence I didn't feel there was any difference in the amount of effort required to turn the Believer or the Darkstar.

Something I just noticed, if you're hitting a lot of jumps and bombing down runs, the 155 is perfect. However, if you're looking more for a freestyle board, being only 143lbs, you might consider a 152. It'll still be pretty stable at speed and a little more playful for your weight range.
It is definitely more for bombing down and maybe a bit of off piste. No really a freestyle.
I had 152 before and maybe it is time to move to 155.
Would you know if Darkstar is ok for off piste?
I looked at K2 boards and got even more confused when I saw Raygun and Turbo.
Totally confused now where shall I look.
All I WANT IS easy handle, playful board on the piste and occasional off piste.
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All I WANT IS easy handle, playful board on the piste and occasional off piste.
Parkstar all the way! Just my suggestion...
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