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Old 11-11-2010, 07:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Good luck finding your size board at sale time. NS does not make a huge number of their boards and your local shop better have them on order or else NS wont ship them any
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I was in the same boat once, torn between those two. I ended up getting the Evo because overall people said it was a funner board thanks to the greater flex. Part of the reason I got it though is because I already have a board that is probably similar to the flexiness of the SL, an older Atomic Hatchet. This board is classified as an all-mountain park board, but it's quite a bit stiffer then the Evo, and I've been using it as an all-mountain board for a long time.

So if you already have a board that fits that stiffer ticket, I would grab the Evo because then you will have a choice and will have the best of both worlds.

If this is going to be your only board however, get the SL because it will be more versatile.

I will admit that while the Evo does really shred everything, it does not like chunked snow/powder because of the lack of dampening, so if you ride in a place that's not groomed terribly well all the time or ride crapped up powder, the Evo is going to throw you around.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I currently have a Ride Machete. If the Evo is around the same stiffness and dampness as the Machete that would be good enough I think.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:39 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I would be cautious about finding the right sized SL.

Later in the season last year you could get Evos on sale but the SL's were all gone.

I'm in the same boat as Hobomaster. I bought a NS Titan last year so I went for the Evo this year for a totally different feel.

Easy answer is to get both!
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:45 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure the Ride Machete is on that stiffer All-Mountain Freestyle side, so the Evo should be a big difference as far as flex goes. I know when I first strapped into it I was pretty amazed at how much I could get it to flex compared with my old board. The Machete is probably what I have going on with the Hatchet, it says it's for park but it just doesn't have that park flexiness.

Based on this, you may want to go with the Evo since it sounds like you probably already have a solid All-Mountain board. I don't really do much park either, but the Evo is just a blast to screw around on, very quick and nimble.

Next board I'm getting is definitely going to be a Heritage, which will retire my Hatchet.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:51 PM   #16 (permalink)
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get the SL, much better for all mountain.
and since you live in Canada here is last years model, you save 190 bucks!
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yeah thats one of the local shops, I'd rather wait and get the 2011 model since the graphics are way nicer haha. I was thinking the SL suits my riding style better + destroys chop but then as you said Hobo "but the Evo is just a blast to screw around on, very quick and nimble". The sick graphic of the Evo and seeing the NS team rip it in the movie doesn't help make my decision easier either haha.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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dude graphics shouldn't make you want a board, or how someone else is riding it.
if you have the money i guess take the new sl for all mountain, the evo (which i currently have) its soft and is good for butters and rails and jibs, it is alright with jumps. if you plan on going into the park later on get the evo, but if you plan on never entering the park and just doing groms and stuff get the SL, its suits your needs better.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:59 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I don't like charging with crazy speeds but I like carving and making turns. I also like doing presses and stuff. I think that's the my main problem right there. The Evo would be good for doing presses and butters while SL would be good for carving and blowing through chop. Maybe I'm just overthinking this a bit and can't go wrong with either board.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:57 AM   #20 (permalink)
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SL for you for sure. Carves better and holds a better edge. Still playful enough
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