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Old 12-25-2010, 12:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think i might take the chance to be honest! Its a good price and really how bad could a board be? Feel like I could use it for a bit of messing around on!? I am studying graphic design so I would like to do some art work for it! If I get one ever I will let you guys know how they ride
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That's the real problem, isn't it? There's no information on the boards other than price, length, and the fact that they're reverse camber. At minimum, they should have paid someone well-known to ride the things and posted the vid. Even without commentary from the celebrity rider, it would at least prove that the things exist and can be ridden.

These really are a great concept -- price is low for those who can't afford expensive (especially if they're reasonably good for the price), the blankness would appeal to counterculture, core, and anti-capitalism types, and the blank canvas is sure to have the would-be artists drooling. In fact, if you were a really good artist you could work a business off this where someone buys a blank and you do a custom job on it.

But to establish credibility, the Blank people should A) put up the aforementioned vid, and/or some reviews by known people, B) put up more info on the configuration of the boards -- at minimum whether they're directional or twintip, how soft they are, etc.

Failing that, I predict a big fail coming up.
i had the same reservations, but looking at the "about us" on the website, the company is owned by 2 retired pro riders. Brandon Baybee and Jason Murphy. Jason murphy has been sponsored by sims and atomic before, as well as help work on the AMPED video game for xbox, and he even went as far as to have his photo on the cover of amped, which in my opinion completely solidifies the companys credibility.

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Old 12-25-2010, 06:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Anyone have one? Im trying to find reviews or really any info on them. I might pick one up but kinda skeptical.
Call me a skeptic. Are these made in China by child prison slave labor? The English in the sales copy is horrendous...reminds me of the e-mails I get from a certain Nigerian uncle who claims to be holding $10,000,000 for me. And what about the specs? These are apparently miracle boards, perfect for everything. As the copy says, "This board performs at a high level in the park, pipe, floating groomers, or in the backcountry. And it makes perfect Julian fries. They boast about the cutting edge technology in the board's construction, which I see none of, and then you see that the board has an extruded base. Cutting edge? Doesn't sound cutting edge to me.

Still, I like the idea of custom graphics, but how are you going to do that? Paint right on top of the 'glass? Good luck getting your work to last a season without being sealed under some sort of resin. I've seen sites online that offer true customizable boards, where you can choose length, radius, etc, and even upload your own topsheet design. These boards just sound like a bunch of cookie-cutter blanks, and fairly cheap ones at that. Perhaps the company agreed to buy up all of the dregs from one of the giant manufacturers. I don't know what their deal is...but it doesn't matter much. I couldn't ride a 157 anyway (their longest board), so I guess I'll never know.

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Still, I like the idea of custom graphics, but how are you going to do that? Paint right on top of the 'glass? Good luck getting your work to last a season without being sealed under some sort of resin. I've seen sites online that offer true customizable boards, where you can choose length, radius, etc, and even upload your own topsheet design. These boards just sound like a bunch of cookie-cutter blanks, and fairly cheap ones at that. Perhaps the company agreed to buy up all of the dregs from one of the giant manufacturers. I don't know what their deal is...but it doesn't matter much. I couldn't ride a 157 anyway (their longest board), so I guess I'll never know.
To be fair to them, I don't believe they ever promoted these as a board you could put custom graphics on. That's just some people on this thread who haven't looked into custom graphics and snowboards (it's a bitch, and it's probably going to be expensive).

To be honest, the second part of your post about the cookie-cutter blanks (to be honest, a lot of boards could be described as cookie-cutters) that are cheap seems to be their shtick. Looks like they want to offer boards that are pretty damn cheap and still will perform somewhat well (yes, they're going to exaggerate on the boards' abilities, who doesn't?). As someone mentioned, also get a sort of counter-culture vibe going.

Skateboarding has blank decks as well if I recall correctly. Actually screwed up the industry for a bit (might still be? )
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if someonw buys one of these and its decent let me know i will defiantly buy one and paint it up sick!!!
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:04 AM   #17 (permalink)
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To be fair to them, I don't believe they ever promoted these as a board you could put custom graphics on. That's just some people on this thread who haven't looked into custom graphics and snowboards (it's a bitch, and it's probably going to be expensive).

To be honest, the second part of your post about the cookie-cutter blanks (to be honest, a lot of boards could be described as cookie-cutters) that are cheap seems to be their shtick. Looks like they want to offer boards that are pretty damn cheap and still will perform somewhat well (yes, they're going to exaggerate on the boards' abilities, who doesn't?). As someone mentioned, also get a sort of counter-culture vibe going.

Skateboarding has blank decks as well if I recall correctly. Actually screwed up the industry for a bit (might still be? )
Blank Snowboards :: Snowboard with my family on it

Sounds like they have looked into it
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Ya know, it turns out a couple of the things I registered as concerns are things they have dealt with, but you don't find that out unless you dig around their site a bit. I'm beginning to think that this is a totally legit enterprise started by a group of people who have a great idea, but between them they have all the marketing savvy of a dead squirrel. They really should be putting links or references (or a FAQ) on their front page. People will not beat a path to your door!
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Old 12-26-2010, 01:32 AM   #19 (permalink)
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like i said, the company is owned and ran by 2 ex pro snowboarders, so why would you have any reservations? The company is legit. The board quality is still unknown, but honestly for only 180, you cant expect a NeverSummer or Capita product.
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Old 12-26-2010, 11:57 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Sounds like they have looked into it
Guess they have. Sounds like an outside job basically though. I've seen some of those wrappers get screwed up pretty damn bad after only a couple of days of riding. To be honest, I wouldn't do any sort of custom job without it being "in" the board itself.
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