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Old 01-06-2011, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

Last year i did my first ever season in Whistler and of course iím hooked, for the season i was riding a Capita Indoor Survival FK 154, Burton Cartels and Rome Libertine boots.

Now i absolutely loved the board, and would happily go and buy another one for my next season (this time itís going to be in Banff) but considering it is the only board ive ever ridden i thought i would do some research first. My riding style is i guess freestyle, i love just using natural terrain to do jumps and spins, i love buttering, quite a fan of drops and i hit up the park quite a bit, generally just hitting small and medium kickers and very basic boxes and rails, I might progress into more jibbing but for now im definitely way more jump/buttering orientated.

These are the boards that have appealed to me most, iíd love some feedback and iím more than happy for any recommendations by any brands (these are my three favourite brands though):
Capita Indoor Survival FK
Bataleon Airobic
Stepchild Headless Horseman

Also with the bindings i really liked them but i think id like a more stiff binding overall, as soon as the cartels loosened a bit throughout the day i just felt way too sketchy.
All help appreciated guys.
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How are the Libertines?
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I really liked them, much prefered lace up boots over the locking strap ones. Although i will admit by the end of the season the boots were pretty much done, they would loosen up quite easily, i found myself doing them back up maybe twice in a full day.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No experience with any of the boards you listed, but your style seems to be a great match for a Ride Machete. What's your stats though?

Weight, boot size, and height (minimal role in sizing).
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You're not going to find a much better park board than the Indoor Survival.
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For a softer feeling Indoor try the Green Machine FK. Easier to initiate pop and easier to press. Still stable on jumps. One of my top three park boards. Another I would look at is the Signal Omni. One of my favorite boards ever. Really stable, pressable, poppy, and good for everything. If I could only have one board that would be it. I tend to use the whole mountain as a park, so for me the Omni is pretty much perfect. Don't let the word directional in the description throw you off, if you set the binding centered on the board, then it is a true twin. Another solid option is the Flow Era. It turned better and more comfortably than any other board I've ridden. Good pop, center rocker so its easy to press, micro camber in the tips gives you back stability for jumps and speed, and the base is convex for super catch free jibbing. It's one of the best deals on the market.
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