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NS Raptor X 165 vs T.Rice 164.5

Can I get some opinions as to which board would be a better fit. I'm looking at a new broad that can:

1. Hold tight on ice (east cost) - most important
2. Great for big jumps & stomping landings
3. Damp and fast
4. Little playful for spins, side trails, rollers, kickers, trees, moguls & 3's

I realize they are probably not the same board, but I can (for example) sacrifice speed for better edge hold on ice. Or getting more damp ride vs landing bigger jumps.

Any & all thoughts are appreciated.

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Can I get some opinions as to which board would be a better fit. I'm looking at a new broad that can:

1. Hold tight on ice (east cost) - most important
2. Great for big jumps & stomping landings
3. Damp and fast
4. Little playful for spins, side trails, rollers, kickers, trees, moguls & 3's

I realize they are probably not the same board, but I can (for example) sacrifice speed for better edge hold on ice. Or getting more damp ride vs landing bigger jumps.

Any & all thoughts are appreciated.

Cheers...
T.rice will rip that man. if you are going in the trees, you might like the 161.5 a bit better for maneuverablility, but the 164.5 can still do it to it. great deck

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Thnx! I ride 164 now and found that for all mountain (hauling super g's) that size fits me better. Dampness not as important as ice edge hold, but am I losing much on that with T.Rice vs the Raptor which is very damp ride?

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The Raptor to me is more free riding board at 165 wide. The lib gets the #4 checkbox while NS gets a slight edge on the #3 checkbox.
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I have last years Trice in 161.5 and the Raptor X in 161.

Almost everyone will tell you that the MTX has better edge hold on ice, but i ride on the ice coast and ice doesnt bother me anymore. So if your experienced i wouldent worry about it on either board.

The Trice is a stiff board but the raptor is alot stiffer. I can go real fast on the Trice it just gets scary while on the raptor i havent been scared yet.
I feel that the raptor can make faster and tighter turns, i can rip through moguls alot faster with it. The raptor is also better for alot of flats

Riding switch isnt that hard on the Trice but pretty difficult on the Raptor.

I havent had much time on my raptor(2 days) so ive only hit a few small jumps and it seemed good, i would imagine tho the Trice would be better since it is softer.

I ride half my Season at Mt Creek in NJ and the other half In Killington VT. For VT i would choose the Raptor for my riding style which is mostly freeriding and going fast while hitting small features. For Mt creek tho the trails are so short and crowded its hard to notice the difference between the raptor and the Trice.

If you like doing more park, go for the Trice. If you like going fast while enjoying small jumps on the sides on the trails go for the raptor

Feel free to PM me if i didnt answer your questions fully
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thank you much!

I think I'm leaning towards the T.Rice mostly cause it has extra play feel to it and the twin(ish) shape. It is still a damp board, no? Relatively speaking in general that is.
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thank you much!

I think I'm leaning towards the T.Rice mostly cause it has extra play feel to it and the twin(ish) shape. It is still a damp board, no? Relatively speaking in general that is.
Ummm, have you ever watched Travis ride? His pro model will NEVER even APPROACH it's limits with you, me, or any other mortal riding it... BTW, I ride a 157 T.Rice
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Haha! I hear ya...
I'm snatching the 2012 164.5 as soon as it's out.
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