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Old 03-17-2011, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

So after years (like 12) away from the sport, I got back into it this winter after taking a trip with some friends to the mountain for a friends birthday. I got on an old Burton 159 and after a run or two I was tearing it up, and have since picked up some newer gear and it feels excellent, but not perfect. I have no problem bombing most blue runs in the NorthEast, easily carve heelside/toeside, and am doing small (SMALL) airs, and would like to progress into the park next season. The board I have now is nice and feels alot better than the 159 (plus I love the graphics), but after dealing with the conditions in the NE this winter, I feel like magnetraction or something similar would be nice.. i rarely fall anymore, but when i do its generally catching an edge on that grainy ice garbage .

Anyway, my setup now is a Burton Primo 156, Ride EX Bindings, Burton Ozone boots ... i'm 5'8, 165 and the boots are a 9.5 (sometimes I wear a 10).
I've been looking at a few boards for next season, most notably the Burton Hate Restricted 152, GNU Carbon Credit (153?) and I've been pretty interested in the Never Summer boards.

Oh yea, I also ride regular, +15 front, 0 back foot - but im fairly confident i could ride goofy without a problem since i skateboard/ripstick goofy most of the time, and switch isnt a problem for me


Any suggestions on a board you think I'd like? I want something fun, generally freeride but that I can take into the park also..something with good pop and thatll keep me from catching those random edges and eating shit. I was considering something with reverse camber..possibly even buying one of those blank decks with r/c so i can see how it feels without dropping 400 on one.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just picked up a 2011 Arbor Westmark with continuous rocker and Griptech for under $300. Apparently they have good pop, are soft enough for the park yet stiff enough for freeriding and have one of the better r/c designs on the market. I've heard their Griptech is similiar to magnetraction without the catch. The graphics are sweet and the company is environmentally friendly, if that means anything.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You shouldn't get a cheap board just to test out the rocker profile. It's only going to tell you if you like/dislike that brand's camber profile. You might hate one brand's rocker, but love another.

If you're looking at Never Summer, two boards come to mind that suit your style:

Proto CT (available for 2012)- You can ride the 154 or 157 fine. 154 for more maneuverability. 157 for more stability. My thoughts on it here:
http://www.snowboardingforum.com/equ...-proto-ct.html

SL - I haven't ridden this yet, but it has the same flex rating with more dampening. It is also a directional twin rather than a true twin. 155 or 158 same reasons as above.

Both boards are all-mountain freestyle. The SL has a bias towards the all-mountain side while the Proto has a bias towards the freestyle side.

Rome Agent Rocker - This one is a little stiffer than the other two. It's a mid-stiff board that is great for charging and has plenty of pop. It's also a hybrid camber like the other two. If you do tons of freeriding with some park jumps here and there, this is another great option for you.

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Old 03-18-2011, 09:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for the info guys!

it looks like i have a bunch of choices to look into.
you guys pretty much nailed it though..im looking for a fun board that can handle all-mountain and that i can also use to slowly transition more and more into the park.
I think I'd definitely like to go for a shorter board though..I rode my friends 151 and it felt so good - i could really make the board do whatever i wanted.
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