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Old 03-23-2011, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious about the materials used in different snowboard brands.

For example, looking at my Raygun, the topside (and overall feel) of the board essentially looks and feels like a piece of soft wood with a glossy sheet over it. I can definitely tell that the topside and the rest of the board will damage easily.

But looking at a friend's GNU carbon credit and a couple of Burton boards I've used before, the those boards look/feel very tough and not easily destructible. Those boards don't bother with a glossy sheet. Instead, it feels and looks almost like those boards are made with a hard carbon fiber-like (just an exaggeration) material that is not soft and won't get chipped/dinged easily.

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Old 03-23-2011, 04:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd put money the Gnu will look like shit before the K2.
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How tough snowboards "look" and "feel" are of utmost importance. You really should consider exchanging it for the toughest board on the market, the Burton Method.
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How tough snowboards "look" and "feel" are of utmost importance. You really should consider exchanging it for the toughest board on the market, the Burton Method.


I'm just saying. My raygun feels very soft and "feels like a wooden board".

Even rental boards I've used felt very hard, sturdy, and carbon fiber-esque.

The materials just seem different, that's all.
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Just kidding, what I'm saying is that the way a board looks and feels may not accurately reflect the way it performs or its toughness. Have you tried it out yet?
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Just kidding, what I'm saying is that the way a board looks and feels may not accurately reflect the way it performs or its toughness. Have you tried it out yet?
Not yet. But will do so this weekend.

I unwrapped it a couple of days ago and was looking over it yesterday and noticed a small chip on the top and what looks like a couple of pin sized "dents" on the board top. Have absolutely no clue as to how they got there. It just felt extremely fragile.

Looking at the topside and base of some rentals I've used, they just felt extremely solid and "bulletproof". It felt like accidently banging it against an edge wouldn't produce a dent/nick.
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I wouldn't worry about it. Take it out this weekend and try your best to snap it, if you manage that you'll validate all your fears. And then you can just return it and pick up a K2 Fastplant.
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I'm just saying. My raygun feels very soft and "feels like a wooden board".

Even rental boards I've used felt very hard, sturdy, and carbon fiber-esque.

The materials just seem different, that's all.
HAHAHA Rental board with Carbon Fiber topsheets that's a good one. Are you really this dense or is it just a way of trolling?
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HAHAHA Rental board with Carbon Fiber topsheets that's a good one. Are you really this dense or is it just a way of trolling?
No shit it's not carbon fiber. I was just using an exaggerated example to explain how the material seemed more sturdy and firm.

Hence, why I even said the carbon fiber was an exaggeration in my original post.

Did you read that before flying off of the handle? Or do you always take the internet so seriously?
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