Ok after a day on the hills what a board! My old Sims must have been a plank as this thing was lighter that in (but 2cm longer), Edge to edge it was amazing! I honestly expected a bigger learning curve after what I have read but to be honest only thing I found strange was how easy this board was to turn which caused me to overturn in the beginning. My old board was a beast for catching edges the premier f1 I found super forgiving compared to it. Being spring conditions I got Icey groomers in the morning and the nice slushy/heavy snow in the afternoon. This board ate up whatever I tossed at it. The afternoon runs when they got rutted and nasty was where I was really impressed as the board just ate up the ruts and bumps. I mainly stayed on blues with only a few blacks. This board really does instill confidence and I really regret not getting it sooner.
My only complaint is with where I purchased the board (boardroomshop Vancouver). The staff was helpful and pleasant on the phone but the board was originally supposed to be transferred from there other shop on Tuesday. Didn’t happen (was told the guy forgot it or something) so it showed up late Wednesday so I couldn’t get it till Thursday morning on my way to the mountain, as I live a couple hour drive from there. I was told over the phone it was brand new not a demo. In my rush I picked up the board, I really didn’t give it a great look over. Had all the decals on it so just took it at that, paid and threw it in the car (as it was another hour or so to get to the mountain). Get up to Cypress start mounting the bindings and noticed a lot of scratches near the nose (about ½” from the front binding forward) . Maybe I should have turned around and that point and returned it but being the last one they had in 157 I opted against it. I will call them in the morning and tell them how disappointed I was at the condition for a new board.
I really wish I could try this board in some powder sadly I will have to wait till next season. Heading to Grouse Mountain next week then blackcomb week after.