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Old 07-14-2011, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone. I am a very frequent rider and I am looking to upgrade my board and bindings. I usually hit up the terrain parks and occasionally do a little all mountain. I am looking for the focus of my new setup to help me in the park however with all the equipment out there it is hard to keep up with the top of the line setup. If anyone has suggestions on a good park setup I would appreciate the help. I am looking to be in the $800 range for both board and bindings. I am 6' and weigh 140. Any board and binding recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 07-14-2011, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Never Summer EVO (150/152), Arbor Westmark, Arbor Blacklist (though it might be too big), those are the ones I know of (haven't ridden yet, will this year). Many other recommendations from Flow, Nitro, Rome, etc. that should be forthcoming.
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I like stiffer traditional camber boards (especially for park where I don't do a hell of a lot of jibbing) and I swear by the upper end Burton bindings for anything at all so, my rec looks like this:

Board: Ride DH, Rome Agent in traditional camber (almost twin), Nitro Rook (least stiff on this list)

Bindings: Burton CO2 (in 2012 CO2 and C60 will be phased out in favor of new binding Diode),
Burton Malavita (softer than CO2s hence easier for jibbing)
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You do know the Rook is flat right?
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I am considering the gnu park pickle actually I've heard good reviews. Anyone agree or have better sugesstions from experience?
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Mervin does not make a good park board, especially for the money. For that price get an Arbor Blacklist. One of the best boards I have ever ridden.

Other top picks from me for 2012, Signal Park Zero(assumed, rode the rocker light and am very familiar with how zero cam rides), Salomon Drift Rocker, BA hated it but I really liked the K2 Fastplant, Bataleon Whatever, Nitro Team Pro Kooley (McNetts series), Arbor Westmark, if you like jibbing more than jumping the Rocker Light, Flow Verve or Era, and if you're a jump kid the Nitro Rook.

For any of those my favorites for 2012 so far are Raiden Zero's, Flow M9's, and Flux TT30's.
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Mervin does not make a good park board, especially for the money. For that price get an Arbor Blacklist. One of the best boards I have ever ridden.

Other top picks from me for 2012, Signal Park Zero(assumed, rode the rocker light and am very familiar with how zero cam rides), Salomon Drift Rocker, BA hated it but I really liked the K2 Fastplant, Bataleon Whatever, Nitro Team Pro Kooley (McNetts series), Arbor Westmark, if you like jibbing more than jumping the Rocker Light, Flow Verve or Era, and if you're a jump kid the Nitro Rook.

For any of those my favorites for 2012 so far are Raiden Zero's, Flow M9's, and Flux TT30's.
Did you get to try the Raiden Phantoms Nivek? I only ask if they're much better than the Zero's
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You do know the Rook is flat right?
my bad. still liked it
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Did you get to try the Raiden Phantoms Nivek? I only ask if they're much better than the Zero's
I did not, but knowing the tech and talking to BA a little bit about them, for him they made a good stiffer do everything binding but not stiff enough to be called all mountain/freeride. So for a smaller guy like me they would likely work great as an allmountain/freeride.

I have only yet to call Raiden my favorite binding company yet do to my lack of experience with their durability, I will likely be on a set for 2012 and will be able to comment by jan/feb.
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Yeah I'm a lighter dude too, so they might too stiff then. Darn, they look pretty sick with those bushings and airbags! Maybe keep my eye on the Zero's too since I want a do everything park/all mountain
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