Hey everyone, I have been riding traditional camber boards for quite a while, and I am considering moving to a hybrid rocker board this season. We don't get many if any demo days at my resort and there obviously wont be snow for another 3 months, so I thought I would post.
I read snowolfs review of the NS Heritage http://www.snowboardingforum.com/equ...-heritage.html
, and I thought he brought up an interesting point about the hybrid design. He stated that the board performed nearly as good as a camber board on groomers, but it performed much better in bumps/trees. Areas that require a lot of work to ride well on a regular camber board.
I saw another interesting post on another forum which really turned me on to the idea of a hybrid camber. I have been looking and cant seem to come up with the link... Anyway the guy seemed to be a competent rider and was talking about how much fun the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro was for doing shorter radius carved turns.
I have been riding a 09/10 rossignol one mag midwide regular camber board. This is the version before Rossis early rise Amptek thing. I put 40 days on it last year including 5 days in Washington/Idaho. I love how the board performs on groomed runs and on steeps. The edge hold is great. It has a nice medium flex. It isn't overly stiff, so you can twist it. The board is ok in powder and bumps. The only negatives I have with this board are the weight - its not heavy but doesn't feel light, and it could transition quicker edge to edge. I really do like the one mag, but I would like to get into something that's lighter and a little more playful without sacrificing carving performance on groomers.
Some boards I have on the radar are the NS Heritage, Lib Travis Rice Pro, k2 Slayblade, Smokin Big Wig, Ride Arcade UL. I am seriously considering the Travis Rice as its won Good Wood 2 years in a row and every review says its great. I know some people say magnetraction doesn't make a difference. I don't think it does when the conditions are good, however I do feel my one mag really grips when the conditions are less than ideal - which occurs frequently at the resorts in my area. Maybe I just imagine it I dunno but that seems to be a plus for the Travis Rice. I am concerned about the weight of the travis rice. What are your thoughts on any or all of these boards? I would really appreciate any advice thanks!
Ive ridden a few flat/rocker boards
09/10 Burton blunt - in my opinion the board felt light and turned VERY quickly. I didnt really dig this board as I really like to carve and don't ride a lot of park other than jumps and pipe. The blunt seemed to want to wash out when I pushed it. I know the edges come detuned so maybe that had something to do with it. Short radius turns at slower speeds were great though.
09/10 Ride DH 2 - Every review Ive read for this board says its average/mediocre ~ nothing to write home about. I rode the wide version in really nice packed powder conditions in Utah. I thought the board performed great. It carved well, had nice transitions for a wide board, made quick low speed turns, and was stable at higher speeds with good edge hold. The only downside I can remember was the weight. It just felt kinda average for weight. This is probably due to it being a wide board.
10/11 Burton (i forget the name) hybrid rocker - I took one run on a friends board last year and perhaps i should have given it more of a chance. This board felt really light underfoot like the blunt however I thought it felt sketchy compared to my camber board 09/10 Rossignol One mag. The board felt light and it seemed to want to pivot. The board had good edge hold once you were into a carve, but initiating a carve felt strange compared to a camber board. In this board defense it was way too big and the bindings weren't setup to my liking.
08/09 Lib Tech Skunk ape - I liked the edge hold of this board and remember it felt really stable. I also remember it feeling kinda heavy and it felt really stiff. The board was once again too big for me and I didn't like the binding setup at all. Its been a while, but I think I remember liking the turn initiation.