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Old 09-07-2011, 09:01 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Well I used to be a burton guy. The Custom was a great do everything stick. Since they layed off a lot of americans including a lot of people I know I have started looking american made. Smokin was my favorite and Ive had several Smokin boards. Then I just tried a SL last year. It basically got rid of my desire to have a quiver of boards since it just plain works. It does deep pow 90% as well as a Smokin Pinner. It rips groomers at speed 95% as well as my Burton supermodel. It jibs like a noodley park stick when I want it too but still pops off lips like crazy. I know staff at Burton and I know staff at Smokin. I dont know anyone at Never summer to give me a deal but they do seem to be all that I want now.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:58 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I know this is about magnetraction vs. vario, but how is tbt on ice? is it just like any other cambered board on ice or is it sketchier?
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:02 PM   #23 (permalink)
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well said Dano
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:43 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I'm a girl so my main debates are over the B-street and the Ns panora. i ride east cost, so its ice and hard pack all the way. From what I've heard, The magne traction REALLY does make the difference, but NS boards are really damp so they make for much smoother rides. I'm going to be buying either the B-street or the pandora, still can't decide which one I want. Many people say the pandora is an over-all more stable ride, but the vario grip doesn't hold as well on east coast turf as the MTX. Not sure If I'm ready to sacrifice that essential grip for the smoother ride. decisions, decisions.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:57 PM   #25 (permalink)
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So Dano,
What was your decision?
I don't have the experience of most of you. But I chose the Banana for the MTX and don't regret it one minute. I have very similar conditions and I believe the board helped me to progress in our less than perfect man-made snow and very crowded conditions here.
I also ride park and jumps, but again, not to the level of others on here.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:05 PM   #26 (permalink)
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between magnetraction and vario, magnetraction has worked much better for me. I have about a seasons worth of riding on both a NS SL and a Smokin superpark, and magnetraction has better edge hold even without being tuned, ever. I didn't really like mervin's magnetraction when i tried it but I didn't really get all that much riding on it. I think smokin definitely has it dialed though.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:09 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Dano, you can buy local in Edmonton.

Go to Skiers Sportshop on 109th St right before turning onto the low level. They have the full NS line up. It's where I bought my 2009/10 Legacy, and where I got my 2010/11 Raptor X. They are pretty good there, I've had good experiences every time I have gone in. So that at least solves the "buy local" problem for you.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:24 PM   #28 (permalink)
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How much more smoothly do NS boards ride vs Lib/Gnu? I hear alot of people love the smoothness the NS boards have because of the dampening. Gnu and lib seem to be pretty dry as far as I've heard.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:23 AM   #29 (permalink)
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How much more smoothly do NS boards ride vs Lib/Gnu? I hear alot of people love the smoothness the NS boards have because of the dampening. Gnu and lib seem to be pretty dry as far as I've heard.
No experience with mervin but an SL paired up with K2 Uprise (harshmellow) was like gliding over cream. It's noticeable.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:45 AM   #30 (permalink)
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people that say Magnatraction is sticky or catchy are kooks!
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