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Old 11-02-2011, 07:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well you shouldn't hold me 100% for my word that the A.E. of the Parkboard is stiffer, but I do know for a fact that the A.E. of the Jibboard is stiffer. Also, the Airobic is by no means even the slightest bit stiff, but it is not a noodle and I think that I will be okay for doing jumps on it. It is basically as easy to press as the Artifact Rocker I stepped on but it DEFINITELY has quite a bit more pop (I was initially going to go with the Rome butafter I got it I instantly returned it because it was a floppy noodle). So yeah the difference between the Lobster Parkboard AE and the Airobic is going to be fairly big IMO. I am not trying to say the Airobic is too soft, I mean it is the board that I personally will be riding this year. On the other hand, I am not telling you that the Lobster is for sure too stiff. If you have seen/felt the Lobster in your local shop and you think it has a good flex and that you would be able to press it easily then go for it.

And Earl, I am not saying that the Parkboard is unpressable, but I do think that it would be more fun to press on something softer. And to me, snowboarding is about fun. If you will have more FUN pressing on a softer board, why get a stiffer board just because it would still be possible to press? Obviously you do not need a noodle to press well, and it is all about preference. My personal preference is just for a softer board like the Airobic. I am just giving my opinion(and I know more than anyone that a board which is too soft is just terrible overall - my last board was a 137 and it was way too small and soft, I would go over the handle bars all the time and wash out on the slightest off center landings).
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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you need to have a noodle to press well??? ..the fuk. Kids these days..
no, i have a fairly stiff board now that i can press, its just softer=easier=more fun
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:02 PM   #13 (permalink)
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this is sort of off topic but still on topic because it it going to factor in when choosing a board... is the softer flex of the jibbaord/disaster going to be affect riding on ice/hardpack compared to a stiffer flex of the parkbaord/evil twin?
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yeah, a stiffer board will be better for carving, but more noticeably when riding choppy snow. A stiffer board will be more stable, powerful, responsive, and more dampened. A softer board, however, will be just fine at lower-medium speeds and on hardpack and groomers you shouldn't have any problem. Ice is a larger issue, and many boards will have trouble maintaining an edge. Overall, stiffer= better all mountain and therefor better carving and stability on variable terrain.

I might also add that I am 140 pounds and the board I rode last year was a size 137 forum youngblood that I got in '07 (when I weighed 40 pounds less and was 6" shorter). I bombed hills as often and as fast as I wanted, and while I took the very occasional fall due to loss of grip on ice (I ride in southern PA where the ice gets REALLY bad) or just loss of control on choppy snow, I was usually fine and very rarely had any issues. I had to work a little harder, but I could ride all around just fine. So I think that something like the Disaster really should be fine for charging around, and any board for that matter should be at least ridable (unless you are doing back country cliff drops, which I wasn't on my 137 forum).
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:41 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yeah, a stiffer board will be better for carving, but more noticeably when riding choppy snow. A stiffer board will be more stable, powerful, responsive, and more dampened. A softer board, however, will be just fine at lower-medium speeds and on hardpack and groomers you shouldn't have any problem. Ice is a larger issue, and many boards will have trouble maintaining an edge. Overall, stiffer= better all mountain and therefor better carving and stability on variable terrain.

I might also add that I am 140 pounds and the board I rode last year was a size 137 forum youngblood that I got in '07 (when I weighed 40 pounds less and was 6" shorter). I bombed hills as often and as fast as I wanted, and while I took the very occasional fall due to loss of grip on ice (I ride in southern PA where the ice gets REALLY bad) or just loss of control on choppy snow, I was usually fine and very rarely had any issues. I had to work a little harder, but I could ride all around just fine. So I think that something like the Disaster really should be fine for charging around, and any board for that matter should be at least ridable (unless you are doing back country cliff drops, which I wasn't on my 137 forum).
thanks man i ride southern PA too whitetail and liberty. yea so I'm going with the jibbaord. thanks again.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:06 AM   #16 (permalink)
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just purchased the parkboard AE troublemaker. i wouldnt call the board stiff like some have said. taking it out tomorrow, so i 'll have a better idea, but stiff it is not. Dont get me wrong, its not a noodle but it isnt suppose to be one.
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I did one in the board forum of the Lobster Freestyle. Amazing board.

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I figured I would do a quick review on my new board for this year.
We will be talking about the Lobster Freestyle 2012/13

Specs-I am riding the 152 cm version (Burton Missions Bindings). The board has a medium to stiff flex, and a cambered profile, with Triple Base Tech.

(if you don't know what triple base is I suggest watching this video https://vimeo.com/26479625 and checking out this web page Lobster Snowboards)

Initial thoughts- This was the first board I have ever ridden that had Triple Base Tech (Or TBT) Also keep in mind this was my first day riding in over 8 months.
The first few runs made me feel a bit rusty as I got adjusted to TBT. On a normal board when you carve you feel your edge immediately bite into the snow, however on this there is this feeling of "rolling" onto my edges. The first few runs I would wash out as I tried to bite my edge in and would end up leaning too far and slipping onto my knees/back.
Once I was adjusted carving felt better than it ever has. It makes the board feel much more loose, and "floaty" when I am free riding it. Even with this TBT the board remains very responsive and can maneuver as well as any board I have ridden.
The board also has a lot of pop due to it's flex pattern and camber. This made it a lot of fun to just hop around doing flat ground 180's ect.

After getting adjusted I took the board to the park. This is where the board really shines!
(Our local hill did not have any jumps set up, so I will be updating this thread when I can speak on how the board handles off of kickers.)
The pop is excellent for getting onto taller rails without much effort. You would think TBT would make 50-50's and presses harder but after shaking off the rust they felt as locked in as ever.
My personal favorite part, was how the board handled on perpendicular slides. Frontside and Backside boardslides in the center of the board (With the rail in between the bindings) felt normal. When I started doing slides on my nose, and tails, I could really feel the TBT.
On a normal shaped board when sliding through features sideways you have to be extremely careful to stay flat based. While on this board you still have to keep your base flat, I personally felt as though the TBT lifting my edges away from the rail helps to avoid catching. It made it easier to learn a few new tricks that you have to spin into (like cab 270 front board 270 out on a flat box) The TBT really helps add a jib element to the board and brings the package around full circle for me.

If mother nature agrees with me this year, I will also update this thread on how the board preforms in powder. I imagine the TBT will make all the difference when riding in the white stuff.

Please leave thoughts in the comments. This is my first board review so criticize away, whether it be on content, or structure ect.
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gotta agree, the parkboard is pretty stiff....definitely closer to the riot than anything else (big park jumps). I have an ET but a softer board, like the whatever or funkink, would be a lot more fun overall
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Hm, just heard that the lobster boards are cheaper because they are made from cheaper materials. They are made by bataleon, same factory, but would it be worth throwing out another 100 bucks for the evil twin? I might just do that.... would i even notice a difference?
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Hm, just heard that the lobster boards are cheaper because they are made from cheaper materials. They are made by bataleon, same factory, but would it be worth throwing out another 100 bucks for the evil twin? I might just do that.... would i even notice a difference?
No idea what that is about. Mine is pretty damn solid.
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