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Old 12-24-2011, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help me choose a wide aggressive all-mountain board

Hey everyone,

I need help to choose my next board. I'm 32, 6'2", 195#, sz13 boot, riding 16 years, advanced-expert freeride, intermediate freestyle. Mostly ride Mammoth, lots of charging powder, steeps, trees, high speed groomers; a bit of freestyle play often on natural features IE cat tracks, rocks, wind lips etc. Infrequent kickers and pipe. No jibs. I do like to ride switch though I'm not very good at it.

I currently ride a 2004 NS Legacy 163, I think it's 26.9 at the waist, with Burton C60 bindings and Salomon Malamutes. I love this board for high speed on the groomers, it carves and cruises like a champ. I like the stiffness and dampening. It is very tiring to ride in the powder unless its very steep, have to be way in the back seat due to the camber. Also with my current setup I have have some trouble landing while spinning, the board feels pretty catchy.

I would like a wide (27cm) board which is capable of doing everything: charging at speed, surfing pow, dropping rocks, even dropping in on the half pipe occassionally. Im curious to see how the RC tech changes how it feels to land while spinning. I am willing to give up a bit of carve-ability if it makes freestyle easier/more fun. I am also hoping to see how rocker will effect riding in the pow. Price is no object.

So far I am looking at the NS Legacy, NS Heritage, Venture Zephyr (though the taper makes me think this won't be ideal)...

After this board I will likely be getting a powder specific board such as a Venture Storm.

Can anyone who has ridden any of these boards give me some feedback? Also, are there other boards I should be considering besides these four? Thank you much.

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Old 12-24-2011, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One I would add is the Ride Berzerker. It's built to ride terrain like Blauvelt. Which sounds like the style you're aiming for.

Pop rods, carbon array, membrain, slimewalls... all that means great edge hold, superb snap, and smoothy smooth in the crud and runouts.

Of your three I would probably say the Heritage.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok! Will check this one out! Thanks for the input.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok! Will check this one out! Thanks for the input.
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Hmm the Berserker comes only up to 26.5 in the waist..

I already have toe drag issues on the legacy when I really lay down a hard carve. Damn. That one might be out for me.
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pretty sure the berzerker comes in a wide model as well
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pretty sure the berzerker comes in a wide model as well
It does. This thread made me want to learn more about the Berzerker and the first thing I HAD to know was, does it come in a wide? The answer is very much yes, it does. This board looks and sounds pretty damn nice IMO. So do some of the other suggestions here though.
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With the experience that you have and the length that you keep your boards if you look at bataleon then you should def. check out the "Undisputed" go big!!!
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With the experience that you have and the length that you keep your boards if you look at bataleon then you should def. check out the "Undisputed" go big!!!
or the OMNI or the JAM
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