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Old 12-24-2011, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New freeride/ pow / all mountain killer board ?

Alright guys, so I really need some advice on a new board.

I will be mainly riding this board here in Utah (Brighton/Snowbird Side/Backcountry). I mainly ride powder, like to drop cliffs, hit bowls, chutes, trees. Any natural feature I will go out of my way to hit. I pretty much treat the mountain like a giant skatepark - constantly looking for the next thing to pop off, slash, or drop.

I want something that is stable enough to plow through the mid-day chop and chunder and stable enough to be dropping off any cliffs in sight.

I have it narrowed down to a few or so, and I am totally open to suggestions. I have been editing this list for the past few months.

Never Summer Industries.

Premier F1 161 - $509

Legacy 159/161 - $509

*Heritage X 159(163) - $549

Ride Snowboards.

Slackcountry UL 161 - $699

*Highlife UL 161 - $549

Berzerker 161 -$489

Lib Technologies.

*La Niņa MC C1BTX 159/162 - $569

*T.Rice Pro Model C2 BTX 161 -$539

Attack Banana Ec2 159/161 - $579

Skunk Ape C2 BTX 161 - $559

Arbor.

Element RX 159/161 - $549

Coda 159/161 - $499

*Roundhouse RX 162 - $549

Salomon.

*Powder Snake 160 - $399



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Now a few of these, such as the powder snake, are too slim at the waist for my boot I believe.

I really fluctuate in weight, and do not know my exact weight right now. But I am anywhere from 150-165 lbs - 6'1" Boot Size - 11-11.5 (depending on brand.)


What do you think? I also am very torn on sizing, and can not decide what size I want for the life of me! Was thinking 161-ish ideally, thoughts?
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I vote NS Heritage 159
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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161 sounds about right, but a 159 wouldn't hurt either. I've been wanting to try the Highlife the most out of all your picks if that helps sway your decision at all heh.

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Old 12-25-2011, 12:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah..I've ridden all the never summer's I listed as well as the arbors.

really like the the roundhouse and heritage, just wonder how the trice and highlife stack up. i mean is the highlife just a dead plank that's no fun unless you're going 100% full throttle all the time?

I also don't know how the attack banana is still on that list...whoops.
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You're missing the NS that I was going to recommend - the Raptor.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm the same size as you. Make sure you buy a wide board. I have a libtech dark series 158cm and I sink in pow. Today I demoed some Burton board that was 156cm wide. I didn't think it would change anything but I was wrong. It floated onto of powder so well I was impressed. It gave my rear leg a much needed break.
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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How much of a negative is the extruded base on the skunk?

maybe it would be a plus, seems they are a little tougher which would be nice dropping off and hitting everything...

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How much of a negative is the extruded base on the skunk?

maybe it would be a plus, seems they are a little tougher which would be nice dropping off and hitting everything...
Well supposedly Mervins TNT is technically sintered with some of the benefits of extruded, not sure how that works but that's what I've heard.
As for real world difference? I've got several Libs... 154 TRS, 157 T.Rice, 160 Mullet and I can confirm that my sintered Rice is faster than the other two with TNT. I know some of that has to do with the Rice being stiffer but even on flat cat track coasting it's somewhat noticeable. I'm confident in that statement because the last day of last season I let my buddy ride the Mullet and I rode my Rice and in EVERY glide situation I pulled away (both freshly waxed by me btw)... It wasn't dramatic but it was obvious. Having typed all that, when I'm on my Mullet I'm usually passing most boarders and keeping up/passing skiers so I wouldn't let the TNT base sway your decision. If I could spec you a board it would be the T.Rice but length is a problem, at your weight I would say 157 but if your not afraid to muscle it a bit more, the 161.5 with pointy tips would be ideal.
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awesome, thanks guys
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T. Rice 161.5, check my review in the equipment reviews section.
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