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Old 12-25-2011, 01:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Kind of questioning the validity of snowboard technology to some extent

So I used to have a Never Summer SL-R and K2 Auto bindings. To make a long story short I thought I would not be boarding for a while and sold it. I kept my short, basic Roxy Ollie-pop and boring Burton Custom bindings.

Now this season, I am back on the hill after only one year off. Since then I am in the best shape of my life, cardio wise and what not.

I have only this Ollie-pop 2008 model that is basic camber nothing fancy, it is a 151 which is a bit small for my weight but I figure it would be good for park. I was kinda worried the board would hold me back.

My b/f is on a cheap ass Sims Destiny, 150$ board from Sport Mart.

Well this year is by far the most progressive season I have had. I am going faster, hitting shit better, and finally doing tricks I never thought I would do. All this on a cheap ass board I bought on a whim, and 4 year old boots.

I really thought riding this board would hold me back but I can carve on it, and flip it around like I never could before. It could be to do with my physical conditioning but that makes me wonder, would I really see any benefit to a new board? The only place I find this little board weak is high speed smooth sections, it feels a bit sketchy.

Also, my B/f who is an intermediate is starting to really progress on his piece of shit Sims. So ya it makes me wonder what % of snowboard tech is bs and what is really useful.
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You're missing the whole point of the 'tech'
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The only snowboard tech that I found really useful was Magnetraction. Lib Tech and GNU are 2 main companies that use it (that's all I know, I'm sure there's more). It really helps me out on ice/hard pack especially when you hit those hidden patches. Rocker makes turn initiation super easy. Almost too easy. Camber definitely gives more pop than pure rocker. That's all the technology that I have an opinion on.
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Most tech really does something, what you're experiencing is the fact that the rider is always > the board.

New gear will make certain things easier or just more fun, but you can ride anything anywhere as long as your skill lets you.

Let me put it this way, I can jib an all mountain board, and ride powder on a jib board, but jibbing is more fun on a jib board and speed and powder are more fun on an all mountain board. Same goes for tech, I can have fun blasting pow stashes on a 5150, but its more fun on something say like the Flow Drifter with a combo camber tech, carbon, and an engineered flex pattern.

Tech doesnt make or break the act of snowboarding, it enhances it.
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The tech is just icing on the cake. Extra dampening, different cores, various sidecuts, etc. all just give a bit of extra edge to a rider's style.

It's still just a plank that goes down the hill and it's the rider's skill/form that determines how well they do on it.
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That's just you getting better. This "tech" is just for fun... and since snowboarding should be fun that is a good thing. However, you don't need tech to learn how to snowboard. People over-hype tech because they are teenage boys who have never known the touch of a woman j/k... not all of them are teenagers...
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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%75 rider, %25 equipment
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Rider>Boards that is all.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
Rider>Boards that is all.
go ahead and say it, why not just say rider>all 500 boards under my couch. fucker
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Old 12-26-2011, 06:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Its your skills improving, but a 151 is definitely easier to control and spin around. Maybe you should stay shorter than 155 even when you upgrade.
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