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Old 12-25-2011, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Weight 170
Height 6'
Boot size 13
Riding style Probably about 70% mountain, 30% park
Age 17
budget Under $400
Your location of riding Connecticut(Mostly), and Massachusetts

I've been riding for about 3 years and I feel my old 5150 board (about 2 years) needs to be replaced. Too stiff for my liking and it's beat up. I've been looking at my options and am unsure of what to get. And I have a couple questions

1. Is it really that hard to ride all mountain on a jibbing board? I was thinking about the Ride Kink but I do not know how the flex of the board will effect me when I'm carving, not in the park.
2. Is it possible to do park features in a rocker? Will it make it difficult? I was looking at a Rocker
3. Regarding the K2 Raygun, will the 70% Flat and 30% Rocker slow me down? How does this effect my speed?
4. I was also looking at Salomon snowboard but I couldn't find much information on them, anyone ever ridden one of them before?
5. Also, I saw Blank Snowboards, but was told that they have the same construction as my 5150 and would not really be an upgrade.
6. Obviously I am looking at wide boards, but what would a good length for me be? Using a "Snowboard Length Calculator" I googled, it calculated to be 160, but that seems a bit long.

Boards I am looking at
1. K2 Raygun
2. Ride Kink
4. Salomen Drift, Riot, Salvatore Sanchez
5. Blank Snowboards

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Old 12-26-2011, 12:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1. No its really easy to ride all mountain on a jib board, it's still a snowboard and will go where ever you point it, its just easier to do that stuff on an all- mountain board.
2. Rocker makes most park things easier, the board feels looser and less catchy, only the new problem might be over spin on your landings.
3. I think all the board you listed have some or all rocker. Basicly you will be able to go just as fast on a rocker board but it generally wont hold and edge as well or be as stable. More rocker=less stable. The flat middle with upturned tips, like the raygun and kink, will be the best out of the boards you mentioned.
4. salomon make some badass boards-the riot is probably the best out of the three, you probably wont like the sanchez.
5. havent ridden a blank but they look like better construction than your 5150, triax fiberglass, carbon stringers and poplar wood core will make them a bit stronger. You would probably be happy with one of these and at 200 bucks its hard not to just try one.
6. i recommend 155-157

I would go with the Kink 156, it is a little stiffer than average jib stick which will be good on the rest of the mountain and the bit of rocker in it will still do good on pow days.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I still think a 156 is small for me. Or are boards supposed to be smaller than chin to nose?
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Raygun handsdown. Only thing that you might like better in that price range would be a Flow Drifter (I think that retails $399). 156 in both.
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