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Old 01-04-2012, 07:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I'm an intermediate level rider about 150 lbs and 5'11" (68kg and 180cm) I'm living in Hokkaido, Japan and I've decided that I need a good freeride board for all the awesome powder and backcountry here. I need something that can handle deep powder, cutting through trees and chewed up crud. Something that'll be good on a groomed run on the way to the powder would be good. My main goal is to tear it up off-piste. I'm more or less set on the Never Summer boards (they can be shipped to Japan from online retailers) I'm sure there are other makers that can too but unless there is another board that can do more than these for less, I'm looking at the Never Summer Raptor, Premier F1 and Summit. I'm curious to know what you all think about these boards and which might be better for my purposes. I'm probably not going to be jumping off any cliff faces just yet but good control and float is what I'm looking for. Thanks for your help! Cheers
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you are going to want a powder specific board, the summit is your best bet from NS probly the 161. the others wont give you the float you are looking for.

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The Raptor can handle it for sure. the Summit is ideal for the deep stuff if you want a surf feel. the F1 doesn't offer much IMO. The Raptor can kill everything better than the F1.

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Summit
Raptor
F1

The summit and the raptor do everything better than the F1

Whats your boot size?
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Awesome thanks a lot for the input. My boot size is 9.5. I am leaning towards the Raptor because it can handle the groomers and the powder from what I've been reading. I've read the Summit is awesome in the deep stuff but harder to control on the groomers. I tend to run from groomers into trees and powder, but it looks like when I do go into the backcountry the Raptor should be able to handle itself. If the Raptor couldn't handle that I'd go for the Summit. Does that sound about right to you? Cheers, and thanks again.
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