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MikeN 01-13-2012 05:55 PM

Looking for Off-Piste Dream machine

I would really appreciate if some of you could help me out.

I'm looking for a really solid off-piste/all mountain board. Till now I have been a self confessed park rat but all thats to change. Come February i'll be going to Whistler with some friends for the rest of the season (just finished uni celebration). My NS revolver is lots of fun in the park but I am looking for something to slay the powder for years to come cost is not really an issue. I definitely require a wide board since I have a size 13 foot but the problem is that I am lanky (tall and skinny) so I might lack the weight to turn some boards in powder and have the most fun out of them. Maybe get a directional profile board?

Summary for those who didnt get throught wall of text:


Board purpose: Off piste/Backcountry/Avoiding Trees
Skill level: Very Experienced
Willing to pay: $$$$ (Muchos)
Height: 6ft10
Weight: 70kg / 11 stone

Thanks in advance

huckfin 01-13-2012 07:03 PM

if you can handle a directional board the lib la nina is a hoot to ride.. the hybrid camber/rocker allows you to run a very short length and still be able to float it in the powder.. look into it, sick board. it's basically a skate banana with a super stiff tail. makes switch riding interesting, but i'd say it's a great resort terrain ripper.

KIRKRIDER 01-13-2012 07:11 PM

I like that you specify "Avoiding trees" that's a smart decision. :) Camber or Rocker?

MikeN 01-13-2012 07:38 PM

I seem to have always found myself on a hybrid but i prefer the floaty feel of a rocker.

I'm open to either suggestions really.

WasatchMan 01-13-2012 07:44 PM

Ride Berzerker Wide
Ride Highlife Wide
Arbor Roundhouse RX
Never Summer Heritage X
Lib Tech Skunk Ape
Lib Tech T.Rice

I've been looking for the same thing recently, and after way too much research this is was I narrowed down too.

MikeN 01-13-2012 07:54 PM

Thanks for the suggestions

I was able to borrow my friends T.Rice Pro HP earlier this month but I found it too stiff and unresponsive maybe i'm not heavy/strong enough to have some fun with it through the trees. Either way I feel its a board for T.Rice ie designed to take off one slope and land on the next and it just dosn't suit my playfulness in powder.

I have been trying to find out some personal opinions on the lib tech la nina, if anyone owns/has ridden it I would love some comments.

WasatchMan 01-13-2012 08:01 PM

La Nina reviews are hard to come by - someone posted one in the gear thread so maybe you can PM them. But the deal breaker for me was the width and the extruded base.

I would also take the Ride Highlife out if you thought the t.rice was too stiff. It seems as the Berzerker is right up your alley along with the heritage.

MikeN 01-13-2012 08:14 PM

Thanks for the points. I didn't realise that it was an extruded base nor the lack of a wide version.
The search continues!

cjcameron11 01-13-2012 08:26 PM

You could look into the Nitro slash gullwing as well, also the Lib tech bird man, never summer raptor. and damn your skinny, I'm 6'11 and weigh 120kgs, and I'm by no means chubby at all.

and some jones boards

WasatchMan 01-13-2012 08:30 PM

Those boards aren't going to be very playful in powder - espically the birdman. Too bad the Salomon sick stick/Powder snake don't come in a wide, nothing more fun and playful in the pow than that..

Would you say you're looking for more of a playful pow stick, than a damp hard charging cliff dropping mid-day chunder plowing freeride pow stick?

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