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Old 01-22-2012, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default base damage...fill or weld?

today i was banging my arbor westmark around pretty aggressively, though nothing that i felt was too out of normal. while riding through some fresh untouched snow off the side of a trail i feel the ground scraping against my base, which i'm used to. then all of a sudden i feel i hit something near my nose tip, loud enough for me to notice and hard enough to jar me. i check it out later in the day and...



it looks like the entire base has been damaged exposing the wood. my question is, should i get a new base weld from my shop, or have them fill it up with some compound? obviously cost is a concern but if it's not necessary i don't want to throw too much money at it.

on a related note, can anyone recommend a similar type of board (all-mountain with a lean towards freestyle) that's durable and can take a beating? i love my westmark but it'll be the second time i'll be repairing the base this season already, though the damage from the first time was from the season before. i've heard the proto CT, like most NS products, are built pretty tough and am leaning towards that or the evo.

thanks in advance for any help/advice!
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should get a base weld. That is really the best way to ensure that water does not get into the wood core, which will quickly destroy your board.

The damage to your base has very little to do with the quality of the construction and a lot to do with sharp rocks being stronger than base materials. That board has a sintered base which in general is a denser, stronger base. Every board will come out of the situation you described with similar damage.

If you really want to avoid having that damage re-occur you will have to stop having fun in the powder and stick to groomers. Personally I think the reward of powder is well worth the risk of base damage.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Trim off any hangers and P-tex it.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks. i'll probably bite the bullet and do just that. i spoke with a friend and he said the proto's durability speaks more to the topsheet than the base, and any sharp rock will cut your board no matter how strong you build it.

it was definitely fun to ride through it regardless though.
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