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Old 01-22-2012, 05:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh, my bad. Just read about Amptek technology. You guys are right, it is the exact opposite of C2.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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For me, the pros for the rocker were the playfulness, soft to mid flex, and the over all effortless feel to manipulate the board. The cons were edge hold and chatter at high speeds (chatter didn't bother me much). Maybe I'm making this too complicated, but I just don't have money to buy multiple boards. Oh yeah..and do rocker and hybrid rocker have the same playful characteristics? If not, what's the difference? And where does flat rocker fit in with this?

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Old 01-22-2012, 07:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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For me, the pros for the rocker were the playfulness, soft to mid flex, and the over all effortless feel to manipulate the board. The cons were edge hold and chatter at high speeds (chatter didn't bother me much). Maybe I'm making this too complicated, but I just don't have money to buy multiple boards. Oh yeah..and do rocker and hybrid rocker have the same playful characteristics? If not, what's the difference? And where does flat rocker fit in with this?
i can tell you that the highlife is a much stiffer board which allow the board to hold at higherspeeds i thinks a 7-8 on rides scale and the 90a slimewalls pretty much eliminate all the chatter that you normally get plus you can find them on sale for almost half price
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:39 PM   #14 (permalink)
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For me, the pros for the rocker were the playfulness, soft to mid flex, and the over all effortless feel to manipulate the board. The cons were edge hold and chatter at high speeds (chatter didn't bother me much). Maybe I'm making this too complicated, but I just don't have money to buy multiple boards. Oh yeah..and do rocker and hybrid rocker have the same playful characteristics? If not, what's the difference? And where does flat rocker fit in with this?

Full rocker will always be more playful due to its profile, but there can be drawbacks to full rockers (loose in a bad way, bad edge hold, etc.) as well which is why most companies run a hybrid of some form. Arbor on the other hand is one of the few companies still making full rocker boards and from what people say they are the only ones who are doing it right. Their grip tech system is located right where your toe/heel are on the board which not only allows you to ride a board with a smaller waist and bigger feet, but is said to grip and hold an edge just like you would want it to.

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Old 01-22-2012, 08:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yeah...I think I will stay hybrid tech, but rocker between the feet. I've narrowed it down to the 2013 NS Proto and 2013 Gnu Riders Choice. Just going off of last years reviews, the only difference I noticed was the Proto is lighter (not sure how much tho) and the carbonium top sheet, which I believe every board should have. I would hate to spend $500+ just to have some clumsy skier or new rider chip or scratch it. But I would also hate to spend $500+ on a board I didn't like to look at either. I love the new riders choice graphic and I do not like the new proto ct graphic AT ALL. If the top sheet was black, maybe I would like it.
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I was wrong about tech earlier with the Taipan, but have ridden the Arbor Coda. The board is amazing. Very fast base, playful, surfy, but stable at speed. Really dialed in. And grip tech IMO was on par with NS' Vario Grip. The board is one of the best all mountain boards on the market. Very well made board. Base will scuff, but great board.

Word of caution. Never Summer boards are tanks. VERY damp. Some like it, others think it's overkill. I'm on the overkill side. I like to feel a little more under my feet, especially when working the board.

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I had the opposite experience of the OP. After fatally wounding my old board (traditional camber) earlier this season I picked up two used boards off of Craigslist. One was a lib tech skate banana so I could find out what all the hoopla was about rocker boards, and the other was an older camber NS Heritage, from before the hybrid rocker camber tech was introduced. Both were hardly used and in pretty good condition.
After putting in 3+ full days of riding with each board I'm putting the banana back up for sale. I guess my riding style does not conform well with rocker style boards, I can bomb down the mountain and carve away with the banana but on the Heritage it feels so much more fluid and controllable, while it feels more like work on the banana. Also it seems like every little bump I go over is transmitted to my knees and body much more harshly with the lib tech, (using same ride spi bindings for both) I do medium jumps but no rails or other park stuff. I don't agree that jumps are easier to land with rocker, feels much easier to wash out when landing onto non-powdery surfaces.
I do realize that the heritage is more of an all mountain board compared to the banana so that may have been a factor in my decision as it does suit my riding more, but after reading so many rave reviews about the banana I was hoping to like it more than I did. Camber it is for me... As soon as I get the opportunity to try a new NS Heritage with the the rocker camber hybrid I will, really curious to see how I like that.
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U know guys I was thinking, with the ice coast resorts I frequent being relatively small mountains, is it even worth spending $500+ on a high end board? Will a low to mid level board be able to handle everything these hills cam throw at it? Plus, I only get to go every other Saturday, even I'm on the hill from open to close. Is it worth it?
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That would be overkill, IMO. I know you mentioned budget earlier so you have to think of how little you will be using it this year - personally I would look at a used setup. But I'm broke as a joke so that might be influencing my post
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U know guys I was thinking, with the ice coast resorts I frequent being relatively small mountains, is it even worth spending $500+ on a high end board? Will a low to mid level board be able to handle everything these hills cam throw at it? Plus, I only get to go every other Saturday, even I'm on the hill from open to close. Is it worth it?
Checkout angy's website for a bunch of reviews of boards at different price ranges.

The Angry Snowboarder Blog Archive 2012 Board Review Break Down

k2 raygun starts at $350 and by all accounts sounds like a great board. Not rocker though, but flat I believe.
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