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Old 03-14-2012, 04:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Apologies first, this must be a tiring thread topic! Basically Iím fairly new freestyle rider who wants to take his freestyle from the park to the mountains. I weigh 175 lbs (but am fairly keen to weigh less!) and am 5ft 10, with US 10.5 feet. I learned on a downsized lib tech skate banana 154, which I understand is tiny for my weight, but presses and ollies on it are really fun and I love how MTX lets me not worry so much about whatís under my board.

So the question is, what all mountain freestyle boards should I try out and what size ought I get for all mountain? Not too worried about budget.

Iím not stuck on Lib Tech, but I do love the playfulness of my skate banana (and cool graphics on lib stuff is a bonus). From doing a little reading on here I see the Neversummer Evo gets rave reviews and has a tech to help the edges stick on ice. The Lib tech TRS and Attack Banana are also options, but Iíve heard theyíre not exactly playful boards. I did also look at the Jones - Mountain Twin, but I think reverse camber between the feet would suit me more given I learned on a noodle banana.

Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Updated 'To Try' list so far:

Neversummer SL
Neversummer Evo (if I can get over how much I hate the graphics)
Lib Attack Banana
Bataleon Evil Twin
Yes - Basic
Signal - Omni

I'm looking for a board that's fairly forgiving though, so the SL could be pushing it?
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The TRS is an awesome all mountain stick but yeah, it's quite stiff. The Neversummer SL/Proto CT, GNU Riders Choice or Skate Banana are all excellent options and very playful all mountains
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Cool, 2 different size skate bananas would be overkill

Reckon I ought to test ride the riders choice and the SL. I'd not considered the Proto CT, but reading up it sounds pretty perfect for what I want. Worth a try!

Don't rate the attack banana much?
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Sorry I meant attack banana instead of skate.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help, I reckon I'll pick whichever doesn't kick my ass when I test them!
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I've pretty much decided on the NS proto. What size do I need?

Weight: 175lbs
Feet: 10.5
Riding style: little of everything, groomers, small natural features, will be going to try POW next season with my friends, working on butters.
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Evil Twins are fantastic fun. Although to be honest I only went Bataleon because Never Summer was over twice the price.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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157cm Proto Ct should do the trick. If you buy the 154cm, Powder days will be hard work and you will leave yourself no room to progress on your board.
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