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Old 04-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys! Iím looking at buying my first board (since Iím sure Iíve sunk twice as much into rentals as the cost of a board). As far as stats go, Iím 6í1, 190 lbs, and Iíve got a size 12 foot. Iím an intermediate; Iím good at maintaining control at high speeds, I can zip down blacks, I can hit drops/hills at speed, and Iím passable at riding switch, but I prefer riding normal.

Iím looking for somthing that can give me some speed without horrible vibration and handle sharp turns and quick stops like a champ. Something flexible would be nice in the event that I hit a mogul or two wrong, but most of my time is on the groomers; Iíd put my riding at about 70% on trails, 20% moguls, and 10% park. Once again, keeping stable while going as fast as possible and occasionally flying through the air is my main concern. Something that can handle a little bit of abuse and keep some semblance of control on ice would be nice too; last winterís drought in Steamboat Springs taught me some valuable lessons about ice and hidden vegetation.

Anyway, the big deal is that I just found a 2012 Ride Manic on sale at a reputable local shop, brand new, for $200. I've rented the 2011 model twice and I love it; it doesn't look like the 2012 is much different outside of the graphics. Is this a good deal on a good board?
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds good to me Uberman. In 158 or 161?
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Sounds good to me Uberman. In 158 or 161?
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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good all mountain board, very reasonable price, quality local shop- sounds like you found what you need.

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Old 04-11-2012, 09:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would think about what you might want to do on this board down the line. meaning if you only ride 10% park now will you want to ride more as you get better. You should always buy a board keeping in mind how many years you want to ride it and what you want to progress to in those years. With all of that said I would check out the Never Summer Revolver in a 158. Its a real fun board at all levels and in all types of riding.
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I agree with the above posts on the board. However since your getting the board for such a reasonable price, if you can, I would definitely splurge on a sick pair of boots.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the quick replies, guys! outlyr, they've got both of those lengths, but they've also got a 157 wide and a 161 wide. With a size 12 foot, the Ride sizing chart says to go with the wide. Which size do you guys think would fit me better?
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157w would be the best fit for your size and style.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Agreed. What bindings are you considering?
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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As far as boots and bindings go, I've got no idea. I was looking at some low-end models earlier, but with all the money I'm saving on the board I've got quite a few more options. I'd like them to be pretty responsive--I have enough control over the board that I don't need a whole lot of leeway. What are some good sets I can buy? Bonus points if it's a boot/binding package; I'd still like to keep it on the cheap side.
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