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Old 07-09-2012, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question GNU Riders Choice size

Hey guys,

I need a little help, I'm smth about 5'7 and 147 pounds, so I decided to buy GNU RC, cuz I love backcountry and want to start park (yay!).

So, before this one I used Burton Blunt 155, now I can't decide if I need 154,5 or 151,5 board. I mean it's magnetraction (so -3cm), but I don't want to lose speed.

Which one is ok for me?

And is it true that GNU RC is heavy and not that easy to pop?

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i don't recall this board being particularly heavy. It may be heavier than average but I would not say "really heavy". IMO the pop on the Riders Choice was really good.

Probably not the best board for riding park, I would look for something a little softer probably, but for the rest of the mountain, groomers or pow, it will be pretty solid, one of my favorite Mervin boards. Here mine & Leo's review of the 2013 Riders Choice.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i don't recall this board being particularly heavy. It may be heavier than average but I would not say "really heavy". IMO the pop on the Riders Choice was really good.

Probably not the best board for riding park, I would look for something a little softer probably, but for the rest of the mountain, groomers or pow, it will be pretty solid, one of my favorite Mervin boards. Here mine & Leo's review of the 2013 Riders Choice.
Thanks! What about "something a little softer", is there a name under it ? I'd like to compare, if you have somth on the top of your mind.

And what about size, any advice?
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I mean it's magnetraction (so -3cm), but I don't want to lose speed.
Never heard that Magnetraction has much of an influence on what board size is appropriate...
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pretty sure he just means the c2btx
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Id stick with the 154 size, I don't downsize. The riders choice is a good all around board. Rode a rc skate banan and lando pheniox all in one day. The riders choice was in the middle when it came to stiffness, but was more forgiving and playful than the pheniox. Pop was good, the board carves turns a lot better than most park boards.
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pretty sure he just means the c2btx
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Id stick with the 154 size, I don't downsize. The riders choice is a good all around board. Rode a rc skate banan and lando pheniox all in one day. The riders choice was in the middle when it came to stiffness, but was more forgiving and playful than the pheniox. Pop was good, the board carves turns a lot better than most park boards.
Thanks! What about weight? Was it like above average? which board did you ride, 11/12 ? And if not this board, which would you recommend ?
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it was a 10/11 riders choice and skate banana, and a 11/12 lando. board weight has never meant much to me i regularly ride boards between 150 and 165, and they all seem pretty close. light boots are nice when you are hiking a lot.

we were freesnowboarding all day, and the rider choice didnt disappoint in any manor. i like btx better than c2, its just a looser ride. i would love to ride an attack bannan as the ec2 is supposed to be between c2 and btx.
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Thanks! What about "something a little softer", is there a name under it ? I'd like to compare, if you have somth on the top of your mind.

And what about size, any advice?
If the smaller size RC really is like a 5 or 5.5 flex then maybe it's not as stiff as I seem to remember (the 157.5 felt stiffer than "6" in my opinion). Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a plank or anything but definitely stiffer than most people would care for in a freestyle/park board. There are few boards out there that are legitimately quiver killers and will perform awesome in the park, on the groomers and in the pow, so whatever board you go with you're likely have to make some sacrifice in one of those areas. With the R/C the playfulness seemed more likely on natural terrain and jumps so don't expect to be doing "Masters of Ground" type maneuvers or boardslide changeups but if you're looking to start on jumps, basic boxes and beginner rails, without committing to a lot of advanced rail maneuvers the RC will do most of what you want.

size 154 is probably what all the charts will recommend for you, but ultimately that comes down to personal preference. most people are OK riding 2-3cm shorter than normal on any reverse/hybrid camber board compared to regular camber.

If you're looking to make this an all purpose board I wouldn't downsize too much or even at all. if you're looking for a board to ride primarily in the park I'd get something else, and would most likely drop to around 151-152
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walove, david_z - thanks guys! Thats very helpful.

Why manufacterers don't publish weight? I mean, I want to compare Lib Tech TRS 154 and GNU RC 154.5, but no info is available (I wrote an e-mail, hope they'll answer it). I don't want to lose in playfullness to much, and weight as well as stiffness is crucial here.
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