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Old 08-31-2012, 10:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Haven't found a thread on this so i might as well start one. Both boards are generally the same with reverse camber and some sort of edge technology(griptech on arbor and mtx on the banana) and seem to be park boards that do well overall. My last board being the banana, im curious to see how the arbor compares.
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Haven't found a thread on this so i might as well start one. Both boards are generally the same with reverse camber and some sort of edge technology(griptech on arbor and mtx on the banana) and seem to be park boards that do well overall. My last board being the banana, im curious to see how the arbor compares.
I'm replacing my banana with a Westmark, this year. I demo'd a draft but way to soft for me so the westmark was a good choice.
I am worried about durability though. I rode the demo board and stayed out of the park. It did take some damage and I have read heard this. I bought it anyway and will see first hand over the entire season. I am looking forward to riding it, and I love my SB
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ya my banana didn't hold up well, i clipped a rail in the park with the nose and a big chunk of the base peeled off, was an easy fix, but i would've liked it if the board had edges on the tip/tail. im getting the blacklist to replace my banana this year.
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Not even a contest. Blacklist hands down. Griptech is miles better than MTX. And reverse camber is better than center rocker.
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Not even a contest. Blacklist hands down. Griptech is miles better than MTX. And reverse camber is better than center rocker.
Just goes to show how people are different - just the opposite for me on all aspects.
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MTX grips in numerous spots Griptech allows you to steer right under foot. It's a whole different control issue, in my opinion I hate Mervins MTX it grips too much and doesn't disengage as others do. Also the boards are built entirely different one has a wet lay up which adds weight and from my experiences decambers and loses pop a lot easier. Also the Blacklist has more snap in it to begin with. I'm a huge fan of the Blacklist it's just a better ride all over.
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ya it kinda makes no sense that mtx is in the middle of the board when the direct force of your weight is right below your feet. griptech seems more logical
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ya it kinda makes no sense that mtx is in the middle of the board when the direct force of your weight is right below your feet. griptech seems more logical
Erm no. Magnetraction is along most of the effective edge, not just in the middle of the board. Like most other edge technologies (Variogrip, QuickRip, etc.) it essentially works by creating additional contact points, so that at least some of them engage all/most of the time.
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personally i think the best edge technology would be a serrated edge, but it would obviously be very dangerous for the people around you if you rode with a serrated edge.
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Actually YES does this. Its garbage. Does nothing but make thin spots on the edge.

Yes MTX is on the whole effective edge, the point being that along with being under foot, its ALSO between the feet. You don't need grip between the feet AND under foot. Pick one.
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