||09-09-2012 04:50 PM
Originally Posted by roma
I'm looking for a snowboard and am currently considering either the GNU B-Nice or the Rome Lo-Fi. I am a beginner/intermediate looking for a board that I can progress with and do groomers/park. Is one brand better than the other? Which board would be a better choice? Would the banana rocker and magne-traction be a better bet for me as a beginner? I'm open to other board suggestions as well. Thanks!
I can not say enough good things about Flow's middle range freestyle board for someone learning. They are fully capable to keep up with someone who's been riding for 12 years, and that same technology makes them super easy to ride. Making them awesome choices for someone learning park, or just learning to ride.
Rocker between the feet for ease of turning, camber under foot for control, and between the feet the board is rolled edge to edge. With your contact pts picked up from the rocker, and then the rolled base between the feet, you really have to try to catch an edge. For grip they use a 5 radial sidecut. Tight, mellow, tight, mellow, tight. The mellow sections land right under foot and provide grip pts that when you press through those camber zone hold onto the snow very well. In my experience this sidecut is only outperformed by Arbors Griptech, and is on par with NeverSummers Variogrip. Personally I don't even like Magne, it bites too much for my liking.
The Velvet retails for $350. $50 less than the Gnu with more tech, and $100 less than the Lo-Fi. For the money its one of your best options.