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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-10-2012, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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My Next Board?

I have been snowboarding for about two years now. I Live in the Midwest and have been riding a 156 Forum Image. This year I decided to get new boots and bindings and figured why not get a new board because I have been getting more and more serious in park riding (from jibs, boxes to jumps and big jumps).

So far I have looked at the Libtech Skate banana BTX, Forum Youngblood, Gnu Park Pickle, Capita StairMaster, and a few others like the k2 parkstar. I am 5'11" and 145 so I am planning on going down to a smaller board like a 152. I ride in the mid west so there is a lot of ice and rough conditions to ride in. I do hit jumps and jibs so I don't want to get to flexy of a board but not to stiff to wear jibbing is not fun. I have been leening towards the Skate Banana due to the all aroundness and the magne traction. I was just wanting to see others opinions on what would suit me after I've done a lot of research.

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I would rather ride an Arbor Westmark, Flow Era, Salomon Drift Rocker or Villain. All are cheaper than a Banana, and ride as good or better depending on who you ask. If you ask me they all ride BETTER than BTX.

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Bump. Thanks Nivek I have really been taking your advice into consideration. Anyone else have any opinions?
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I don't have any experience with some of those boards that you mentioned, but I do own a 2011 K2 Parkstar. I live and ride in Minnesota so I know what you mean about riding in a lot of ice, especially last year. The edgehold on this board is great! You shouldn't need the magnetraction. I've never experienced any slippage on a hard carve, so far at least. The board is nice because it is flatline between the bindings which gives it great stability on jumps and response for turns and then it's rockered outside the bindings which makes it easy to press/butter. The base is sintered as well which makes it really fast. Again, I don't have a ton to compare it to but I love my board and would definitely recommend a Parkstar to anyone else!
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