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Bear42 10-08-2012 08:25 AM

New board short list: Help a brother out
 
A little background info: I'm 6'2", weigh about 205 lbs, and wear size 12 boots. I ride in the Midwest so I'm mostly concerned with park and groomer performance. Consider myself an intermediate park rider and looking to improve.

I've done a lot of research on boards for the upcoming season and have decided that I definitely want something with an alternative camber profile and more freestyle focused. These are the boards I've narrowed it down to; NS Revolver 158, Arbor Blacklist 157, Rome Mod Rocker Wide 158, NS Proto CTX 158, and the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro 157.

It's important to me that whichever board I get is playful enough to progress with in the park but isn't too soft to take on the big features. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and additional suggestions are more than welcome.

syphabiscuit 10-08-2012 04:56 PM

Blacklist I'd say. Could go longer at your weight if the option was there - for groomer performance. Pretty sure you'd still be on a very fun and easy manipulatable board at 160cm, but then stay 157 if you will be in the park a LOT. I have the Proto 157 (size 8 feet) 175lbs and love the absolute shit out of it but I hear the CTX is a little slow edge to edge and I've not heard that about the blacklist. I don't think the Travis Rice would be a great deal of fun in the park....

Bear42 10-08-2012 07:35 PM

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Originally Posted by syphabiscuit (Post 524469)
Blacklist I'd say. Could go longer at your weight if the option was there - for groomer performance. Pretty sure you'd still be on a very fun and easy manipulatable board at 160cm, but then stay 157 if you will be in the park a LOT. I have the Proto 157 (size 8 feet) 175lbs and love the absolute shit out of it but I hear the CTX is a little slow edge to edge and I've not heard that about the blacklist. I don't think the Travis Rice would be a great deal of fun in the park....

Thanks for the input. How do you like your proto for handling rails and smaller features? I know it'll slay the big stuff, I'm just a little worried it'll be too much board for the smaller terrain parks more typical of the Midwest.

jdang307 10-08-2012 08:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Bear42 (Post 524524)
Thanks for the input. How do you like your proto for handling rails and smaller features? I know it'll slay the big stuff, I'm just a little worried it'll be too much board for the smaller terrain parks more typical of the Midwest.





I think it should be fine.

Don't forget the Arbor Coda

Bear42 10-08-2012 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by jdang307 (Post 524551)
I think it should be fine.

Don't forget the Arbor Coda

Sweet vids. That's exactly the kind of stuff I was talking about. For a second there I was leaning towards the Blacklist but I'm still undecided, I think it would be a good flex for me but I prefer the camber profile of the NS. The only reason I say that is because I've talked to a lot of riders who experienced too much washout with pure reverse cambers and a little more difficulty stomping bigger landings. If I got a 160 Revolver instead of a 158 Proto CTX would the added board of the 160 take away some of the noodle in the Revolver and give them comparable flexes?
I looked into the Coda and saw it's a directional board whereas I'm more interseted in more of a true twin.

Nivek 10-09-2012 01:06 AM

Blacklist, but get the 160. You won't get enough meat out of it in the 57 to be comfortable on any jumps bigger than 25ft. It will still be plenty playful and jibbable.

D1CKER1 10-09-2012 06:44 AM

What difference would the directional twin make on the coda?

Basti 10-09-2012 07:11 AM

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Originally Posted by D1CKER1 (Post 524645)
What difference would the directional twin make on the coda?

Softer nose / stiffer tail = a little less performance riding switch. Not too dramatic but for a park focussed person I'd also recommend the Blacklist.

Bear42 10-09-2012 09:11 AM

So, I just found an Arbor Blacklist 2012 available in both 157 and 160 for about $100 less than the 2013 model that is pretty much the same board but with a slightly downgraded base. (Sintered vs extruded). I have to buy it right? In 160 that is. Have a little somethin left over for some new bindings...

Basti 10-09-2012 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Bear42 (Post 524674)
So, I just found an Arbor Blacklist 2012 available in both 157 and 160 for about $100 less than the 2013 model that is pretty much the same board but with a slightly downgraded base. (Sintered vs extruded). I have to buy it right? In 160 that is. Have a little somethin left over for some new bindings...

Definitely. Get the 160. You'll love it.


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