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Old 10-18-2012, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I'm 2 seasons into riding and want to upgrade my board to a sweet intermediate/advanced one that I can keep progressing on for years to come. I ride most of the mountain except the park. Looking to do some jumps, drops, trees, and just general messing around and freestyle on both groomers and pow. The board that seems to fit the profile well is Arbor Coda, the reviews are great. However, it's a directional board, and I want to learn to ride switch. Will this be a problem? Should I be looking for true twin boards for that? All advice and board suggestions will be appreciated greatly.

Also, I'm about 5'7" 150 lb. Is 155 or so my board size?

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Old 10-18-2012, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Actually another question is... Should I have separate boards, one for packed groomers (Ontario hills usual conditions) and one for more powdery and bigger slopes (when I'm away in Alberta or BC)? If so, what boards would those be, providing both freestyle capability and edge control?

As a side note, I rode a skate banana once on groomers and hated it because the rocker gave me no edge control. I couldn't go fast and the board really tired me out.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's not very directional, you'll be fine. And it's a great choice.
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I guess I'm more worried about the grip.. Coda is a rocker after all, although it is designed with grip features.. Seeing how a lot of local Ontario riding is on packed groomers, I'm just wondering if it'll hold up. I've had much better experience with regular camber on groomers than the reverse. And I like to go fast.. At high speed, edge grip is everything. Thoughts?
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Better than a Banana. An Arbor Draft is more stable than a Banana. System rocker is just better than BTX.
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Thanks man. Would you recommend any other boards that fit my riding style and give me great grip on groomers but also do well in pow and are manueverable?
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Im from ontario also and dont worry, you'll be able to ride blue mountain no problem. Those gripTech edges are like daggers. the board is mega playful but very stable. I love it.
I have a Coda and I ride switch all the time. It's directional only in flex (for the most part) so there's no setback, leaving you pretty much centered on the board. Switch on the coda is butter.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've only just joined this place and already I know the NS Proto CT has to mentioned! Seems to be exactly what you're after.. Review here
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot guys, it's great help. Wonder how the heck to make this decision..
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Seems the Never Summer SL is a big all mountain favourite around here too. Probably more so geared towards riding fast than the Proto CL. I'm not sure how to do pros and cons between these boards for my riding style. I wonder how the SL is for switch..
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