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NorskRider 10-23-2012 12:36 PM

Jones Hovercraft -156 or 160
 
I have decided I need a Hovercraft this year and see it now comes in a 160 as well as the 156. I weigh in at about 85kg (185lbs) 6' and am used to a longer board. I have been using a Nitro Team GW 162 as my all mountain board, and a Lib Tech TRS 157 for groomers.
Everything I read says that the 156 Hovercraft rides like a 170, and if this is really the case the added manoeuvrability of the smaller size makes this an awesome package. I am just slightly worried that the 156 might be a little short on thge bigger stuff. On the flipside if I go for a 160, I would lose the benefit of the 156 in the tight stuff for a bit more float. In all honesty if I was convinced that the 156 would float well enough for me it would be fairly easy.
Anyone any ideas?

linvillegorge 10-23-2012 12:42 PM

Where do you ride? I mean, if you're seeing lots of 3'+ days, I'd go 160. If not, the 156 would probably do just fine.

KIRKRIDER 10-23-2012 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NorskRider (Post 530156)
I have decided I need a Hovercraft this year and see it now comes in a 160 as well as the 156. I weigh in at about 85kg (185lbs) 6' and am used to a longer board. I have been using a Nitro Team GW 162 as my all mountain board, and a Lib Tech TRS 157 for groomers.
Everything I read says that the 156 Hovercraft rides like a 170, and if this is really the case the added manoeuvrability of the smaller size makes this an awesome package. I am just slightly worried that the 156 might be a little short on thge bigger stuff. On the flipside if I go for a 160, I would lose the benefit of the 156 in the tight stuff for a bit more float. In all honesty if I was convinced that the 156 would float well enough for me it would be fairly easy.
Anyone any ideas?


Waist is huge... the A-Frame is a 158, the Hovy 156. Can't wait to float.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8312/8...3768fde072.jpg

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ARSENALFAN 11-08-2012 12:07 AM

I am going to buy one of these puppies. What is the verdict. I am the same size as the original poster approx 6 feet and 175 pounds. which size hovercraft should I go for fellas?????

Nivek 11-08-2012 12:29 AM

156. No tail and wide as shit. Get nimble wid it

lonerider 11-08-2012 01:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NorskRider (Post 530156)
I have decided I need a Hovercraft this year and see it now comes in a 160 as well as the 156. I weigh in at about 85kg (185lbs) 6' and am used to a longer board. I have been using a Nitro Team GW 162 as my all mountain board, and a Lib Tech TRS 157 for groomers.
Everything I read says that the 156 Hovercraft rides like a 170, and if this is really the case the added manoeuvrability of the smaller size makes this an awesome package. I am just slightly worried that the 156 might be a little short on thge bigger stuff. On the flipside if I go for a 160, I would lose the benefit of the 156 in the tight stuff for a bit more float. In all honesty if I was convinced that the 156 would float well enough for me it would be fairly easy.
Anyone any ideas?

If you have read any of my post, you know I typically suggest longer boards than most people - however in this case I suggest the 156. From what I've ride the Hovercraft is wide (slower edge to edge), stiff with a super shallow sidecut at 9.3m for the 156 (doesn't like to make tight turns). All of that says a 160 is not going to be very maneuverable (again I almost never say this about boards... even the Rad Air Tanker 172cm I used to ride).

If you go to the Jone website... you will see that even the 152 is rated up to 220 lbs, so I think you'll be fine on the 156.

ARSENALFAN 11-08-2012 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by lonerider (Post 535961)
If you have read any of my post, you know I typically suggest longer boards than most people - however in this case I suggest the 156. From what I've ride the Hovercraft is wide (slower edge to edge), stiff with a super shallow sidecut at 9.3m for the 156 (doesn't like to make tight turns). All of that says a 160 is not going to be very maneuverable (again I almost never say this about boards... even the Rad Air Tanker 172cm I used to ride).

If you go to the Jone website... you will see that even the 152 is rated up to 220 lbs, so I think you'll be fine on the 156.

Right on guys/gals! Cheers to you!!

shralp 11-08-2012 09:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lonerider (Post 535961)
If you have read any of my post, you know I typically suggest longer boards than most people - however in this case I suggest the 156. From what I've ride the Hovercraft is wide (slower edge to edge), stiff with a super shallow sidecut at 9.3m for the 156 (doesn't like to make tight turns). All of that says a 160 is not going to be very maneuverable (again I almost never say this about boards... even the Rad Air Tanker 172cm I used to ride).

If you go to the Jone website... you will see that even the 152 is rated up to 220 lbs, so I think you'll be fine on the 156.

The board has some taper (10-15 mm IIRC), that is going to help it feel faster edge to edge, plus you'll be riding poder on it. I don't care for wide boards on groomers (I have a size 9 boot), but they are great in poder.

Triple8Sol 11-09-2012 04:29 PM

Now that Jones is on their...what, 3rd year? I'm still bummed to see they haven't come out with something in between like a 158.

shralp 11-09-2012 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Triple8Sol (Post 537108)
Now that Jones is on their...what, 3rd year? I'm still bummed to see they haven't come out with something in between like a 158.

The difference between a 56 and 60 is pretty minimal really.


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