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JHeagz 11-11-2012 07:41 PM

NS Premier F1 vs Raptor vs Cobra
I'm in the market for a more directional, powder friendly board to take out on those days w/ a little more of the good stuff. Looking to pair it w/ my Trice for the time being, but I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up becoming my main stick unless there is no good snow and I'll just be charging groomers. I am considering the Yes-PYL, but getting a little impatient w/ the fact that I can't find the board anywhere. Also everyone on here seems to rave about NS boards, so I'm doing a little more research. I'm not looking to take this board into the park at all, I do mostly steeps, side/backcountry when the conditions warrant. I'm an advanced rider, 195 lbs, size 10 boot. Trying to determine which of the NS boards would suit my purposes best.

snowklinger 11-11-2012 07:57 PM

Raptor or Cobra because they are both alot cooler in tech, rideability and overall presentation to the Premier IMHO.

Raptor-stiff, big, charging, better on groomers

Cobra - not stiff, directional freestyle pow deck.

JHeagz 11-12-2012 08:15 AM

I'm reading a bunch of descriptions of the Raptor and having a hard time figuring out the true personality of the board. Seems like it's mostly meant for carving and charging down the hard pack, but there are various references to float in powder. These aren't generally things I typically associate with one another. Given that I already have the Trice it seems like these would be competing decks rather than complimentary. Sucks, b/c it's a pretty bad ass board and I'm a fan of the stealth look.

Can anyone who's ridden the Cobra speak to how if holds up in Pow vs like a Yes-PYL, Burton-Sherlock, K2-UltraDeam or other directional powder friendly boards? Could also throw the Heritage into the mix.

Too many good boards out there and I want them all!!!!!

jchaison 11-12-2012 11:07 AM

I'm also looking at boards (Heritage and Cobra, amongst others) and I emailed the guys at NS. They were very responsive (replied within an hour or so) and were very helpful at narrowing things down. You can always try that route if you are pretty sold on NS...

I'm not exactly a "charger", but I'm never in the park and don't ride switch (unless in a sticky situation). Lots of groomers and glades...trying to find a more pow friendly board myself. Sounded like the Heritage and Cobra were better fits for me (the NS guys suggested the Cobra for the heavier snow up in the Cascades vs. the guy at the local shop suggested the Heritage since it is true directional and not that much more stiff than the Cobra).

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