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Helping Friends Wife Buy Him a New Board Christmas - Thoughts on the Right Board?
Situation: My friend's wife emailed me yesterday asking me to help her buy him a new snowboard for Christmas. She wants to surprise him rather than give him a gift card at my favorite local shop to pick one out himself. She said she'd go up to $450 (originally said $300 before I told her that gets her crap if it's new).
The Rider: He has been snowboarding for about 14 years, but has only gone once or twice a year for the last several years. I'd call him a rusty intermediate. He just moved back to Seattle from Cali so I am trying to get him up to the hill more. His current board is a 2002-2003ish Lib Tech Emmegator 165. He's 6 foot and i'd guess about 180-185 so I think the board is too big and the camber doesn't help in the powder which he is not accustom to but will be riding if he rides with me.
The Board: I am thinking he needs an all-mountain board in the 158-159 range that has some type of rocker or rocker hybrid. He'll be mostly just cruising the mountain and hitting powder whenver its available. I'll be pushing him to hit natural jumps and drops once he gets more comfy.
For $450 or less after tax, I've come up with a few options.
GNU Carbon Credit
Capita Indor Survival (not sure his wife will like the graphics)
Thoughts on these options, or any other solid boards that I should consider?
skip the indoor...
raygun would be good. also the turbo dream (%500)
the nitro team gullwing could be an awesome board about ($479)
look at the ride machete as an option too. similar characteristics as the raygun.
Could be had for under $300 for last years model.
I like the Turbo Dream, but too much.
Funny thing about the Gullwing, he borrowed that from another friend of mine which sparked the conversation that led to his wife wanting to buy him a new board. Price is a little high, but maybe.
I did find a good price on the Machete, but the sizes were wrong. I'll keep looking.
I'm also considering the Slayblade? I found a good price on last year's model.
I've read good things about the board, but I am wondering if it may be too aggressive for his level/style.
Since he's an old school rider, stick to a brand he would know, local would be even better. Nothing too soft as he's prob used to riding long/wide/stiff cambered decks, but also not too stiff since he's a rusty intermediate. So maybe something like a Ride Machete, K2 Turbo Dream, Lib Phoenix (Lynn or Lando), Gnu RC.
Can't go wrong with a Flow Era or Drifter nice boards under your budget with alot of tech.
If u can find a last year NS SL or Heritage that would be nice too.
Agree with dropping the Crapita off the list.
Best thing would be to give him a gift card or find a shop with competent staff that will help him pick out the right board.
Think about it, if your friend and his wife bought you a brand new board without knowing your tastes and riding style you would be at the store exchanging it for something else pretty quick.
Thanks for all the thoughts on this guys.
My initial thought was to have him pick out the board himself with my help, but his wife really wanted to surprise him.
I ended up finding a 2012 K2 Lifelike for a really good deal so I had his wife pull the trigger. At $210 brand new, I figured we couldn't do much better, and he can return the board if he thinks he'd rather have something else. Plus, it was so cheap he will feel better about getting new bindings which I think he'll need.
I was leaning towards a 2013 Raygun until I found the deal on the lifelike.
I am hopeful that the flat camber will be real stable and allow him to progress while still being more floaty in powder than his old camber board.
Some good deals on last years Mod Rocker, Ride Machetes, K2 Slayblade and Rossi Jibsaw with 23% off on Evo.com ending today use code fruitcake. All decent to great freeride and jump boards in varying degrees.
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