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Old 12-15-2012, 03:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default NS SL vs Smokin Superpark

Which is better for me?

I'm a 1m72/68Kg intermediate. Park 20%, jibbing 20%, 30% groomers, 30% pow.

That's a quick estimating ofcourse, just to give you guys a general idea. I wanted a playful board that's flexible and light enough to make uop for my not-so-great freestyle/park skills and dito ground tricks. On a good pow season I try to ride as much pow as I can, but usually that 30% is as good as it gets. No real jumping worth mensioning, just small kickers, the occasional 180, etc...

I thought I found what I needed in the Smokin' superpark, as a slightly less pricey alternative for a libtech TRS...But the damn online shop send me the traditional camber version instead of the ctx version I ordered. So it's on it's way back, and I'm back to square one

I thought Never Summer, and even libtech, would be over my budget, but I just found a NS 153 SL online for not much more than what the Superpark would have cost me.

-The SL is one cm monger than the smokin' superpark, which I consider to be a VERY slight advantage considering my weight and love for pow
-The SL is slightly setback, which could also come in handy for the gnarly backcountry trip I'm planning
-Sick graphics. Simple, but cool imo. Superpark: Not so much

Anything else I'm overlooking in terms of specs/tech? I don't suppose any of the two stands out in terms of overal quality? Also: Magnatraction vs vario power grip?

Btw, If I manage to track down another Superpark CTX in the EU, it'll cost me at least as much as this SL I just spotted, so they should be around the same price point.

Thanks a lot.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They are both great boards. Which ever one you find first or at the right price is where I would go. I just love smokins warranty a little better. Bothe companies have excellent quality builds.....
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They are both great boards. Which ever one you find first or at the right price is where I would go. I just love smokins warranty a little better. Bothe companies have excellent quality builds.....
Thanks. I just figured the Never Summer is a tiny little bit more suited for all-mountain riding, pow, etc.

The Superpark is a true twin, so it might be a little bit easier to ride switch.

Other than that, both bords seem pretty equal in terms of tech/specs.

Not sure if Smokin's super duper warranty is worth much if you live in Europe and can't deal directly with the peeps at Smokin'.
NeverSummer's 3yr warranty isn't too shabby either, so...

Right now I can get a 2012 SL for less than what I can find a Superpark CTX in my size for. I'm gonna sleep on it, look around online for a while for the last time, and then I'll place my order for whichever cheapest hybrid camber board I can find that has some sort of magnetraction and fancy damping technology

Aside from these two boards and the Lib Tech TRS, I've been looking at the Forum Agent Rocker too btw, but it's not particularly cheaper as the options I'm looking at right now, so I'm not gonna complicate things even more

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Anything else I'm overlooking?
No, you've probably researched the fuckin thing to death if your threads are anything to go by! Make a decision.
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plus, how do you really know except the stuff the vendor says about it...
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No, you've probably researched the fuckin thing to death if your threads are anything to go by! Make a decision.
Hehe, touché
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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plus, how do you really know except the stuff the vendor says about it...
That's sorta the reason I visit this place from time to time. There's no way for me to actually try anything out for myself, sales talk and supposedly unbiased reviews are all I can go on

You're rid of me btw, I just pulled the trigger on the NS board.
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