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Old 01-07-2013, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

Im starting to look for my new board for the 2013 season.

I've currently got a 2011 GNU Carbon Credit 165w which has served me extremely well for my first ever board.

Im 6"6 currently around 290pounds but am hoping to loose 20-30 pounds before the winter and have a size 13 boot

I would consider myself an intermediate rider, potentially bordering on advanced this season. Im based in Australia but should see a week in Queenstown as well as 30-40 days at perisher here in AUS

I have heard very good things about the Lib Techs, specifically the T Rice and the Skunk Ape.

What would you guys recommend for me?
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Skunk Ape seems like it would be right up your alley. I haven't ridden one, but from the reviews it seems like it would be a good fit for you. It is Lib's board for bigger folks after all. The T-Rice is a mid wide so your foot will fit it for sure, but at your weight, it may feel a little softer than you might like.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So a while back I was talking to this shop kid about the T.Rice and he was all "Yeah, that thing is like, crazy stiff."
And I was like "Really? How stiff could it be?"
And he was all like, "Like, really, really stiff Bro."
So I bought one anyways.

Being a product of 90's snowboarding, I can tell you that it is no stiffer than any cambered boards from back in the day and probably softer than most of them.

Not sure why I am telling you all this wonderful story but I guess the moral is, listen to people but ultimately you have to make up your own mind and go with your gut.

I love that T.Rice board but hate the fact that I almost did not buy one because of someone else's input.

Conversely, my buddy has a Skunk Ape (Size 13's), same size 157, and HE loves his.
It's just that his, is not quite as fast as mine.
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Skunk Ape 169W. It also comes in a 165W but that seems too short for your weight. I got guys in my crew anywhere from 2-7" shorter than you, and 80-90lbs. lighter that ride 164-166 as an all mountain board.
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I have my mind pretty much set on the Skunk Ape now.

What would the difference be for me between a 165w and a 169w?
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I have my mind pretty much set on the Skunk Ape now.

What would the difference be for me between a 165w and a 169w?
About 4cm.
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I'd say Skunk Ape 165w.
But either is alright.
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Love my 09/10 T.Rice board
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Did you get the skunk ape 169 w? If so how does it feel. Being a big guy my self just trying to make decide my self.
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Did you get the skunk ape 169 w? If so how does it feel. Being a big guy my self just trying to make decide my self.
Hi Mate,

Being an Aussie I havent got the board yet. Looking to pick it up in the next couple of weeks. Im now probably leaning towards the 169w .

Either way I wont be able to get any runs under my belt until at least the start of june.
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