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SGoldwin 01-16-2013 10:06 AM

Does it float?
At the end of this month the travel starts. From Sweden to Salt Lake City with our main purpose is to ride as much powder as we can in 8 days.
I am not really sure what to expect: 3 feet of pure untouched champagne powder or 4 inches of thick snow with lots of tracks.

But the question is "Do I have the proper gear?".
Since we seldom have dumps of snow back home I havn't tried my latest setup in deep snow.

My weight is 140 lbs and I am 5'7" tall.
- Nitro Team Gullwing, 157 with Burton Cartel bindings. My all mountain setup. Purchased last year.
- Salomon Drift Rocker, 148 with Salomon Rhythm. My park setup. Purchased this year.
My guess is I have to set my stance back one step or two, and perhaps lean back a bit.

What do you think: Will I float?

walove 01-16-2013 10:18 AM

At 140lbs your 157 will be fine in most conditions, if they really get 3 feet I would demo a pow board

SGoldwin 01-17-2013 01:26 AM


Originally Posted by walove (Post 589393)
At 140lbs your 157 will be fine in most conditions, if they really get 3 feet I would demo a pow board

Any suggestions on pow board?
Burton Fish is the only one that pops into my mind.

sixpoint 01-17-2013 07:00 AM

the smallest Capita Charlie comes to my mind in the event of huge accumulation

SGoldwin 01-17-2013 07:23 AM


Originally Posted by sixpoint (Post 593402)
the smallest Capita Charlie comes to my mind in the event of huge accumulation

Interesting. The Good ride gives it Excellent in Powder: Capita Charlie Slasher Snowboard Review | The Good RideThe Good Ride

But stiff on the flex scale. I understand what they say, but one of my previous board was a Custom X and I didn't like how stiff it was. And this one is even more.

extra0 01-17-2013 12:07 PM

maybe not the best voice on the subject, but I've ridden a lot of deep west coast powder and prefer a much stiffer board in those conditions. Stiff boards tend to power through if/when your nose get super buried...especially if the snow is turns out heavy.

jjz 01-17-2013 12:12 PM

i would think the nitro team gullwing with its hybrid rocker would be adequate without a set back up until like 6 - 8 inches, then set back for anything more, with a full set back for anything over like 1.5 feet.

Last year in march in park city i rode 2 - 3 feet of pow on a flat camber board with my bindings all the way set back and it was not as good as my bros rockered board but it was still a blast, even with bronchitis.

walove 01-17-2013 01:01 PM

Set back helps but riding real deep snow on a real pow board is just a different game. If you are renting at the mountain my guess they will only have a fish. If you are going to dig around there are lots of options in the market.

The charlie rides more like a freeride board with extra float. The flat profile makes it a little slow to turn but is super stable in all conditions. My pow board is a lib snowmullet and it turns you into a hero in the deep snow, yet is soft and jibby when you are riding around. I would love to try a lib birdman, neversummer summit, smokin pinner. Taper and rocker does work.

SGoldwin 01-17-2013 02:40 PM

Anyone tried the Salomon Sick Stick? A directional twin with centered stance!
Salomon Sick Stick Snowboard Review | The Good RideThe Good Ride

The data looks good.

Nivek 01-17-2013 08:01 PM

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Personally I think the Powder Snake is better than the Sickstick. Same shape, but a more traditional core and flex profile. Just more oomph in a slash or popping off pillows.

Your 157 Nitro is going to be more than fine for 140lbs. As long as you've got a decent grade to the mountain you're at even if it dumps 4 feet that board is enough. Keep some speed and you'll plain just fine.

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