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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 10:57 PM
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It's my all mountain stick... Love it. Especially if you're a groomer whore.
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Hi guys-- I ended up pulling the trigger on a Raptor 159 over the weekend. Was still pretty torn, but got a deal too good to pass up.

Took it out at Smuggs, VT on Saturday. First impressions, the thing absolutely bombs. I couldn't believe how fast it went and how controlled I felt on it at high speeds. It also had some nice pop for straight airs and I had no problem whipping it around through the trees and moguls. And from the few fresh turns I got, it felt unbelievable.

To be fair, I'm sure any board I got would have felt great coming from an '04 Nitro Shogun 161, but I'm stoked on it so far. I'm headed out to Colorado on Thursday, so I'm itching to test it out on some bigger mountains.

The next question for me, is what bindings do I get for it? ..Planning on holding out a bit for some end of the year deals...
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I've been tempted to try diodes on mine, but can't spend the cash. Good alternative... Rome arsenals. Team up great on the Raptor. Good stiff binding and great customer support.
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agree on stiff bindings

i user this years cartel but felt too soft

also used now ipo although still kinda soft but kingpin makes up nicely

will try my c60 sometimes
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try getting mid-stiff bindings.. i use the 2012 contact pro's on my cobra and it feels perfect.. but i'm selling the cobra to upgrade to the Raptor, so i'll let you know how that feels whenever that happens


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Hi guys-- I ended up pulling the trigger on a Raptor 159 over the weekend. Was still pretty torn, but got a deal too good to pass up.

Took it out at Smuggs, VT on Saturday. First impressions, the thing absolutely bombs. I couldn't believe how fast it went and how controlled I felt on it at high speeds. It also had some nice pop for straight airs and I had no problem whipping it around through the trees and moguls. And from the few fresh turns I got, it felt unbelievable.

To be fair, I'm sure any board I got would have felt great coming from an '04 Nitro Shogun 161, but I'm stoked on it so far. I'm headed out to Colorado on Thursday, so I'm itching to test it out on some bigger mountains.

The next question for me, is what bindings do I get for it? ..Planning on holding out a bit for some end of the year deals...
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Hi guys-- I ended up pulling the trigger on a Raptor 159 over the weekend. Was still pretty torn, but got a deal too good to pass up.

Took it out at Smuggs, VT on Saturday. First impressions, the thing absolutely bombs. I couldn't believe how fast it went and how controlled I felt on it at high speeds. It also had some nice pop for straight airs and I had no problem whipping it around through the trees and moguls. And from the few fresh turns I got, it felt unbelievable.

To be fair, I'm sure any board I got would have felt great coming from an '04 Nitro Shogun 161, but I'm stoked on it so far. I'm headed out to Colorado on Thursday, so I'm itching to test it out on some bigger mountains.

The next question for me, is what bindings do I get for it? ..Planning on holding out a bit for some end of the year deals...
SWEET, LOVE THIS BOARD!!! I have Flow NXT-FSE's on mine and it's a good combo... whatever brand you get make sure it's the stiffest or near to it in that particular line.
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