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Old 03-05-2013, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, i think this is my first post but I visit this site when I see new gear/boards/etc...
With all the discounts that are going on at the shops I'm looking at maybe getting a new board. Here's my thing: I'm an old guy, been riding since 91 or 92 (I told ya I was old), mostly just cruise around on/off piste, can handle about any snow/terrain/wx, etc: of course I prefer fresh. I got lots of back/slack/side/up/down country experience but most of my time is resort riding these days. I ride in the Great Pacific Northwest
I'm about 200 lbs with all my stuff on, got size 11 boots, sometimes wear 11.5 (never had any problems with overhang as I use bindings that can be centered always).
I currently ride a 2010 157W Lib Lando and a 2007 164.5 Lib Trice. The 64 is the last year that wasnt a banana and I like it. The Lando is pure rocker and can be squirrly! I ride with Union products, usually SLs, Contact Pros, but also have some B Cartels. I ride some punched out (from sledding), highly modded DC Boas and some B Rider/DriverX boots.
Been looking at getting a new shape and smaller board. The boards that are available right now in the area are and what I'm looking at are:
Skunk Ape 157
Skunk Ape 1 HP 161 ($ ouch!)
Billy Goat 159 or 162

I'm not as brand loyal to Mervin as u might think I'm just used to buying and riding their stuff.

WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK?
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Hi all, i think this is my first post but I visit this site when I see new gear/boards/etc...
With all the discounts that are going on at the shops I'm looking at maybe getting a new board. Here's my thing: I'm an old guy, been riding since 91 or 92 (I told ya I was old), mostly just cruise around on/off piste, can handle about any snow/terrain/wx, etc: of course I prefer fresh. I got lots of back/slack/side/up/down country experience but most of my time is resort riding these days. I ride in the Great Pacific Northwest
I'm about 200 lbs with all my stuff on, got size 11 boots, sometimes wear 11.5 (never had any problems with overhang as I use bindings that can be centered always).
I currently ride a 2010 157W Lib Lando and a 2007 164.5 Lib Trice. The 64 is the last year that wasnt a banana and I like it. The Lando is pure rocker and can be squirrly! I ride with Union products, usually SLs, Contact Pros, but also have some B Cartels. I ride some punched out (from sledding), highly modded DC Boas and some B Rider/DriverX boots.
Been looking at getting a new shape and smaller board. The boards that are available right now in the area are and what I'm looking at are:
Skunk Ape 157
Skunk Ape 1 HP 161 ($ ouch!)
Billy Goat 159 or 162

I'm not as brand loyal to Mervin as u might think I'm just used to buying and riding their stuff.

WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK?
Skunk Ape is pure porno already, the next step will be prostitution. So just stay with the skunk ape. Although it is a wide board for size 11, u already rocking lando so this should not be a prob for you. 157 is on the edge for 200lbs but u are okay
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Neither of your choices are particularly good given your foot size. The bg is to narrow and the ape is a little to wide. A midwide board like the rice will probably a better fit. It seems like everyone has a rice these days, there are other midwides out there too
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HP ($ ouch!)

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Think of it like this you can get the Horsepower now for the same price or less than the non-horsepower board at the beginning of the season.

I just bought a Birdman 170 today for less than I paid for my Attack Banana in September.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I hear ya on that HP stuff.... Its really luring me in.... Going riding Thursday, do some more thinking, maybe hit some shops after shredding and see whats up.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Saw a Jamie Lynn Phoenix Classic 160 today when I was riding. Came home and did a little research on this stick: That C3 Camber Dominant sounds intertesting? Anybody have any thoughts?
I saw a 165 Billy Goat and a 165 Black Snowboard of Death at the shop at the Base Area at the mountain: Both of the those are very nice boards. After putting my boot on the BG I would get one smaller then a 162.
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