okey... the demo day was a mix of interesting, disillusioning, disappointing and funny.
I supposed I was well prepared and had my list of boards I wanted to demo, just to receive the same reply at every tent: oh, would be a nice board, but we don't have it here:
No Burner, Dark Series, Hot Knife, Billy Goat, Anthem, Gold, BSOD
. Of the ones in stock, sizes were either too small or too large: the woman's were <149, the men's mostly >158.
Demoed on good groomer conditions on the same blacks in this order:
1) Salomon Idol
. The ca149 was the largest. Was irritated by it's weight: it was thus light. Almost as if there's nothing under your feet. After riding rather larg heavy boards I wasn't sure, if I liked that or not
Was a nice ride, didn't recognize that much pop though, but an OK carver and surprisingly stable at high speeds. But I for sure would need to try a larger one to get a proper idea of the board.
2) Salomon Sick Stick.
I actually asked for the Burner, but since this one is discontinued in 2014, the dude gave me the Sick Stick as an "appropriate alternative". Bah! The ca159 was stable at higher speeds, but to carve with this board is no fun. I began to seriously doubt if the tent dudes actually knew their boards at all.
3) NS SL
the ca160 was the smallest one. Was an overall ok, nice to carve, but not as good as the Raptor. Felt a bit coarse but then the 160 was a bit wide for my small feet. So no idea of this board either.
4) NS Raven
(the 2014 replacement of Lotus). They only had a very tiny one, ca145. Told the dude that this is far to small for me, he insisted on it being ok, cause of my weight. Great. I even had to change my hind 0 angle to +15 to fit my boot on this tiny board. Hell, this was the most awful ride I had this day. It was almost as if the board was afraid of me. Real carving was impossible, landed on my ass twice trying. The edge wasn't able to handle my pressure and I was not able to impact less pressure. Ended up cruising. To be fair: the board might be nice, if it would have been 10cm longer. It had the sort of softness/dampness I was looking for but the tiny one was just dull.
5) Ride Highlife.
aaaaah... after the Raven letdown, this 155 was heaven! The Ride dude was more than reluctant to give me this stiffy, but I insisted and it was the best ride that day
high speed bomber, high speed carver, pretty stiff, but def. damper than the Flagship. Loved to lay it flat, had to impact less force than on the Flagship to get better/deeper carves. Could be an option... though it's pretty similar to the Flagship
6) Rome Agent.
the 156 trad. camber one. Hmmm... it's an ok carver, not super stable but ok at higher speeds. I heavily failed when tried ride switch on the Flagship (never tried it before, been a forward oriented rider so far and was struggling like 1st day rider to do proper turns
), but tried on the Agent anyway, and I felt surprising comfortable, was able to do several turns immediately; rotating (don't know how it's called when you spin with the board on the snow again and again, like a screw..?) was very easy on both sides (for me very strenuous backside on the Flagship). So although this board was nothing impressive on the carving aspect, it nonetheless might fit for fulfilling the playfulness part.
All in all, I learned that even at big demo days, the selection of boards/sizes is small, that I de facto seem have a knack for stiff men's boards, that I can't (and I mean not. able. to.) ride short woman's boards - and I still have no clue, which board I should order
Edit: BTW. While I was demoing, my husband took my Flagship. His comments: wow, you were right, this board is very stiff. But it's awesome! I bet, I could hit 85 with it. I'll gonna get a 164!
Was very interesting for me to whatch him riding this board... I got an idea of what would actually be possible to do with it. He made "C"s so deep, I'll never be able to do.
Another BTW. Me back on the Flagship for the last run on black I just felt home. Wondered, why on earth I ever wanted to get another one. So stable, straight and responsive. But when entering the chopped up reds, I remembered quickly