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Old 03-26-2013, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been seriously snowboarding for two seasons now (around 20-25 days per season) and I think it's time for me to switch to a more advanced board.

I don't know much about boards, so I was hoping you guys could give some advice as to qualities I should look for in my next board.

I am currently using a 2012 Rossignol Taipan:
- Size: 156cm
- Shape: Directional Twin w/AmpTek All-Mountain Camber (60% rocker, 40% camber)
- Flex: 6/10

Pros:
- I can spin around with no problem.
- Easy to control when riding switch.

Cons:
- I'm quite a bit slower than my friends on shallow inclines.
- Board initiates turns when riding slow unless I keep my back leg very stiff.

I believe I need a longer board to alleviate my speed and turn issues.
I'm quite lost when it comes to the effects of camber and rocker.
As well, I don't know how flex affects riding.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how much do you weigh?
What's your shoe size?

rocker camber explanations:
http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...g-between.html
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Weight: 165 lbs
Height: 5'8"
Shoe size: 10 US

I'll check out those explanations, thanks.
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Okay, I've read the explanations but I'm still unclear on what the best profile is for me.
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I ride in powder, bomb down groomers, and have slowly started to hit jumps in the park.
I like to do little tricks (180s and 360s) off features as I ride down.
I like to ride switch on easier runs (for practice).

I guess that's classified as all mountain.

I do not hit rails, but I suppose that could change as my skill increases.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Okay, I've read the explanations but I'm still unclear on what the best profile is for me.
This is not going to be an answer that you like but, the truth is the best profile for you is whatever you like the best.
I like TBT the best (modified camber)
SnoWolf speaks very highly of CRC
Nivek tends to like camber in his suggestions
others love flat

It really all depends on how you like the board to feel and perform.
Demo's are your friend.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I ride in powder, bomb down groomers, and have slowly started to hit jumps in the park.
I like to do little tricks (180s and 360s) off features as I ride down.
I like to ride switch on easier runs (for practice).

I guess that's classified as all mountain.

I do not hit rails, but I suppose that could change as my skill increases.
What resort(s) do you ride at regularly? You sound like an all mountain rider, but board needs are vastly different between an all mountain rider in Whistler, vs an all mountain at Glen Eden in Toronto.
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@cav0011: I figured as much, I was just hoping there was an easier answer.
Do any of the profiles affect speed? As I mentioned, I'm having issues on shallow (near flat) inclines.

@poutanen: I normally ride Castle Mountain (Alberta), Lake Louise (Alberta), and Marmot Basin (Alberta).
And when I'm lucky enough Fernie (BC), Kicking Horse (BC), Panorama (BC), and Revelstoke (BC).

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@cav0011: I figured as much, I was just hoping there was an easier answer.
Do any of the profiles affect speed? As I mentioned, I'm having issues on shallow (near flat) inclines.
Speed in flats is a matter of good edging, a good wax job, and a good base (sintered is in most cases faster than extruded, but not always). It doesn't really have to do with the camber profile. The profile gets important when you want to carve fast and hard.
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@poutanen: I normally ride Castle Mountain (Alberta), Lake Louise (Alberta), and Marmot Basin (Alberta).
And when I'm lucky enough Fernie (BC), Kicking Horse (BC), Panorama (BC), and Revelstoke (BC).
Fair enough, some people say they ride in "powder" but live in an area where 2" of fresh is a "EPIC POW DAY!!!" lol

Just looked up the specs of your current board and it's really pretty decent for the type of riding and terrain you do. If you really want to upgrade I'd look for something with similar specs. Directional freeride, RCR profile, etc.

You're probably right about on for size, but I'm only slightly heavier than you and ride a 160 on the same mountains about 30+ days a year, although I do a lot of off-piste riding, so the length helps in the powder.

If your biggest problem with your board is speed on flats, and it wanting to turn on it's own. I agree with Basti in that it's more likely you just need more practice and/or a lesson or two. You've already got a sintered base. Do you tune it yourself, or get a shop to do it? How often?
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