Originally Posted by Unkept Porpoise
Camber under the feet definitely sounds good, that was my main concern with the hybrids, I think I will stick to reg camber or camber with rockered tips. Any boards with the rockered tips I should look into?
Many were mentioned already. RCR=camrock=camber hybrid=camber under feet with rocked tips. It's confusing I know
This sticky might help: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...g-between.html
. It'll get even more complicated... both my boards are e.g. at thegoodride under the category hybrid camber. But with the Ride Farah, the rocked nose lifts after
the bindings, with the Jones Flagship the nose already lifts right under
As for the reviews/recommendations and context... I guess we're all guilty of giving not enough background information
us amateurs as well as the pros. E.g. I think that you all are tired on reading my hymn on the Flagship again and again, thus I kept it short. Some of you pros are just mentioning some brands/models, cos you answer hundreds of board questions, but how should an OP know, that you're a capacity
OP, keep in mind that also ppl exist who recommend board without having ever ridden them, just cos they read about them...
K, I try to give a bit more flesh to the bone of my first post here. I got around 450 total days, most of them on trad. camber. I'm not an overly good rider, my confidence depends a lot on the board I'm strapped in. In a good year, I spend around 25% of the time in pow up to 40cm, ride steeps around 35-45°. If not in pow, I like to ride fast, straight line, high speed carves. That's what our boards are selected for. Husband has around 800total days, and surely is an expert in all the above riding aspects. He doesn't care too much on which board he rides, he charges with all of them. No expertise in board tech here! I thought I'm qualified to answer the OP cos he asked exactly about boards I've ridden and cos his riding style sounds rather similar to what we do.
Husband got this Raptor as an experiment, was the first non full camber. As I said, he thinks it's a pretty good all mountain board, but being "good" everywhere also means that it isn't specialized/excels in certain aspects. He thinks it's stable at high speed, but I think it isn't. Clearly the difference is not the board, but the riders skills
. What we in unison think: it's great for riding moguls cos it's soft (compared to what we ride elsewise) and very well dampened. It's great to carve, BUT it isn't as good as a Custom X or a Flagship (both with higher stiffness and camber between the feet, although my Flagship only has a micro-camber).
His conclusion for the Raptor after one season (40days): He'll buy a second board (yet to determine stiff camrock, has the Flagship in mind) for charging in the cold months when the groomers stay well the entire day, and keep the Raptor for the warmer days when the moguls/crud will appear. Again, not cos the Raptor isn't good, but cos it doesn't excel
in what's important for him.
Now my Flagship hymn
Amazing in pow! On groomers, it's a tank. It rides as fast as I dare without ever giving me a uncomfortable feeling (the unease at a certain speed comes from the speed itself, not from the board). It's amazingly stable, it's fast edge to edge, it does nothing you don't tell it and does exactly what you tell it within split seconds. Nothing wishy-washy. I like that and that's the reason I would buy it again, even if my skill level and stats are not exactly optimal for the board. I can't push the board as hard as it is built for. I can't pencil line carve it as husband can.
I can and did straight line the Raptor, but it didn't feel
comfortable/stable, cos it hasn't the locked in feeling of the Flagship. None of the other boards I've ridden has such a stable ride. Comparable, but not equal. BUT as I already mentioned... the Flagship also has it's draw backs
I am completely happy with riding it the entire day in the cold months, but for spring crud days I have a different board, not as stiff and better dampened.