Choosing Freeride Board
I was thinking about getting a new board but im a little bit lost i hope you can help me.
I want it especially for freeriding and piste. Even if sometimes i try some natural jumps or tricks, what i usually do
is practicing carving when im in the piste, or going off-piste everytime i can.
I would spend 300€ maximum, if you know any site where i can find discounted boards, i dont mind if its from another
Ive read that the best for this is a directional board, well, but the problem is I dont know if traditional camber,
flat, or reverse camber (banana). Ive been told everybody tend to go for the reverse camber nowadays, but it looks
to me that traditional cambered boards would respond better for carving and freeriding.
Could you give me some advices of this and tell me any board that would be ok for me?
Ive been looking for a Bataleon Omni, and Ive found a discounted K2 Podium for 299€ (original prize 475€)
or a Jones Mountain Twin for 329€ in a shop here, for example.
Thanks in advance! and im sorry for my english
Where do you ride? What boards did you have so far?
My resort riding concentrates on carving and off-piste pow as well and I prefer camber hybrid boards (other names for them are RCR or camrock) with camber between feet, but early rocker in the nose allows for good float in pow.
I tried a CRC = rocker between feet (NS Raptor), which was surprisingly fun to carve, but I didn't like the wiggly feel of it while going straight line. Been told here that this will be the case for all CRC. Husband (by far the more experienced rider) owns this board and doesn't care. So it's really a personal thing... Have you ridden boards with rocker between the feet? If not, do you have the opportunity to demo such boards to find out if it's for you?
Unfortunately i havent got the chance to test anything other than my ancient cambered (or what it used to be camber, its flaccid now) Lib Tech, and i think im not going to have because i dont know how.
Freeriding and off-piste is what i like the most, when conditions are good i try to go to Pyrenees to do it all day, but I usually ride in a cheap spanish resort where i go for practicing 40% carving in groomers, 45% off-piste (all snow conditions), 15% tricks in natural features (jumps, grabs...).
After all, i dont get more than 4 really deep pow days in each season (I can go snowboarding 15 days more or less per season), thats why i want a board that works in all conditions.
Would the Jones Mountain Twin be a good choice? It has the Rocker Camber Rocker CamRock that you mean, but i dont know if it will work well at carving, cause people say you barely notice the camber between the bindings.
I'd agree with neni's suggestion of a Camrock board for your type of riding.
Rossignol Experience comes to mind as an option.
Rossignol XV Magtek is another good choice but it's a new board I believe and likely to be out of your budget.
Also have a look at the Yes Pick Your Line. Same camrock profile from a different company.
The boards of this shape I've tried and liked for carving (Volkl Coal, Ride Highlife, Jones Flagship) are not very suitable for all day riding, meaning, they are great on good groomers, but a rather harsh ride in the afternoon when skiers ruined the groomers and moguls n crud show up. I guess you search for a good do-it-all-day-in-all-conditions tradeoff board?
I've recently asked for freeride boards with good carving capabilities over here: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...ide-board.html; some "exotic" Europen boards were suggested, maybe you'll find some ideas that appeal to you for further research.
Normally I'd say, buy local, but I guess, you don't have too many shops close by... As for online retailers in Spain, look at Blue Tomato
I got the Cobra last year and had the time of my life. Was able to ride some runs I had no business trying but my board gave me alot of confidence.
Since you asked about the Jones Mountain Twin I'll chime in here.
Unlike others on this forum I only talk about boards I have actually owned. I don't feel that 1 or 2 days on a demo will really give anyone enough experience to have a valid input. Especially across varying conditions.
This really isn't my favorite powder board. It does well for being a twin and I sized up a little to a 157 so the extra length helps. I still prefer my hovercraft split over anything else on deep days.
I wouldn't choose it over a Custom X or a Jones Flagship. I feel like it is a touch too soft to really put the power down. It does handle speed pretty well. In the chop it isn't quite as easy to just plow through things. However, for what it lacks in precision it makes up for in playfulness. You might not be as fast as your friends on true freeride boards but I guarantee you'll have a blast.
This is where the board shines. Want to go fast? sure. What to jump off a small feature? ok! Want to hit the park on the way back to the chair? Lets do it! Want to ride switch and butter? No problem. Pretty much anything you can do in-bounds this board will handle with no problem.
I actually think the MT is one of my favorite pipe boards all time. It climbs walls like nobody's business and the pop is so much fun. Almost feels like easy mode.
I don't think this is a great park board. It has enough pop and depending on length will do fine on larger jumps. However, it isn't as forgiving as a softer board. So if your idea of a park run is "something to do before I get on the chair" then you'll be fine. If you want to lap park all day I would look elsewhere.
Not my thing but I imagine this wouldn't be the best option.
David - After reading your post, a board comes to mind.
The Forum Destroyer Double-Dog - last season or this season (does not matter)
It has a blend of rocker and camber and I think, for what you are planning on doing, this would be a great fit for you. I roamed all over the mountain with the destroyer and did not feel there was an area that it got shaky in. Pretty powerful board, but enough flex to make it playful on certain parts of the mountain. It is categorized as park/jumps, but trust me when I tell you, it is an all-mountain killer.
If you have anymore questions about it, feel free to shoot us a message. Good luck with your search!
By the way NS Raptor is great board for "ruined groomers" and moguls - I found it very fun on such terrain,
I have the board for 2 years and i I found it to be very vertisable and confortable for any conditions ride. And it is also decent carver.
A bit not very stable feel on flat base - is a lack of pactice. I felt the same way when I bought the board. Last winter I had ridden very fast on flat base - and I felt confident. You just need to press your front leg more on such profile.
ANYHOW, I'd second a CamRock or RCR board for sure. I have a few of the camrock YES boards and they are really solid. Everyone I know with a Jones loves them. hopefully you can demo a few before you buy one....
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