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Old 10-10-2013, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was talking to a guy at a local shop last weekend and he was recommending the Hot Knife. There's some reviews out there on this board but not much...can anyone tell me about it?

I'm looking for a hard charging camber deck that can take on any conditions and won't get chattery in chunder or high speeds. I know that the HF is hybrid camber ( Camber - Rocker -Camber right?) and I'm wondering how this tech compares to conventional camber.

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I was talking to a guy at a local shop last weekend and he was recommending the Hot Knife. There's some reviews out there on this board but not much...can anyone tell me about it?

I'm looking for a hard charging camber deck that can take on any conditions and won't get chattery in chunder or high speeds. I know that the HF is hybrid camber ( Camber - Rocker -Camber right?) and I'm wondering how this tech compares to conventional camber.

Thanks!
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What?

I bought a Hot Knife in the offseason so I haven't ridden it yet.
The flex rating seems a little soft for this to be a hard charging board, but I will defer to anyone who has actually ridden it.

There are many hard charging cambered decks out there. I'd check out something like the Salomon XLT or maybe Rossignol's new XV.

Do you need a true twin (Hot Knife), or will a directional twin or directional suit you better?
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I'm actually looking forward to some reviews on this board. Sounds like it could be a really fun, mess around board. The flex rating is softer than a TRS, but has a more camber dominant profile. Sounds like it could get some use in the park.
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Sorry - meant "HK." Type-o.

I'll take a look at XLT and XV - thanks for the recs.

Not too picky on shape. I ride a Rome Agent as my "charger" now, which is directional twin, but its older and I'm pretty sure I want something a little stiffer. Not sure how Rome's flex rating compares w/ Lib Tech's.
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It would be nice if they standardized that shit.
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Sorry - meant "HK." Type-o.

I'll take a look at XLT and XV - thanks for the recs.

Not too picky on shape. I ride a Rome Agent as my "charger" now, which is directional twin, but its older and I'm pretty sure I want something a little stiffer. Not sure how Rome's flex rating compares w/ Lib Tech's.
If a directional twin is okay, and you want to try the C3 BTX profile in a charger board, have a look at the Darker Series.
Stiffest flex rating on Lib's scale. Might suit you better.

Damn, now I'm second guessing my purchase of the Hot Knife. The Darker Series might be more of what I want as well!

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Damn, now I'm second guessing my purchase of the Hot Knife.
Don't, its a great charger for a twin. Fairly damp with plenty of pop and fun pretty much all over the mountain.

However, if you don't care about riding switch or don't ever go into the park a directional C3 board may have been a better choice.
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Don't, its a great charger for a twin. Fairly damp with plenty of pop and fun pretty much all over the mountain.

However, if you don't care about riding switch or don't ever go into the park a directional C3 board may have been a better choice.
Lucky!
I knew someone on the forum had this board and had written some comments.
Thanks for chiming in on this.

Yes, I ride switch alot and venture into the park occasionally.
I thought the Darker Series, with only a 0.5" setback but a much stiffer flex might suit me more, but no, I will keep the Knife.

Apologies to sheepstealer for this digression in his thread.
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Ha, no worries. The shop was also recommending the Darker series to me but I think it might be too much board for what I'm interested in riding, which is why I'm eyeballing the HK.

Ideally, the HK would be something that I take into the park only occasionally (20-30%) and leave the majority of its miles to all-mountain, steeps, and powder. I think the HK is in that demographic right?

Anyone here ridden one?
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I would definitely look at the Darker series over the hot knife. I have ridden the C2 version and it was great for going fast over every kind of snow. If you dont mind a non-twin board.

Other boards you should look at- Ride Highlife, Salomon XLT, Nitro pantera, K2 Slayblade
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