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Old 10-10-2013, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey im looking at a new board and my 2 last options are the lib tech skate banana 2013 and the 2014 arbor westmark (i like the design better on the 2013 skate banana). i ride 60% park and 40% freeriding on the east coast. i ride pow like once or twice a year. PLEEEEEASE help
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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please help with what? you want to know which one to buy? get whatever you think is prettier of cheaper or whatever. all the lib fans will say get the skate banana, everyone else will say get the arbor and then 3 random people will tell you to buy something other then those two boards. (which is probably the right choice :P)

If you read that then I have some questions. What do you like better about one board vs the other? do you have questions about specific designs on these boards? (base material, flex patterns) How did you narrow it to those two? when you answer those questions you will know what board you want.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't have a ton of experience with boards but I do own both of these.

I went from the SB to a Westmark. I love my Westmark. I thought it was much more playful and snappy off the jumps. I'm doing more park but I'm an old guy so I may not be the best judge. I just know I liked it better.

I ride hard packed Midwest so not to much different than the east coast stuff. Sorry I didn't give a more technically detailed critique but hope it helps in some way
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Arbor all the way everyday
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have both the skate banana and an arbor blacklist which is the same exact board as the westmark but wider. It's really a matter of opinion between the two. The skate banana is not as stiff as the westmark so it really isnt going to charge as hard. I have no trouble on my blacklist going fast, but my skate banana gets a little sketchy going pretty fast. They are both not the best freeriding boards. They're meant for park and just riding the rest. I have ridden both in deep deep snow in Utah and theyre both superb because theyre rocker type shapes so pow isnt a problem. The main difference is the edge technology. The banana has magna traction which is a bunch of squiggles. The westmark has grip tech which is two extra contact points per edge(4 total). Personally I like the grip tech because it gives a little more. If you're riding straight ice all the time magna might be better. They're both great you'll just have to weigh the options to fit yourself.
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Westmark no question. Better pop, better sidecut, better sweetspot for presses, lighter, more stable.
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I did love the Magnatraction on the SB and it is a noticeable difference than the WM but I still like the WM better.
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