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Old 11-13-2013, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2014 Custom FV 154

Less a review and more a first impression.

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For starters Carbon Highlights noticeably lightens up the board. Even better it livened it up. Snappy edge to edge and a little better than average pop. The rocker between the feet is definitely mellower and the whole FV profile is stretched out and flatter. I've never been a fan of any rocker between the feet, but now that brands like Flow and now Burton are stretching things out and making them flatter things are getting much better. It didn't feel teeter tottery.

I haven't ridden the Custom FV since year one. So it's hard to say whether anyones grip issues were valid. If it hasn't changed much with the 2014 then anyone complaining just doesn't know how to use an edge. This was the first board I rode in the morning on hard, solid groomers and I was digging trenches. Keep it centered or drive a little more into your back foot and it holds hard.

Overall impression: Solid one quiver or all mountain freestyle board. I really couldn't ask for anything more out of it.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sweet, thanks for that review, are you going to get a chance to ride an Easy Living? Custom FV is another viable option for me.... I'm buying my first new setup in over 12 years... These are the two boards I'm looking at...
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Less a review and more a first impression.

150lbs
Size 8 K2 Enders
Cartel EST

For starters Carbon Highlights noticeably lightens up the board. Even better it livened it up. Snappy edge to edge and a little better than average pop. The rocker between the feet is definitely mellower and the whole FV profile is stretched out and flatter. I've never been a fan of any rocker between the feet, but now that brands like Flow and now Burton are stretching things out and making them flatter things are getting much better. It didn't feel teeter tottery.

I haven't ridden the Custom FV since year one. So it's hard to say whether anyones grip issues were valid. If it hasn't changed much with the 2014 then anyone complaining just doesn't know how to use an edge. This was the first board I rode in the morning on hard, solid groomers and I was digging trenches. Keep it centered or drive a little more into your back foot and it holds hard.

Overall impression: Solid one quiver or all mountain freestyle board. I really couldn't ask for anything more out of it.
I have been riding 08 TRS, Targas and Vans Fargo's (pretty stiff setup), I recently purchased Custom FV, Cartels and Genesis reflex and K2 Maysis. The bindings were a steal so I picked them both up to put one of them on the TRS. I wanted to go lighter and not so stiff, but not lose any performance. Have you ever had a chance to demo a TRS to compare edge hold, pop and overall all mountain performance? Would appreciate any information.
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Yeah I rode the TRS last year. It has more grip, but it falls under the Mervin issue of too much grip in my experience. The flexes are fairly similar but the Custom has twice as much snap and energy on edge. Its a no brainer for me between the two.

The Easy Livin hasn't changed since I rode it last year. In general its very similar to a Custom. If you want a twin shape go EL, if you want a twin flex the Custom. Both are a great choice.
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Yeah I rode the TRS last year. It has more grip, but it falls under the Mervin issue of too much grip in my experience. The flexes are fairly similar but the Custom has twice as much snap and energy on edge. Its a no brainer for me between the two.

The Easy Livin hasn't changed since I rode it last year. In general its very similar to a Custom. If you want a twin shape go EL, if you want a twin flex the Custom. Both are a great choice.
To me, the Easy Livin also feels a decent amount softer than the Custom FV in both lateral flex and torsional flex. Just my observation between the two. Could not be the case anymore though as i'm comparing a 2011 EL to a 2013 Custom FV.

And +1 on the comparison between the Custom and the TRS.
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Yeah I rode the TRS last year. It has more grip, but it falls under the Mervin issue of too much grip in my experience. The flexes are fairly similar but the Custom has twice as much snap and energy on edge. Its a no brainer for me between the two.

The Easy Livin hasn't changed since I rode it last year. In general its very similar to a Custom. If you want a twin shape go EL, if you want a twin flex the Custom. Both are a great choice.
That's what I'm looking for, lighter weight more pop and energy transfer. Just need some snow to take it for a ride and see how it performs. Thanks for the feedback.
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The Nivek, have you tried the camber version of the '14? Is it also a mellower camber?
Thx for the insight
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I haven't. It is on my list, though it will likely be the '15 when I ride it.
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