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Old 11-30-2014, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So it appears that nobody else bought one of these and I had the fortune to ride mine yesterday without fear of the early season low tide shark teeth.

Conditions: We got two feet of dense to light pow as the temps dropped over night. So the top was dry and soft and deeper down was much more dense, which made for premium conditions. I was probably tenth chair on day 1 of lift access at Mt. Bachelor.

Rider: regular stance, 23.5 width, 18,-18 stance, 11.5 boot and I'm 6'0 215lbs
Visibility was low due to the storm but snow was fresh pow lines everywhere.

I started the morning on my proto and was having fun, but working hard to float as I had it centered with some contact pros. After two laps I felt confident I would not put a fat hole in the new stick. I have 14 cartels to go with the channel.

Experience: I'm sold! Best board I own hands down. And many of you know I love my sick sticks. First thing I noticed was I could feel the camber of the s-rocker under foot, but not like riding a camber plank. I had so much control, and edge to edge was so smooth. Then in pow it just excelled. The taper and tail was my favorite part because of its responsiveness. It was no effort to stay afloat holy shit it was amazing. Day and night compared to the proto. With the cartels I felt like no more which way I twisted, turned, popped, slashed it was able to react under my feet properly. The pop was insane with a shortened camber but amazing edge control even on the pow,but in no way did I ever feel a hint of being locked into an edge. This! Is my new go to everything board. There were not many groomed runs, and if there were, I wasn't riding them because of POW! Best part about the board was the speed and control I had prior to and and while I was hitting the natural features. I love Mt. bachelor.

Shred on. I'm so stoked the winter winter has shown up with such amazing force. Cheers to a winter like this all year!

Ryan

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Old 12-01-2014, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep, didn't need to see your comments/review hahaha
i've been craving this board so bad, with Genesis though... but my wallet can't afford such awesomeness at the moment......

I actually almost got Cartel Ltd's today; couldnt make them fit, so got Drives instead. But EST would make all my troubles dissappear
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can you compare it to the Juice Wagon please?
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Nice always wanted to try that board if I am out by bend you can try my ultra dream 161 to compare the two.

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can you compare it to the Juice Wagon please?
The JW is way more aggressive in a camber manner if that makes sense. I felt like the FA was way more responsive in the back end of the board. Not as much oriented to a straight line charger instead more of a "surfy" but still camber charge board. I did three total laps and the EE is not that much different but holy cow the board responded so much sharper and came around quick.

Just to note, I had my stance centered on the EE/camber of the flight attendant.

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Nice always wanted to try that board if I am out by bend you can try my ultra dream 161 to compare the two.
Would be glad to swap and any day. Cheers.

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thanks, but it's a bit difficult to visualize. Are you keeping the JW now, and if so, when would you choose one over the other. You may include the sickstick in your answer

edit: just noticed your edit. I guess the turn initiation on the FA is easier due to the s-rocker
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thanks, but it's a bit difficult to visualize. Are you keeping the JW now, and if so, when would you choose one over the other. You may include the sickstick in your answer

edit: just noticed your edit. I guess the turn initiation on the FA is easier due to the s-rocker
My JW now looks like the cloud splitter after my alteration. It's gonna be for deep days from this point on. But yeah, I have a tough decision every day there's powder. Ultimately I wanted something that will pop off features, rail on pow, and still be fast as hell on groomers. The FA does it way better than the JW every could. I think ultimately the responsiveness in tight spots was way better.
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damn, I really liked the JW
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Could you see the Flight Attendant and Proto making for a very good 2 board quiver? It's a combo I've been eyeing up as I'm not really interested much in boxes and rails, but love jumps, buttering and general playfulness along with decent all mountain performance of a Proto. And then speed and responsiveness for both groomers and pow of the FA.

I haven't ridden either board, but they seem like a perfect combo for me! Curious if you've ridden a Highlife UL to compare the FA to?
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Could you see the Flight Attendant and Proto making for a very good 2 board quiver? It's a combo I've been eyeing up as I'm not really interested much in boxes and rails, but love jumps, buttering and general playfulness along with decent all mountain performance of a Proto. And then speed and responsiveness for both groomers and pow of the FA.

I haven't ridden either board, but they seem like a perfect combo for me! Curious if you've ridden a Highlife UL to compare the FA to?
I know nothing about Ride boards but to answer your other question, yeah those two boards are very different and very fun. If I had to reduce my quiver those would be the two that I would keep.
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