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Old 03-22-2015, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Another Flight Attendant Review

TLDR: Love it! Awesome profile!

Size: 156cm
Height:5'10"
Weight: 170
Bindings: 2013(?) Cartel EST - +16/-12 at reference marks
Boots: Nike Lunarendor size 8 (foot size more like 7, but they work well)

I alpine skied and tele skied for about 20 years each. Along the way I fit in a bunch of days snowboarding. In 2003 I bought my first Lib Tech Emma Peel and rode at least a few times a year. Finally in 2013 I decided to solely snowboard and picked up a used Custom Flying V and Cartel bindings (rode at +/-15). I suppose I consider myself an intermediate to advanced all mountain rider - park newb when I go occasionally. I would prefer to ride only powder, but for another year I live in the East so the majority of my snowboarding has been on too-hard and/or icy snow.

Friday 3/13 I pulled the trigger on a 156 Flight Attendant. Even though I am at the top of the weight range I wanted a slightly narrower board than I otherwise might get b/c of my small feet. I also like to ride trees and figured that for now I would rather compromise on the optimal float for the benefit of other characteristics.

Day one was at Bretton Woods last weekend. It snowed/sleeted a couple inches overnight and then continued snowing (with a little sleet) during the day. Despite the limited "unfrozen moisture" the snow was actually quite nice. It was not quite enough to cover the hard stuff underneath, but almost. The Flight Attendant ATE IT UP. As it started piling up during the day I was able to absolutely bomb through the heavy crud. My Custom FV would have been deflecting off the piles and been much more squirrelly - the FA just tore through it as fast as I could go. I was essentially going full speed through 6ish inches of snow on harder piles and the board barely bounced around at all. On the groomers (with snow accumulating) it just felt locked in. It did not feel the least bit catchy. It just felt more stable and locked in than my hybrid camber. Bretton Woods is a really flat mountain except in a few short sections and I did not come close to finding the top speed of the FA.

In the trees the board was amazing. I suspect this was due to the slightly short length and the good conditions, but I could drive it either with my front foot or lean back a bit and surf around the back. The glades there are quite open and not too steep so it wasn't a dense forest, but I felt like I was flying through the trees and much more in control than I would have been on my old board. The snow was not close to enough to cover the ski ruts, so it was alternating between quick turns through moguls and then hopping over into a new line.

Day 1 on that board was one of those days you just feel great about riding. The conditions were good, but I still give a ton of credit to the new board for making me feel like I was on my A game.

Yesterday my wife and I went to a small mountain in Maine to watch my niece xc ski so I spent the time between races up on the mountain. The grooming was good and the temp also climbed during the day so it was good conditions for carving. While perhaps not a pure carving stick, the FA still just felt locked in the whole time. I don't really know what other phrase to use - it was not catchy and I didn't feel like it was a pure carver, but it was not the least bit squirrelly and was nice and quick edge to edge. I played around with my cousin doing some 180s and riding switch - it was completely fine for my level of riding switch, which is basic medium speed carving. I realize it is directional, but unless you want a true twin I imagine this board would be fine for most people riding switch for limited purposes. I definitely opened the throttle more than day 1 and comfortably hit 54.3mph (according to Ski Tracks), which is probably as fast as I've gone before. No chatter, no worries. It just went!

Anyway, for the limited conditions I have gotten to ride at this point, the board is amazing and I love it. I feel more in control than on my Custom Flying V. The camber profile for most of the board gives me more power and control underfoot. While I have not yet needed the full float of the S rocker, the few times I hit deeper drifts on my mini pow day the board was great. People talk about it being a stiff board, but I have banged through some moguls in these two days and through plenty of chop and it felt just right for an all mountain board - stiff enough to eat up crud, but soft enough to not toss you around.

As should be apparent I am super happy with the purchase!
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I should have added a shoutout to Snowboard Jones in Manchester, NH. They hooked me up with a great end-of-season deal. They have also been exceptionally helpful any time I needed a part here or there.
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