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Old 06-19-2013, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I would chuck this review on here as I couldn't find an actual rider review on this board anywhere, so it may be useful to somebody.

Size: 157.5cm
Rider: Intermediate (7 Years- 10-30 days per season)
Height:5"10
Weight: 85kg
Bindings: 2013 Cartel EST
Boots: Old Moto

So we had first day of the season on Mt Hutt (NZ) last weekend, conditions were firm hard packed groomers, crusty off piste in the morning, softening up in the afternoon. Second day was 20cm fresh powder and snowed all day.

This was my first full day on a flying V or in fact anything that isn't full camber, have previously only demoed or borrowed. Straight away strapping in this deck is light, which is only really useful saving my 'first day of the season' legs on the lift. Getting off the lift you can feel the rocker one footing and it made me seriously consider a stomp pad for the first time. But after a day adapting this issue was long forgotten.

On the firm groomers this thing is real easy to fly down the cat track on, very very easy edge to edge. Picking up some speed it holds a good edge but I did wash out a couple of times which I haven't done in years. I feel this is more about me than the board. I am firstly pretty heavy to be using this board for speed, secondly I am not used to the shape and finally this thing switches edges so effortlessly that I am maybe putting a little bit too much into my carves. However after a couple of hours adapting I got some decent speed down the mountain without any problems. I normally ride a 159cm Jussi (full camber stiff) and I guess it goes without saying in these conditions I feel more stable on that board.

When it softened up this board is fun, fun, fun. The flex is so playful, it butters with little to no effort, to the extent on my first few I pulled the board right up onto its tail and toppled onto my arse. It pops off anything, it loves to be in the air, from small park kickers to natural features (I don't hit anything big due to dodge knees, but sure it would love it). I'm not much of a park man but it hit some rails and flat tops quite happily.

Only thing I found is on my rotations the problem wasn't getting this to spin, but getting it to stop, I would hit the ground and it would just want to keep rotating, I guess this relates to it being a bit washy at high speeds in that I think it might be near impossible to catch an edge on this thing. Guess that is the flying V.

In powder and off piste the Antler is super easy to ride, I didn't have to put half the effort in I do with the Jussi, it just floats over the top and is great to play around on, it rides over uneven snow without passing any of the bumps through to me at all. I didn't get any leg burn (second day of season remember) or lose my nose once and I am less than proficient in powder as it can be quite a rare entity here in NZ.

Overall I think this board is amazing fun, it will come out any soft snow or powder day or when the spring snow comes, but I still prefer my camber for the firm/icy days. Maybe if I had gone 160.5cm which is better matched to my weight it would be a fantastic all mountain board. But in this case I bought it for fun to go with my stiffer cambered Jussi and that is why I went smaller and for this spot in my quiver it is perfect.

Just my opinions, hope its useful to somebody, the 2014 looks to be much the same
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Overall I think this board is amazing fun, it will come out any soft snow or powder day or when the spring snow comes, but I still prefer my camber for the firm/icy days. Maybe if I had gone 160.5cm which is better matched to my weight it would be a fantastic all mountain board. But in this case I bought it for fun to go with my stiffer cambered Jussi and that is why I went smaller and for this spot in my quiver it is perfect.
Thanks for the review! I am considering the 2014 Antler but am having 2nd thoughts.

I currently ride the Burton X8 (2011) & SuperModel X (2010)

I am looking to go to only 1 board. The X8 is super fun, except on icy/hardpack and deep pow conditions, that is where the SMX shines.

You said the Antler is nice in pow, but not in icy conditions.... I ride mostly in the Alps and powder days are not of the norm. Will the Antler survive?

I love the pop of the SMX, nearly non-existant in the X8, how about the Antler?

Thank in advance for any further insight!
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Thanks for the review! I am considering the 2014 Antler but am having 2nd thoughts.

I currently ride the Burton X8 (2011) & SuperModel X (2010)
Have loved the Antler this season. It took me a while to grow into it, have always been stiff camber previously. It isn't great on ice but I don't enjoy ice on a snowboard however good its edge hold is, so this seems like a strange complaint to me. Hard pack and firm conditions it is fine in, the flying v shape is more subtle compared to some of the other Burton boards (I hear all of the 2014 Burton boards have a better balance with the flying v and edge hold anyway). This board is designed for fun, it had amazing pop and plenty of flex to play around on but can hold some decent speed too. It took me a while to adapt to this season, but in an NZ season lacking snow I have still have had great fun on it, excelling in the park and on any kicker but also a great all mountain deck in a range of conditions, a beauty in powder. It does get a little washy at high speed but i'm 85kg riding a soft flex 157.5cm board so I can't complain really, hope this helps?
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I am looking at the Antler - 2014 model. All I can read and see looks promising.
Mostly for playing around with butters, spinning, jumping of small obstacles and occasionally in the park...unless it's a powder day. And some carving with my ski friend who havn't found the joy on the board.
But I wonder which size suits me. I am 5'7" and 150lbs. My current board, Technine team dennison, is 150cm. A also have a Nitro Team Gullwing at 158 cm, but it feels to big for me. I am looking at the 151.5 cm.
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. I am 5'7" and 150lbs. My current board, Technine team dennison, is 150cm. A also have a Nitro Team Gullwing at 158 cm, but it feels to big for me. I am looking at the 151.5 cm.
If you are using it mainly to play around on then go small, I use the 157.5 as an all mountain but I'm about 85kg and it rides just fine with plenty of pop. Go with what your are comfortable with
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I went for the 151.5 cm Antler. Tried it this weekend and riding blue and red was a blast. So light and responsive.

One of my goals this season was to learn Frontside nose rolls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG2oVl_Btmk) and it took me only a couple of runs to make it - to master it like the guy in the video I need more practice. But I believe that the flex and the tech of the board really helped.

Note: Local store started a sale early this year because of "not winter at all". The last couple of weeks has changed this to an incredible winter landscape and now the store has return the Antler to original price. I saved $200 buying at the sale
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