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Old 02-25-2014, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't think I'm good enough to post a legit review so I figure I'll post some thoughts. My riding style. When in a group of friends we just rip and when possible pop off natural features and what not. When I'm alone I'll work on railing turns and more technical stuff.

Rode the board 2 days at Snowbird. First day was the day after a powder day, and there was still a lot of relatively untouched stashes on the far corner of Mineral Basin. Second day it snowed pretty good all morning and so it was a mix of conditions, but mostly fresh shit all around (deep stashes if you could find it) with really really soft groomers that firmed up by the end of the day with the sun.

I'm 145-150lb and rode a 154 (I upsized on purpose because I have a park board already a 151 WWW).

This board is groomer ripper. I had a Proto HD before (152) that was super fun but got really pushed around on anything less than perfect snow when going fast. The HH got pushed around a little too but was much better at pushing through it but if my legs got tired and stiff I'd be on my ass.

I had no idea I would find any powder so I didn't put the bindings back, so a cambered twin it was a little work to ride the fresh sections. We're talking 12-16" that collected at the bottom of the bowl. The second day it was probably 4-6" in some sections so I don't have to explain that float wasn't a problem.

Back to groomers. Fast, stable, precise. You can tell the board had lots of pop but I needed to use a little more strength to get to it than the Proto. I need a few more days on it to really adjust to the different camber ...

Which brings me to the last point. I only have 2 days, and it's been 3 years since I've been on a camber board (Rocker, flat and RC since then). From what I remember, this board is slightly more forgiving then pure camber, but less so than R/C, which is less so than flat, then rocker. A few times I got sloppy and was almost taken down but got away with it. Reminds me of when I first got back on r/c after Arbor's rocker. I have to admit I missed the pivoty feeling of the rocker/camber of NS.

That might be more due to my riding not being perfectly technical. When approaching a jump the rockered middle allowed me to adjust quickly and confidently. With the HH I had to be more precise and no last second adjustments, just clean lines into the approach. This might be a good thing so I'll see how it plays out.

My knees also got more wrecked by the end of the day and I have no idea if this is due to the camber or the increased work, not sure.

I didn't enjoy the Proto until day 4 or so. Had one of my best days ever, on day one of the Happy Hour just ripping and popping off stuff. It's a little more work in the park as I have to be more precise. But so far liking this board. Trip to Mammoth coming up so I'll see how much it grows on to me.

So those are my thoughts (not a review!). Damn did I write that much?
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Nice, thanks for the review. I tried the Soloman Villain on the mountain at Killington. I sized down to a '53 at 5'11 180 lbs. The board was a mess.

How did this one ride hard pack? Supposedly a similar concept to lifted, I was hoping the board was a better ride on hard pack than the Villain.
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Nice, thanks for the review. I tried the Soloman Villain on the mountain at Killington. I sized down to a '53 at 5'11 180 lbs. The board was a mess.

How did this one ride hard pack? Supposedly a similar concept to lifted, I was hoping the board was a better ride on hard pack than the Villain.
Isn't the Villain soft'ish already? So, undersizing that might have been the problem.

There wasn't much hardpack but I ran into it a few times and it handled it just fine. As in, I didn't notice anything lacking. Remember I upsized on my board which may have helped.

I forgot to add. The Proto base seemed to be a lot faster than the base on the HH. I'll give this more time, and get back on California snow but I get a lot more glide on the Proto than the HH.

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Thanks for the update. Had this one on my target list, but decided to go with a Smokin Team Series with that Thrash Rocker. I'm taking it out this week to Steamboat and Breckenridge. Flex seems to be right in between a Proto and Evo. Should be interesting. Less aggressive camber than C3, but more aggressive than C2.
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Thanks for the update. Had this one on my target list, but decided to go with a Smokin Team Series with that Thrash Rocker. I'm taking it out this week to Steamboat and Breckenridge. Flex seems to be right in between a Proto and Evo. Should be interesting. Less aggressive camber than C3, but more aggressive than C2.
Yeah I saw your post. I really really wanted to try the Thrash rocker. And I've never been on Smokin yet.

I'm inching towards the conclusion that I miss the rockered middle of R/C. Arbor rocker was loose but stable enough, and the r/c a bit more tight, and now the lifted camber is a notch tighter. I'll give the HH a rip on Mammoth on the 20th and rest of the season to see how I really feel. Thinking the TTX is right in between NS RC/Lib C2 and K2 Lifted.

The HH should break in just a little more and maybe I'll fall in love with the profile as well. Straight lining on edge is awesome on the HH though. Fast with no hesitation that I was going to get bucked at 40-50mph
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I'm coming from C2, so my next question was whether you were comfortable spinning on this board or not. I liked the rocker between the feet, as it gave me confidence that I could manuever my way out of any problem with a landing. Camber definitely doesn't give that same security, for me anyway.

How does this board feel with that regard?
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Hey Jdang...

Curious how the Happy Hour has treated you now that the season is talining out. Scouring the offseason deals and I'm basically looking to get my hands on the poppiest all mtn board I can (not too stiff) and the HH is currently at the top of my list. Any thoughts to add to your initial review?

Thanks!
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