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Old 10-17-2011, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Let me start by saying my experience and where I usually ride. I'm local to Taos NM, so that is "my" mountain. Ive been riding for 4 previous seasons (this will be my 5th). Ive been getting progressively more into snowboarding and putting in more days each year. I'm no pro by any means, but not a noob either, if I had to put myself in a group I would consider myself an advanced rider. First year I went maybe 15 days, 2nd year, 30-35 days, 3rd year about 50 days, and 4th year(last year) was my first year as an instructor and I rode about 85+ days, whatever 4 days a week equaled out to. Now the terrain I ride would have to be something like 30%groomer, 30%bumps, 25% hikable, 15% park. Or something along those lines.

Ive been riding a traditional camber board until now, first I learned on a cheap pos airwalk board 155, my first year. Then I moved onto a Ride Yukon 160 (which I loved), and that board lasted me 2 seasons. Last year I rode a sierra Crew 159w which rode out alright, but its a little stiff and not very playful. Also I completely destroyed the board in 1 season, it was probably close to a 90 day season so I guess thats almost expected for such a cheap board(i got it when they were 70% off for around $150, and would recommend it for that price, but not any higher). The top sheet cracked in half along the nose of the board, and the edge looks like a squiggly line now. It would be dangerous to keep riding it.

Now onto the review.

I just rode wolf creek this last weekend and I must say I really love this board so far. Let me start of with its basics.

Flex/dampening: much more flexy than any board ive owned, I've ridden other boards that were more flexible of course. The all mountain rocker profile is great, anyone who says you can't press and jib on this board has not tried doing so on a camber board. Of course its not a park board, but you can still easily do presses full speed down the mountain with it. The flex is playful but serious. It is still stiff/damp enough to charge full speed down choppies. I really like the harshmellow tech, it was amazing how easy it was to mach down some of the stuff I was with absolutely no "oh shit" moments. And mind you this is the first 2 days ridden this season so my legs are weak. I would say the flex/dampening on this board along with its profile make a perfect 1 board quiver if you have to. I cant wait to hit the park with this thing and see how she does off some real booters. I also hiked the peak at Wolf Creek and got some fresh turns in. This would have to be where the board shines, effortless float, effortless turning, and quick edge to edge even though its a wide board.

Weight/profile: This board coupled with my 2 year old Ride Delta MVMNT bindings is so rad. Its a really light setup, I have not weighed it yet or anything, but just on my feet it feels light. Tweak airs and the like are effortless. Spins are also very easy. I'm sure this is a combination of the lightweightness and that its a bit shorter than what i've usually ridden. The all mountain rocker profile is pretty awesome. The board is 70% flat with rocker at the tip and tail. This gave it a predictableness and ease of riding i really enjoyed. I did not catch a single edge all weekend, and there were several times when i should have. When flat riding on the return trails and catwalks, it was so much easier than on a camber board that wants to drift out of a straight line and catch an edge. I really liked how easy it was to ride completely flat footed at full speed.

Carving: The board holds a good edge on the groomers. Its not quite as "locked in" as it feels on a camber board, and actually feels like it requires less effort to get a carve going. I noticed if I dive into a carve as hard as I did on my old camber boards I would end up washing out. I adjusted to this within the first few runs and was doing mostly perfect carves with less effort. I also noticed when riding bumps and steeps I would actually need to stay more centered. On my old camber boards I would literally dive into the turns putting extra weight on my nose. On this board I have to make sure to keep centered or I would fly over the nose due to the rocker profile and the flex. Once I got this figured out I liked it more than my camber board in the bumps/steeps. It honestly just seemed to take less effort to do the same thing. There was no ice, nor do I usually get any ice where I ride so I cannot report on that. Id expect it to be more washy on the ice compared to a camber board, but I wont know until I test that.

Durability: To early to tell at this point, but I definitely was riding in some crazy conditions. Jumping over creeks, huge logs, rocks scattered about. Even hiked some terrain despite the 40 inch base. Many rocks were hit. I didn't even get close to a core shot, after looking at my board today after the trip there are very few scratches and none of them went very deep. I'm happy with this.

Overall/TL;DR: Solid board with effortless feel to it. Great all around from the bumps/steeps to the groomers. Didn't get to test it in the park, as its october , but the way it presses and jibs around on the groomers I bet it will work fine for kickers and spins, etc. Not sure about boxes/rails though. Those aren't really my thing anyways. Harshmellow works, makes the board feel really damp and able to mach over anything. Carves well with little effort. Seems like a great all around stick.


Sorry for the long winded review, I really like to talk about snowboarding so I might have gotten carried away.

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Old 10-18-2011, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm also in love with the TurboDream, I have the 2010-2011 157W model with about 40 Minnesota days on it and about 10 in Utah\Colorado where last winter we had two 3 foot pow days(snow was up to people chests at Brighton\PowMow) followed up by several 6-18in days so I got to try it on everything from glare ice, groomers to deep and dry pow.

Needed an all mountain board with powder\sidecountry tendencies , I've ridden a few NS Hermitages and X's as well as some of the newer GNU's & Lib Tech's and liked them all. I came from an uber stiff 2009 Burton T6 reg camber, which railed in the turns but was too stiff for Midwest riding and just not a ton of fun.

I do believe some of the boards with Hybrid Camber\Rocker(rocker in the center and camber at the tips) would be slightly better for all mountain conditions but were moving to Utah in December and I wanted a board that REALLY excelled in powder but was still “good” for all mountain which is the boards specialty.

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Old 10-18-2011, 03:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I actually rode a NS legacy last year at a demo day and loved the thing. I would have bought one if i could of afforded it. I got this one at a huge discount, ended up being 275 shipped from backcountry.com for my turbo dream. I'm very happy with my purchase
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Aaaand about time for a bump on this thread. I have ridden this board about 10 full days this season so far. I'll seperate this update into different conditions.

Slush: I rode some slushier conditions at wolf creek with it, handles it like you would expect any board to. The reverse camber seems to keep it from getting as stuck as I would time to time on my old camber board. Otherwise for the crappy conditions the worst thing was that I was riding a brand new board through shitty snow

Powder, lots of powder: I rode 4 full powder days on this board so far, two different mountains. First my home mountain, the storm total was 26" and it was waist deep at times. For its relatively small length (157W) it floats awesomely. I was able to test it by doing a few good drops, dropped a good 8 foot rock into 2 feet or so of untouched powder, i was not running any setback other than the default 3/4 inch(i think?) setback it comes with. Even with the smaller size I was able to stick repeated big drops into the pow with little effort. And I was still able to ride switch powder! For a dedicated pow board I would have gone bigger, yes. But for an all around stick which is why i purchased this board, it holds its own perfectly. Now steeps. I rode the face of taos as soon as it opened, this is a good steep grade run all the way down. I was able to RIP down it, on a mountain that is skiier dominated(and i really mean that) noone was passing me down the fresh run I did. As it got more skiid up i could feel the harshmellow and flat/rocker combo just allowing me to plow through anything in my way, the choppys did not even slow me down! It was great. Now the other 2 pow days I rode were at wolf creek, that mountain is SO much more mellow than my local mountain. For starters the board did well, but really was not as "at home" feeling there. Taos is known for it's steeps, and that is really all I ride. This board is made more for big mountain hits, and you can really feel it when you ride it at such a mellow mountain like wolf creek.

Groomers: On the groomers I've ridden the board holds its own well. Its way more playful than my old camber board, and actually holds a DAMN good edge on soft/groomed surfaces. I can max out the board straight lining it down the hill with no fear or sketchyness. I can hit kickers with it and it feels great. 180s are super easy, And butters are much easier than i expected for an "all mountain" rocker board. Ive thrown a few 360's this last pow day and the board spins around easily, due to its light weight ness and the size i chose. I really like it for everything so far.

Ice: I've only hit a few ice patches, and honestly the "ice" here is NOTHING, i mean NOTHING like east coast ice- so i'm not making that comparison. But in the "ice" patches ive hit here the board was able to grip better than the pure rocker boards ive ridden, i'm assuming due to the 70% flatness of the board, and the amount i tune it(before every weekend). I've never had it slip out to the point where i was on my ass, even when i almost over edged it on the hard packed "ice".

Summary: great all around board so far, tears it the fuck up in powder and groomers, holds its own on ice patches and in the park. Is a perfect 1 board quiver IMHO, and i'm able to make the whole mountain my playground with this one board.

Disclaimer: I typed this up very fast, i did not use correct grammar throughout, and DID NOT proof read it - maybe i'll come back and clean it up later.
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I really like the harshmellow tech, it was amazing how easy it was to mach down some of the stuff I was with absolutely no "oh shit" moments.

The board is 70% flat with rocker at the tip and tail. This gave it a predictableness and ease of riding i really enjoyed. I did not catch a single edge all weekend, and there were several times when i should have. When flat riding on the return trails and catwalks, it was so much easier than on a camber board that wants to drift out of a straight line and catch an edge. I really liked how easy it was to ride completely flat footed at full speed.
Dig the review man you seem to have a gift for verbalizing the way a board rides/feels (certainly more so than myself). The quoted statements above perfectly describe some of what I felt last year when I went from riding cambered boards for the previous 17 years to a K2 Slayblade (100% flat, w/harshmello) last year. I was looking for that ONE board that I would be riding for the foreseeable future, and it came down to the Slayblade or the Turbo Dream.

I went with the Slayblade because I don't get as many good pow days as I would like, 25% of the season or so, with the rest spent hard charging, BOMBING steeps, going big off natural hits/drops with a 180 or 360 thrown in here and there, looking for pow stashes (no park, presses, butters etc...).

I only got maybe 6 days on the Slayblade last year and was amazed at the difference and progression in my riding. Bigger, faster, harder, longer (sounds like a Viagra commercial or something). I'm pretty sure I made the right choice, but I still wonder if the Turbo Dream could perform as well as the Slayblade for the hard charging that I do for the majority of the time, while performing better on the pow days? Oh well, ignorance is bliss. Someday I'll win the lottery and be able to have a quiver.
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Thanks for the kind words, gauntlet09 !

I doubt you made a mistake at all purchasing that board. I was interested in the slayblade as well, but this turbo dream fell right into my hands, so I guess it was meant to be. No regrets, that's for sure. I actually rode a slayblade at a demo last year, I really wish I could give you a good comparison, but the slayblade wasn't a wide board and I kept booting out on every hard carve I made on the one run I did with it before taking it back and demoing a darkstar. The darkstar I actually liked quite a bit though, I'm a fan on the way the flat tech feels under you feet when flat riding. Flat riding on a stiff camber board would get scary quick if your body positioning got even just a little bit lazy. I feel like with these flat boards you have a little more margin of error.

It's funny because I ride with a local K2 rep here in Taos and he mentioned liking both the turbo dream and the slay blade, but that for a one board quiver he would go with one the 80% flat boards. I still have no regrets though!

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I also ride 09-10 TD 157W and I love it but overall I think the SlayBlade is a better rounded all mountain board where as the TD is more of an all mountain board with powder tendencies.
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Another little update. Rode another 20 inches of powder yesterday - which was so epic. This board fucking shreds, riding steep pow bumps is so effortless compared to a camber board. I was able to get some of my best turns ever in today, and that was partially thanks to this board, partially thanks to the epic powder year we are having here so far. I'm on my 157 w, gave it an extra 1/2 inch setback on top of the stock setback, i had the most effortless float. Did some huge gaps to pow, never caught a front edge- it always floated right on the top like it should. I was thinking about buying a separate pow board before, but i just dont know if its worth the investment right now considering how this bad boy is riding for me.

At one point i hiked the ridge, gapped 20 foot off a cornice into waist deep pow and had zero issues floating. Then I rode powder and powder bumps all day and just tore it up. So effortless and fun to ride, did i mention i like this board?
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Another little update. Rode another 20 inches of powder yesterday - which was so epic. This board fucking shreds, riding steep pow bumps is so effortless compared to a camber board. I was able to get some of my best turns ever in today, and that was partially thanks to this board, partially thanks to the epic powder year we are having here so far. I'm on my 157 w, gave it an extra 1/2 inch setback on top of the stock setback, i had the most effortless float. Did some huge gaps to pow, never caught a front edge- it always floated right on the top like it should. I was thinking about buying a separate pow board before, but i just dont know if its worth the investment right now considering how this bad boy is riding for me.

At one point i hiked the ridge, gapped 20 foot off a cornice into waist deep pow and had zero issues floating. Then I rode powder and powder bumps all day and just tore it up. So effortless and fun to ride, did i mention i like this board?

Yep the only people I ride with that can keep up in the pow are riding like 168's and stuff like that and the 157w is was easier and more forgiving in the trees and more 360\spin friendly which is about as freestyle as I have any interest in getting.
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Awesome review!

I've just started looking at K2 boards (I ride either an NS SL or Ride DH2.5). Can anyone give me the difference in riding characteristics between the Slayblade and Turbo Dream?

I like riding all mountain and charging down. I'll hit the park maybe 20% of the time (if that). I'm just simply not good in the parks (haha).

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