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Old 02-27-2013, 01:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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That's a typo dude. The dealer book says 8-11m for the 163cm. I can take a picture tonight if you want. I thought the idea was that it is a progressive sidecut, so advanced riders can manipulate the board thru turns without relying solely on flexing the board.

As for riding, last time I rode it was in Revy two weeks in crappy conditions. Insane grip and I did feel way more comfortable. But the tight trees owned me on that board. I was really really beat after going into the most retarded tree run (Think super tight steep icy tree moguls with giant fallen logs...)

I been riding Raptor as main board now as I have come to grips with all its tendencies. (If I recall it took like 7-10 days before I was fully comfortable with the way it acts.) I think it will take at least another 3-5 days on the Ride before I can figure everything out.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That's a typo dude. The dealer book says 8-11m for the 163cm. I can take a picture tonight if you want. I thought the idea was that it is a progressive sidecut, so advanced riders can manipulate the board thru turns without relying solely on flexing the board.

I been riding Raptor as main board now as I have come to grips with all its tendencies. (If I recall it took like 7-10 days before I was fully comfortable with the way it acts.) I think it will take at least another 3-5 days on the Ride before I can figure everything out.
Yeah I thought it was weird that all other sizes spec'd a range, and the 163 specifically said 10.3m or so! I'd love to see a pic side by side to see if the average sidecut looks longer than a same length Burton. Even the Custom X 160 only has a 8.0 sidecut, most of the other boards are in the 7s.

I'm sure smaller sidecuts are good for learning and for giving the board a "skatey" feel for the park, but the longer sidecut is great for laying it out! Race boards have sidecuts in the 15m range I think...
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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There you go.

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There you go.
Thanks Man!!!

From the pics it looks like it has a very similar overall sidecut to the NS. You can really see the difference in the nose between the two. And HOLY CAMBER BATMAN!!!

Looks like fun!
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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No worries. Yeah the blended sidecuts are so obvious in photos, but hard to see in person.

I thought u'd like the camber.. Or should I say hybrid that's easy for all riders, according to marketing....
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Update on technical info.

Factory base is zero and side is 2 degrees according to APEX.
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Factory base is zero and side is 2 degrees according to APEX.
That's interesting. Virus says their boards ALL come with 0.5 deg base and 2 deg side bevel. I recently had a Burton Custom tuned to those specs and it certainly has more edgehold than it did before.
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Nice review!

I got this board late last season (in 168) and was blown away by it's performance at every level. It's super fast, ultra damp, with great edge hold on ice and yet very engaging and lively for jumps and what not!

The more I ride it, the more I love it! Takes a little getting used to, but once dialled in, it's an awesome experience!

The only time I got a leg burn is when doing trees (168 remember ) early in the season! Otherwise... for me it's a forgiving easy to mount board that I can ride practically everywhere from 4-8 hrs.

Initially I got this board as my big mountain stick! But I found myself enjoying just as much on all mountains and in all terrains (except trees & glades board is too long for that lol).

I had a video on my GoPro this weekend doing a freshly groomed run blasting by everything & everyone in sight! An amazing diamond trail run. Only to discover the GoPro lens was covered in snow & ice when I got up! uuurrrggg!!! Oh well... I'll try and capture something up on video soon and post for reference!

Thnx for sharing, and look forward to an update down the line.

Cheers...
dice- What is your weight? Im a 108 kg/238 pounds and I think the 175cm fits me better?
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I bought the Kessler ride 163 last year and it's about the most fun board I have ever had, at least for freeriding. It floats great in powder, is light and super fast. I ride it with Flow nx something super stiff free ride bindings and Burton driver X boots. I originally set it up with SP mountain freeride bindings but they were not stiff enough, in my opinion.

When I first bought it I took it out on a day when it was about -25c and the slopes were rock hard and difficult to ride. I also had some very close calls and a couple of times hit the deck hard.
I took it home and detuned the edges about 1-2 inches from when it curves towards the contact points, pure carvers will gasp, I know. However, the board is now super playfull and has lost it's carving only very slightly.
Having said that, the board is like riding a Ferrari, it's super fun but requires the rider to pay attention.

I am 170cm / 78kg, other boards I currently own are: Neversummer proto, F1 & SL split, jones solution split, Burton custom

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Just wanted to share my experience with my Kessler Ride. I am still pretty new to snowboarding so have no business giving nor want to try and give a full review. The only other boards I have ridden to have some sort of comparison to are Burton Custom Flying V, Lib Tech T Rice Pro, Nidecker Megalight, and Kessler Cross. The Kessler Cross is my G/F's board so it was way too short for me to be riding, and my Kessler Ride is custom made for my bio-metrics. This may be part of the reason I find it incredible to ride.

First thing I will say about this board is I have found it incredibly easy to ride. I can honestly say I have not caught an edge yet on this thing and I have been riding the crap out of it this season. This board has insane speed! Point it downhill and it just goes fast and then faster until finally I have to let off the gas out of fear of killing myself. Funny thing I find is the faster I go the more stable it feels, no chatter whatsoever, and solid as a rock. It flat bases like a dream too. I have not found it hard to turn at all like some other owners have here. Maybe because it is so in tune to my bios? I have ridden it in everything but powder this year and have to say it has been great in everything but bumps and trees. This may be due to my inexperience in riding bumps though. The edge hold on this thing is unreal, and it makes carving easy. It also has amazing pop of of rollers, and has greatly improved my ability to hit and land jumps. I ride an average of 18 to 20 runs a day when I am out on the mountain and have not been tired out by this beast. I have to say this board has brought my riding to another level this year and that is with me being cautious after a nasty season ending injury last year. I haven't even used my other board yet this year.

Was it worth the money? Hell yes, in fact I wouldn't hesitate to have another one ordered when this one is retired. I am a big believer in you get what you pay for and this board has reassured my beliefs. Is it for everyone? Probably not, and the price being in the ludicrous range without bindings will probably scare people away. With the amount of money I spend on this sport I figured what was another $2000 or so. Snowboarding is an expensive sport, but definitely the most rewarding sport I have engaged in. Poutanen being in to these types of boards you really need to find a demo day or just bite the bullet and pick one up

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