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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-17-2013, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Freestyle Snowboard leaning towards park/jumps.

Hello fellow boarders!

As you can tell from the title I'm in need of some advice. I've been boarding for a few years now on the 2011 K2 brigade which was great as it was my first board but now I'm looking to step it up a level. I'm finding myself more and more in the park and for my new board I was wanting a freestyle board aiming for a lot more park/jumps use that won't let me down on piste. I'm 18 weighing 71-3kg at 5ft 10" (and a bit) with about 10-9 shoe size(UK). I was looking at the the Never Summer Evo 4.0 which I sort of love for a bit, though bit too expensive and was aimed more for jibbing and I prefer jumping? Then I like looked at the GNU Carbon Credit? What you guys think? Just worry that if I aim at all mountain boards ill sacrifice potential "perks" for the park, but then if I go park specific I won't enjoy the piste with my friends?
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Probably just my opinion but the board doesn't know where you use it.. I do everything from powder to butters with a Nitro Haze which is super soft and mostly a rails / jibbing board. My point is that buying a park board doesn't mean you can't ride powder or freeride or whatever. Yes, it feels a bit different but you just need to get used to it. I don't have any experience from the boards but by looking at the specs, they both looked pretty good for your needs. If you like the Evo, go for it. And the flex in the Evo is 3,5 so it's not even very soft for a jibbing board yet. Should work on jumps pretty well, I mean my board is like a flex 1 and I ride jumps with it. Sorry, nothing useful I guess
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Nah this is great info mate, I didn't think anyone would actually help out! I just want to get a board that's suits me as much as possible and that I'm not forcing it to do things it not meant for. Plus give me as much advantage pulling off moves with versatility. Thank you for the advice. Evo may be a bit costly though

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Why don't you post what boards are available in your price range, to you, and you like the look of. So many boards out there that all rip. Most boards can take smaller jumps just fine. I think Scotty Vine uses a Westmark, a softer all-mtn board, and he takes jumps I wouldn't even dream of doing, and he's doing it on one foot. You're not Scotty Vine but that means the board isn't holding you back.
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Did a quick research. The Gnu has a flex rate of 4-5 so it's a bit stiffer than the Evo. If you want to go more for the park, a softer board is better in my opinion. Easier to play with, and anything that has a flex of 3 or more will probably be stiff enough for your jumps. But once you go too stiff, it becomes harder to do things where you need to control the board perfectly. From my experience softer boards are more forgiving. And this all is just my own experience from the six or seven boards I've had. And you should get a pretty dope board with your budget.
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Ah cool cool, I'd like to try keep the cost under 450 though I do like the look of the never summer evo. Others that caught my eye were Bataleon evil twin, GNU carbon credit, salomon villian, lib tech skate banana yellow and the arbor westmark. I reaslise that variations between boards won't dramatically change wether I can complete tricks and jumps that comes down to me, but I'd like to get a board that will compliment my style and give me that extra enjoyment and ease when doing it!

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The evo is capable of jibs and jumps, not a noodle. Of course how big of a jump depends on you but unless you're sending it, all the boards you listed will be fine I'm sure. I don't go more than 10-15 feet on my bravest day so that's that.

I personally didn't like the Westmark, as it felt lifeless to me compared to the Coda. But loads of people rip on it. Turns out I like a more poppy/springy/energetic board. Have heard great things about the Villain and I've been trying to score one (my buddy's buddy is a Salomon rep). I think Louis-Felix Paradis rides that board? He rides jumps. Big ones. Here he is on a Villain ripping rails.

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Great info cheers, ill look into the villian some more, I think you've made this pretty clear, thanks I don't think I'll be jumping and larger than that either.

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if you want a ns evo get a statusboard for 150 or so. they have size 146-154 left.

Use the 10% off code.

statussnow.com

Get the 150.

Its pressed in the same factory as NS with the same profile and durability.

All my NS friends bought tons of these boards that use to have the evo. They say its the same feel as last years model.

very fast base and very damp. I have the 153 ID from 2012 model and I'm at 210-215 lbs. It has a longer effective edge as well.
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Sweet ill look into it cheers!

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