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Old 01-02-2012, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I clicked "order" on dogfunk a couple of weeks ago, and then the excitement wore off. Then it turned into,"Why did I spend 600+ on a board?" Then it arrived. Just laying eyes on it wiped away any mixed feelings I had after the initial sale. I got it home and decided that I couldn't wait to try it out. I live about an hour and a half away from Hakkoda Ropeway in Aomori, Japan. It's argued to be the best lift accessed mountain in the world... I dunno if it is but they do currently have 13 feet of snow making it the perfect place to try out my new toy.

Me : 6'3" 220lbs, 29 years old.

Gear: Lib Tech Birdman 180cm, 2011 Cartel Bindings. Rear binding is all the way back pointed ... 6.. degrees out.. I say that because the way it reads, there's no way to really know on the binding. Front is 15. K2 Darko boots, which I love. I know some of you are like.. what's with all this last year's model crap. Well I still have it because it still works great and new bindings and boots would have meant no 600 dollars for this board.

Birdman next to a 159W Slayblade



Mountain: Hakkoda Ropeway

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Before I type a little about how the board performed, I will say that this is not the board for people who don't care for attention from every angle. I got 3 or 4 "SICK BOARD DUDE", or "DAMN WHAT'S THAT and random uncomfortably long stares from Japanese guys with their 115 powder boards.

OK, first run. Immediate first thought... this board is HEAVY. I usually ride a 159 K2 Slayblade which is like a piece of paper so it was a big change. Anyway it's very heavy, and your feet can tell. There is a ton of nose on the board, and turning back and forth on hard pack and jittery surfaces was not incredibly enjoyable. Once I found some powder this thing obviously found its footing. The BTX did its thing and it was smooth sailing essentially for most of the day. In a way it was almost tooooooo easy. I would just stand there and the board was just moving me along powder trails like a conveyor belt. At one point I came to a flat where I wasn't carrying enough speed and I came to a stop (first time on "The Forest Course" at Hakkoda). I shit you not, I just did the little scoot of shame across the top of the powder until I got over the hill and kept going. I spent the day pretty much trying to sink the nose, but it wasn't having it. With that being said I did bail a couple of times to the point of needing to unstrap, so it's not like I was just riding around on some magician's wand, but more often than not you will certainly feel like you are.

I'll update this with some more when I get a better feel for the board. It was my first day today with it so I can't really sit here and break all the finer details down. For now...

Pros:
-Powder King
-Chicks love big sticks
-Very forgiving on crap conditions
-Looks great

Cons:
-Heavier than it could be, esp for the price
-Hard to explain but it kinda of has a 'runaway speed'. If you point it downhill, you will suddenly be going way faster than you had ever hoped considering that huge tree in front of you will win the fight against your head. It happened a number of times today. not sure why it does that but it can be unsettling
-Price. I think anything this expensive should be cheaper. haha

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Old 01-02-2012, 08:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ahh the forest course. I sort of picture that course in three sections. The first part is extremely flat with some sections that require you to traverse uphill (wtf!) The second part is the real fun part since there is actually an incline. Then the third and final part is another flat section. Was the third part of the course the area where you came to a stop?

Do you live in Misawa?
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Ahh the forest course. I sort of picture that course in three sections. The first part is extremely flat with some sections that require you to traverse uphill (wtf!) The second part is the real fun part since there is actually an incline. Then the third and final part is another flat section. Was the third part of the course the area where you came to a stop?

Do you live in Misawa?
Yes indeed. How could you have guessed? haha. I have to be honest, I didn't really like the forest course that much, and I was they ONLY person out there on it so I gather it's not a secret. I got sucked in my first day and wound up following some locals on a trail to hell, so I decided just to stick to the trails todays and learn the mountain. Are you in Misawa too? I ride all the time.
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I live in on the northern tip of Iwate about 2 and a half hours from Hakkoda.
Hakkoda's downside I guess is that it's not that steep and most of it is flat. But it does get a crazy amount of snow. What happened after you got sucked in the trail of death?

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Well it was very steep wherever these guys led me through dense trees. I wasn't about to bomb something like that my first time there so I got left in their dust and lost. I had to jump across a river and trudge uphill, but I found a road a followed it 3km back to the resort. I didn't spend the night there so it was a good day.

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maybe set your bindings a bit more forward to get closer to the centre of the sidecut, it sounds like you could definitely come forward without losing float
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I know some of you are like.. what's with all this last year's model crap. Well I still have it because it still works great and new bindings and boots would have meant no 600 dollars for this board.
Um I'm sorry, but who the hell thinks this?
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maybe set your bindings a bit more forward to get closer to the centre of the sidecut, it sounds like you could definitely come forward without losing float
Will do! This being my first powder specific board, I had no frame of reference so I just stuck em on and went for it.

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Um I'm sorry, but who the hell thinks this?
I've been to more than one mountain where the 'fashion show' was as important as anything else.
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Um I'm sorry, but who the hell thinks this?
Exactly. I don't think i have one piece of 2012 gear
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Sick!!!!!
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