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I was just googling skunk ape (looking to buy another) and saw my old tread one up second on google so thought it only fair to post an update/new review

Reminder - had a skunk ape HP. The core must have snapped as the nose was creased and floppy. Also the top sheet on the HP models are dog shit. Totally soft and get cut up by anything.

Mervin were great. They sent me out a new board based on only pictures and explaining the damage. I got the non-HP skunk ape as a replacement as the top sheet is too soft.

Update now - love it! Been riding for about 5 weeks on and off. The manga traction holds amazingly on ice (was in New Hampshire, home of ice). I like the rocker feel for powder and basic buttering (although the board is probably stiffer than I'd like for most things). Saying that, it's very fast. I'm only on a 161 (and I'm heavy) and I can't help but bomb it.

I'm actually looking to buy a longer version of the same board. Maybe a 169 as I sink in powder more than I should (I'm 110kg/242lbs, 6'3").

As a side note. I bought a gnu space case 156cm and it feels like a more playful version of the skunk ape. I'm keeping that for day to day andgettingalonger ape for powder

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I was just googling skunk ape (looking to buy another) and saw my old tread one up second on google so thought it only fair to post an update/new review

Reminder - had a skunk ape HP. The core must have snapped as the nose was creased and floppy. Also the top sheet on the HP models are dog shit. Totally soft and get cut up by anything.

Mervin were great. They sent me out a new board based on only pictures and explaining the damage. I got the non-HP skunk ape as a replacement as the top sheet is too soft.

Update now - love it! Been riding for about 5 weeks on and off. The manga traction holds amazingly on ice (was in New Hampshire, home of ice). I like the rocker feel for powder and basic buttering (although the board is probably stiffer than I'd like for most things). Saying that, it's very fast. I'm only on a 161 (and I'm heavy) and I can't help but bomb it.

I'm actually looking to buy a longer version of the same board. Maybe a 169 as I sink in powder more than I should (I'm 110kg/242lbs, 6'3").

As a side note. I bought a gnu space case 156cm and it feels like a more playful version of the skunk ape. I'm keeping that for day to day andgettingalonger ape for powder
Just to point out at your weight a full on powder deck will offer much better float. If you like lib the birdman is the way to go. I'd put you on a 180 if it was my choice.

Depends on where you ride (depth and type of powder and terrain) but here in Japan you would definitely want the 180.

Pair a proper powder board up with an all around mountain twin and you have the start of a nice quiver, boards for different occasions with different properties and feel. Just getting a longer twin like deck and a shorter one is a waste IMO.
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Maybe I should go with a proper powder then as a second board. Although I've only been in powder a couple of times (never been to cananda or japan)
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Maybe I should go with a proper powder then as a second board. Although I've only been in powder a couple of times (never been to cananda or japan)
You need to go. If you have 2 boards they should at least be very different IMO. The beauty of a proper powder board is it should last many years if you only get occasional dumps.
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