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
Last edited by AlexWhyte; 03-27-2014 at 02:26 AM.