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Old 03-12-2013, 03:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I agree the boards are weaker than average. Mine got a split that propogated a long way compared to a board with fibreglass, plastic top sheet and steel edge.



That damage looks like someone ran into you or you ran into someone. Does not look like tree or rock damage.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:57 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Ick. Really?

I really want to love their boards but it all of them peel and burr this easy I can't take that
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:59 PM   #23 (permalink)
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That damage looks like someone ran into you or you ran into someone. Does not look like tree or rock damage.
I've got the same slice in mine from a skiers edge. I feel like a normal top would have chipped from it, but not peeled like that.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:03 PM   #24 (permalink)
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yea honestly its just the lack of a steel edge around the ends of the board
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yea honestly its just the lack of a steel edge around the ends of the board
Full wrap edge would not have helped that. I've had that same peeling in the middle of my board. Thank you skier.
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Somehow I think that a protective metal edge would definitely lessen the chances of that happening. I've had skiers go over my top sheet and never had a chip or crack like that ..

Come to think of it, I don't see how you can say it wouldn't have made a difference
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:22 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Your absolutely right about the c2btx camber and mag trac that makes Mervin boards ride so damn well in every condition. I recently switched from a Burton dominant camber to the gnu Billy goat and don't think I can ever go back to riding camber boards because of how confident I feel while riding the Billy. That being said I'm sad to hear the hp is not up to par , wanted to grab one off season to use as a wider pow board, but now this is making me think twice. Graphics on the hp so much more better than the non hp version
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:33 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I hope that enough people will raise this with LT so they look at a way to address the issue with HP tops.

I was thinking, if the HP's main selling point is that it's a little lighter - I'm wondering if that's a big enough difference. Think about it, it your board weights about ~5lbs does saving a couple of hundred grams make a difference? Especially when your boots and bindings weight about 15lbs.

Same for any weight / spin weight saved without a blade around the nose and tail, does it make that much difference to sacrifice the strength a d protection they provide?
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Same for any weight / spin weight saved without a blade around the nose and tail, does it make that much difference to sacrifice the strength a d protection they provide?
Edges that do not go all the way around the board are not to save (spin) weight, they exist because fully-wrapped wavy edges (i.e., Magne Traction) are a pain in the ass to manufacture.

Probably makes no difference for durability, as it avoids ripping out an edge when nudging a tree or whatever with the tip - and Lib-Tech (like other manufacturers) use plastic tip fillers anyway.

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Realistically Libtech (Mervin) isn't going to change the way they produce their boards because it has been a standard among their line for years now. I guess you take the good with the bad. The one thing I never understood was why Lib tends to be so much more expensive that other boards when they don't seem to be quite as durable
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