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Old 01-20-2014, 12:30 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I've seen quite a few idiotic comments from that user. He's entertaining though.

Nicool, where was that picture taken? That trail looks familiar.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:21 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Hi All,
I recently bought a 2015 limited run Never Summer Ripsaw 156. I thought I would post a brief review in case it might help others considering it.

I'm about 185lbs, 5'9", with a size 10 Burton Driver X, and Burton Diode bindings riding at +18F/-9B angles. My riding style is very aggressive and I tend to charge most runs at full throttle. I race boardercross when the opportunity arises and competed HP/Slopestyle for my college snowboard team back in the day when I was a young buck. My last board was a K2 Slayblade 158 and before that, a whole bunch of Salomons (got them for pennies or sometimes free).

In a nutshell, this board is like having your own little pet monster. I have lapped Killington and Jay Peak on this through 2 pow days last week, and a bunch of groomers and a few park runs thrown in. Its my first NS board so maybe other owners already know this but...I don't think I've ever ridden a board that holds an edge as good as this one. On an early morning corduroy run, I basically laid down full body rooster tails the whole way without the deck even hinting of washing out. The pop off lips on park kickers was like raw kangaroo meat. Made me wish I would have done more squats at the gym last summer.

We had a pretty solid storm system come through last week so I rode the board in 2 days of pow too. The float on it was ... meh. I think the Slayblade floated a little better but at the same time, my stance was set back about .5 inches on that board and I'm totally centered on the Ripsaw. I'm not sure .5 inches would make that big of a difference though. Also, it has zero forgiveness. If you get lazy on this, you WILL be punished. Catching edges at speed almost happened so I found myself having to really concentrate the whole time, especially in the trees. Its was a more intense experience for sure...almost zen-like but not laid back at all. The board wants to charge full speed at everything all the time. I'm not sure how fast I got it up to but suffice to say I don't think I felt a limit or high speed chatters...even through crud.

All in all, the ripsaw is a very aggressive board for hard-charging riders. For my style of riding; its definitely the best board I've ever owned.

Hope this helps anyone considering it for their next axe. Cheers,
Question: why the 156 and not the 159 ? I'm 5'9", 155lbs size 9 boot and currently ride a Custom X 158. Been riding east coast for 20 years. A 156 seems too small ? Don't know but welcome your input. thanks

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THE Ripsaw has blunted tips which increases the effective edge of the board.

A blunted 156 would measure more like 158-159 with rounded tips.

His 156 probably rides similar to your Burton 158.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:17 PM   #24 (permalink)
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THE Ripsaw has blunted tips which increases the effective edge of the board.

A blunted 156 would measure more like 158-159 with rounded tips.

His 156 probably rides similar to your Burton 158.
Ripsaw has less effective edge than same size Custom X. 117 vs. 121.3
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:35 PM   #25 (permalink)
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With length I think it's generally personal preference but in this case, I went with the 156 because of the waist width. At a size 10 Burton driver X, the footprint gave me about a quarter inch of toe and heel hang, which is about where I like our personally. Also, I will say that despite the effective edge comment above, I felt that for carving ability this board rode like a 58 or 59, which is the length I typically have ridden in the past. I spun a couple of 3s and 5s and it felt pretty light but I think the diodes had something to do with that... But again so much of this is personal preference so others might think differently.
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I would even say this thing carves harder than longer boards I've ridden. It holds an edge like crazy! Almost donek like.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:12 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Is this a cambered board?
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:15 PM   #28 (permalink)
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No it is there new extended camber rocker board

You can see it in this pic the board tips sit just about on the ground now.


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I've seen quite a few idiotic comments from that user. He's entertaining though.

Nicool, where was that picture taken? That trail looks familiar.
Stratton VT that day. 5th day on the ripsaw and still hyped!
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No it is there new extended camber rocker board

You can see it in this pic the board tips sit just about on the ground now.

Its official. This is the sickest board I've ever ridden. Got to take a bunch of pipe runs on Sunday and.... Holy ass. Incredible edge grip, super predictable pop, rididonkulous fast base.
This is a keeper! I'm using it for everything except split boarding of course.
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