Thanks for the review Bart. It is much appreciated. I've been riding the Raptor for the past 3 seasons and like it a lot but I am looking to get a new board in the fall. Would you recommend the Chairman to someone who already likes the Raptor? Any notable differences other than the increased width and torsional stiffness? The variable sidecut also seems to be different between the Raptor and the Chairman. Does it ride that much differently? Any differences in the camber rocker profile?
I never liked comparing boards, unless I get to ride them the same day in the same conditions etc. but here it goes anyway.
Chairman is definitely stiffer, more aggressive and more advanced board than Raptor. I've since lent it to a few friends of mine, who ride less aggressively than I and watched them have hard time on it.
It takes more commitment than Raptor. The Raptor is a more allround board - if you saw my review of it, I did mention it's very versatile but fails at high inclination angles. The Chairman handles the aggressive, high board inclination angles riding well, but looses a bit on the versatility.
Increased stiffness, damping, torsional stiffness make a huge difference.
Variable sidecut radius - with the increase in stiffness you can feel the board biting into the snow, tightening the radius and pushing you out of the turn (and possibly up into the air) - I like this.
I don't know the difference between r/c profile. I'm not the kind of person that compares board specs and technical data. I'm all about how it feels and whether I like it. I like both boards a lot.