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Old 01-29-2013, 04:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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This crappy phone pic really shows the different tip and tail shape and lengths.
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What model year is that Raptor? I will be testing the 2014 and am curious what design changes have been made. I have the specs, just need to know what year yours is.
Current model year, 2013... first year for the 156. I'm curious too if there's any changes for 2014 because for me, this is the perfect board...
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I will look at the 2013 and 2014 spec sheets Vince sent me and will list them when I get home from work.
Thanks in advance... all spelled out...
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Would be very interested in any changes from 2012
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Interesting. So they have made it even more damp and stiff? I heard the 2011-12 (which I got) was stiffer than 2010-2011.

The elastomer stabilizers I think were on the f1, is now added.
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Okay, I did some side by comparisons of the 2012/2013 Raptor and the 2013/2014 Raptor and there are a few changes.

Flex: The 2013/2014 model is stiffer going from 6.5 to 8.0

Dampness: The 2013/2014 model is damper going from 7.0 to 9.0

The construction is identical except on the 2013/2014 model, they have added "Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers" which is described as, "Elastomeric Rubber Stabilizers directly below the mounting area provide optimum vibration absorption and increase high speed stability while reducing foot fatigue."

So in a nut shell, it sounds basically like a stiffer, damper version of the original from last year.
Curious to see if it's actually stiffer or if NS adjusted their scale? Did you here this from Vince?
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Apologies for the semi-thread jack, but was looking to get the 2013 Raptor as my freeride stick. Currently have a 153 NS SL and was looking to get a 156 Raptor. I was pretty much set on getting this year's version, but hearing how next year's version was stiffer and damper, I'm debating now. So I have two questions...

1) For anyone that has had an opportunity to ride both, is there a noticeable difference, particularly in regards to carving fast, between the Raptor and the SL to justify the cost?

2) For anyone that has, or will have, an opportunity to ride a 2014 Raptor, and has also had an opportunity to ride a past years version (doesn't have to be 2013), could you comment on the differences. I know that the numbers say, but I'm just curious if there's actually a difference when riding the board.

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5'7" 150 7.5 boot
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I'm looking forward to more reviews of this board! I'm probably going to pick up a new board for next season and I'm close to the end of my season (sucks to live in TX). The 2013/14 Raptor sounds really promising.

I'm also looking at the Jones Carbon Flagship, GNU Billy Goat, Jamie Lynn Classic and Jamie Lynn Phoenix, but haven't been able to find these at a demo store yet.
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Apologies for the semi-thread jack, but was looking to get the 2013 Raptor as my freeride stick. Currently have a 153 NS SL and was looking to get a 156 Raptor. I was pretty much set on getting this year's version, but hearing how next year's version was stiffer and damper, I'm debating now. So I have two questions...

1) For anyone that has had an opportunity to ride both, is there a noticeable difference, particularly in regards to carving fast, between the Raptor and the SL to justify the cost?

2) For anyone that has, or will have, an opportunity to ride a 2014 Raptor, and has also had an opportunity to ride a past years version (doesn't have to be 2013), could you comment on the differences. I know that the numbers say, but I'm just curious if there's actually a difference when riding the board.

My stats...

5'7" 150 7.5 boot
No worries, not a thread jack, just a slight meander ... I haven't made turns on an SL but I would imagine the Raptor is significantly more adept at high speed carving... It's amazing how comfortable it feels at speed and it just demolishes end of day crud without having an over damp dead feeling.
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I'm looking forward to more reviews of this board! I'm probably going to pick up a new board for next season and I'm close to the end of my season (sucks to live in TX). The 2013/14 Raptor sounds really promising.

I'm also looking at the Jones Carbon Flagship, GNU Billy Goat, Jamie Lynn Classic and Jamie Lynn Phoenix, but haven't been able to find these at a demo store yet.
I'll be riding this Thursday so I'll add more impressions then.
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