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Old 02-01-2013, 05:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Alright well I want a big mountain powder board so what would you recommend that comes in a smaller size. Would the Jones Flagship be a similar type of board also is the 154 of that too big?
Just looking at the numbers that should probably work for you.
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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?
i dont have the exact comparison but i have a sl split and a heritage, and a raptor (last years)
the sl and heritage are really fun, turny, ykno jibbit here, poke it there, turn turn turn
the raptor is a killer you just point it where your headed and it eats up anything in the way, you can rilly lay into it, its not subtle, its a real charger.
i expect the new tech on it will just make it more so.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:31 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I also have a 156 Billy Goat that I love and the new Raptor I am riding is also a 156 and I will be making some side by side comparisons once I get a review posted.
Nice, can't wait!
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:18 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Like I said, have to wait a few more days for my first full review but I can answer some of your basic questions as I am riding the 156 Raptor for 2014 and I have a 2013 SL.

There is a HUGE differnce in high speed handling and carving ability between any SL and any Raptor regardless of model year. The dampness and overall handling at high speed in a carve is quite noticeable. I cannot comment on the difference between the 2013 and the 2014 but I will say this, if you can get a 2013 for a good price, snag it; it will not dissapoint.

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Thanks! Been patiently counting the days until you post it up

I figure their would be a significant difference, just wanted to be sure since I can't find any to demo around here

Definitely looking to snag a 2013 at a good price in the near future. Thanks for the reassurance. :-)
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Thanks! Been patiently counting the days until you post it up

I figure their would be a significant difference, just wanted to be sure since I can't find any to demo around here

Definitely looking to snag a 2013 at a good price in the near future. Thanks for the reassurance. :-)
You'll love it if you get one... Finding a price less than retail on any current NS will be hard though, they usually sellout at MSRP.

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Old 02-04-2013, 01:28 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Hey danm,

Would you be comfortable upsizing to the 159? We have the same riding style and pretty much the same stats (~160 lbs, 5'7, boot 9). I've been riding on a 156 and love the size, but my local store only has a 159 left. I can buy the 156 online, but would love to support my store if I can. I know its only 3 cm, but wanted your input.

Any thoughts?

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Thanks! Been patiently counting the days until you post it up
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Hey danm,

Would you be comfortable upsizing to the 159? We have the same riding style and pretty much the same stats (~160 lbs, 5'7, boot 9). I've been riding on a 156 and love the size, but my local store only has a 159 left. I can buy the 156 online, but would love to support my store if I can. I know its only 3 cm, but wanted your input.

Any thoughts?

Also, this.
Definitely someone our size and skill level could ride a 159... BUTTT the 156 for me is nearly PERFECT... soooo quick with turn initiation and yet super stable charging through chunder. I do have a pure pow board for snorkel days so if you're going for a single board 'quiver' you could be fine on the 159.
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Definitely someone our size and skill level could ride a 159... BUTTT the 156 for me is nearly PERFECT... soooo quick with turn initiation and yet super stable charging through chunder. I do have a pure pow board for snorkel days so if you're going for a single board 'quiver' you could be fine on the 159.
Looks like I'll just have to go for the 156. I don't ride in west cost pow more than one trip a year. Thanks for the reply!

Just need to wait for the 2014 review to see whether I should buy the 2013 or wait, but it may not be coming due to all the ridiculous bickering. i'm not a pro in the snowboarding industry, but getting the product from the company for the sole reason of reviewing seems pretty standard in many industries. Way to ruin it for everybody else. They had a great point, but were too short sighted to see a solution or how the real world works. Full disclosure 100% solves the problem and puts the responsibility of sorting out a possible bias on the reader, which the "design team" was planning on doing. if the admins see this post, I hope they can differentiate between the very few who were complaining vs the majority who will seriously lose out due to the recent decision to step back from a mutually beneficial relationship. Snowolf and others, you reading this? Many people benefit from and appreciate what you do here. End rant.

Anyways, danm, given that the stiffness and dampness is materially increasing in 2014, would you go out of your way to demo the new board if you had a chance? I'm a little disappointed that the board is changing that much.

if I loved a board that much, I would really rather enjoy it than demo another....would you categorize this board like that?
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Looks like I'll just have to go for the 156. I don't ride in west cost pow more than one trip a year. Thanks for the reply!

Just need to wait for the 2014 review to see whether I should buy the 2013 or wait, but it may not be coming due to all the ridiculous bickering. i'm not a pro in the snowboarding industry, but getting the product from the company for the sole reason of reviewing seems pretty standard in many industries. Way to ruin it for everybody else. They had a great point, but were too short sighted to see a solution or how the real world works. Full disclosure 100% solves the problem and puts the responsibility of sorting out a possible bias on the reader, which the "design team" was planning on doing. if the admins see this post, I hope they can differentiate between the very few who were complaining vs the majority who will seriously lose out due to the recent decision to step back from a mutually beneficial relationship. Snowolf and others, you reading this? Many people benefit from and appreciate what you do here. End rant.

Anyways, danm, given that the stiffness and dampness is materially increasing in 2014, would you go out of your way to demo the new board if you had a chance? I'm a little disappointed that the board is changing that much.

if I loved a board that much, I would really rather enjoy it than demo another....would you categorize this board like that?
IF I was at one of my local mountains AND NS happened to be demoing, sure I'd slide on a 2014... but I love my 13' enough that I wouldn't travel out of my way to ride one.
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IF I was at one of my local mountains AND NS happened to be demoing, sure I'd slide on a 2014... but I love my 13' enough that I wouldn't travel out of my way to ride one.
I'm pretty sold. Now just have to wait for it to go on sale before they sell out. seems like risky business from what I hear, but gonna roll the dice lol
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