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03-11-2014 07:16 PM
binarypie
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Originally Posted by Sprockett View Post
To follow up, I bought the 161 and am very glad that I did. It has the same overall length as the Rossignol XV Magtek in a 163 and an effective edge maybe 2cm longer. It is also stiffer. It takes a lot of work to flex this board.

I've had 4 days on it from big powder to refrozen boiler plate to slush and rain.

At the beginning of the year, coming from a softer Nidecker Ultralight, I felt the XV was stiff and a lot of work to ride all day. Great in the wide open but clumsy in the bumps and trees. After 20+ days, I'm used to the XV and it doesn't feel that way at all...it's super stable and still plenty maneuverable as long as you aren't completely doddling about. I feel my riding has progressed a lot as a result, the board wants to be rode fast. Getting on the Carbon Flagship feels like going back to the beginning of the season. I'm betting my fitness and riding will progress to suit the new board but at the moment, cruising around the resort on it feels a little like I imagine driving a Lambo through San Francisco.

I'll be taking both boards out for three days at Mustang Powder (cat operation) so I'll get to know it better soon.
congrats!!
03-11-2014 06:51 PM
Sprockett To follow up, I bought the 161 and am very glad that I did. It has the same overall length as the Rossignol XV Magtek in a 163 and an effective edge maybe 2cm longer. It is also stiffer. It takes a lot of work to flex this board.

I've had 4 days on it from big powder to refrozen boiler plate to slush and rain.

At the beginning of the year, coming from a softer Nidecker Ultralight, I felt the XV was stiff and a lot of work to ride all day. Great in the wide open but clumsy in the bumps and trees. After 20+ days, I'm used to the XV and it doesn't feel that way at all...it's super stable and still plenty maneuverable as long as you aren't completely doddling about. I feel my riding has progressed a lot as a result, the board wants to be rode fast. Getting on the Carbon Flagship feels like going back to the beginning of the season. I'm betting my fitness and riding will progress to suit the new board but at the moment, cruising around the resort on it feels a little like I imagine driving a Lambo through San Francisco.

I'll be taking both boards out for three days at Mustang Powder (cat operation) so I'll get to know it better soon.
02-21-2014 11:18 AM
binarypie
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Yea, I've recognized that it has a built in "the faster the better/easier" ride mode . Too slow and it buckles. I'm riding speeds confidently with that board which are way out of my comfort zone with other boards. As long as visibility is good and groomers aren't crowded, I absolutely enjoy the board.
It's more the afternoon solid mogul skier crowded groomer type of riding where I donít. I just can't ride the same speed in the crowds even though I could. Hubby is reckless and uses skiers as slalom poles .
BTW: he got the NOW Drive for it and is happy with them, so thanks for the hint the other day!
Np! I actually want to upgrade both of my IPO to drives but alas my wallet wont let me.
02-21-2014 03:46 AM
neni
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Originally Posted by binarypie View Post
Neni quick tip on the bumps thing.

Let the board just kind of plow through it. It will feel a little wild at first but if your line is good you'll actually find yourself trusting the board to just kind of plow over things. Speed will be your new best friend.
Yea, I've recognized that it has a built in "the faster the better/easier" ride mode . Too slow and it buckles. I'm riding speeds confidently with that board which are way out of my comfort zone with other boards. As long as visibility is good and groomers aren't crowded, I absolutely enjoy the board.
It's more the afternoon solid mogul skier crowded groomer type of riding where I don’t. I just can't ride the same speed in the crowds even though I could. Hubby is reckless and uses skiers as slalom poles .
BTW: he got the NOW Drive for it and is happy with them, so thanks for the hint the other day!
02-21-2014 12:48 AM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by Sprockett View Post
Thanks for the offer to contact Virus. Think you'll be in Fernie this weekend?

I was going on priors site where they market it as such. I've tried a couple softer boards and decided it's not for me...hence the carbon flagship. I would probably consider a prior mfr instead but not easy to source quickly.
No I'm patrolling at Nakiska all weekend, I wish I hadn't signed up because we'd rather go to Fernie or KH instead!

I don't think the Khyber is soft at all, I think most of the custom manufacturers don't make anything "soft" so their range probably goes from 5-10 in Burtons flex scale. Heard great things about the MFR, but I think the Khyber would be more fun in powder, if a little less "point and shoot".
02-21-2014 12:10 AM
Sprockett Thanks for the offer to contact Virus. Think you'll be in Fernie this weekend?

I was going on priors site where they market it as such. I've tried a couple softer boards and decided it's not for me...hence the carbon flagship. I would probably consider a prior mfr instead but not easy to source quickly.

I actually want to stop thinking about boards and just ride but would like some back to back testing so I can feel I made an effort to find a board I like and not just riding what I have. So far after demoing and borrowing I'm actually still happy with the XV except perhaps the all out magnetraction. Since I can't demo everything, I am willing just to buy and try and this is as good time as any as boards are stating to go on sale and there's still time to enjoy a new board.
02-20-2014 09:10 PM
poutanen
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Have you ridden a Flagship poutanen?

I'm currently setback a long way on the XV. Likely 35mm or more...I'm beyond the reference I think. Stance is 22.5" wide, goofy, +18 front and 0/+5 back. I'm looking for a single board for everything. I feel like I can't consider a powder specific board like that Prior as they just don't do well enough all round to kill a quiver.
Not yet, would like to try it!

I wouldn't call the Khyber a powder specific board. In fact in the right length I'd say it would be a prime all terrain board for our mountains. It's got a similar camber profile to the flagship, likely similar stiffness, the only thing that's more extreme about it is the taper (though I can't find specific specs on the flagship anywhere).

For my next board I may see if I can get a deal on a Khyber 160, the 165 is just a bit big for the tight trees.

On the other hand, I love the Virus... lol If you're willing to wait I can talk to Virus and see what kind of spring deals will be available. I think he's been busy building boards for the olympics?!?
02-20-2014 07:37 PM
binarypie
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After my excitment for my wooden Flagship, hubby got a Carbon 164 @ 190lbs. His comment: been waiting for such a board for 20y . Since it's still pretty new, I haven't had the chance yet to try it... he wont share it yet
But he has similar impressions about it being "bit of work" in bumps as I have with mine. However, so much fun to ride pow and charge good groomer.
Neni quick tip on the bumps thing.

Let the board just kind of plow through it. It will feel a little wild at first but if your line is good you'll actually find yourself trusting the board to just kind of plow over things. Speed will be your new best friend.
02-20-2014 05:05 PM
neni After my excitment for my wooden Flagship, hubby got a Carbon 164 @ 190lbs. His comment: been waiting for such a board for 20y . Since it's still pretty new, I haven't had the chance yet to try it... he wont share it yet
But he has similar impressions about it being "bit of work" in bumps as I have with mine. However, so much fun to ride pow and charge good groomer.
02-20-2014 04:06 PM
ksup3erb Thanks. Was curious since I'm looking for bindings for my Experience. Rear entry isn't my cup of tea these days.
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