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09-06-2014 02:56 PM
Originally Posted by Nivek View Post
I've already started hearing rumors Nike is pulling out of snow for '16.
09-06-2014 02:39 PM
xIceHoundx I'm curious as to what boards people would suggest that would compare to a LT Skunk Ape HP 167w. The market just seems not challenging for a big guy like me to find a stick.
09-06-2014 01:08 AM
highme I'm the anomaly; a PNW local who rides an NS (most of the time, my quiver includes Atomic, Rome, Burton & K2 as well).

I like Mervin's gear. I don't like using Mervin's gear (I don't like the way it rides). There was a 2012 Jamie Lynn in damn good condition on CL recently for $100. I was tempted to pick it up and give it a shot, fortunately it sold before I could think too hard and I avoided adding another board to my collection.
09-06-2014 12:16 AM
Nivek Honestly there's a lot of back end stuff that went down that not many people know of. I've heard faint whispers, enough to know that I don't know the whole story. But basically, Burton was hurting for money, Forum wasn't making enough in their eyes, so they had to go. And rather than sell them to TSA they just ended it. The big thing to remember with the whole situation is that was the second time Forum was in that position. The first time 8 or 9 years ago Burton kept them from being sold to Garts or the like and kept them as a true snowboard brand and effectively ran separately from Burton.

Could Burton have kept Forum running financially? Maybe, probably. But they did get and keep them running for 8 years longer than the brand would have lasted without Burton. And guess what, brands die. Look at Lamar, Sims, Drake, and Northwave. All major hitters that are either on life support or dead. Hell, Vans isn't shipping boots this year and I've already started hearing rumors Nike is pulling out of snow for '16. This is all a business, business decisions will be made. We can only make decisions on nostalgia for so long.

And if you have a problem with Burton remember these things: NS produces ski's, so does K2 and therefore Ride, Vans is attached to The North Face, Volcom is owned by Prada, Mervin makes skis and is owned by a holding corp... Burton, Burton is still owned by Jake and his Wife and they don't make ski's. Oh and they set up Riglet Parks in Central Park New York to try and capture young kids into the sport. So there's that.
09-05-2014 11:10 PM
jdang307 So what brought Forum down inquiring minds want to know. (Forum Destroyer 2nd board I rode and it was awesome not that I knew anything but it looked really really cool).
09-05-2014 06:18 PM
radiomuse210 I haven't read through the whole thread and haven't ridden a Mervin board...but I did have a pair of Gnu bindings that were absolute crap. My Burton Stilettos have held up over many season with just a few scuffs on them, while the Gnus fell apart halfway through the first season I had them. I can't remember the name of them...but that was my first and last experience with Gnu. I dig my Burton bindings and NS board personally.
08-04-2014 02:17 PM
Deimus85 I love my 2011/12 Lib TRS and my 2008/09 Gnu Danny Kass Vertighoul. Both are a lot of snowboard (and were pretty expensive), so I don't really take them everywhere I ride. The TRS is my bigger mountain board, and the Vertighoul is for when I want to hit jumps all day. My smaller mountain board is a 2012/13 K2 Happy Hour.
08-04-2014 01:37 AM
Anticrobotic I know this is all part of a glorious thread revival, but I'm going to reply anyway.
Originally Posted by GreyDragon View Post
Now the Nitros, they have caught my eye in the past, but I haven't had a chance to demo one yet. I will keep them in mind.
Not that my shitty beginner-intermediate word weighs anywhere near as much as those of the more advanced riders here, but I'd still like to +1 the Nitro Team GW. I rode a 159W for three days in Val Thorens this winter and I loved it.

Of all the boards I've tried so far (9) it definitely has the fastest base. In fact, the base is so fast it's ridiculous. The board just doesn't want to go slow. And by fast I mean the way it accelerates - I'm not talking bout how stable it is at speed. Yes, that depends on the wax job but seeing as I tried 3 different newly waxed boards from the same shop I'd say the difference was quite established.

I didn't encounter icy conditions during those days but I'd say it held an edge as well or better as any other board I've tried, and we were practicing hard, drawn out carves on it. A few times when I fucked up and caught an edge it would take bite out of the hardpack the size of my head... Methinks it's a sign of good edge pressure.

The way I remember it the Skate Banana 159w I tried was heavier and bulkier that the Team GW 159w.

Definitely worth checking out, I hope you get to demo it. It definitely fullfills your prerequisites b)-f). You'll have to test a) for yourself, but I know BA thinks it rails.
08-03-2014 09:37 AM
f00bar Can this thread please just fade away? Is there really anything else to say?
08-03-2014 09:26 AM
Originally Posted by Alkasquawlik View Post
methinks you don't have a firm grasp on the issues that ultimately brought Forum down. Shitting on Burton for it is ignorant and laughable.
Quoted again to stress the truthfulness.
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