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01-06-2009 08:34 AM
Zee The RC is a great board. I would buy another.
01-06-2009 08:27 AM
eastcstrdr Thanks guys. Looking forward to demoing one as soon as I can find a place...
01-06-2009 03:40 AM
Triple8Sol I've owned 5 Rider's Choice MTX boards in various sizes. They're awesome all around. Those reviews are just one person's opinion.
01-06-2009 01:07 AM
Motorhead I think magnetraction is definately a benifit so all things being equal would get a board with it rather then without but there is plenty of other factors to consider of course.
01-05-2009 11:00 PM
eastcstrdr All those reasons definitely make sense. I pretty much look for boards for the same reason (mostly technical) but that's why I initially wasn't looking for the skate. I've heard mixed and I'm also intermediate so I definitely don't need the "in" board. Looking forward to hearing your review...
01-05-2009 09:16 PM
dave1billion Yes, actually. My wife and I ordered both for Christmas (accidentally) and I had a RC BTX 157.5 and a Skata Banana 159. So I was able to do a side-by-side comparison.

One was purely cosmetic. The Green (Chartreuse?) and yellow graphics on the Skate Banana turned me off. The RC has better graphics IMHO. That's pretty lame, but if you're paying around $500 for a board aesthetics matter.

Holding up the 159 to the 157.5 together showed the 159 SB was only about a half cm longer, although it was wider as the specs indicated. So I figured I'd get pretty much the same amount of lift from the RC for powder days. I was actually surprised how similar the boards were.

From reviews, the RC is a little stiffer and more stable at speed and more of an all-around board than the more park-oriented SB.

I've also read about the SB having problems with the top sheet delaminating (although the warranty coverage is great). I read that the RC is supposed to be more resilient due to their automated manufacturing process. It was hard to find any definitive data on this, however. Just anectodal reports.

And last, but not least, since the Skate Banana is hyped so highly I simply chose the lower profile Rider's Choice since I'm only an intermediate rider and didn't want to look like a poser with the more flashy "IN" snowboard while busting my ass as I try to learn my way around in the park. I've always been a rather low profile type.

So one cosmetic reason, a couple of technical reasons, and a self-conscious reason.

Again, all my info was from reading other people's reviews so I can't give any first-hand info. Hopefully I'll be able to give some feedback in a couple of weeks.
01-05-2009 08:26 PM
eastcstrdr Gotcha. I thought both had the Banana tech and only the MTX had magnatraction so I had it all mixed up. Thanks for the clarification. I'm definitely going for a board with the reverse camber after riding the Hero, but let me know what you think of the R/C BTX if you get a chance. Is there any reason you chose that one over the Skate?
01-05-2009 07:03 PM
dave1billion The BTX has the same magnetraction (MTX) as the MTX.

It also has the latest hot thing, the reverse camber banana rocker (BTX). It's the same tech as the highly (overly in the Angry Snowboarders opinion) hyped Skate Banana, which is from Gnu's sister company. From what I've read, that makes the BTX a little better in the powder AND the park than the MTX.

BTW, the Burton Hero also has the reverse camber rocker.
01-05-2009 06:54 PM
eastcstrdr Sorry, should have mentioned this to start...

Weight: 155
Riding style: 50/50 Freestyle/Freeride
Age: 24
Mostly riding on the east coast...
01-05-2009 06:46 PM
eastcstrdr Thanks Dave. I'd probably be best off just demo'ing as many as I can. I definitely would have if Mount Snow had the option. Is there any reason you recommend the BTX over the MTX?
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