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02-06-2014 06:08 PM
vajohn x is really a beastly board. More agressive, lots of pop, a little more directional, built to be ridden fast and hard which is when it really comes alive. Not a fun, playful, or forgiving deck at all. It will catch you off guard and throw you around when tired/not paying full attention. Camber Custom is a little more twinnish, slightly playful, more forgiving, not quite as stiff. Don't know much about juice wagon except that it is tapered and supposed to be some type of full camber powder board. Seems like more of a quiver deck...for people who like and are used to riding camber in powder.
02-06-2014 05:39 PM
tonicusa I have a Custom 158, but this season Im riding the Capita NAS and I like it a lot more. But only because I find it poppier and more fun on jumps and in the pipe.
02-06-2014 05:37 PM
pescadero
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For Michigan, if you want to stay with Burton, Custom X.
Thoughts on differences between:

Custom
Custom X
Juice Wagon

Based on the Burton site, they all look pretty similar - anyone able to compare/contrast the three?
02-06-2014 05:23 PM
Oldman From your original list, scratch the Barracuda. Burton pitches it as an "all terrain" deck, but if you want to see a tip dance, put a cuda up to speed on a hard packed groomer and watch that tip dance like a bass breaking water. Now I'm not totally trashing the deck; I own one and love it. Love it for powder, but not for Michigan.

For Michigan, if you want to stay with Burton, Custom X. If you want to branch out consider Rossi Krypto or XV. Lib Tech Lando. Just a couple of hard chargers that I think would suit your style and location.
02-06-2014 03:56 PM
vajohn I started riding around 1990 and I have only had a couple wide boards with size 12s, but I used to ride primarily freestyle/park boards up until about 10 years ago which I guess were a little wider because I never had that much of a problem dragging.

24.9-25.2 should be wide enough for size 10.5 especially if you get new boots with reduced footprints and bindings with canted footbeds. The wide boards in that size range are probably around 26.0 and up, which is a little wide even for my size 12s on a high performance freeride board. My size 12s Burtons are about the overall size of size 11s in some other boots, especially older ones. Two of my boards are 25.4 and my park board is 26.1.

Custom x 158 or probably 160 (normal width), should be an awesome ride for you. I highly recommend the est bindings also. I ride the 168 and it is my favorite board of all time for hardpack, icyness, steeps. Not the best thing for powder, but far from horrible in 2' or less (just set the binding back a bit, which is incredibly quick and easy with the channel system).
02-06-2014 03:04 PM
pescadero
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Also strongly consider custom x if you can afford it. Maybe custom or process as mentioned above.
Yeah, I'll definitely check out the Custom X also.

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For that type of riding, I would not bother with the burton decks you mentioned unless part of a quiver. At 160 pounds, you probably want a 158 or smaller on most of those boards. 160 is a little big.
I'm definitely planning on going with something in the 157-160 range. It'll be the smallest board I've ridden since I was 15 years old though, and I'm currently used to riding everything on a 167. I just worry a bit about high speed stability.

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And you do not need a wide board.
Are the newer "standard" width boards wider in the waist than standard width boards 15 years ago?

I know when I bought my Floater, I had toe drag problems with every standard width board I tried. Heck, I've even occasionally had issues dragging a toe with my Floater when it's steep enough.
02-06-2014 02:22 PM
vajohn Also strongly consider custom x if you can afford it. Maybe custom or process as mentioned above.

For that type of riding, I would not bother with the burton decks you mentioned unless part of a quiver. At 160 pounds, you probably want a 158 or smaller on most of those boards. 160 is a little big. And you do not need a wide board.
02-06-2014 10:58 AM
RickB capita BSOD
02-06-2014 10:35 AM
pescadero Here is what my basic target is:

On Michigan groomed ice - significantly better than my Floater

On fast groomers and steep crud - equal to my Floater

On powder - capable of handling 12" without killing me, but I can rent a dedicated powder board for the rare occasions I run into a deep day.
02-06-2014 07:56 AM
vajohn Out of the boards you mention, I'd go with the highlife or turbodream. What about the slayblade? I'd also like to pick up a highlife or turbodream myself, but I'm thinking about a slayblade since I just found a 13' for $300 shipped. I can't find those other boards anywhere near that price lately.

You might be able to get a slayblade and a dedicated powder board for just a little more than the highlife alone. Quiver killers are cool if that's what you're into, but I'd get board if I could not switch it up occasionally.
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