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09-04-2014 04:36 PM
Brewtown Well with your foot injury you will want a damp board, NS does that well. If you like to stay off groomers and ride the trees either hybrid rocker/camber is the way to go to help with float and turn initiation. If you plan to ride switch a lot you will want to stick to a true twin.

The only way to narrow it down further is to figure out what kind of flex your looking for. A softer board like the evo is going to be fun for slower playful riding and will be very forgiving, but has a looser feel to it and will chatter at speed. A stiffer board like say the heritage, will be a more challenging ride, but will give you more stability to open up the throttle on those double blacks. I'm guessing you want something more in the mid flex range which in the NS line would be the SL (now the Snowtrooper I think) or the Proto. Unfortunately the SL isn't a true twin so less ideal for switch riding and the Proto isn't nearly as damp as most NS boards.

Other boards though that fit that profile would be Yes Basic/Jackpot, Salomon Assassin, K2 Happy Hour, Lib Tech TRS, K2 Subculture, Burton Custom FV Twin, Slash Happy Place. I haven't rode all of these but see them commonly referred as very versatile all mt boards.
09-04-2014 04:34 PM
Steezus Christ if you really like the evo, go for it. but that is by no means an all mountain board and is definitely more geared towards park. personally i think there are way better options out there for you.
09-04-2014 03:48 PM
czoid74 first of all let me tell you im no spring chicken,im 40..going down double blacks is not a problem and i do my s-turns down the double blacks no problem, i dont avoid them , i like them,last season i started going of tree stump, i like staying off groomers when possible, as far as park goes, i try to stay out of there cause at 40 i dont bounce well off of stuff but my 8 year old daughter i likes it so i gots to follow the leader.. as far as boards ive ridden i think it was a rosignal amp which was stiff as hell, traditional camber, then i went to a capita horrorscope flat rocker, then to a 154 ns evo for afew times but it came apart so i sent it back. i liked the evo the best out of the 3...this season i plan to ride switch cause i just had knee surgery on my lead foot...and thanx for taking the time, much appriciated
09-04-2014 03:21 PM
Brewtown Well you're on the right track with some of those boards. The proto could be a good option it's just not going to be very stable at 155, a 160 would be a winner. From Yes the Basic and Jackpot are good all mt freestyle boards, the Asym/Greats if you want more all mt. The outsiders is closer to traditional camber and pretty damn stiff, I think the DOA would be a better call but they're impossible to find on sale. To really give a good recommendation I'd need a little more info:

1) You say you've been riding for 3 years but how would you describe your riding ability? (are you able to ride all in bounds terrain and just working on improving your technique or are you still avoiding double black terrain?)
2) What boards have you previously rode?
3) Specifically what type of riding are you looking to do (bomb groomers, trees, powder, park, etc.)? If you are looking for a "do everything" kind of board is there one area you would be willing to sacrifice in order to improve performance in another?
09-04-2014 02:54 PM
czoid74 what boards do you recommend to progress? i was thinking of getting a yes board or the capita outsiders board , i want to try out cam-rock,ill be waiting for end of season sales of coarse.
09-04-2014 02:48 PM
Brewtown Ok so you definitely have access to some big mt terrain then. To me both of those boards are basically just versatile freestyle decks. If you take a freestyle approach to riding the mountain then great, but if you are interested in speed and progressing your all mountain riding then there are better boards out there. NS makes great decks, but they're expensive. It sounds like you're compromising because of an attractive price tag, but you can do better with $300.
09-04-2014 02:20 PM
czoid74 tahoe riding, kirkwood,northstar,heavenly,,,,im still a rookie this will be my 3rd season, i do ok just not a speed demon, yet!
09-04-2014 02:14 PM
Brewtown You'll be fine with the width. I have to ask though: where are you riding and what do you consider all mt riding? The proto is a bit more stable but at 155 that's still more of a park board for me.
09-04-2014 02:03 PM
czoid74 i also picked up the proto hdx 155 couldnt pass on the deal 304 new, thats why i was asking on the wide , its not as wide as the i 158 but its rated up to 180lbs, i use a 12 boot, i been on a regular size board but for the price i can adjust
09-04-2014 01:17 PM
Brewtown
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How is the edge to edge on that revolver? I know its not much wider just wondering if by the end of the day that little bit of width will fatigue you?
I can't really give you a good answer on that. For one, I generally prefer camber dominant boards so anything with rocker between the feet feels pretty quick to me. Second I just picked it up the end of last season and only spent two weekends on it, mostly slushy park laps, so never really pushed it.

I should also note I live in the midwest and do most of my riding on about 700 ft of vertical. If you ride soft snow on a smaller mountain (or just don't ride very fast) it could be a really fun all mountain freestyle kind of board, but it's definitely not a board I would take on a trip out west.
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