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10-02-2009 07:40 PM
robbied Hey buddy,

I also free-ride mostly.

I have the T.Rice C2BTX in a 161.5. Its a great free-ride/free-style board. Its stiff enough to charge hard but still has a playful feel.
It floats well in the soft stuff too. It's a great big-mountain/powder board. Waist width (260mm).

The thing is I wouldn't recommend it if your not riding much off-piste/fresh. You already have a 162.

Why not get something shorter? I ride a 156.5 Capita Black Death on the local mountains (we don't get much pow) and I love it. It's so much fun. Turns very quickly. Powerful edge-hold. Is VERY stable at high speeds. Easy to throw around. Very lightweight. Perfect board for hard-charging (I must again say how damn stable at high speeds this thing is).
It comes in a 159W which I would recommend for you (im slightly shorter and lighter than you).
Also this board is my 'beater' so it has taken a lot of hits. Not only is it lightweight, its also durable.

I was worried about riding a shorter board (my first was a 164) but I am now converted. My 161.5 T.Rice is my go-to board for powder/big-mountain overseas (we have small mountains and not much powder in Australia).

Otherwise the Never Summer Legacy-R in a 159 would be perfect too. I have the non-rockered version and its a killer board in all terrain. The new rockered model would be even better. Slightly wider than both the T.Rice and Black Death (265mm).

Haven't ridden the Dark Series but I understand its a stiff free-ride board. I would think its a bit too stiff for park which you obviously ride a little bit of.
10-02-2009 04:37 PM
Cr0_Reps_Smit i would only downsize if you wanted a board for more freestyle riding so you should be fine sticking with the same size. i also dont believe you should have any trouble dodging people on this board any more than your old board.
10-02-2009 01:52 PM
Soawsome So i think i have decided on the T-rice 161.5cm

i do most my Snowboarding at Mt creek in NJ, and while i havent been to every resort in the country i feel as Mt. Creek is the most crowded of them all lol. I have to dodge people so much, i feel as i have progressed in dodging people better than any other skill in snowboarding.

With that being said I talked to a guy at my local shop who said he rode this years t-rice and said that it was not a quick/short-radial turning board. i did fine dodging idiots on My GNU altered genetics MTX 162 for a couple seasons. Should i be concerned about this on the new C2 T-Rice?

Also I am leaning towards the 161.5 but wish there was a 159. With my given specs above would a 157 be suitable for mostly free-riding i know you can downsize with BTX but i would be going from a 162 to a 157.
09-23-2009 11:05 AM
Cr0_Reps_Smit ^ yea that might be a problem. i ride the trs and love it as a big jump park board and i can even shred the rails with it with the banana but i also have size 9 boots so i have no idea how big a boot you can go on it.
09-23-2009 10:34 AM
Soawsome I just checked out the lib-tech website, they rate the flex on all there boards from 1-10. 1 being the softest and 10 being the most stiff.

T-rice = 7
Dark Series = 7.5
TRS is a 6 for the 159cm and 7 for the 162cm

The T-rice is a midwide and the dark series is a wide. The trs is the least wide of the 3 boards and i am afraid it will be too narrow.
09-21-2009 11:31 PM
earlvb
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Originally Posted by crazyface View Post
dont really know a whole lot about the dark series or trice, but the TRS i have is really good for freeriding. it is stiffer than both of the boards you are looking at, but im not sure if it comes in c2.
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Originally Posted by Cr0_Reps_Smit View Post
im pretty sure the t rice is stiffer than the trs but i could be wrong
Softest to stiffest is TRS, T. Rice, Dark Series. I think you may need the wide for your foot size, but this isn't my area of expertise. Hopefully others will chime in.
09-21-2009 10:47 PM
Cr0_Reps_Smit
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Originally Posted by crazyface View Post
dont really know a whole lot about the dark series or trice, but the TRS i have is really good for freeriding. it is stiffer than both of the boards you are looking at, but im not sure if it comes in c2.
im pretty sure the t rice is stiffer than the trs but i could be wrong
09-21-2009 08:11 PM
crazyface dont really know a whole lot about the dark series or trice, but the TRS i have is really good for freeriding. it is stiffer than both of the boards you are looking at, but im not sure if it comes in c2.
09-21-2009 01:43 PM
GoggleTan
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Originally Posted by chupacabraman View Post
Never Summer Legacy-R 159cm (or 161cm if you do lots of backcountry)
I am in a similar situation as you and the Legacy is what I bought after lots of research. Though, I had a bad experience with mervin and you haven't.
09-21-2009 01:21 PM
chupacabraman Never Summer Legacy-R 159cm (or 161cm if you do lots of backcountry)
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