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|01-29-2008 01:22 PM|
|snwbunnie85||i have a lamar 1440 board. i got it for x-mas 4 yrs ago and i havnt used it yet. im starting to use it this winter.. i hope it works out good for me.. anyways im 5'7" and 105.... what would be a good size board for when i get a new one? and what brand would be best for freestyle?...|
|01-28-2008 04:43 PM|
I have the Salomon prosepect and it is a wonderful board. I love it. but mine is about 4 years old. but anyway the board is FAST and it has a medium flex to it. id liek it a little softer but its fine. How ever the thing i HATE about it is the edge. the thing has NOOOO EDGE at all. i dont know how todays Prospects are but i know the one i have is just Shit when it comes to carving up those black dimond runs. Just a little bit of my opinion.
|01-28-2008 04:41 PM|
|01-28-2008 11:43 AM|
I think the board I got is a bit more of an intermediate to advanced board instead of beginner...
I think - can somebody else with more experience confirm - that a more advanced board tends to be stiffer and maybe a bit faster. This makes the board a bit more responsive, but also means that a small mistake is more likely to cause me to bite it (the board is less forgiving).
Not really sure what else separates a beginner board from an intermediate or advanced board. I do know that when I was out this weekend I had a harder time controlling my new board than the rentals I was using before. I fell a few more times and realized that small mistakes were more likely to cause a bigger reaction in the board.
Despite a couple of falls, a bruised wrist and sore tail bone, I had a great time and love the board I got. The responsiveness was awesome and the board was a ton of fun to ride. As I get better I'm guessing that responsiveness will become more important.
|01-28-2008 11:35 AM|
|universole||when you say challenging what is it about the board that makes it so, and what am i in for as far as a beating?|
|01-28-2008 09:41 AM|
I looked at this year's Arbor Formula as my first / entry level board. New Formula's are retailing for $300 and I know EMS is having a 20% off sale.
So...you could get a new Formula for $240 or less or get this one that is a year or two old for $200...just wanted to throw out the options...
As for the Formula, I almost bought it - ultimately, I went with the Arbor Alt. I wanted a board that would provide a bit of a challenge today, but that I could grow with for four or five years. Arbor is known for making great boards, but I don't think the Formula really incorporates all the goodies that make an Arbor board and Arbor board (no StrucTurn Finish, has an extruded instead of sintered base, cheaper wood core, no fiberglass...)
If money is a key issue than the Formula is probably a good entry level / beginner board (although there might be better boards for $240). If you can swing another $160 and are willing to take a bit of beating for a few weeks I'd recommend going with something a bit more challenging and higher-end.
|01-28-2008 02:23 AM|
|rustydomino||The REI Outlet is currently selling the Salomon Prospect 06 for about $216 brand new. I just picked one up, am looking forward to getting it soon.|
|01-28-2008 12:12 AM|
wow i was kinda hoping goin 200-250 into my pockets would get me on something BETTER than a rental. the rentals i have gotten have always been trashed. maybe thats what made them good boards the fact that they still perform after all the abuse?
|01-28-2008 12:00 AM|
hopefully gonna make this purchase this week. feels like i finally got my head around everything. really appreciate all the insight!
as far as the cosmetic flaws, is it usually floor model type wear and tear?
|01-27-2008 12:30 PM|
dayummmmm. i just went through your list, little bit out of my budget. i was hoping to spend around 200. or am i being cheap??
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