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12-20-2010 11:47 AM
binarypie
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quattro View Post
The CNN's told me California is expecting 3-4 feet. Did you pick your powder stick?
I ended up getting the K2 Gyrator with a set of Burton Prophecy bindings. Here is my quick review from this weekend.

stance: regular, 15, -6, 25mm back
condition: it was dumping hardcore!
terrain: Kirkwood. steep, deep, and lots of rocks to play on/off of.

Powder:
No more leg burn. This board just loves the white stuff!
In open fields you get a very fun surfy feeling and you will have a smile on your face!
In the trees the board can be a little hard to get from edge to edge when things get super tight. However, some good foresight will often make up for this.

Crud:
Towards the end of the day as things track out it got pretty rough. I had zero problems getting the board to power through anything I threw at it.

Freeride Tricks:
This board has a lot of pop for a powder board. I had no problem clearing cliff bands, and other obstructions.
I had a couple really close calls messing up landings where my weight was just too far forward. The board would dip in, and just pop back out.
The shape of the nose/tail create a very low swing weight. This makes spinning surprisingly easy.

Overall:
I would recommend this board to anyone looking for a playful freeride/powder board. While not something I'd bring to say Alaska, this board is great for inbounds/sidecountry/general backcountry riding. While you could go through the park on this board its not going to feel exceptionally awesome compared to a true freestyle board.

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Originally Posted by calculatedrisk View Post
How would you feel about a v-rocker in powder if your board was longer?
If it was a 158+ I think it would be a better board. However, even at the longer length I don't think it would match the fun I have with the Gyrator.
12-19-2010 11:59 AM
calculatedrisk
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Originally Posted by binarypie View Post
I'm not talking about 6" or even 12" of powder. I'm talking like 24" or more!

My V-Rocker is a 154 and its really just not long enough for my weight (155lbs) without some serious leg work.
Also having rocker in the tail really sucks when landing in 3ft of powder because you have land center and then instantly shift your weight as far back as you can otherwise the nose will dip and that's no good.
How would you feel about a v-rocker in powder if your board was longer?
12-19-2010 11:21 AM
thetraveler If You're going for the T. Rice, at your weight (155lbs) I would get the 157. Btw, great board.
12-18-2010 08:32 PM
csf If you haven't already, may want to read my and my malolo review thread from last season. I went w/ the malolo and am really enjoying it! Works great so far at MM and June.
12-17-2010 12:20 AM
ckang008 I'm thinking of replacing my 2007 Neversummer Summit stick. It's a bit diffcult to ride on flat on NS Summit and do see the goodness in riding powder with reverse camber (like on my old K2 WWW and C2 Trice 2010)

I'm thinking of getting last year's Malolo (like the surfer dude look) but also have consider the K2 Gyrator (though I am not so fond of K2 customer service in Japan).
12-16-2010 10:24 PM
Quattro
Quote:
Originally Posted by binarypie View Post
I'm not talking about 6" or even 12" of powder. I'm talking like 24" or more!

My V-Rocker is a 154 and its really just not long enough for my weight (155lbs) without some serious leg work.
Also having rocker in the tail really sucks when landing in 3ft of powder because you have land center and then instantly shift your weight as far back as you can otherwise the nose will dip and that's no good.

The CNN's told me California is expecting 3-4 feet. Did you pick your powder stick?
12-15-2010 03:37 PM
wrathfuldeity ^that's why I went for the slasher, also looked at venture euphoria but out of my budget. Only 1/2 day of pnw wet and heavy on the slasher so far, no problems with nose dive, still seems like I'm standing on my back a bit and only have done a couple of launch/drops and seemed solid on landing; groomers back to the chair were fine...even switch.
12-15-2010 10:23 AM
binarypie
Quote:
Originally Posted by KilgoreTrout View Post
what's wrong with the v-rocker in pow?
I'm not talking about 6" or even 12" of powder. I'm talking like 24" or more!

My V-Rocker is a 154 and its really just not long enough for my weight (155lbs) without some serious leg work.
Also having rocker in the tail really sucks when landing in 3ft of powder because you have land center and then instantly shift your weight as far back as you can otherwise the nose will dip and that's no good.
12-15-2010 01:10 AM
KilgoreTrout what's wrong with the v-rocker in pow?
12-13-2010 06:09 PM
binarypie
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Originally Posted by Quattro View Post
My vote is for the T.Rice in 161.5 or the k2 Gyrator in 162. The gyrator has a more powder oriented camber going on. It would be great in pow and average on the groomers. The T.rice would have a better balance. kills it in both powder and hard carving groomers.

I have the t.rice non HP 161.5

NS Raptor would also be sick.
I have ridden a Gyrator and I loved it! Its a great board and feels super light under foot.

I am going to attempt to ride the Raptor this weekend. I've always wanted a NS.

Lib Tech is a great company and I'd really like to give them a shot but I just need to find a demo to ride.


Its good to get some feedback from everyone!

I think the list is looking like: (alpha)
K2 Gyrator
Lib Tech T.Rice
NS Raptor
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