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|10-11-2011 08:33 PM|
I have a Japanese buddy who I taught to snowboard and is looking for a new stick this year.
He doesn't know much about boards and wants my help choosing. I am no expert, but I know a little.
He rides a skate banana 159 now. He is 160lbs 6ft tall and has size 9 boots. 2011 cartel bindings.
I would say he is an intermediate rider now. He mostly does freeride. A little play in the pow on the sides of the pistes and little jumps etc.
He doesn't do park or jib really so hes not getting the most out of the banana (recommended or should I say pushed on him by the dude in the shop he went to).
Still its been fine for him to learn on, but now he wants to carve a little more with a little more speed and stability and turn more dynamically. I have ridden his board and I personally find its no good when you get up to high speeds and want to carve hard. Guess thats not what its for. I am used to much stiffer free ride boards.
I plan to recommend the k2 TD 159. Guess he could do 156 but he does want some extra float.
We ride in mostly excellent conditions so I don't think the lack of grip on ice will be an issue.
We get lots of pow and even though he rides piste mostly it is packed light soft powder.
Would appreciate your input on this board and if you think its a good next step for him. Seems like it will raise the bar but not so much that its hard for him to adjust.
|01-17-2011 04:06 PM|
Originally Posted by ak9392 View Post
You will have to lace up your boots and strap on the bindings to adjust the straps to the correct size.
The main reason I went with the l/xl size is because I have another pair of size 10 boots that don't have the shrinkage tech. It's also better for me if I choose to get another pair of boots down the line that aren't as low profile as these.
Technically speaking though, you could fit in the m/l just fine on the highest setting.
|01-16-2011 10:35 PM|
|ak9392||I have a size 10 restricted hail boot and i'm planning on getting the 390 bosses for my soon to be k2 darkstar. Would you recommend a m/l size on the bindings or go for the l/xl size?|
|01-16-2011 09:27 PM|
|Bodiboard||Yes, I Demo'ed this board last year and found a new '10 on sale, I have also have a NS-SLR and like to ride this more, maybe it is the K2 Ever Bindings that are also my faves so so easy to get in and out of, Right now this is my favorite in my quiver, on ice well I ride CO so the little ice I hit I tend to just ride over and then make my turn. Not sure it would be my fave in the East, I LOVE it in the Pow and take into the side country as much as possible. It is fast and easy to ride if you are already confident intermediate rider, It, as all RC boards, force you to be more aware of your center of mass, you can turn on a dime but wash out on a dime too, great in trees and bumps, really so good all around. ANother vote for TD, never tried this years '11 harshmellow version and it sounds great!|
|01-06-2011 04:14 PM|
That reminds me, I never mentioned the weight of the TD. I don't know the exact weight nor did I ever put it on a scale, but by feel I can comfortably say I have ridden many lighter boards. It's not heavy by any means though. I'd place it in the average category.
But who knows how accurate my judgment is on that lol. I don't notice anyways when I'm riding. Just when I pick it up (before I mounted bindings).
|01-06-2011 04:09 PM|
|Triple8Sol||Yeah, the Harshmellow in my Gyrator def works. It's a super light board, but still damp b/c of the stiffness and those inserts. Harshmellow was great in my K2 T1 DB boots last season too.|
|01-06-2011 08:23 AM|
I can't speak for the 2009 model, but since the 2010 model they have added Harshmellow. As for the all-terrain rocker, yes it is flat camber in the middle. It's 70% flat and 30% rocker with the tip having a medium rise and the tail having a low rise.
The Harshmellow made a pretty big difference in dampness. I'm a big fan of that tech
I don't get that leg rock when I land jumps (not that I do huge jumps though).
|01-06-2011 01:51 AM|
Originally Posted by Triple8Sol View Post
|01-06-2011 12:28 AM|
|Triple8Sol||It's my understanding that the Turbo Dream went to the All-Terrain Rocker (flat middle, slight rocker tip/tail) in the 08/09 season. Is that right? Also, do you know what they changed in each of the 2 subsequent years?|
|01-05-2011 02:03 PM|
So it seems this is a fault in their ratchet design. It's a shame because these are simply the most awesome pair of traditional strap bindings in this flex range otherwise.
I hope they improved the design for the next model. I'll find out next month
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