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08-14-2011 05:17 PM
djrflooring i think i would like a freeride board but not back-county still want something that is quick in the woods. I appreciate everyone's opinion, but i am not going to go out and buy a snowboard because someone told to buy this board or that board. I take what everyone tells me and make my own decisions. But having said that i do value the opinion of someone who rides 60 plus days a year even if there style is different than my. I could snowboard down a mountain on a snuffer if i want to. But i would rather have something that is more my style. So please give me your opinion on what you think i should check out Thanks
08-14-2011 11:01 AM
BurtonAvenger Most American companies use it look at a Mervin, NS, Smokin, and then go look at something from either China or Austria you can noticeably see the difference.
08-14-2011 10:35 AM
sidewall Regarding wet lay-up, I was under the impression most everyone uses that.
08-14-2011 02:06 AM
Nolefan2011 Dj, between everyone's suggestions, there is a good list of like 10 boards.

I like what BA said about demoing. If you can afford it, take 3 days and try a bunch of stuff out. Ride the different tech and see what feels best for you.

Since you asked, mine is probably the Optimistic for more freeriding. For all mountain, there are lots of great boards, but all mountain is hard to define. Some mean a board that can do it all, which means you are going to look at boards with flex for the park. Others mean a board more focused to free riding and jumping. Some mean a ton of powder too. That will all determine what you want from a board.
08-13-2011 05:55 PM
BurtonAvenger do you want freeride or all mountain there's a bit of a gray area in that question of yours.
08-13-2011 05:50 PM
djrflooring Wow
So the best freeride/All Mountain snowboard would be?
please i want to hear everyone's opinion.

08-13-2011 01:42 AM
Nolefan2011 BA, best fucking post in the thread....
08-12-2011 09:58 PM
Nivek ^^ there it is. Solutions. I am a little girl.
08-12-2011 09:52 PM
BurtonAvenger Blah blah blah I love Mervin
Blah blah blah I hate Mervin
Blah blah blah Angry Snowboarder
Blah blah blah Shay Boarder
Blah blah blah The good ride
Blah blah blah blah blah blah Star wars reference
blah blah blah I can't read
blah blah blah you're an idiot
blah blah blah fuck off
blah blah blah east coast
blah blah blah colorado
blah blah blah west coast

See a point here?

For some reason people label me as a hater because I'm honest. Oh no a Burton rode like shit I'll say it. Oh no a Mervin rode like shit I'll say it. Oh no [insert your favorite brand] rode like shit and I'm the hater? In any brand there's boards that ride like shit and boards that are awesome. There's also variances in construction and wet laminate vs prepreg vs super awesomo lay up are all difference. Then there's the I'm a park guy riding a free ride deck or vice versa. You have to find the board that is 1. marketed to you 2. designed for your style of riding 3. ride it to make sure it's what you want 4. be stuck with what you got.

I ask you this to those that actually won't seek out demoing a product. Do you want someone that says a board is all rainbows, unicorns, and fluffy bunnies? Or someone that's not afraid to say hey look rode it this happened and is why I felt it sucked for me or why it was fucking the bees knees? Everyone has their style of reviewing some people it's a 1 run and done for others it's a day of riding it, and then others it's buttering around on a rug in their living room and talking about it. Different strokes for different folks and that's the beauty of it. Me personally I'm the guy that wants a direct and to the point review where it states everything that happened while using it.

FYI not a Mervin hater on their decks more their bullshit marketing and crappy people that work there. Yeah I said it fuck their people I don't care. And to this date I've always been a fan of the TRS in the concept of it and the ones I have ridden. I've ridden a Billy Goat a few years back and it's a hard charging freeride board for someone that wants to point it. If you believe in the hype of MTX go for it. I've lived on the east I've lived on the west I live in the rockies now and I dislike Mervins version of MTX. They have a more elongated style of making the serrations while Smokin uses a more S shaped this makes them hold an edge entirely different and if you ride a Smokin KT-22 and then a Billy Goat or Dark Series you can see the difference in the edge hold. Even looking at them shows the difference. Is it the best thing for ice? Eh maybe for you I think it doesn't disengage the way others do on sheet ice and yes we in CO do get sheet ice anyone that's ridden Keystones front face to River Run knows how deadly that is once the suns over the front side. Even little girls like Nivek can attest to that and yes he's a little girl and he did do some reviews because I doubt anyone understands how hard it is to do 100 reviews in 100 days.

I will say this about Mervin I'm over that wet lam construction, tucked edges, and boards that just lose pop after 20 days. All you NS fanboys take note their boards do the exact same thing with the pop they become dead after a while I start to notice it about a month in to riding the same deck. I like snap in my boards which Ride seems to make really well but fucking Paul the designer is like a mad scientist and drastically changes shit year after year so you don't get consistency through the line with a slight change like K2 which is why I opt to go towards them.

In the end of this giant run-on-sentence-ramble-fest. Fuck everyone, fuck your moms, fuck your sisters, and fuck snowboarding, ride what you want, do the research, and take advice from everywhere/everyone. Don't just take my word, Niveks, shayboarders, the good rides, board insiders, easy loungin, skierra patio and butt fucking, and whatever other site you use. Ask questions, inform yourself, question what companies say in their marketing, and above all else use that lump of flesh 3 feet above your ass.
08-12-2011 08:15 PM
Originally Posted by chupacabraman View Post
Check the Rome Agent Rocker. Like a C2/NS-RC/Gullwing, but better. Most those other suggestions are good boards too.

I remember Shay and BA had reviewed the same board (can't remember which deck), with completely opposite results. BA demoed it twice and said that the middle was softer than the tips, and then Shay said the middle was stiffer than the tips. So it goes to show that you can't put too much emphasis on a review by a person riding the board for a day or less.
I doubt Shay even rode it beyond one run on more than a blue for that matter. She probably guessed the flex based on pushing on it at the show.

Originally Posted by idshred View Post
IMO, from the time I spend reading threads on this forum, this is what nivek doesn't convey in his advice and suggestions, i'm sure he understands the concept. And i'm not saying this to take away from the dozens/hundreds of people that he helps, because if someone is asking for blanket gear recommendations, or 'what board should I buy' then they usually get some generic answers, and i'd rather have nivek making suggestions to them than some dude that says the www is stable at speed or a horrorscope is damp and good all over the mountain(real mountain, not mid west mole-hills)

The notion that there is somehow snowboards that are the best, and that what nivek, or anyone else, feels is the best is going to be the best for everyone else, is BS. The way a snowboard feels is highly subjective. Because some random dude on the internet loves the tech of this brand and says that this other brand is shit, that doesn't mean a damn thing to me on how the board is going to feel to me.
There is a difference between boards I like and boards I know work. I don't like every board that works. I didn't like the Optimistic, I do know that it is a good board. I didn't even like the Highlife UL, but knowing how it rides, for the right person it is a good board. I know what works and what needs improvement, or trashed.
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