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03-29-2016 09:44 AM
Mattijones
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Originally Posted by ShredTaos View Post
Let me start by saying my experience and where I usually ride. I'm local to Taos NM, so that is "my" mountain. Ive been riding for 4 previous seasons (this will be my 5th). Ive been getting progressively more into snowboarding and putting in more days each year. I'm no pro by any means, but not a noob either, if I had to put myself in a group I would consider myself an advanced rider. First year I went maybe 15 days, 2nd year, 30-35 days, 3rd year about 50 days, and 4th year(last year) was my first year as an instructor and I rode about 85+ days, whatever 4 days a week equaled out to. Now the terrain I ride would have to be something like 30%groomer, 30%bumps, 25% hikable, 15% park. Or something along those lines.

Ive been riding a traditional camber board until now, first I learned on a cheap pos airwalk board 155, my first year. Then I moved onto a Ride Yukon 160 (which I loved), and that board lasted me 2 seasons. Last year I rode a sierra Crew 159w which rode out alright, but its a little stiff and not very playful. Also I completely destroyed the board in 1 season, it was probably close to a 90 day season so I guess thats almost expected for such a cheap board(i got it when they were 70% off for around $150, and would recommend it for that price, but not any higher). The top sheet cracked in half along the nose of the board, and the edge looks like a squiggly line now. It would be dangerous to keep riding it.

Now onto the review.

I just rode wolf creek this last weekend and I must say I really love this board so far. Let me start of with its basics.

Flex/dampening: much more flexy than any board ive owned, I've ridden other boards that were more flexible of course. The all mountain rocker profile is great, anyone who says you can't press and jib on this board has not tried doing so on a camber board. Of course its not a park board, but you can still easily do presses full speed down the mountain with it. The flex is playful but serious. It is still stiff/damp enough to charge full speed down choppies. I really like the harshmellow tech, it was amazing how easy it was to mach down some of the stuff I was with absolutely no "oh shit" moments. And mind you this is the first 2 days ridden this season so my legs are weak. I would say the flex/dampening on this board along with its profile make a perfect 1 board quiver if you have to. I cant wait to hit the park with this thing and see how she does off some real booters. I also hiked the peak at Wolf Creek and got some fresh turns in. This would have to be where the board shines, effortless float, effortless turning, and quick edge to edge even though its a wide board.

Weight/profile: This board coupled with my 2 year old Ride Delta MVMNT bindings is so rad. Its a really light setup, I have not weighed it yet or anything, but just on my feet it feels light. Tweak airs and the like are effortless. Spins are also very easy. I'm sure this is a combination of the lightweightness and that its a bit shorter than what i've usually ridden. The all mountain rocker profile is pretty awesome. The board is 70% flat with rocker at the tip and tail. This gave it a predictableness and ease of riding i really enjoyed. I did not catch a single edge all weekend, and there were several times when i should have. When flat riding on the return trails and catwalks, it was so much easier than on a camber board that wants to drift out of a straight line and catch an edge. I really liked how easy it was to ride completely flat footed at full speed.

Carving: The board holds a good edge on the groomers. Its not quite as "locked in" as it feels on a camber board, and actually feels like it requires less effort to get a carve going. I noticed if I dive into a carve as hard as I did on my old camber boards I would end up washing out. I adjusted to this within the first few runs and was doing mostly perfect carves with less effort. I also noticed when riding bumps and steeps I would actually need to stay more centered. On my old camber boards I would literally dive into the turns putting extra weight on my nose. On this board I have to make sure to keep centered or I would fly over the nose due to the rocker profile and the flex. Once I got this figured out I liked it more than my camber board in the bumps/steeps. It honestly just seemed to take less effort to do the same thing. There was no ice, nor do I usually get any ice where I ride so I cannot report on that. Id expect it to be more washy on the ice compared to a camber board, but I wont know until I test that.

Durability: To early to tell at this point, but I definitely was riding in some crazy conditions. Jumping over creeks, huge logs, rocks scattered about. Even hiked some terrain despite the 40 inch base. Many rocks were hit. I didn't even get close to a core shot, after looking at my board today after the trip there are very few scratches and none of them went very deep. I'm happy with this.

Overall/TL;DR: Solid board with effortless feel to it. Great all around from the bumps/steeps to the groomers. Didn't get to test it in the park, as its october , but the way it presses and jibs around on the groomers I bet it will work fine for kickers and spins, etc. Not sure about boxes/rails though. Those aren't really my thing anyways. Harshmellow works, makes the board feel really damp and able to mach over anything. Carves well with little effort. Seems like a great all around stick.


Sorry for the long winded review, I really like to talk about snowboarding so I might have gotten carried away.

Hey Shredtaos,

I'm looking at the same board in a 157w vs 160w, I'm 185 lbs. what weight are you?

Thanks
Matt
02-17-2012 01:10 PM
mb889 I may be there next week. I wear a brown jacket black helmet with white smith I/O or eg2's. I'll be on the lookout for ya. I did Santa yesterday. Bad ass tree runs all day.
02-17-2012 01:02 PM
ShredTaos
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Originally Posted by dreampow View Post
Nice review

how much do you weigh?

I am looking at a TD as a possible replacement for my 2011 Highlife which I am selling. Seems the TD will be softer and a little more playful which is what I want.

Its just one of several boards I am looking at. I really want an all mnountain freestyle ish sticj but it has to be very good in powder which is what I ride mostly.

How does the board feel doing tight turns in trees in the pow?
I'm 180lbs. This board is the best i've ridden in trees and steeps. Quick edge to edge(even for a wide). If i had to break down my riding so far this year it would be like this: 80% STEEPS/Trees, 10% park, 10% groomers. I also like to do the all mountain freestyle thing, huck off cornices, hit natural gaps, rock drops, etc. My favorite riding has always been and always will be trees, and this is the board for it. I spend most of my spare time looking for powder, if it's not available by lift accessible terrain, i start to hike. Again, the more i ride this board the more i love it. I guess I have about 35-40 days on it this year. Took one really nasty core shot on the west basin(the steepest of the steep around here, hikable access) but had it base welded and repaired. That repair is holding up perfectly.

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Originally Posted by mb889 View Post
Shredtaos is spot on. I ride an '11 TD too. At Taos about 6 days a year. It's a great all around board. My last stick was a traditional camber Burton Custom. Not to bag on that board but I would take the TD over that board any day of the week. I'll have to be on the look out for you shredtaos next time I'm up there. Maybe next week. Either there or wolf.
Just yell at me if you see a 6'1 guy riding a turbo dream, i usually rock a brown jacket with thing colored stripes, and a black/blue/pink helmet. Possibly with a go-pro attached. After the snow this week.. 24" we just got! You better be coming to taos!
02-15-2012 03:19 PM
hikeswithdogs
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Originally Posted by dreampow View Post
Nice review

how much do you weigh?

I am looking at a TD as a possible replacement for my 2011 Highlife which I am selling. Seems the TD will be softer and a little more playful which is what I want.

Its just one of several boards I am looking at. I really want an all mnountain freestyle ish sticj but it has to be very good in powder which is what I ride mostly.

How does the board feel doing tight turns in trees in the pow?
IMO the TurboDream is the best non-powderboard in powder out there(due to shape, setback and camber profile) it's main use is sidecountry\powder. As you can see above I think the slayblade is a better "all mountain" board) K2's splitboard(the panaramic) has the EXACT same shape and camber profile if that tells you anything.

I mostly like riding tight-trees\steeps at Solitude\Brighton and the TD rocks for these scenarios flexible enough to muscle around in tight areas but stiff enough to plow through chunder and nasty semi sun crusted POW, LOVE THIS BOARD.

I weight about 185Lbs 5'11 and ride the 157w , as long as I live in Utah this is probably the only board I'll ever need unless I move to a semi-dedicated powder stick like the Salomon powdersnake.

I sometimes(very rarely) wish it had better edge hold on uber icy\cruddy steeps but honestly it's not what this board is designed for and it doesn't slow me down at all. This board kind of compromises edge hold for pow performance but I'll take it anyday.
02-15-2012 02:19 PM
mb889 Shredtaos is spot on. I ride an '11 TD too. At Taos about 6 days a year. It's a great all around board. My last stick was a traditional camber Burton Custom. Not to bag on that board but I would take the TD over that board any day of the week. I'll have to be on the look out for you shredtaos next time I'm up there. Maybe next week. Either there or wolf.
02-02-2012 08:29 PM
dreampow Nice review

how much do you weigh?

I am looking at a TD as a possible replacement for my 2011 Highlife which I am selling. Seems the TD will be softer and a little more playful which is what I want.

Its just one of several boards I am looking at. I really want an all mnountain freestyle ish sticj but it has to be very good in powder which is what I ride mostly.

How does the board feel doing tight turns in trees in the pow?
12-16-2011 05:03 PM
EC99SS Awesome review!

I've just started looking at K2 boards (I ride either an NS SL or Ride DH2.5). Can anyone give me the difference in riding characteristics between the Slayblade and Turbo Dream?

I like riding all mountain and charging down. I'll hit the park maybe 20% of the time (if that). I'm just simply not good in the parks (haha).

Thanks!
12-16-2011 12:16 PM
hikeswithdogs
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Originally Posted by ShredTaos View Post
Another little update. Rode another 20 inches of powder yesterday - which was so epic. This board fucking shreds, riding steep pow bumps is so effortless compared to a camber board. I was able to get some of my best turns ever in today, and that was partially thanks to this board, partially thanks to the epic powder year we are having here so far. I'm on my 157 w, gave it an extra 1/2 inch setback on top of the stock setback, i had the most effortless float. Did some huge gaps to pow, never caught a front edge- it always floated right on the top like it should. I was thinking about buying a separate pow board before, but i just dont know if its worth the investment right now considering how this bad boy is riding for me.

At one point i hiked the ridge, gapped 20 foot off a cornice into waist deep pow and had zero issues floating. Then I rode powder and powder bumps all day and just tore it up. So effortless and fun to ride, did i mention i like this board?

Yep the only people I ride with that can keep up in the pow are riding like 168's and stuff like that and the 157w is was easier and more forgiving in the trees and more 360\spin friendly which is about as freestyle as I have any interest in getting.
12-16-2011 10:06 AM
ShredTaos Another little update. Rode another 20 inches of powder yesterday - which was so epic. This board fucking shreds, riding steep pow bumps is so effortless compared to a camber board. I was able to get some of my best turns ever in today, and that was partially thanks to this board, partially thanks to the epic powder year we are having here so far. I'm on my 157 w, gave it an extra 1/2 inch setback on top of the stock setback, i had the most effortless float. Did some huge gaps to pow, never caught a front edge- it always floated right on the top like it should. I was thinking about buying a separate pow board before, but i just dont know if its worth the investment right now considering how this bad boy is riding for me.

At one point i hiked the ridge, gapped 20 foot off a cornice into waist deep pow and had zero issues floating. Then I rode powder and powder bumps all day and just tore it up. So effortless and fun to ride, did i mention i like this board?
12-07-2011 05:12 PM
hikeswithdogs I also ride 09-10 TD 157W and I love it but overall I think the SlayBlade is a better rounded all mountain board where as the TD is more of an all mountain board with powder tendencies.
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