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06-11-2012 03:23 PM
Leo I agree with Nivek. That shop guy gave you horrid advice. What knowledgeable rider would suggest a Custom X to a rider coming off rentals? Sure, you can ride it, but it will likely ride you first.

I'm 50/50 with EST. I personally wouldn't buy one, but I do love riding them at demos. The board feel and flex is nice and so far, none have failed me. Still, the whole EST system makes me sketch. My sister-in-law rides an EST setup and I check her bindings after every run to make sure it's still tight (it has never loosened, but she isn't an aggressive rider).

Magnetraction is something I am a fan of. The "too grippy" aspect of it can be resolved with a light detune. You can detune magnetraction without losing that great edge hold on the ice. That's the thing though, do you ride a ton of icey conditions? I do... I also hate that Mervin boards don't have full edge wraps.

Look for a mid to mid-stiff flexing snowboard. You'll probably like a directional twin better than a true twin since you don't do park, but twins are just fine.

Burton Joystick Snowboard 2012

K2 Lifelike Snowboard 2012

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I haven't tried Arbor yet, but hear nothing but good things about them so check them out as well.
06-09-2012 04:39 AM
Nivek Your shop dude is an idiot. EST is not a scam. Do I personally endorse it? No, I like my knees un-blown. One loose screw on EST lets the whole damn binding twist and you die. Even on like Raiden mini discs that only use two screws, if one is loose the binding just jiggles a bit. However is does give a bit better board feel and flex and allows for nearly infinite stance options. It does what they say. I just don't think its really better enough to justify the propriety.

CustomX? Really? Hell no don't buy that. It's a full cambered gnarly carving/freeride board. From Burton look at the Sherlock, but the grip isn't fantastic if your concerned with special edge tech level of ice grip.
06-08-2012 08:04 PM
yuhaoyang debatable whether EST is worth it. The ease of use is, but the price... not so much. Maybe a normal binding with EST plates? Burton has those and so does flux (no extra cost from them)
skunk ape is good too, you COULD look at gnu, it's mervin too so some of them have the same tech and materials as lib. Billy goat maybe?

Edit: nvm same price LOL
06-08-2012 07:58 PM
Lynzoid Ill take a look, cheers for the help, i went in store yesterday and the employee said i should get
a skunk ape or burton custom x but the problem with the burton custom is that the bindings require est
which i think is a scam

Thanks

-Jackson
06-08-2012 05:25 AM
eclipse1018
New Board for 600...

Check out the Never Summer Proto CT for an all mountain board leaning more towards park or the neversummer heritage for a very well balanced all mountain board.. both come in a wide version.. DC also has some pretty sweet boards now.. that new flat rocker flat profile is awesome for jibbing pressing and popping.. really easy to manipulate! Where ever you do decide to order from.. call them and ask to see if they give military discounts.. most stores usually do and all you have to do is tell them that you are in.. I saved about 100 bucks on my 2012 evo on evo.com... although i am in the military.. i dont think of it as lying if you're not in the military... rather i'd call it fellow boarders helping each other out! when you do buy your board.. also make sure to tell them to send some vinyls/ decals with it.. most stores have a shit ton of them lying around.. you just gotta ask!!!
side note.. just picked up some gnu park bindings.. had union kfc's.. dont think im ever going back!
06-08-2012 02:31 AM
Lynzoid
Testing out boards

Testing out boards is hard and a lot of money, if you go down for a snowtrip and rent that would mean i'd change everyday to test out
different snowboards, thats why im looking at best rated boards, the boards i've done in the past i don't even remember what types they were

-Thanks
06-08-2012 02:12 AM
linvillegorge I have narrow feet and I still love Flux! I just downsize to mediums.

Nidecker has me a little sketched out right now due to some of the production issues that have been seen in some of the Jones boards - particularly the splits. Hopefully they get it all worked out because some of those Jones boards look siiiiiiick!
06-08-2012 01:36 AM
Nivek
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Originally Posted by yuhaoyang View Post
Unwrapped edge on inside of swallowtail, a bit over 1mm not including dampening foil. Seems fine to me. The ones I linked have full edge wrap. Think of it this way, they use the same materials and construction as winterstick, and that's good enough for me. Still no pic, tomorrow if I remember.
Yes they are very good boards, can even get a spearhead for 400 if that's your thing. Also check out nidecker maybe.
Flux bindings are awesome, unless you have narrow feet. Pick to match flex of board
Oh well that would be how. Oh well that sounds normal... huh. I don't know. Guess my hearsay is now wrong.
06-08-2012 01:24 AM
yuhaoyang Unwrapped edge on inside of swallowtail, a bit over 1mm not including dampening foil. Seems fine to me. The ones I linked have full edge wrap. Think of it this way, they use the same materials and construction as winterstick, and that's good enough for me. Still no pic, tomorrow if I remember.
Yes they are very good boards, can even get a spearhead for 400 if that's your thing. Also check out nidecker maybe.
Flux bindings are awesome, unless you have narrow feet. Pick to match flex of board
06-08-2012 12:31 AM
Nivek Honestly its hearsay as I stated I don't have any first hand experience.

Unless you work in the Prior factory I don't see how you can take a picture to show their bases aren't thinner...

OP: I recommended a bunch already. For boots you should ignore anyone that gives advice over the internet and go to a shop. You won't know if it fits till its on your foot. As far as footprint reduction, there are plenty of boards that will fit your probably size 12's so don't worry about trying to get a "smaller" boot. Just focus on what fits your foot best.

For bindings, I can't say enough good things about Raiden Phantoms, Flow NXT-AT's, or Flux DMCC Lights.
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