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|08-04-2012 08:41 AM|
Originally Posted by wedore View Post
really the above arguements are about do you want to be a freerider that does all mtn or do you want to be a freestyler that does all mtn...and a hybrid can allow either fr or fs rider to take advantage of the whole mtn with 1 board that can do most tricks to at least some adquate level or measure for most resort riders...kind of a bell curve thing. My hill happens to support, i.e., has great freeriding terrain or terrain for big mtn freestyle...not the parkish jump line freestyle besides there is really no park except for a couple mini jumps and a few boxes.
|08-04-2012 08:28 AM|
Originally Posted by hktrdr View Post
OP just goes to more to whats your style preference, what do you want to learn, how aggressive are you and the terrain you have available to ride. Terrain is a huge part of how you develop...you are what you ride.
|08-04-2012 02:52 AM|
Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
Now, unlike Snowolf I am not ready to declare camber basically dead - I believe that there some applications for which camber is still the best solution (e.g., groomer carving). Problem is that the inherent limitations of camber mean that for most people camber boards are too much of one-trick ponies that do not match the preferred overall riding profile.
Rocker obviously also has its limitations but some of the specific concerns have been addressed through developments in board technology (e.g., edge hold with Magnetraction, Variogrip, etc.) and overall rocker appears to match the desired riding profile of many people quite well. Companies like Arbor make excellent all-mountain rocker boards .
Also, hybrid camber profiles have evolved to the point where they are not just a compromise between camber and rocker but truly the best of both worlds, combining the advantages of camber and rocker without too much of the downsides.
5-10 years ago a soft camber board would have been a good beginner board. It is still not a bad choice, but these days I would almost always advise somebody who is just starting out to go with a rocker or even hybrid board.
For a few people their riding style might evolve in a way that makes camber the best option at some point, but until then and for everybody else there really is no good reason any longer to live with the limitations of camber.
|08-04-2012 02:23 AM|
Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
i got educated with by:
For Those About To Rocker (We Salute You) - How To Choose The Right Rockered Snowboard
watch that lol
|08-03-2012 07:44 PM|
^This. Learn and master the cambered, if you want something abit more forgiving get a softer instead of a stiffy. Skip the reverse cambered banana shite and then do up the hybrid like a c2btx.
Btw imho there is no such thing as an all-terrain rocker...a rocker/banana board is like using a segway instead of a jeep for all-terrain.
|08-02-2012 06:10 PM|
I second the demo option if possible. Demo as many boards as you can. At 5 times on the hill you're still learning the very basics so the actual board isn't going to make much of a difference at this point.
For what it's worth, even though a lot of people will suggest some form of rocker, riding camber is like learning to drive stick when you first drive a car. Okay so the first day you stall it a couple times (catch your edges) but then you LEARN THE FUCK HOW TO PUSH IN THE CLUTCH!
My GF has learned over the last few years on a camber board, tested out a couple rocker/hybrid boards last year and liked some features but loved getting back on her camber board at the end of the day.
What do ALL of the racers/boardercross guys use? Just sayin...
|08-02-2012 06:00 PM|
Originally Posted by phony_stark View Post
Dunno if these new hybrid rockers/cambers with the "wave" shape would be too tech for me. Im not doing any park stuff, just like hammering down the mountain!
|08-02-2012 12:25 PM|
The most fun I had last year was on a green machine and on a bataleon whatever.
Out of the two, I'd lean Capita, because it had a sintered base and is easier for a maintenance n00b like myself to wax and edge. Not saying the Bataleon was harder, it was just trickier because of the shape.
Where are you riding?
|08-02-2012 12:06 AM|
|LTshredTN||consider a Capita indoor survival FK...once i got something other then camber like that board i progressed so much faster!! and it was a awsome board for all over the mtn|
|08-01-2012 08:36 AM|
Both camber options are absolutely legit and really a matter of personal preference. If you can't get the chance to demo some boards I'd say go with flat. Others will tell you differently .
I think the Raygun is a very good choice for your skill level. It will help you progress and you will have fun with it for a long time. It's very forgiving and you can take it pretty much everywhere on the mountain.
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