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04-03-2014 07:58 PM
DexterMichigan She never did try it again. I sold it this winter for about $225 after about 6 or 8 days of use. She bought a new Burton Custom 151 instead.

BTW, I rode my first ever hybrid board this year in my 2013 Gnu Billygoat 162 C2. I liked it, even on groomers. I am a little jealous that I didn't wait for the 2014 camber dominant C3, but I still had a great time on it. It definitely had less precision than the boards I had for my first 20 years of riding, but was very easy to turn. The thing I noticed the most was a wobbliness (not unstable, just minor wobble under feet). Engineers would call this skate. Even though it was there, it never threw off my ability to remain stable and steer.
04-03-2014 05:40 PM
freshy That is exactly why I'm a little weary of buying my wife a board. She loves her old Gnu Barret Christy which is pre-magnetraction and pre-banana tech, and I want to get her another Gnu, but I know she won't like any rocker. Maybe she will like the C3 but I'm not sure if she will like the magnetracton.

Anyway I also suggest getting her something else. Maybe let her pick it so it's not all on you again.
04-03-2014 05:18 PM
NZRide My wife made change after 15 odd years of riding camber to RC (Lib TRS) last month when we did Northern hemi holiday. First 2 days we had soft snow as had just dumped so was thinking it was OK, but might have been around the third day when we were on groomers she started to have a few complaints and was not feeling comfortable at all. I told her we could buy another board and go back to camber or C3 Mervin which is really camber, but she stubbornly said she would gte it and by the fourth day she finished and said she felt a lot better.
Issues I think were getting a bit squirrelly , not holding firm edge (despite magnetraction) and not great over bumps.
In the last week of the holiday I noticed she was riding at good speed again like the old days, and had by far her best run through the park ever, hitting about 8 jumps in the little park, good air at speed, hitting all the landings.
So upshot is, after some crappy times early on getting used to it, I saw her doing here best riding I've ever seen and feeling full confidence once again.
Now I'm not sure if moving to RC is useful (I'm pretty sure it will give better float in pow than our old boards), and I wouldn't force anyone to stick with it if struggling to make them get used to it, but I am pretty sure now, that anyone with riding experience can get used to and excel at riding different tech board with time.
It worked in my wifes case (and mine quicker as it happens) so just wanted to let you know that others have been through and experienced the same as you describe and "ridden through it" , but looking back I don't see great need to go through any pain (mental or physical) to force adjustment, camber is good and if she likes it I would just find a good board and grab it.
p.s my wife also guys boards as larger foot (for a women) and absolutely no troubles with them, don't be frightened of moving to short guys boards (also has the benefit of opening up heaps more board options).
04-03-2014 03:20 PM
lilysmomdidi
I know I'm late to this post

Has your wife tried the Lotus anymore? I actually love the lotus and have the 2013 in a 149 but was looking to get it in a 151...if you still have it and she doesn't like it, I might be interested in buying it. Let me know
01-28-2013 02:01 PM
redlude97
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Think things have got lost in translation here. Movement only needs to be to the outsides of the feet to use fore and aft, like on a diagonal sideslip, not as if you're doing a tail or nose press. Dynamic fore and aft on steeps now that's a different kettle of fish.
Having ridden camber for 10 years before RC tech, I think I get what you are trying to say, but the point Nivek is making is that with NS RC tech, you can't ride it like camber and drive into the front of the board as much as with camber because even when you do this on camber the rear half of the sidecut still remains engaged, whereas on RC the rear half of the sidecut will disengage doing the same thing. Its hard to describe exactly but there was definitely an adjustment period when I first switched when I was washing out a lot more because I was using excessive fore movement being used to camber.
01-28-2013 01:46 PM
fatbob Think things have got lost in translation here. Movement only needs to be to the outsides of the feet to use fore and aft, like on a diagonal sideslip, not as if you're doing a tail or nose press. Dynamic fore and aft on steeps now that's a different kettle of fish.
01-28-2013 01:36 PM
Nivek ^^^ That's what I'm sayin.
01-28-2013 01:34 PM
redlude97
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Debate is good as it questions you. Just stood on my board and saw how the board flattened along the length. You say in a previous post about moving weight from foot to foot is that not fore and aft movement? You can't ride centered the whole time, particularly not on steeps.
You can't ride centered all the time but you shouldn't shift your center of mass past your feet as you were suggesting.
01-28-2013 01:28 PM
fatbob Debate is good as it questions you. Just stood on my board and saw how the board flattened along the length. You say in a previous post about moving weight from foot to foot is that not fore and aft movement? You can't ride centered the whole time, particularly not on steeps.
01-28-2013 10:19 AM
Nivek
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I have no knowledge of the boards you mention just the NS boards I've been riding, so I bow down to your superior knowledge of different board tech. You still have to engage the board's edge through some fore and aft or you're simply only using the rocker part of the edge?

What sort of turns are you talking about? Carving you only really need to put pressure on the outsides of the feet when using fore and aft. On steeps you require more dynamic fore and aft which does create wash by it's nature as you start the end of the turn as soon as you cross the fall line.
Its simple, stay centered on RC and you're engaging the whole edge at once. Get outside your feet and you begin decreasing the amount of effective edge you're engaging. The rocker zone on Never Summer in particular stops just where your last insert is. Having the camber after that means you dont have to push your weight all the way into the contact pts like with tradtional camber to properly engage the tips. The camber does it for you when you drive straight into the board under each foot. On top of that, once weighted anything with dominant center rocker has the most edge pressure between your feet. Thats why variogrip puts a straight section right in the middle of the sidecut, thats where you have the most edge pressure. Thwoing your weight around on RC is really just inefficient.
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