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10-17-2008 05:36 PM
t-tung thanks man that's what i wanted to hear. i rode a 165 rental last year and it felt pretty good but i'd like a little bit smaller board so I'm going with the 162.
10-17-2008 04:24 PM
schmitty34 My understanding is that the Riders Choice is softer than the Ape (i.e. more freestyle). I've got last years GNU 11up which I think is similar to a wide Riders Choice. They didn't have wide options for Riders Choice last year and now they no longer make the 11up. I use it pretty much for freeride and some freestyle. It's a pretty good all round board for charging down the hill but still has some flex and pop.

As for size, it really is a comfort and feel thing, but at 200+ I would think you want something in the 160s for freeride. I'm 6'4'' 200 and ride a 167 all over the mountain with no problems. I guess there are other guys on here that like smaller boards, but it's really up to your preference.
10-16-2008 07:19 PM
t-tung Hey guy's was just up at the local board shop looking at the Skunk-ape 162 BTX and they had a GNU Rider's Choice 162W BTX sitting right next to it. Other than the graphics, $20 diff in price and a blunted nose on the GNU, they seemed to be identical. Y'all were saying i probably needed a softer board, would the GNU be it?
09-07-2008 10:25 PM
t-tung yeah just free-riding for now till i get some experience. i may get another board for the park after this season
09-07-2008 09:33 PM
nzboardlife im 200 lbs and i ride a 158... i assume your into freeriding if your looking at a 162?
09-07-2008 03:15 PM
t-tung i see i see... i'll see if i can't test them both before i buy from the local board shop. thanks
09-07-2008 03:07 PM
BurtonAvenger Yeah well Burton also rates the Custom as a park board doesn't mean it is. Companies can rate shit how they want its not always how it flexes.
09-07-2008 03:03 PM
t-tung LIB shows the skunk ape to be a softer board than the dark series. so what are u talking about as far as more forgiving? it's also wider which will be nice with size 13 boots...
09-03-2008 05:10 PM
BadMojo I ride a 148 and I weigh 140lbs. and my board is much softer than the Ape. - Thats a quote, tho it didn't show up as one.

Thats just cuz you're probably into park/street/jib stuff. Daz a little short for normal people. I'm 6', 140ish and ride the 07/08 (08/09 looks like SHIT) Rome Machine 157. Yeah, It's a Park/Jib board, but it handles the rest of the mountain, to sum extent. I luv it.
09-02-2008 08:34 PM
t-tung aight... so just for my knowledge, how is a stiffer board going to perform as opposed to a more forgiving board? more prone to sliding out? just curious for future reference.....
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