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02-20-2013 04:09 PM
danm
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Originally Posted by dbrownie19 View Post
Hi guys-- I ended up pulling the trigger on a Raptor 159 over the weekend. Was still pretty torn, but got a deal too good to pass up.

Took it out at Smuggs, VT on Saturday. First impressions, the thing absolutely bombs. I couldn't believe how fast it went and how controlled I felt on it at high speeds. It also had some nice pop for straight airs and I had no problem whipping it around through the trees and moguls. And from the few fresh turns I got, it felt unbelievable.

To be fair, I'm sure any board I got would have felt great coming from an '04 Nitro Shogun 161, but I'm stoked on it so far. I'm headed out to Colorado on Thursday, so I'm itching to test it out on some bigger mountains.

The next question for me, is what bindings do I get for it? ..Planning on holding out a bit for some end of the year deals...
SWEET, LOVE THIS BOARD!!! I have Flow NXT-FSE's on mine and it's a good combo... whatever brand you get make sure it's the stiffest or near to it in that particular line.
02-20-2013 12:43 PM
JDMITRB18CR try getting mid-stiff bindings.. i use the 2012 contact pro's on my cobra and it feels perfect.. but i'm selling the cobra to upgrade to the Raptor, so i'll let you know how that feels whenever that happens


Quote:
Originally Posted by dbrownie19 View Post
Hi guys-- I ended up pulling the trigger on a Raptor 159 over the weekend. Was still pretty torn, but got a deal too good to pass up.

Took it out at Smuggs, VT on Saturday. First impressions, the thing absolutely bombs. I couldn't believe how fast it went and how controlled I felt on it at high speeds. It also had some nice pop for straight airs and I had no problem whipping it around through the trees and moguls. And from the few fresh turns I got, it felt unbelievable.

To be fair, I'm sure any board I got would have felt great coming from an '04 Nitro Shogun 161, but I'm stoked on it so far. I'm headed out to Colorado on Thursday, so I'm itching to test it out on some bigger mountains.

The next question for me, is what bindings do I get for it? ..Planning on holding out a bit for some end of the year deals...
02-19-2013 11:50 PM
Weipim agree on stiff bindings

i user this years cartel but felt too soft

also used now ipo although still kinda soft but kingpin makes up nicely

will try my c60 sometimes
02-19-2013 10:36 PM
wernersl I've been tempted to try diodes on mine, but can't spend the cash. Good alternative... Rome arsenals. Team up great on the Raptor. Good stiff binding and great customer support.
02-19-2013 10:23 PM
seriouscat
Jones Flagship vs Never Summer Raptor

I use diodes on mine.
02-19-2013 10:01 PM
dbrownie19 Hi guys-- I ended up pulling the trigger on a Raptor 159 over the weekend. Was still pretty torn, but got a deal too good to pass up.

Took it out at Smuggs, VT on Saturday. First impressions, the thing absolutely bombs. I couldn't believe how fast it went and how controlled I felt on it at high speeds. It also had some nice pop for straight airs and I had no problem whipping it around through the trees and moguls. And from the few fresh turns I got, it felt unbelievable.

To be fair, I'm sure any board I got would have felt great coming from an '04 Nitro Shogun 161, but I'm stoked on it so far. I'm headed out to Colorado on Thursday, so I'm itching to test it out on some bigger mountains.

The next question for me, is what bindings do I get for it? ..Planning on holding out a bit for some end of the year deals...
02-19-2013 09:57 PM
wernersl It's my all mountain stick... Love it. Especially if you're a groomer whore.
02-19-2013 09:17 PM
danm
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Originally Posted by linvillegorge View Post
It's not that it's the ONLY thing that it can do, but it IS what that board was designed to do.

I just see a lot of people wanting these burly boards when their stated riding preferences scream to get something else.

At the end of the day, ride what you want.
I actually totally agree with that
02-19-2013 09:14 PM
linvillegorge It's not that it's the ONLY thing that it can do, but it IS what that board was designed to do.

I just see a lot of people wanting these burly boards when their stated riding preferences scream to get something else.

At the end of the day, ride what you want.
02-19-2013 09:07 PM
danm
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Originally Posted by Weipim View Post
OP hope its no too late for me to chime in, i am the exact same spec as u, 6ft 189lbs and 10.5shoes

i have over 10boards including the 159 raptor. i cant say it is better than flagship since i never tried one, but it is amazing for trees. it is super agile, a lot less forgiving than other NS board due to longer camber on nose, set back is for ultra float and very very damp. sometimes it scares me cause i feel like the nose is pulling me to sherr it wants at a fast speed, but if you come from an old school camber board than u shouldnt have a problem

whoever says rap is only for big mountain pow lines either never rode raptor or needs to relearn his skillz
Agree, I think people get scared when they look at NS's board chart and see the Raptor (and Summit) on the far right... I think they get the notion that it's ONLY for gnarly steep AK terrain... well I'm sure it feels at home there but I love mine on ordinary double black tree, hike runs... actually REALLY love it in the trees. Be careful on steep technical runs though, the tail likes to really rocket through turns...
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