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Has anybody rode this board yet? What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance gang.
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Was wondering the same thing. Thinking of picking up a 164.

Been riding a K2 Zeppelin 163W for years and looking for something that will ride similar. I was wondering if the beveled edges would give the board too loose of a feeling, like it is always about to wash out. I want something with great edge hold on icy groomers and stable as hell when flat basing.

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I rode mine for this first time this past weekend. Rode on hard pack, icy groomers. This board loved it. Never felt like it was gonna wash out and held great. Very stable at high speeds too. My ski tracks said I reached 62 and it was fine at that. I would highly recommend one. Can't wait to break it out again!
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Has anyone tried it in powder yet?
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If you guys are still wondering, I have a 2014 156 I can give some first hand impressions on. As far as I know, not much has changed aside from lighter core and carbon stringer placement etc. For reference, I'm 6', 165lbs, and ride well over 100 days a season.

Flex: This board is stiff from tip to tail and torsionally. It wants to be pointed down the mountain and ripped on. It pretty much feels like a full camber board, but with a liiiittle bit of rise in the tip and the bevel on the edges there. It has great pop if you know how to load up a stiff camber board. Boosting off rollers and side hits really fast is fun. It's very unforgiving if you aren't on your game/getting tired or in lots of uneven terrain.

For pow: It's set back I believe 20mm so pow is definitely an option. I've ridden it in 3", 6", and 10" of new snow. I had to set it back all the way to get good float in the trees because it's too stiff, at least for me, to manipulate and pull the nose up. In open pow areas it floats pretty well as long as you had decent speed. Like I said, it likes to be pointed and ripped hard. End of day choppy resort pow is usually a nightmare. I get bucked around like crazy in bumpy choppy shit. I can't muscle through too many boards over a med/stiff flex. 10" of pow was fun for the first half of the day because it was all fresh and steep enough trees. Fun to pop off rocks/cliffs and land in deep stuff.

Packed out trees: Does well here as long as the snow is still soft without tons of tight hard banks, that's when it bucks you. Crusty packed trees not so much.

For groomers: As long as you're sharpened, it carves pretty well thanks to the camber. In too deep a trench though it tends to wash out where the edges are beveled by the nose.

Park: I'd only take it to the large jumps with a more centered stance. Too stiff for small slower features.

Butters: Not so much.. High speed nose butters are about all I'm able to do on it and I'll only do them in softer snow. The nose is softer than the tail.

I'd recommend a stiffer binding and boot to power this sucker. NOW Select's weren't stiff enough, my stiffer Union Factory does a pretty decent job. I don't ride it too often as I have other boards that are similar, but a lot more forgiving and fun. For me personally, it's just a little bit too much board for anything other than bombing smoother stuff. I'm selling mine for pretty cheap over in the for sale section if anyone's interested.

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