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Old 03-18-2009, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Freeride intermediate board suggestions


I need some suggestions about which board/bindings to get – need help as I am planning to buy over the net… I am in Australia and there isn’t a whole heap of choice here.

I am a beginner/Intermediate… free rider

Weight – about 200lbs
Height – about 5.10
Foot – 10

Need a good all round board which handles all comers – ice, groomers, powder… and offers good progression to get me to the next level.

Rode a Ride - Decade 160 on my most recent trip which I borrowed and had to return which was a pity cos I really liked it

So I need a replacement.. .

I understand that Ride have replaced the Decade with the “Prophet” which is one I am considering but want to hear any thoughts on equivalent or similar boards

So Boards I am looking at are;

Ride – Prophet
Ride – Decade (?) go with what you know assuming I can find some run outs..
Arbour – Element
Arbour – Crossbow
K2 – Zeppelin
Salomon – Pulse
Burton – Custom … bit wary of the custom cos it seems every man and his dog has one in my neck of the woods …

Am I on the right track here – are these all ‘similar’? and are there any others I should look at?

Any suggestions on bindings would be good – wasn’t crazy about the Ride bindings on said decade – too heavy and hard to get into.


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Old 03-18-2009, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you got the green I would go with the custom cause i've never heard of anyone going wrong with one of those babies. still im no expert
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Among those boards, the Custom is out of place. It isn't a freeride stick. It's an all-mountain stick. It has 1cm setback which is next to nothing. Flex is more keen to jumps than charging. Only get it if you're mixing park into your mix (which it seems you arent). To be honest it's the only board I've ridden of the ones you've mentioned, but I know if I was a pure freerider it's not the board I would choose.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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why dont you check out the capita black death inc for 257 shipped on evogear.
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i would place a vote for the black death inc.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the feedback ... will check out Black Death


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Old 03-20-2009, 11:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Rome Targa's look sweet as an all-mountain/freeride binding as long as you set them stiff.
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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heard good things bout the zeppelin, but as said check otu the black death too

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Old 03-21-2009, 02:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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catpita black death = GREAT board. def consider it.. k2 makes some really good cheap freeride boards..
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