Premier F1-R review
For perspective, this is my 3rd season, so I'd still consider myself sort of a lower intermediate rider. I'm 5'11", and currently clocking in at 146 lbs. I bought the 157. Conditions today ranged from 8" of mashed potatoes that got tracked out fast, to soft pack groomers. I've ridden nothing but my 155 SL-R for the last year, and immediately noticed this was a stiffer ride, but it only took 1/2 a run to get used to it. Right off the bat I noticed how effortlessly this thing carves. I've really been practicing getting carves dailed in, and was amazed how easy it was on the premier. So easy that I thought I had to be doing something wrong, but a quick check over my back shoulder at the trench in the softpack showed otherwise. It was just autopilot with this board. I managed to find to find a pocket of untouched, slightly lighter snow in a gully through the trees where I was able to get a few legit powder turns, in addition to the endless mashed potato turns. The board floated like a champ, and I didn't nose dive once, even after it got tracked out. I actually found the board to be quicker edge to edge, and a little more nimble than my SL-R, which sort of surprised me. Not sure if that was partly due to the slightly narrower waist, or maybe this board just suits me a little better and I was able to move it more efficiently. My ollies still need a little work, but I thought the premier popped nicely. I was finally boosting high enough to throw in a little front side grab off the kickers.
All said, I loved this board. As I'm not a park guy, this will probably be my new daily driver. I've said it before in another thread, and will say it again here. NS's R.C. tech is the shiz when it comes to making boards that are equally suited to expert and intermediate riders. By all accounts, this is a bad ass balls out free ride board. However I still found it to be so so rideable. I'm really stoked on this board.