Stay tuned, ill update this thread with a more formal review as i get more chances to ride it.
Size: 158 Never Summer Heritage(obviously!)
Bindings: 2009 Burton Cartels
Stance: About 21 inches
Boots: 2009 Burton Rulers
My Stats: 5'6 140lbs
Spot: Mt Hood Meadows
Conditions: Groomers, Windblown Icy, Spring Slush, Choppy Crust, ~6 inches pow(bad season!)
Riding Style: Groomers are only to maintain speed on flats, or get where your going!
I came into this a total Heritage noob, i had never ridden/demo'd one in previous years.
For that matter i have not ridden a huge amount of snowboards to compare it too in general. That said i was obviously honored to demo/review a board for NS.
The first thing i noticed was the weight, for a board that was much much longer than my 151 2009 SL-R it didnt feel any heavier. And in fact when i weighed it the difference was only a few ounces, which surprised me. The flex is good, although this is the largest board i have ever ridden and would probably ever ride at my size, so i am not flexing this thing like a noodle by any means.
The one thing that definately was noticable on this board was the stability. I was just bouncing across all of the choppy snow as fast as i could. I definately felt like i was able to hold a slight edge and feel a lot more stable on this board than my 151, feeling like i was nearly flatbasing it without losing much speed. The edge changes were steady, it took me a while to get a handle on this board though as I have only ridden my SL-R for the last two seasons but once i got into it was as simple and quick changing as my SL-R. I did do some of my normal tree runs with this board and didnt feel quite as in control as i would have liked, but this board was far from ideal for this considering my size. Normally you take shorter boards you can toss around much easier into the tree's, so i wasnt surprised..i would just pick up so much speed so quickly i was constantly checking speed to keep from plowing into things or flying way too far off built up lips straight into tree's.
Overall i liked the board a lot, that said i think the 158 size was a bit too big for me for a "freeride/freestyle" style board only moderately stiffer than my SL-R...if i was to go this big again I would probably go all the way to a Premier F1-R for a straight powder stick/charger. That said instead of getting a 157 Premier F1-R as i had planned I am seriously thinking of getting a 155 Heritage next year instead. Unfortunately they had not manufactured any 155's yet so i was unable to ride one.
Here is all the extra stuff i had typed earlier i will save for posterity..
6lb 9 oz without bindings
As a comparison my 151 SL-R is only about 4-5oz lighter.
So far ive gotten to ride it for a few hours tonight, took some getting used to the extra length as i typically ride a 151 but i can definitely feel the extra stability at speed over my 151 SL-R... definitely has to do with it being a 158, as well as extra stiffness...board is damn sexy looking. Their new "Carbonium" top sheet gives it a carbon fiber type look and apparently makes it very resistant something everyone hates ...to have their new board top sheet scratched up by some douche skier on the first day. Ill take it out Sunday into the mass of weekend warriors and let you know how that fares...
Its the largest board i've ridden at 145lbs, as they didnt have the 155 Heritages made yet. I gotta say though, initial impressions are good for how easily i can throw this thing around considering the relative size...
For now here are some sexy pictures!
First ghetto shots from my Iphone
And later with a buddies real digital camera after i took it out...