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Pyrofeed 03-07-2010 07:20 PM

The stolen snowboard review
This is a review of the Flow Quantum and Flow NXT ATSE bindings.

Location: Victor Constant Ski Slope, Unites States Military Academy, West Point.
Conditions: Sunny, Spring Slush.

I was rather optimistic going out. I had spent an hour setting up the bindings just right and the whole setup was astonishingly light. I get to the hill and I stomp my front foot in and everything is ok. I have mucho trouble stomping my other foot in, but after a few adjustments I got it in(i found the problem to be my pants were getting caught in the strap, which messed up the sliding). All I can say is WOW. The response I felt right from that point already was ridiculous. Mind you I have only seen a broad spectrum of rental equipment, but it was a dream come true. I tried some static buttering, a little bit of popping off and dear g-d does the Quantum have pop. It is rather stiff as park board so full scale butters were a bit difficult, but just spinning was no problem. I got on the lift and rode up. I got to the top and again I was having trouble with my back binding. My guess is I just got lucky with my front foot, as after a few more runs I got the back binding a ok. Now onto downhill performance. first I have to tallk about the pop again. It just wanted to ollie and fly. Little bumps and rollers and other natural doodads would urge the Quantum up of the ground, it just had to snap itself in the air and it was almost too easy. The sidecut and the rigidity actually made it pleasant to ride at speed, something I am sure other park boards struggle with. I really could not tell the difference, except for that carves were a lot tighter and lower speeds. However when maintaining a path directly down the fall line, high speed was easily manageable. West Point has a couple rails and a few smallllllll kickers. Rails were fine, nothing special, no edge catching. And going off kickers was like being Scotty Lago himself, I am telling you, more pop than orville redenbacher. So right after the run where I finally got my bindings dialed in I went in to get a quick drink and wait for a buddy who had a screwdriver (binding was TINY bit loose) 5-10 mins later I see him, get the screwdriver and run over to where my board WAS. The board that I had received at the beginning of this week. My first board ever! My first time riding said board! The bindings that I had fallen in love with. With 3 more hours left to ride. My board was gone. Stolen off a MILITARY INSTALLATION!!! Those items retail for a lot, it cost me a pretty penny to get them. I put so much effort and research into getting the money and making sure those were the things I wanted. Taken, and all I get for it is a statement taken by some MP.

When I finally save up again, my purchase is including a lock. My first time ever riding my first board in the first half of the day. G-d wants me to buy a lock.

P.S. The whiskey royale tech in the quantum is nice. Landings are like it didn't even happen

Zee 03-08-2010 12:11 PM

This sucks man, I lock new boards. Those are the ones that seem to get stolen all the time.

canuck_boarder 03-08-2010 03:29 PM

Thanks for the reminder about the locks. I have a setup over $1000- no doubt that would be stolen within first time I leave it on the racks.

Locks aren't an end all be all of the situation, if some phaggot wants to make quick money off ebay- a simple lock will only temporarily deter the phag, not stop him (or her :rolleyes:). At the resorts you go to, check and see if they can store it themselves, so there is an even better chance that it will be safe rather than using a flimsy lock.

Also, I've found that if you use a lock- lock it in a high traffic area. Chances are between the hundreds of people that will watch the thief try to cut through the lock, one of them will say something.

Sorry about your board, guy. You learned this lesson the hard way.

phile00 03-08-2010 06:00 PM

I don't often stop snowboarding for a piss break so i just put my board in my car when I have to eat or something. My boards will never get stolen that way. Short walk to the car is no big deal. I wouldn't do that at a big resort though, but it's perfect at my local mountains.

The_Guchi 03-08-2010 06:17 PM

i had someone try to steal my board while was locked with one of those really thin dakine locks. i got this one now -

arsenic0 03-08-2010 06:21 PM

God im glad every mountain here has Ski check...if someone stole my board/bindings i would go apeshit...nice review sorry your stuff got jacked...

BettyYeti 03-08-2010 07:13 PM

booooooooooooooooooooooooooo :(

Sorry to hear that, from a fellow theft victim here. (have I beaten THAT dead horse yet in every one of my posts?) Sucks.

stunt66 03-08-2010 07:54 PM

Sucks to hear!!! I use to use a dakine retractable lock and now i use the kryptonite c4. The thing is definately bigger but its surprisingly un noticable when riding and its way beefier than those retractable ones.

Pyrofeed 03-08-2010 08:31 PM

I am getting this thing, the problem is it is 3' long. I want a super beefy cable. But all the strong ones are crazy long too. And all of the kryptonite stuff is super long. I am now on the hunt for a new board. Check out my thread in the board section. I could really use the help, maybe itll help me cheer up?

mdevine 03-10-2010 01:16 PM

Hope the F'er that stole my Salomon snowboard with burton custom (front) and Flow (rear) bindings from snowbasin is rotting in hell. Karma is a bitch and I cant wait till it comes his way.

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