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Gnarly 04-19-2010 01:51 PM

REVIEWED: Omatic Extr-Eco Wigglestick 157
 
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 215lbs
Boots: 10.5 Salomon F22's
Bindings: Salomon Relay Thrusters
Years Riding: 14
Location: Loveland, CO

First of all, yes, this board is probably too small for me, but I don't care. I've wanted one since last year, and since a 157 was the only one in stock anywhere, I took what I could get.

Initial thoughts: This board is a PITA to scrape wax off. It prolly took me an hour to scrape the wax off the damn thing because it's hard to get the BS areas.

If anyone thinks that BS Tech & TBT are even remotely similar, they are smoking crack! BS tech runs from the contact points in nose/tail and makes an arch inward toward the waist of the board. At the waist of the board, the BS tech goes inward, maybe 1-1.5" from the edge.

Although I already rode it this past week, I'll wait to post my thoughts about it until I have another day on it.

skip11 05-14-2010 12:41 PM

Hey gnarly, any update on this board?

8nfljerseys 05-15-2010 06:27 AM

I'll wait to post my thoughts about it until I have another day on it.

i do

Shredder13 05-15-2010 07:34 AM

Wonder if he used eco wax (soy)? That stuff is a pain to srcape off of a flat board.....

BurtonAvenger 05-15-2010 10:54 AM

Nah it's just that board it's not designed to be waxed cause of the sintruded base.

Gnarly 11-30-2010 01:12 PM

I completely forgot about this thread.

Anyway, I've ridden this board 6x and my Bataleon Riot and Airobic are sitting collecting dust...If that's any indication of how good this board is.

Initial impressions:
Skating to the lift the first couple times was interesting. The board is sooo loose underfoot while skating that I almost ate $hit a few times.

My 1st day on the Wigglestick was mainly trying to get used to it. If you've ridden a Bataleon before, BS tech feels completely different because it's between the contact points. If you thought that a Bataleon was playful - just wait until you hop on the Wigglestick!

My 1st day on the Wigglestick, I really didn't like it at all. It was just totally foreign feeling to me because of how playful it was. I couldn't land any tricks on it because it spun much quicker than anything else I'd ridden before, so I constantly over-rotated and crashed - or almost crashed. On the Riot, I was used to being able to haul a$$, whoop my friends a$$es on the way down the hill, rail carves and boost myself to the moon on rollers. If that's what you're looking for - the Wigglestick will sorely disappoint you.

The hardest thing for me to get used to was how to land after spinning. With TBT, the raised portions of the base are from the edge of the bindings to the nose/tail...Which means that anytime you have a bad landing, just put more weight on the nose or tail and you'll rotate out easily. I got so used to it that I started to naturally land with more weight on on the nose or tail all of the time when spinning. If you do that with BS Tech, you will crash.

I almost gave up on it after that 1st day, but I decided to give it another chance...And I'm glad I did. Almost anything you liked about TBT freestyle softer boards (Airobic, Jam, Goliath etc), you can do better with BS Tech. Plus, because of the rocker, it handles somewhat decently in powder.

Honestly, I can't say enough good things about the Wigglestick. It's exactly the board I've been looking for. Extremely playful and loose feeling, but well rounded enough to be a board that you can use all over the mountain.

This weekend, I'm going to take the Airobic and Wigglestick up to Loveland and test them out back to back. I already compared the Riot to the Wigglestick, but that's not really a fair comparison since the Riot is much stiffer.

Final thought: After riding the Wigglestick so much, I don't want to ride the Riot anymore. In fact, I'm probably going to sell it. IMHO, BS Tech just made TBT go extinct.

rainboarding 11-30-2010 07:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gnarly (Post 334618)
I completely forgot about this thread.

Anyway, I've ridden this board 6x and my Bataleon Riot and Airobic are sitting collecting dust...If that's any indication of how good this board is.

Initial impressions:
Skating to the lift the first couple times was interesting. The board is sooo loose underfoot while skating that I almost ate $hit a few times.

My 1st day on the Wigglestick was mainly trying to get used to it. If you've ridden a Bataleon before, BS tech feels completely different because it's between the contact points. If you thought that a Bataleon was playful - just wait until you hop on the Wigglestick!

My 1st day on the Wigglestick, I really didn't like it at all. It was just totally foreign feeling to me because of how playful it was. I couldn't land any tricks on it because it spun much quicker than anything else I'd ridden before, so I constantly over-rotated and crashed - or almost crashed. On the Riot, I was used to being able to haul a$$, whoop my friends a$$es on the way down the hill, rail carves and boost myself to the moon on rollers. If that's what you're looking for - the Wigglestick will sorely disappoint you.

The hardest thing for me to get used to was how to land after spinning. With TBT, the raised portions of the base are from the edge of the bindings to the nose/tail...Which means that anytime you have a bad landing, just put more weight on the nose or tail and you'll rotate out easily. I got so used to it that I started to naturally land with more weight on on the nose or tail all of the time when spinning. If you do that with BS Tech, you will crash.

I almost gave up on it after that 1st day, but I decided to give it another chance...And I'm glad I did. Almost anything you liked about TBT freestyle softer boards (Airobic, Jam, Goliath etc), you can do better with BS Tech. Plus, because of the rocker, it handles somewhat decently in powder.

Honestly, I can't say enough good things about the Wigglestick. It's exactly the board I've been looking for. Extremely playful and loose feeling, but well rounded enough to be a board that you can use all over the mountain.

This weekend, I'm going to take the Airobic and Wigglestick up to Loveland and test them out back to back. I already compared the Riot to the Wigglestick, but that's not really a fair comparison since the Riot is much stiffer.

Final thought: After riding the Wigglestick so much, I don't want to ride the Riot anymore. In fact, I'm probably going to sell it. IMHO, BS Tech just made TBT go extinct.

That's quite the positive review you got there. I was wonderin', if your previous tendency to land on the nose/tail with TBT caused you problems with BS, what did you change to fix that? Did you try to land flat instead?

Also, can you elaborate what you mean by "spun quicker?"

In any case I got this in a 154 and I'm gonna use it as an all mountain jump board so your take is getting me excited about trying it out.

Triple8Sol 11-30-2010 08:08 PM

Interesting review, but it sounds way too loose/squirelly. Maybe you need the new Evil Twin since it has a new TBT shape and the flex fits in b/w your Riot and Airobic.

Gnarly 12-01-2010 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rainboarding (Post 334844)
That's quite the positive review you got there. I was wonderin', if your previous tendency to land on the nose/tail with TBT caused you problems with BS, what did you change to fix that? Did you try to land flat instead?

Also, can you elaborate what you mean by "spun quicker?"

In any case I got this in a 154 and I'm gonna use it as an all mountain jump board so your take is getting me excited about trying it out.

It weighs less than the Riot, so it spins quicker. After riding the Wigglestick and Riot back-to-back, the Riot felt like a ton of bricks strapped to my feet.

As for how I corrected the problem with landing, I think time corrected it for me. The 1 time I rode the Wigglestick last season, maybe 6 or 7 runs into the day, I tweaked my knee after trying to land a FS3 (The doc said I mildly hyperextended my knee) and was done for the last 3 weeks of the season. Riding the Riot/Airobic had become so automatic for me that I was landing incorrectly without even thinking about it...Amazing how quickly bad riding form can set in.

Gnarly 12-01-2010 11:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Triple8Sol (Post 334877)
it sounds way too loose/squirelly.

That's the best part about it IMO. Took a few days to get used to it, but once I did, it became my go-to board for everything besides powder...Still looking for a pow board.


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