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Old 02-01-2011, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2010 K2 Slayblade: The Toyota Camry of snowboards..

Board: 2010 K2 Slayblade 158
Bindings: 2007 Burton P1
Boots: 2011 Burton Imperial

My stats: 5'10", 17x? lbs

Conditions: Sunny, high 30's?, guns going all day
Surface: Fresh man made soft and pasty, slow


Board is extremely fast and very stable at high speeds and over chop. No chatter whatsoever. Harshmallow really seems to work. Board has a death grip on the snow-possibly the best edge hold I have ever experienced. Has a decent amount of pop, won't launch you to the moon but has enough for boosting off tables and kickers and stuff. Flex is stiff. I have no clue how it handles on jibs, mainly cuz I don't do jibs.

Now for the not so good stuff: Zero camber, as I observed it, makes the board really stable for speed, turns, and landings, but makes the ride absolutely boring for cruising groomers. As it has no camber, it doesn't have the vibrancy of a camber board. For a lack of a better word, you feel really desensitized riding it. It's a strange sensation I'm not accustomed to.

Overall, I'm satisfied with it. It does almost everything ask it to do really really well. Only gripe is that the ride quality is a bit boring.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Explain what you mean by vibrancy and boring in the context of your review.
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Maybe I'm reading into it to much, maybe it's because the board hasn't broken in yet, I dunno.

I'll use a car analogy. It handles like an Evo, and rides like a Camry. Maybe it's all in my head but I've only ridden cambered boards until now, and they seemed more "lively" than this one when cruising. They had kind of a satisfying suspended "bounciness" to them. Objectively, the Slayblade is the best board I've ridden from a sheer performance standpoint. It handles like it's on rails and is extremely stable when charging, and it's got excellent edgehold. Point 'n' shoot. Everything one could want in a high end all-mountain board, right?

Maybe it's the zero camber, maybe it's just the flex pattern, but it feels kinda... dead. Like it's only designed to be ridden extremely aggresively and nothing less.

I'll get a better idea when I'm in SLC this weekend on decent snow for a change. I think the fresh man made snow might have had somethign to do with it. I mean who blows snow when it's nearly 40 degress outside?
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have the Ride's version of the Slayblade, the HighLife. Same set up, flat camber, low rise nose. Lots of pop in the back end. Stable, sick fast and carves seriously well.

Last year I was swapping between two boards, this one and an traditional camber board. I noticed the difference in handling and a few times come unstuck on the Ride as I was not used to it.

Ride your Slayblade a few days and enjoy the fresh nature made stuff and tell me then the board is boring.

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Old 02-02-2011, 08:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i hope you don't mean the brakes fail on you
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i hope you don't mean the brakes fail on you
lol that would suck
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What I understood from it is that it doesn't snap back at you when you load a little power through turns or throw the board from edge to edge. (Bounce bounce bounce)
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The car analogies aren't really working, but I think I kinda get what you're trying to explain. So are you saying it lacks pop and/or is too stiff?
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TS do you own an EP3, if so noiiice.
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TS do you own an EP3, if so noiiice.
You talking to me? No, I don't like Hondas, except their bikes and lawnmowers lol.
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