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Mysticfalcon 02-23-2008 06:59 PM

Smokin' Magnetraction review
 
I just got a Smokin snowboards Smokintraction 162 and got to put it through the paces today. When I got it in the mail I first noticed that the wavy magnetraction edges. They are definitely different. I have been curious about them since I first heard about it and finally had to give one a try. The board is fairly stiff. I am more of a freerider and I never leave the ground but I like to go fast so this is just what I was looking for. Well we got about 6" at Jay peak over night so I started the day in the powder. It floats pretty well but I did set it up with a little extra set back to accommodate my kinda wide preferred stance. Front binding 1 set of holes forward of center and back hole 2 holes back. I was worried that it would turn hard since Im used to a shorter board but it seems to always do exactly what I want right where I want it to. I spent most of the AM playing in the trees in search of powder and the board held up extremely well. Despite my incredible ability to find branches and stuff to run over I didnt even put a scratch in the base.
Then in the afternoon I decided to put in a couple runs on Goat Run. Anyone who has ridden Jay knows that the goat is always ice. I started out going real well and I was thinking that the conditions were the best that Id ever seen on that trail. I noticed that most people were still in careful mode but I just kept going along fine. Then I watched someone lose their edge on the ice and take a spill and I just went right around them. I was sold on it. It might not turn ice into powder but it sure does grab onto it like I couldn't believe. The mountain was kinda crowded so by the end of the day all the busy trails were Skied right off but I didn't care. The magnetraction definitely exceeded my expectations. I had thought it was going to be kinda gimmicky but it turns out that it really works. Well. Still only had one day on it but I really think that it has replaced both my other boards completely.

Goat 02-23-2008 09:05 PM

Yeah,I LOVE my mag trac board.

This is my second year riding a 07 Gnu Riders Choice.

Really great hold and tons of control through turns.I have the same style of riding that you do,and it works great for me.:thumbsup:

joeydzzle 02-25-2008 11:08 AM

i never got around to using mag traction but i hear its a must here in the tri-state with all our ice.

FYI the next years rider's choice is supposed to have banana tech.

Mcrystal293 02-25-2008 04:11 PM

joeydzzl - you are correct. Next years GNU Rider's Choice has magnetraction and banana tech. If you are a lucky individual like myself who lives on the West Coast, you can go to Sports Chalet and pick it up a year early. For some reason GNU gave it to them this year. I picked mine up at the beginning of this season, and it is the best board I have ever ridden. Hands down!!

squishydonut 02-25-2008 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Mcrystal293 (Post 38496)
joeydzzl - you are correct. Next years GNU Rider's Choice has magnetraction and banana tech. If you are a lucky individual like myself who lives on the West Coast, you can go to Sports Chalet and pick it up a year early. For some reason GNU gave it to them this year. I picked mine up at the beginning of this season, and it is the best board I have ever ridden. Hands down!!

OMG. are the '09 skate bananas out at sports chalet?


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