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snowmuncher 11-29-2008 02:54 PM

Expert help needed with tough decition...
 
Hey,

I am looking to step up my game with a new board. I have narrowed it down to three roughly equally priced boards. I was hoping i could get some insight from advanced riders or people who have personally used them. My choices are all from 2008. Forum Grudge, K2 Zeppelin and Burton Custom.

My Riding Style: Intermediate/Advanced
-Love tree runs
-Love powder (but rare to find here, not a major deal breaker)
-like jumps and rails
-Like the occational fast run
-Do not ride pipe, but may try more this year

What is the best fit for me and why?
Are there any boards in this list you would NOT recommend?

I appreciate all your help!!! :D

dlacrone 11-29-2008 04:44 PM

forum grudge. I work at sierra at tahoe and everyone is riding forum now. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about the grudge and im actually gonna get the wide version for myself, the bully.

sedition 11-29-2008 04:54 PM

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"Love powder" and "like...rails."
That is very broad spectrum for one board to cover. I have ridden a Custom a few times, and personally, I would not take it anywhere near the park, esp rails. FAR too stiff, IMHO, for that type of terrain. Best advice I could give you is figure out what your primary style of riding is going to be this year, and get a deck that leans a little more in that direction.

snowmuncher 11-29-2008 05:32 PM

So the Bully is just a wide version of the same model? I have a 10 boot should I be looking into the Bully instead?

snowmuncher 11-29-2008 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by sedition (Post 86984)
That is very broad spectrum for one board to cover. I have ridden a Custom a few times, and personally, I would not take it anywhere near the park, esp rails. FAR too stiff, IMHO, for that type of terrain.

Mainly I spend my time ripping down tree trails, groomers, and often hit jumps. I will hit a rail or box if it is in the way... but I am not a park whore... More of an All-mountain rider... hope that clears it up a bit.

snowmuncher 11-29-2008 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Snowolf (Post 87003)
no, with size 10 you are fine on a regular width board.

Here is your dilema...

If I feel like smacking around on rails for a few hours I will pull out my old burton... so no worries there. I guess I am looking for high performace all around. Great for carving, fast, poppy, ability to handle well in most conditions and hit the big jump when needed.

Jenzo 11-29-2008 10:24 PM

Why isnt the Never Summer SL-R on your list? Such a great allmountain and freeriding board, pops nice too for jumps.

ElChupocabra 11-30-2008 12:07 AM

of the boards you want I would go with the custom or zepplin but I think in the next couple seasons you'll wish you had avoided a board with camber as they are quickly being replaced by reverse camber/rocker boards so I would recommend the SL-R or a K2 turbodream. Note that next season burton will be offering three boards without camber and K2 will be offering 5 in just the men's models

jmacphee9 11-30-2008 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by snowmuncher (Post 87000)
So the Bully is just a wide version of the same model? I have a 10 boot should I be looking into the Bully instead?

not at all.
Quote:

Originally Posted by ElChupocabra (Post 87105)
of the boards you want I would go with the custom or zepplin but I think in the next couple seasons you'll wish you had avoided a board with camber as they are quickly being replaced by reverse camber/rocker boards so I would recommend the SL-R or a K2 turbodream. Note that next season burton will be offering three boards without camber and K2 will be offering 5 in just the men's models

or you can look back in 3 years and say thank god i didnt fall into that fad...ive never used a reverse cambered but they arent ideal for all situations i hear.

snowmuncher 11-30-2008 11:17 AM

My other problem is that I am trying to keep costs low (thats why I am buying an 08). I have not come across a good deal on the NS SL-R, but I did find a great deal on the Neversummer 09 Evo-R... any opinions on that board? I know neversummer is sworn to be an awsome board but I have never riden one and am weary about getting one and not loving it. Has anyone riden the Forum Grudge? It was my leading choice but I havent heard anyone say good things in this post...


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