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Old 02-24-2010, 11:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Heading out to Breck tomorrow am (assuming my flight gets out of Newark!)
Initially I was going to bring both my Evo-R 158 and Nitro Shogun 163 but because of the pain in lugging it out there, Continentals absurd baggage fees, and the fact Breck actually has fresh snow with more to come I decided to just rent out there.

I called up to assure I could get a specific board and was able to reserve a 164 Never Summer SL-R. I am 190 or so with gear on, love my Evo and want something to handle the steeper terrain at Breck while being ready to tackle some pow if we get it. My other choices were a Lando Phoenix, Turbo Dream and Joystick all in the 161 to 164 range.

Was that a good call? I am hesitant to jump on a board I might not be familiar with so coming from Evo to SL-R should be smooth.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You're going to love the Never Summer SL for the type of terrain you will be hitting. If you parking it up more I would have gone with the Joystick which would have probably worked a little better all around.
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i think you'll be good. damn airlines and their crappyness. sucks you can't ride your own board, but i'd say all or any of those boards would have done the job well. nice to see that they actually had a nice quiver to choose from. i'm sure it will be great! enjoy the trip!
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I also own an Evo and live on the east coast. I bought it because we don't have the vertical drop or terrain that Breck has. If I was going out there, I would want more of an all-mtn board and would definitley go with the SL. I don't know those other boards but I think you made the right choice if you are doing all-mtn riding.

I'm probably not much help but I would have done exactly the same thing.
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies. I love ripping on my cambered Shogun but I am hoping for some fresh out there and love the feel of RC in the pow. I am stoked to get out there and get on that SL-R
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Tomorrow and Friday should be money up there. Not anything huge but a few inches a day adds up to some good fluff. The SL-R should be an ideal board. Have a good time.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think there's a thread floating around somewhere about checked in snowboard bags/equipment.

Once you stick within the airline's guidelines, it'll only cost you 20bucks like any normal checked in baggage.

When I went to Winterpark last month I managed to squeeze in 3 days worth of clothing plus gear into my 156 cm snowboard bag (I did only have one board though which is a SL coincidentally) and just hand carried my helmet and back-pack.

My buddies were able to fit three boards into a freakin huge snowboard bag plus boots and bindings and were a bit over the weight limit and were prepared to pay extra but they lucked out when the attendants gave them a pass both ways.

Even if you have to pay extra, it probably would work out to less than how much you would pay if you rented. Plus, you would have your own gear.

The lugging around wasn't too bad either.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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well that does not account for the fact instead of taking a car to the airport I have to get a van or SUV which is $20 extra each way, it would be my second bag so it is more than $20 and Continental sucks so if you put anything else in your board bag besides 2 boards and bindings and they look inside it, they can charge $100 even if it is under 50lbs. happened to someone on the forum here. Plus I am more stoked to ride the SL-R in any fresh out there then I would my Shogun or Evo.

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I would have brought the Evo and called it good enough honestly.
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I ride a SL-R 155 for pow and evo-R 151 for everything in between.

all honestly... they are both good in pow just small differences. All mountain big carves I prefer SL. If i'm spending all my times in the trees i actually prefer the evo... unless your talking about 3'+ then its SL all the way.

but then again, any excuse is good excuse to ride a new board you'll have fun on the SL-R
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