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Old 12-13-2010, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default so it is mostly about the rider and not the board...?

just wondering when it comes to freestyle, it's mostly about the rider right? i get that if u ride a board from 80s you will be at a disadvantage but modern snowboards from reputable brands are pretty much the same, no? every year there are these marketing mumbo jumbo tech features in high priced snowboards it's really confusing. magne-tracion, banana tech, v-rocker blah blah blah.

all things being equal, can you get bigger air, spin faster and/or jib better riding a $700 board instead of a $300 one?
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most likely the rider. No point in having fancy tech on the board if you can;t ride. Sure some boards have better pop , flex, speed but it's up to the rider to be able to benefit from it. Unless you're riding a oversized freeride board you're at a huge disadvantage to someone riding a freestyle board. If they're all reputable brands that are in the freestyle category you're fine. Some people over think it. As long as the board is your size and it's ridable you're fine.

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Old 12-13-2010, 01:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's 90% the rider 10% the board. There's a reason I can jib rails on a 67 swallow tail and still hit a 40 foot jump with it then slash pow.
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I believe it's mostly the rider...driving a Buggati Veyron will not make you an amazing driver, it's more about the skills that you bring to that car. Thats my analogy, hope it makes sense.
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Rider 80%
Conditions 10%
Board 10%

Travis would do a double whammy bammy with 5 revert on any old board I bet.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah I agree with these guys, it's mostly the rider. Some boards will be more to your personal preference, some will make different parts of snowboarding easier, but at the end of the day if you're a decent rider you'll be able to shred ok on a board that isn't exactly how you'd like it.

That said, if you're trying to learn something, like say, you're brand new to freestyle, a soft, short, freestyle oriented board will make a positive difference. My first board was a Rome Anthem, 158 cm. I wanted to try some freestyle type stuff, and switched to a 155cm Rome Agent, it felt totally different.

As for some of the smaller differences between brands, and the incremental changes they make each season, I'd say that's less important. If you're riding a board that's designed for freestyle, you're not going to be worse off because you're missing feature X that's available elsewhere.

For example, I spent a few winters riding a 155 Nitro T2. It was a fairly stiff, twin tip all-mountain freestyle board. Something like the DH at the same length would have been more suited to my needs, but I got along fine on the Nitro...

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