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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Carpet choice - Snowflex / Powderpak Alternative

Looking to make a carpeted drop in ramp with something cheaper than Snowflex, Powerpak, or Dendix - I found some outdoor plastic carpets at a local store and wanted to get some feedback on what would work best. From what I've read the looped product would be faster than the cut pile - yes/no? I've attached a picture and used a quarter to show how deep the cut/loops are.

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No clue. Take your board in the store and start sliding around on the shit.

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The carpet that i used is very similar to the second option, and it slides great for me. Just add soap and water and you should be fine.
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I agree with SW except I wouldn't sue PAM or non stick cooking spray, that would be a lot of cooking spray and could get expensive. I'd say wet it down with a hose and put some concentrated dish soap on it

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did you ever buy and try out that #2 carpet?
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MAJOR bump - but yes it would be nice to have a report on what worked/what didn't.

Would help with future searches. Doubt you'll ever post back though...
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So I got a few PMs about this- sorry life has been busy and I haven't logged in this forum for like a year. Here's the full story on the ramp..

So I ended up getting carpet option #2 - it was from a different store and the carpet was a marine grade (like for boats etc.) and was brown in color. Same closed medium length loop. I wanted to build a really legit ramp so for whatever reason I though it'd be better to build it with a progressive angle like a quarter pipe instead of a flat ramp.

So we built this thing all legit and dumped a ton of money into it. When we were done the quarter pipe style was a really really bad idea - the it caused the board to flex waaay too much and really put heavy pressure on the front/rear tips of the board. The tips then dug into the carpet and would essentially lock you into whatever direction you started in - it was next to impossible to steer or move your board once it stated moving.

Here's a video, in reverse for whatever reason, of us building the ramp:
Snowboard Ramp in reverse time lapse - YouTube

So you can see it's waaaay too steep and the quarter pipe thing was a wicked bad idea.

So I did some work to the ramp and tried to lessen the steepness of the curve... but after all this it still didn't work - just couldn't steer the board once it began sliding. I kept falling off the ramp and it was getting to be this huge source of fail.. I spent too much money, it never worked, it took a long time, and it really hurts when you fall off this thing. Every video I see on YouTube is of some 12 year old kid using a free tarp he found and stacking some wood pallets he stole from behind a grocery store and put a ramp together in 20 min and has hours of fun riding it.

So after spending more time, and more money I modify the ramp. I'm convinced this time it will work - so I get up early before work - get my wife and son out of bed so they can watch dad's epic jib session on the "new and safe" ramp.. this is what happened:
Snowbard ramp fail - YouTube
So my kid (nick name "Pico Fish") thought I died.. yet again, on daddy's wicked evil horrible ramp..

Out of sheer frustration I completely disassembled the ramp so the reminder of my epic fail would not be in my backyard reminding me each day.

All that being said - I think the carpet WOULD work out, but I'd probably go with even a shorter loop like option #1 above - and I'd just start really easy - find a grass hill somewhere and cover that carpet with soap and water.. try it out before building. If you do build, don't put a contour in the ramp!

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looks like you really spent a lot of time into the build, sorry it didn't go so well. I made a very basic set up and it works fine.
here's a link to a forum that should help. Build-A-Jib 101 Cult Forum

keep us posted. i'd love to see more people put up more backyard set ups
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Years ago in the summer, kids used some old carpet torn out of an apartment laid it down on a tiny slope in the park and dumped a 5 gal bucket of dry saw dust on the carpet; worked great.

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