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Old 06-03-2013, 10:15 AM   #31 (permalink)
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A better question would be what's the best single quiver board for your riding style, pure park guys will have a very different answer than guys who ride powder mostly.
For me it's the Virus Avalanche FLP AFT with Burton Diodes. Long effective adge and long sidecut radius for carving on non-pow days, good setback, rockered nose and light weight for motoring through the powder, trees, etc. It even jumps well when I've taken it through the park. Never tried jibbing on it, and it's tough to ride switch... So not a freestyle board. But big air it's fine.

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Biggest I've ridden was a Coal 168, thats big enough for my 120lbs .
Which Coal were you on? I'd like to try the Coal XT... There's a Coal Race (BX board) for sale at a local shop, and I REALLY want to try it!
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Which Coal were you on? I'd like to try the Coal XT... There's a Coal Race (BX board) for sale at a local shop, and I REALLY want to try it!
Guess it was the XT

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Guess it was the XT
What did you think of it?
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What did you think of it?
I'm pretty sure you'd like it. It's very fast, stable and carves as hell. First impression (from over here http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...-choose-9.html)

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Holy crap! Got a eyes-opener afternoon. After two days on the Sherlock I felt pretty ok on it, but far from confident enough to charge. Had a little "groomer carve board" chat with a guy at the bar. He went to fetch his board and asked: wanna try my baby? You might like it: Volkl Coal XT 168

Thick fog at the top, chopped up slopes. Well, I presume there were bumps, haven't seen them and what's best: didn't feel them! The Coal cut through them like a knife. No worries to get bucked off, just ride! Well dampened compared to the Flagship. No worries about stability, it IS stable. Dared to straight line the runout immediately. Felt at home again. Although a monster board for my size (it's only 4cm smaller than me) and even though the stance was a bit wide and the bindings too big, I felt immediately far more secure on this beast than on the Sherlock. It was surprisingly easy to handle. Bit heavy, but responsive, very fast edge to edge. Hop turn in moguls was a bit work, but hell, its a 168

And carving... oh yes! THIS IS THE MOST INSANE CARVER I've been on. I'm not a designated carver, how well I carve depends a lot on the board/conditions. With this board I was flat. Not once by pure luck, all the time. In crappy groomers, with very bad sight.

If bound to groomers, this is my world. Learned a lot the last days. I'm not a RC / V person, this is now clear to me. I loose too much confidence on them and I detest myself if I ride like auntie Helen.

Still curious about the Megalight, but so far, the Coal went to top position on my list with lots of exclamation marks lucky me... the shop where I was given the demo Sherlock sells Volkl too; the smallest Coal is 158.

Anyone here who rides a Coal XT? Would love to hear your opinions. How does it ride on hardpack? Pros/Cons? Did I only have the impression that it's well dampened cause of the rather soft snow?
To answer my own question, I tried it again on an other day with colder afternoon and after riding the Flagship the entire day to get a better comparison. The Coal is a similar teeth rattle ride in crud For good days n empty slopes it is among the three boards I liked most so far. Laborious but rewarding
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To answer my own question, I tried it again on an other day with colder afternoon and after riding the Flagship the entire day to get a better comparison. The Coal is a similar teeth rattle ride in crud For good days n empty slopes it is among the three boards I liked most so far. Laborious but rewarding
Sweet! I've heard it's great but sort of a one hit wonder. Great at hard carving but that's about it. Was curious to see what you thought! I'm still thinking about buying the Coal Race one of these days... Basically the XT with a boardercross shape and almost no lift on the tail.

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