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Hey guys, I know this question has probably been asked a ton around here but I've decided I need some help on this. I've been riding a forum youngblood for the past 4 years, and before that I had some sort of all mountain ride board (forgot the name). I've been going at it for about 9 years, 6'1, and 185 pounds. I'm buying a new board at the end of this season because I'm not as interested in park as I used to be and the youngblood was pretty dedicated to that as I bought it a little smaller. I'm looking for a board that would suit powder runs, back country, and still be able to hit the park decently. The main thing is being able to ride the mountain like a park, hitting ungroomed trails and airing off drop offs/natural terrain. I was looking at the 14' arbor blacklist but that may be too geared towards park. Maybe not. Any advice on this subject would be appreciated as I haven't bought a board in a very long time. Thanks in advance.
 

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And just in case, I mainly ride at killington, besides jibs set up outside my apartment (i'll use my youngblood for those), and yearly trips to CO.
 

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Pell- I'm pretty much in your riding demographic. I wanted a quiver-killer for the northeast mountains. Lets face it, NE conditions can be pretty variable so we need something that can take it all right?

I picked up the Rome Mod Rocker and I love it. Second year on it. Its rocker but a bit stiffer than most, so it floats, holds and edge and takes jumps and rails like a champ. Check it out.
 

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I'm not too sure about the K2, i'll have to definitely read more reviews on it though. The Rome mod rocker however caught my eye. I've always been interested in Rome but never rode their boards before. Sheepstealer did you pick up the 14' or a previous season? I'm looking around now, cheapest I can find is for about 500 so i'm probably going to wait for the post season to come around to pick it up, unless a '13 or a '12 pops up somewhere because i'm itching to ride another board.

From every review that board looks perfect for me
 

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Take reviews with a grain of salt, most review sites suck beaver anus (which is where raspberry flavouring comes from... fun fact of the day) and they just write crummy reviews without proper testing just to get site traffic for the search term.

That said, there are some early reviews on it (it's a brand new lifted camber design): 2014 K2 Happy Hour Snowboard Used and Reviewed «

If you do a quick search on the forum, I don't think you'll find a single person who's ridden it so far that hasn't put it among the best all-mountain boards this year. That board just kills it on everything.

The Rome mod rocker is good too, both are great boards really.
 

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Yeah I figured with the reviews. Not the beaver anus, never heard that before. Although I appreciate it because that'll definitely come in handy if i ever run out of shit to say.

Anyways I've never ridden a board with a stabby tip like that and I'm not sure if that majorly affects the way the board rides but I'm not too comfortable with the idea of it. Feel like I'd catch it a lot if I was ever pressing around. I'd have to hold the board for myself to check em out
 

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I ride the Arbor Westmark which is the reg width version of the Blacklist. LOVE IT!!!! it handles the park as any vid of Scotty Vive will prove and even though I bought it in a size that I was tooo heavy for last year (slimmed down for this year) it handled everything!! knee deep POW, groomers, hardpack/ice, tree runs you name it.
 

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Check out a Skate Banana[/URL], or the ultimate quiver-killer, the Attack Banana[/URL]. Both sick boards and will kill it anywhere in any conditions..... If those are a little steep $$ wise, the Capita Horrorscope[/URL] or the Smokin Hooligan[/URL] are good options, def more jibby though.
nice spam, sneaky but to repetitive to quickly
 

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Check out a Skate Banana, or the ultimate quiver-killer, the Attack Banana. Both sick boards and will kill it anywhere in any conditions..... If those are a little steep $$ wise, the Capita Horrorscope or the Smokin Hooligan are good options, def more jibby though.
This guy is a spammer and or an idiot.

Check out these boards that can float pow well but still be ok in the park, K2 turbo dream, Salomon assassin or time machine, Flow era, burton custom flying v, arbor coda, never summer SL, stepchild FTW, yes basic.
 

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Yeah I figured with the reviews. Not the beaver anus, never heard that before. Although I appreciate it because that'll definitely come in handy if i ever run out of shit to say.

Anyways I've never ridden a board with a stabby tip like that and I'm not sure if that majorly affects the way the board rides but I'm not too comfortable with the idea of it. Feel like I'd catch it a lot if I was ever pressing around. I'd have to hold the board for myself to check em out
Haven't had any issue with the pointy tips so far. And I don't expect to have any, really.

There's a plethora of excellent mountain boards in 2014. It's a tough choice, but you can't really go wrong with any of the top contenders IMO. The Happy Hour certainly is up there this year, although it may not be the greatest in powder.
 

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Since you board on the Ice Coast best have Magne-Traction Rossi JibSaw W/MagTech would make the mountain your park Evo.com has new 2013 for less than $200
Seems like a pretty good price. I'm also on the ice coast so I'm looking for something that will probably end up in the park a fair amount. Any issues with that or should I look elsewhere?

Rossignol puts it at a 7/10 flex but also says its a park board, that doesnt make much sense right?

JIBSAW MAGTEK | Boards | Rossignol | SNOWBOARD | Men |
 

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ive got a westmark and I mainly ride VT and some smaller mountains with occasional trips out west. It carves surprisingly well for a center rocker board. In anything that is chewed up and firm there is something to be desired. The nose and tail flap a little and the board washes out or skips trying to hold an edge. However, in soft crud its a really fun board. Powder its fine, the reverse camber helps a lot there. Its excellent in the park as it should be. Its def not a noodle by a long shot but its not overly stiff. Really a medium flex with tips that are softer. My only complaint with the board so far is the durability. The base dings up really easy (base is white i dont know if i can just see more) and the topsheet peels and flakes when you look at it i swear, but thats just cosmetic. Other boards that ive riden and would recommend would be ride DH, k2 raygun, ns proto/ sl.
 

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I'd look at the Nitro Rook, Saloman Assassin, Bataleon Omni/Jam/Riot/EvilTwin, Capita BSOD, Ride Machete GT… I'm in the same position as you, I just picked up a 2014 Rook, but haven't ridden it yet. I really liked last years Bataleon Evil Twin. Who doesn't want a quiver killer.
 

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Seems like a pretty good price. I'm also on the ice coast so I'm looking for something that will probably end up in the park a fair amount. Any issues with that or should I look elsewhere?

Rossignol puts it at a 7/10 flex but also says its a park board, that doesnt make much sense right?

JIBSAW MAGTEK | Boards | Rossignol | SNOWBOARD | Men |
I'm using the Rossi Templar which is pretty similar but slightly more all-mountain - it's a 6/10 but I have no issues buttering, ollieing or hitting jumps with it. It's also on Evo for slightly cheaper.

The Magnetraction definitely helps, you can hear it working (the board is much louder on icy terrain than non-mag boards lol)
 

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As a life long East Coaster I just want to mention that the majority of competent shreds here do not ride magnetraction. Most guys who have ridden here for years know how to carve and ride conditions here just fine and cambered boards with good sharp edges and classic 90/90 bevels seem to rule. You always have to pay attention to technique here and magnetraction isn't as useful when you are already "on top" of your carve. I prefer a good sharp edge to magnetraction, both on my cambered boards and camrock Yes boards. So don't rule out great East Coast cambered boards from Rome, Burton and others. My top choices would be a Rome Agent, Burton Custom, Burton Parkitect, capita NAS, Signal OG, Nitro Team, Bataleon Goliath.
 

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yeah I agree. Never had a board with any kind of enhanced contact points before this. You dont need it and nothing can compensate for rider skill. Its weird though, sometimes on really windswept snow with no too steep grade im noticing the griptech on my westmark to almost hinder me. I think because its further out from the rest of the sidecut so Im not over it enough with my heels. Almost like trying to ride a board that is to wide and not having enough leverage. I do have small feet for my height and weight (size 8.5 180lbs 6ft) so boards tend to feel wider than they would be for a normally proportioned person. I never had this problem with my "normal" side cut board.
 

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It's been so icy, frozen and hard packed here this year that all I have been riding are my cambered boards. Started the season in Park City where my YES Big City was "the shit" and now its like a weak little bitch here in these full NorthEast conditions. There isn't much difference between riding the pipe and hitting the hills or park. It's all frozen granular, machine groomed, wind swept, rock hard ice.
 
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