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Figured I should do a review on this board since no one knows about it and plenty have sought info on it.

Board: Fullbag Diamond Blade
Size: 163
Camber Option: Traditional CAMBER(they say rocker camber rocker but the blunted tips kinda negate any rocker in the tips from what I feel). It does not fee catchy though had has very smooth edge to edge motion.

Bindings: Flow NX2-GT

Stance: 24

Angles: 15 / -6 Goofy

Boots: 11.5 US - Flow Talon

Rider: 39 y/o, 6', 290 lbs, advanced rider(100+ days a year)

Resort: Bachelor

Conditions: early morning hard pack and 60 degree mid day spring slush
Preconceived Notions: I was a little worried about the flex/build/whatever given that I have never seen these boards and its a boutique brand

Flex: On the stiff side of the scale, about Burton Custom X stiff..... perfect for what I want

Stability: Very stable, first run on this board I was shocked at how well it handled the slushy chop in the sun and then the show that was rolled the night before and frozen still... The edge hold is phenomenal, I forgot what that felt like having ridden CRC for the past 4 or 5 seasons almost exclusively.

Cruising: Very stable cruiser both in a small amount of powder (about 2”) over crusty off piste snow, fresh groomers and mid day chopped up spring groomers. The effective edge is quite long on this board so it is really great for running wide open and feeling confident.

Rider in Mind: This really is an ideal board for ripping around the mountain at full speed. I didnt get to ride in full powder conditions but I can ascertain that it is not the ideal design for this but it would handle it if needed.

Personal Thoughts: This is my new favorite daily rider and I am impressed with the board overall. The asthetics are great, I had 3 people stop and comment on it, one of which was a local pro Ben Ferg. Every lap I take on it I like it more. I have not ridden a camber board in a while, like 5 years, and I am a fan again. This board somehow is smooth even on a flat base and I dont feel like I am going to die of an edge catch. The only thing I wish I did was put a good wax job on it right out of the box, the factory wax does not do the board justice. Also I should add that this board is a few pounds lighter than any other board I have owned. I used ASS WAX, flourinated all temp wax....
 

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Did you consider the Diamond Blunt 162? If so, what swayed you to the Blade?

I've been following the Fullbag Diamond Blunt feedback thread with great interest and nice to hear from those who are actually riding the product. Please keep it coming. :grin:
 

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I may end up with one. As well as a Hammerhead. The build quality on this thing is impressive....

I am curious how the other boards rank in stiffness compared to this Blade.....
 

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This is what surprised me.

You get 100 plus days a year, you ride 10 or 15 different decks a year & you haven't been on a straight camber board in 5 years

What the fuck??????????????? haha

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Did you consider the Diamond Blunt 162? If so, what swayed you to the Blade?

I've been following the Fullbag Diamond Blunt feedback thread with great interest and nice to hear from those who are actually riding the product. Please keep it coming. :grin:
Mig said how some thought the Lifer was a 162 because at the center of board it has FB 62 written on it, so at 230LBS felt 166 Lifer was worth a look. Also Mig's friend won a BX type race at Baker NH, on the Lifer. Thought wow this board needs to be in my quiver.
 

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It's not that I never ride it or anything, just not as a primary board and not full on full length camber. I have ridden alot of "s rocker" types of boards, camber with an early rise nose, and its just not the same. You have way less edge cranked to the ground with the early rise boards.. this blade is basically a race board.
 

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Hattori Hanzo!!!
Love that!!! :D

I think that's a perfect nom de plume for Mig!! Sounds like his decks are becoming the stuff of "Kill Bill" type Legend! :D

Kudos Mig!!! I'm starting to think I seriously F'd up missing out on taking a spin on the Blunt you loaned DaveZ. I was at the hill the day he had it too! :facepalm3: ;)



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(Then again,... that was early season tho and I was still having trouble scraping the rust offa my injury hiatus! Probably couldn't have fully appreciated it at the time!) :sad:

I can assure you, I wont make that mistake next time I have the chance! :D
 

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Thanks for the review Argo. I'd really like to try one of these. Looks like a very similar profile to the Volkl Coal Race or the Virus Avalanche FLP AFT, but I found the Volkl to be way too stiff to be enjoyable all over the mountain.

If you say it's Custom X stiff, that might just be about perfect.

The shape is a lot of fun on hardpack eh? >:)
 

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Love that!!! :D

I think that's a perfect nom de plume for Mig!! Sounds like his decks are becoming the stuff of "Kill Bill" type Legend! :D

Kudos Mig!!! I'm starting to think I seriously F'd up missing out on taking a spin on the Blunt you loaned DaveZ. I was at the hill the day he had it too! :facepalm3: ;)



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(Then again,... that was early season tho and I was still having trouble scraping the rust offa my injury hiatus! Probably couldn't have fully appreciated it at the time!) :sad:

I can assure you, I wont make that mistake next time I have the chance! :D
Yup, bad call, I woulda been all over em.

Gotta seize the moment man.

Prolly woulda been an eye opener for ya?
Mig's an old guy, like you & to a lesser extent me, haha d'oh.

That thing caters to guys like us, when's the last time you did a 720? haha me too.

Haha old guys don't do 720's, even semi younger guys like myself, aren't doin' 720's

Cadillac, that's what I want my boards to feel like.
I think those Fullbag's have a lot of Cadillac in em.

Yup bad call:frown::|:crying:


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I'll add my review from today to this thread. No need for multiple review threads on this.

Team Duke headed out to Targhee today to test this deck out. The members of team Duke were: Ted Nugent, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and....yours truly...Duke. The temps were below freezing last night but were just above when I arrived. Groomers were hard as a rock at 0900, but softened up by about....10:30 or so. The sun was out and the day was nice.

Bottom Line Up Front: Team Duke, combined with 137cm of effective "Hattori Hanzo steel" edge.....sliced that mountain to RIBBONS!! Ribbons I tell you!! That board rocks! A carving machine!! Can't get the smile off my face!

163 is about the size of board I like and use, but I was a bit worried that this would seem like a giant plank with the LONG EE. Well, not a problem at all! Handled great. Felt much more nimble than it should have for a 163 that is all edge. And by all edge I mean edge all day long... and held through anything. It took me a while to build up confidence in the edge hold because i would get to the normal point I would expect it to give and ...would wince a bit an push it a bit further.....and waited for it to give....but nada! That edge holds through anything. I was flying down the mountain all day. Once the snow softened up a bit I was really railing it! Pencil thin lines in perfect arcs.

I rode right through lunch and didn't pause until 2:30-3 pm. Was having too much fun! I have never felt so much control in a softboot board. With my Salomon Malamutes and this board...it was quite the technical ride, and I loved it.

My beloved Dupraz and a hardboot board sat locked up in the racks ready for my to switch to them if conditions called for it....or just for a change....but this thing kept carving....even in the soft stuff. Not until 2:30, when it was really getting soft/slushy did I switch to the Dupraz and headed off piste. This Diamond blade is a GREAT groomer board for softboots. I have never been on a Virus (ultimate carving deck)...other than some day dreams..... and I wish I had so as to compare....but my guess is that it would be a close call.

Regarding camber: . Not really alot of camber to this deck. Doesn't have the same pop full on cambered boards have....but also isn't catchy at all. I flatbased this one no prob and eventually wasn't even worried about catching an edge. Usually when riding a full camber I have it on my mind...just a bit...all day long. I've caught too many edges in my day and so it always lingers. But not on this one. I think i would call it 1/2 camber. Easy to ride, but no big pop either....but still...it does have camber and I did feel it. Does not ride like a rocker board. it didn't feel like there was any rocker anywhere on it though I think there is juuuuust a bit at the tips.

Board flex: Definitely a stiff board, but didn't seem overly so. I am 170 lbs naked and it seemed perfect. I was riding hard though and I think for my weight....riding hard matches this deck.

One thing that was making me hesitate on this board is the width. I was wanting a skinny deck for carving. Turns out that this seems to be a good width. i was railing this over so hard that I was tappin' boots....and that is for size 8 boots so not big. Not really booting out...but tappin'. I had to adjust the angles a bit, which took care of that, but I'm glad it isn't skinnier after all.

Weight: this board is much lighter than I thought it would be. very light.

My only regret: that I took so long to make my decision. Now i have to spend the entire off season wishing I had snagged this earlier in the year.
 

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I'll add my review from today to this thread. No need for multiple review threads on this.

Team Duke headed out to Targhee today to test this deck out. The members of team Duke were: Ted Nugent, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and....yours truly...Duke. The temps were below freezing last night but were just above when I arrived. Groomers were hard as a rock at 0900, but softened up by about....10:30 or so. The sun was out and the day was nice.

Bottom Line Up Front: Team Duke, combined with 137cm of effective "Hattori Hanzo steel" edge.....sliced that mountain to RIBBONS!! Ribbons I tell you!! That board rocks! A carving machine!! Can't get the smile off my face!

163 is about the size of board I like and use, but I was a bit worried that this would seem like a giant plank with the LONG EE. Well, not a problem at all! Handled great. Felt much more nimble than it should have for a 163 that is all edge. And by all edge I mean edge all day long... and held through anything. It took me a while to build up confidence in the edge hold because i would get to the normal point I would expect it to give and ...would wince a bit an push it a bit further.....and waited for it to give....but nada! That edge holds through anything. I was flying down the mountain all day. Once the snow softened up a bit I was really railing it! Pencil thin lines in perfect arcs.

I rode right through lunch and didn't pause until 2:30-3 pm. Was having too much fun! I have never felt so much control in a softboot board. With my Salomon Malamutes and this board...it was quite the technical ride, and I loved it.

My beloved Dupraz and a hardboot board sat locked up in the racks ready for my to switch to them if conditions called for it....or just for a change....but this thing kept carving....even in the soft stuff. Not until 2:30, when it was really getting soft/slushy did I switch to the Dupraz and headed off piste. This Diamond blade is a GREAT groomer board for softboots. I have never been on a Virus (ultimate carving deck)...other than some day dreams..... and I wish I had so as to compare....but my guess is that it would be a close call.

Regarding camber: . Not really alot of camber to this deck. Doesn't have the same pop full on cambered boards have....but also isn't catchy at all. I flatbased this one no prob and eventually wasn't even worried about catching an edge. Usually when riding a full camber I have it on my mind...just a bit...all day long. I've caught too many edges in my day and so it always lingers. But not on this one. I think i would call it 1/2 camber. Easy to ride, but no big pop either....but still...it does have camber and I did feel it. Does not ride like a rocker board. it didn't feel like there was any rocker anywhere on it though I think there is juuuuust a bit at the tips.

Board flex: Definitely a stiff board, but didn't seem overly so. I am 170 lbs naked and it seemed perfect. I was riding hard though and I think for my weight....riding hard matches this deck.

One thing that was making me hesitate on this board is the width. I was wanting a skinny deck for carving. Turns out that this seems to be a good width. i was railing this over so hard that I was tappin' boots....and that is for size 8 boots so not big. Not really booting out...but tappin'. I had to adjust the angles a bit, which took care of that, but I'm glad it isn't skinnier after all.

Weight: this board is much lighter than I thought it would be. very light.

My only regret: that I took so long to make my decision. Now i have to spend the entire off season wishing I had snagged this earlier in the year.
No Dupraz until 2:30 :surprise:

Holy shit, that sounds like quite the nice board then, haha

That's some high praise I believe.


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No Dupraz until 2:30 :surprise:

Holy shit, that sounds like quite the nice board then, haha

That's some high praise I believe.


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ha ha.....on the way out I went past the board shop and saw 50% off end of season sale. Took a quick look and saw a NS Swift (although it was 40% off). Was tempted since I know this deck even has you off of your Dupraz....but just not the year for me :snowboard1:
 
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