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An interesting request, but I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction for a board that could handle park, powder, and boardercross. I'm not particularly great in the park, starting to get onto handrails, boardslides/presses on boxes/boxrails, and hitting the Small/Medium jump features in the park. Powder is glade riding, tight lines through pine/maple trees, powder depth is at a max of 2'. On snowboard team at school, so I'd also like to be able to rip through the course.
Size 12 boots, weight is 133~ lbs, and height is 5'11"~. My board bag is 156cm, so I'd ideally not have to get a new one.

Most of these three things are polar opposites, but I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction for camber/rocker, edges, length, base type, core, brand, etc. Basically however detailed you can get.

I'm not on an extreme budget, but I'd like to keep a reasonable price with a good bang:buck.

Thanks in advance!
 

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there is no "one snowboard" that will do all those perfect. best bet is to get a couple used boards.

find a stiff regular camber board with a sintered base of about 155 for your race board.

then get a medium softness rocker/rocker combo board for everything else.

that being said Mervin boards(lib-tech and gnu) win a lot at the mt baker banked slalom so i imagine one of those would do ya well for everything.
Something with C2BTX. The T-rice Pro would fit your big feet but its over 500 bucks.
 

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there is no "one snowboard" that will do all those perfect. best bet is to get a couple used boards.

find a stiff regular camber board with a sintered base of about 155 for your race board.

then get a medium softness rocker/rocker combo board for everything else.
Alright, I'll definitely look into a board with c2 btx, I was actually already looking into Lib/GNU, thinking maybe the Riders Choice 154.5. Thoughts? Thanks!
 

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Didn't one of the Never Summer dudes get 2nd in the banked slalom at Mt baker last year on a Proto CT? Never thought of the Proto as a race board.
 

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the riders choice is a great board and would be good for just about everything. \

yea i guy on proto did pretty good, theres not reason why it shouldn't be its light, snappy, has good grip and a fast base. most people who win or do well are on normal boards, not very many race boards enter
 

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the riders choice is a great board and would be good for just about everything. \

yea i guy on proto did pretty good, theres not reason why it shouldn't be its light, snappy, has good grip and a fast base. most people who win or do well are on normal boards, not very many race boards enter
Rider > Board. Even when it's in a race :laugh:
 

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Alright, so right now I'm looking into the GNU Rider's Choice 154.5cm for $439.95CAN.

Good deal/Good for what I want?
 

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thats a great price for that board, i think you will be pretty happy with it, its not to stiff for park but not a noodle either and you are pretty light weight. only thing i would worry about is your foot size, are you planning on getting a wide? Or do you have some low profile boots and a slanted stance
 

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thats a great price for that board, i think you will be pretty happy with it, its not to stiff for park but not a noodle either and you are pretty light weight. only thing i would worry about is your foot size, are you planning on getting a wide? Or do you have some low profile boots and a slanted stance
I'm not getting a wide, here is the link below. I wouldn't say I have special low profile buttons either. My stance is 15/12 or something alone the lines. I currently have a 152.5 cheap technine enforcer and I don't really have much of a problem slidding out, although the capstrap on my bindings are starting to fall apart. I did go on vacation last year and had to rent at a resort and slid out a bunch though, so I'm guessing I'll just have to ride a wider/slanted stance if I experience slidding. Thanks!

Gnu Riders Choice C2BTX 154.5 | Empire Online Skate & Snowboard Shop[color]=LEATHER
 

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thats cool the bigger board will be a little wider too.

hey what is your budget limit btw? the Ride DH2.7 155 or ride arcade 154 would be even better, but they are a bit more expensive and the riders choice is still really good
 

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I'd like to stay under $500, but I don't have a set budget.
I'm coming from a cheap 152.5 jib rocker on an extruded base to my next board; what improvements should I see?
 

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a good bit more edge hold especially on ice(magnetraction). It should be more stable at speed with less chatter and will run over crapy snow better. it will be faster with the sintered base but will use more wax. make sure you hotwax at least every two times out; i do every time, it becomes a zen thing the day before heading to the mountain. more pop, a little stiffer, with quicker response.

take it easy the first few runs to get used to it. coming from a cheap board to a good board takes a little getting used to.

i went from a 2003 burton clash 155(could be a womens its baby blue) to a '12 banana magic 157, felt like going from a honda civic to a subaru wrx sti.
 

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thats cool the bigger board will be a little wider too.

hey what is your budget limit btw? the Ride DH2.7 155 or ride arcade 154 would be even better, but they are a bit more expensive and the riders choice is still really good
Why would those boards be better?
 

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a good bit more edge hold especially on ice(magnetraction). It should be more stable at speed with less chatter and will run over crapy snow better. it will be faster with the sintered base but will use more wax. make sure you hotwax at least every two times out; i do every time, it becomes a zen thing the day before heading to the mountain. more pop, a little stiffer, with quicker response.

take it easy the first few runs to get used to it. coming from a cheap board to a good board takes a little getting used to.

i went from a 2003 burton clash 155(could be a womens its baby blue) to a '12 banana magic 157, felt like going from a honda civic to a subaru wrx sti.
Sorry for the double post, unsure how to double quote, but how does the "magnettraction" work, and would these edges cause me to catch on rails/boxes or on snow more often?
 

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Both those boards are stiffer and probably a little damper. the have normal sidecuts. they also have an almost flat camber with the tips turned up a little bit before the contact points. this would probably carve better than any rocker board. they would be better for racing but the stiffness would make presses harder. the DH2.7 looks like a slightly softer non UL version of the arcade. heres a review of the arcade:Ride Arcade Review - 2012 Snowboard Reviews - Board Insiders - YouTube

but it sounds like your priority is in the park with a less priority on racing, the riders choice would be better for this. it's closer to a happy medium.

magnetraction doesn't make you catch edges more on anything. all it does is lock you into carves a little earlier and hold a little longer. but where it really helps out is ice, i have yet to wash out a carve on an ice pacth with my banana magic. It is a way to make up for loosing some edge hold from having rocker.
 

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Alright, thanks. My priority isn't purely racing, as you said. The Arcade looks really nice, I'm thinking I'll make that the second choice if the Rider's falls through. Mostly hoping it can handle most things and do it all comfortably. Maybe not the best, but alright. The only thing I'm seeing wrong with the Rider's Choice is that I'm afraid it has to many "gimmicks" with magnetraction, deeper heel cut, bannana tech, and how the edges don't loop around but taper in. Here is the link to the page. Am I right in thinking a lot of this is a big gimmick or is it mostly legit?
 
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