The raptor does not ride switch all that well, if you only need to ride switch for the situation what you described above it would be great. But doing some top to bottom switch runs you will find it is pretty twitchy. Other than that it is great for pow, crud and groomers.Yeah, and I also know that I'm not going to be centered on the board, but set back. I like having that safety net of being able to go switch long enough to get back around if I get spun around, crash, or something.
yah i get that its not tapered, swallowtail, whatever, its a charging deck.... and the best charging is thru powder!!Raptor is not terrible in pow, but it is far from a real pow deck. Good board, but not a pow slayer.
Isn't the Cobra a pow deck?I am riding every board in the NS line. If it is strictly a powder board that you are after, the Summit is what you want. As for Jones, I think the Hovercraft is the one you want.
The Raptor does ride powder effortlessly and has the added benefit of being super damp for better handling in crud and hard surface conditions. Personally, I feel that the Premier is a little better ride in powder than the Raptor due to be a little softer flex and less damp but that is really personal preference.
Also, the Raptor does ride switch very well as does the Premier once the rider dials in the feel. The Summit rides switch well on firmer groomed terrain but not so well in powder or deep spring slush.