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Hi guys.

I just started last season in CO and was on rentals. I thought it was time to invest in a board so I already bought k2 boots and bindings (maysis, formulas). Last season, I was going down blues and the occasional black runs so I don't know if I'm still beginner or intermediate. I was looking at 2013 boards since I wanted to stay under 400. Last season I rode a rental salomon drift rocker, some Head and Burton board they gave me at the Loveland and Breck rental shop. Since I'm newer and haven't had time to, I want to eventually start hitting the park, trees, and go down the peak 8 summit at Breck. Here are my stats and these were the boards I was looking at.

28yo
5'9"
170lbs
Size 9.5 boot (maysis with formula bindings)

2013 K2 raygun 156
2013 Arbor coda 157
2014 Arbor westmark 156
2013 Burton Sherlock 157
2013 rome mod rocker 156
2013 GNU carbon credit 156

If anyone has good suggestions, much appreciated. I don't care about brand or the looks of the board (although Arbor do look nice although I keep reading are fragile). I care more about how good it is and of it'll last me a while. Feel free to bust my shit because I know that I know nothing compared to a lot of you.
 

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Sherlock, Coda, and Raygun are the ones that stand out for me. The Raygun will be the cheapest, the Coda probably the most grip and surfy in pow, and the Sherlock is sorta in the middle of the three. All will be super rad. None would be a bad decision.
 

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Sherlock, Coda, and Raygun are the ones that stand out for me. The Raygun will be the cheapest, the Coda probably the most grip and surfy in pow, and the Sherlock is sorta in the middle of the three. All will be super rad. None would be a bad decision.
Thanks Nivek. I know this is personal but what would you choose between those 3 if you were to only have one board. Does the blunt nose on the 2014 Coda make a significant difference versus the 2013? If I can get the Coda cheaper than the Raygun, should I look at that instead?
 

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Thanks Nivek. I know this is personal but what would you choose between those 3 if you were to only have one board. Does the blunt nose on the 2014 Coda make a significant difference versus the 2013? If I can get the Coda cheaper than the Raygun, should I look at that instead?
Being that there is nearly a $200 retail difference I'd be surprised if you find a Coda for cheaper than a Raygun. But yes I personally would choose the Coda over the other two within a reasonable price difference. The new blunted tips on the Coda help in pow but don't really make a significant difference on the rest of the mountain.
 

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Where are you located? I just found a Raygun with Burton Mission bindings second hand on Seattle's Craigslist for $150.

Seems like a great board. I was eyeing one to play around with this year before I found a similar deal on my Rider's Choice.

I'd snag this if I needed one. Thought I would share here.

2011 K2 Raygun only used lightly
 

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Being that there is nearly a $200 retail difference I'd be surprised if you find a Coda for cheaper than a Raygun. But yes I personally would choose the Coda over the other two within a reasonable price difference. The new blunted tips on the Coda help in pow but don't really make a significant difference on the rest of the mountain.
Hah I thought you preferred the Coda. I was trying to read between the lines on your above response. Seriously thanks a lot for your advice.
 

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Why are you reviving an old thread to ask about two boards that weren't previously mentioned?

And what do you want to know about the T1.5 and Machete?
 

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The guy was asking about recommendations for boards which I'd thought I would offer my opinion. Given that the original post date is 9/24/13, I'd hardly consider this as reviving an old thread as he may very well still be in the market for a board.
 

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The guy was asking about recommendations for boards which I'd thought I would offer my opinion. Given that the original post date is 9/24/13, I'd hardly consider this as reviving an old thread as he may very well still be in the market for a board.
I already got a Coda, after looking far and wide for either a good deal on a Coda or Raygun. All the decks I listed were rocker because I wasn't really looking for a camber deck, which eliminates the Nitro and I heard the Machete was pretty stiff. Thanks though!
 

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I already got a Coda, after looking far and wide for either a good deal on a Coda or Raygun. All the decks I listed were rocker because I wasn't really looking for a camber deck, which eliminates the Nitro and I heard the Machete was pretty stiff. Thanks though!
Good choice. Probably the most fun I've had on a board. Of your list I've only ridden the Westmark and Coda but the Coda is just plain fun. Never rode it on ice (I don't bother if it's icy) but on softer snow it's as stable as I needed it to be, and for full rocker it had a surprising amount of pop. Felt like I was on a spring the whole time. Hard to describe.

I'm a weak butter'er but it was easy enough on the Coda.

Half of me wants to buy a 2013 (they don't make my size anymore and 153 waist width was already pushing it with my small feets) to stash away. If I see a crazy sale on one I just might.

As for Arbor's being "frah'gee'lay" they are somewhat. Cosmetically they won't look as great. The base seems more fragile then other brands but nothing you need to worry about. You can do a base grind when needed and the board will last you long enough before you get the itch for a new one. Someone on here had their Westmark base re-done (I think it was cheese for steeze) and said it was faster than his new one. Anecdotally I've witnessed (in my group) Flows and LibTechs taking damage at the same rate so it's not just Arbor.
 

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Good choice. Probably the most fun I've had on a board. Of your list I've only ridden the Westmark and Coda but the Coda is just plain fun. Never rode it on ice (I don't bother if it's icy) but on softer snow it's as stable as I needed it to be, and for full rocker it had a surprising amount of pop. Felt like I was on a spring the whole time. Hard to describe.

I'm a weak butter'er but it was easy enough on the Coda.

Half of me wants to buy a 2013 (they don't make my size anymore and 153 waist width was already pushing it with my small feets) to stash away. If I see a crazy sale on one I just might.

As for Arbor's being "frah'gee'lay" they are somewhat. Cosmetically they won't look as great. The base seems more fragile then other brands but nothing you need to worry about. You can do a base grind when needed and the board will last you long enough before you get the itch for a new one. Someone on here had their Westmark base re-done (I think it was cheese for steeze) and said it was faster than his new one. Anecdotally I've witnessed (in my group) Flows and LibTechs taking damage at the same rate so it's not just Arbor.
Cool, thanks for the info. I got over the fragile thing. If it's fragile whatever I'll just have to buy a new one although it's a shame that the looks won't hold up cause it's a beautiful board. I've been playing around with it on the carpet and it is pretty easy to flex. I'll just keep it waxed and hope that it's fun and lasts me a long time.

Honestly I think most any board would be fun so I just went ahead and pulled the trigger. I've never been someone super picky.
 

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The guy was asking about recommendations for boards which I'd thought I would offer my opinion. Given that the original post date is 9/24/13, I'd hardly consider this as reviving an old thread as he may very well still be in the market for a board.
No way, anything more than 10 mins old is prehistoric. :laugh:
 

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Honestly I think most any board would be fun so I just went ahead and pulled the trigger. I've never been someone super picky.
Finally someone understands this. You are a rare breed sir
 
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