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Hello fellow boarders

Im new to this forum and this is my first post. I have been boarding for around 3 years and now feel that im ready to buy a new and better board to further develop my skills on the mountain. Currently i ride a Salomon Lotus-which has served me well-but im now looking for an all moutain board that has great carving ability and can travel at speed. The Greats model by YES has rally caught my eye and I thought I had made my final choice> However, some reviews i have read say The Greats is best used in the duck stance as its an asym twin. What im turning to this community for is to ask: must all assym twin boards be riden using the duck stance? I'm a regular rider who can but rarely rides swtch. My favourite angle setups are 18, -6 and 21, -3. I found these angles greatly improved my carving on groomers after changing to them from my usual duck stance. Are my preffered binding angles incompatible with assymetrical twin boards?

Any replys are much appreciated.

Adam.
 

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No they do not have to be ridden strictly duck. Ride it however you like, you will still reap the rewards of the asym sidecuts. You can then learn switch riding at your own pace.
 

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Haha yes, its their review that made me doubt myself which is why im here. For the best in the end im really enjoying reading through the threads on this forum :D
 

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how old are you buy the way? and what size are your boots. going from a lotus->greats is going to be mighty stiff.
 

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+18 -6 IS a duck stance.

And neither angles you mentioned will be a problem with assym sidecut... even fwd angles wouldn't be a problem with asym sidecut.
 

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how old are you buy the way? and what size are your boots. going from a lotus->greats is going to be mighty stiff.
Im almost 21 and I wear a size 8 snowboard boot. Yeah i've heard The Greats is pretty stiff but a stiffer board is what im looking for, the lotus is a great entry level board imo but i think thats as far as I would go with it. I've pretty much mastered the basics of boarding to the point i think its holding me back. I'm really excited to learn how to do eurocarves on my new board cus i just cant pull that sht off with the lotus haha! What'd you think about putting Flow's Nx2 GT bindings on The Greats btw? Would this be a good call or are bindings like that a little above my level? If so can you recommend any all mountain bindings that would help my carving skills?
 

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I'm not a flow fan, but if you want rear entry that's one of the best you can get. I'd recommend burton cartel, genesis, malavitas. Union atlas, etc
 

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Maybe I missed something, I read the thread quick. But why do you want a twin if you don't ride switch? Just curious, asyms are usually twins, but I'm not sure about the greats.
I am also wondering now.

OP, is switch riding a big concern for you? If not, while the asym sidecuts on the Greats helps with heelside carving, the Greats in general is not usually a first pick for someone looking for something to carve on who isn't riding switch. Better straight up carvers would be the Yes PYL, Lago Open Road, K2 Turbo Dream, or a Niche Story. If you're not riding switch very often or intend to focus on that, get one of those.
 

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I am also wondering now.

OP, is switch riding a big concern for you? If not, while the asym sidecuts on the Greats helps with heelside carving, the Greats in general is not usually a first pick for someone looking for something to carve on who isn't riding switch. Better straight up carvers would be the Yes PYL, Lago Open Road, K2 Turbo Dream, or a Niche Story. If you're not riding switch very often or intend to focus on that, get one of those.
Ya, I was thinking he should go with something more directional too. Yes PYL or Jones Flagship, something like that. Good advice Nivek.

The only reason I can think of why the OP would want a twin is for jump spins or half-pipe. But if that is the case, he would be landing switch half the time. Maybe he just wants asym and doesn't care if it is a twin. Strange.
 

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honestly, every time I go to the mountain I tell myself "ok today I'm going to practice switch!" get off the lift, "fuck that, next time..." "WHEEEEEEE~~" :snowboard4:

first thing I'm going to do this year is ride goofy. going to the bunny hill and starting over from the basics.

THIS IS THE YEAR OF SWITCH! hopefully... :embarrased1:


it's probably not going to happen...

I prefer twins because of this. useless I know...
 

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The GNU Zoid is a directional asym that carves very well and still manages to be quite fun in fresh conditions. I had the opportunity to demo this board, and if I had the money at the time, I would have bought it.
 

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Hello again eveyone, thanks very much for all of your advice. To answer the question about wanting a twin, there will come a time when i will have further advanced my skillset to a point that i wil be trying some freestyle, which requires switch riding obviousl! I want a twin so i always have the option of going switch if i need to! Sorry for being a little confusing with my jargon, still a noob to this world, ill bet there eventually :DD
 

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So get a directional twin. A little set back is unnoticeable for switch riding (it always feels slightly off anyway) and won't hinder your freestyle at all, but will help a lot with riding in your preferred direction 95% of the time.
 
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The sooner you start riding switch the better. I'm kicking myself because I didn't start riding switch sooner.
 

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The sooner you start riding switch the better. I'm kicking myself because I didn't start riding switch sooner.
Quoted for truth! Get a directional twin. Rip the shit out of that thing, and on days where you are riding with your slow skiier friends (we all have that one friend), ride switch as much as possible. The earlier you start, the better off you will be in the long run. I wish I would have started years ago, but sadly just got a solid feel for switch riding last year. (I've been riding for 13+ years, ~10-20 times a year).

Pro tip: wear a helmet, you will thank me later :grin:
 
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