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A little background info: I'm 6'2", weigh about 205 lbs, and wear size 12 boots. I ride in the Midwest so I'm mostly concerned with park and groomer performance. Consider myself an intermediate park rider and looking to improve.

I've done a lot of research on boards for the upcoming season and have decided that I definitely want something with an alternative camber profile and more freestyle focused. These are the boards I've narrowed it down to; NS Revolver 158, Arbor Blacklist 157, Rome Mod Rocker Wide 158, NS Proto CTX 158, and the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro 157.

It's important to me that whichever board I get is playful enough to progress with in the park but isn't too soft to take on the big features. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and additional suggestions are more than welcome.
 

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Blacklist I'd say. Could go longer at your weight if the option was there - for groomer performance. Pretty sure you'd still be on a very fun and easy manipulatable board at 160cm, but then stay 157 if you will be in the park a LOT. I have the Proto 157 (size 8 feet) 175lbs and love the absolute shit out of it but I hear the CTX is a little slow edge to edge and I've not heard that about the blacklist. I don't think the Travis Rice would be a great deal of fun in the park....
 

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Blacklist I'd say. Could go longer at your weight if the option was there - for groomer performance. Pretty sure you'd still be on a very fun and easy manipulatable board at 160cm, but then stay 157 if you will be in the park a LOT. I have the Proto 157 (size 8 feet) 175lbs and love the absolute shit out of it but I hear the CTX is a little slow edge to edge and I've not heard that about the blacklist. I don't think the Travis Rice would be a great deal of fun in the park....
Thanks for the input. How do you like your proto for handling rails and smaller features? I know it'll slay the big stuff, I'm just a little worried it'll be too much board for the smaller terrain parks more typical of the Midwest.
 

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Thanks for the input. How do you like your proto for handling rails and smaller features? I know it'll slay the big stuff, I'm just a little worried it'll be too much board for the smaller terrain parks more typical of the Midwest.




I think it should be fine.

Don't forget the Arbor Coda
 

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I think it should be fine.

Don't forget the Arbor Coda
Sweet vids. That's exactly the kind of stuff I was talking about. For a second there I was leaning towards the Blacklist but I'm still undecided, I think it would be a good flex for me but I prefer the camber profile of the NS. The only reason I say that is because I've talked to a lot of riders who experienced too much washout with pure reverse cambers and a little more difficulty stomping bigger landings. If I got a 160 Revolver instead of a 158 Proto CTX would the added board of the 160 take away some of the noodle in the Revolver and give them comparable flexes?
I looked into the Coda and saw it's a directional board whereas I'm more interseted in more of a true twin.
 

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Blacklist, but get the 160. You won't get enough meat out of it in the 57 to be comfortable on any jumps bigger than 25ft. It will still be plenty playful and jibbable.
 

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So, I just found an Arbor Blacklist 2012 available in both 157 and 160 for about $100 less than the 2013 model that is pretty much the same board but with a slightly downgraded base. (Sintered vs extruded). I have to buy it right? In 160 that is. Have a little somethin left over for some new bindings...
 

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So, I just found an Arbor Blacklist 2012 available in both 157 and 160 for about $100 less than the 2013 model that is pretty much the same board but with a slightly downgraded base. (Sintered vs extruded). I have to buy it right? In 160 that is. Have a little somethin left over for some new bindings...
Definitely. Get the 160. You'll love it.
 

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Just pulled the trigger on the 2012 Blacklist 160, and decided to order some Rome 390 Boss bindings to pair with it after reading several other threads. Thanks for the input, I'm stoked for new setup.
 
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