Hey how does it compare to the Super 8? Both are on my short list. I'm looking to go ~166-168cm for my next board and choices start to get limited in those sizes.Hey folks, I just wanted to tack on a quick review since there isn't that much info about this board out there...
Summary: Love this thing! I picked up the 162 ahead of a 11 day trip out west. This board performed so well I didn't even bother to ride the other board I brought with me.
Comparable boards I own: Jones Mountain Twin, Billy Goat, Super 8
- The board is light and gives back a lot of energy when you flex it. That combined with the size and stiff-ish flex give a good balance of stability, feel of the snow, and pop.
- It's a charger, loves to go fast and it gives the rider lot of confidence
- At the same time it is very dynamic, you aren't locked into any particularly type of riding style. It charges hard when you get over the front foot and and surfs when you get over the back. I was surprised and pleased with how well it handled snaking through bumps/trees and just cruising around the resort. It was really remarkable how much the personality changed just by shifting your weight a little.
- Fun to carve on hard pack. I felt like it could just throw all my weight over the edge and it would catch me. Pretty quick edge to edge as well, I never really struggled to get it to turn even at slower speeds.
- Great in pow, floated me easily (205lbs) and performed well in both bottomless and tracked out snow. (This was the main trait I was looking for when I bought it, I wanted a board that worked well for an entire resort-style deep pow day.)
- Landing jumps and drops felt good. While the board is pretty set back the there is a still a good amount of tail there to catch you.
They have somewhat similar goals and geometry but they have very different rides.Hey how does it compare to the Super 8? Both are on my short list. I'm looking to go ~166-168cm for my next board and choices start to get limited in those sizes.
Yeah its a f'n genius at those things, all the usual freeride board upsides are there...Stiffness is a smooth 8/10 and the nose is a small amount softer than the tail. Overall the construction is light and burly.How's the Tailgunner in chop, chunder and uneven terrain........blast thru tracked out pow
Awesome thanks. If you've ridden a Flight Attendant and can compare, that'd be great, but the tailgunner looks pretty tempting to me. I like blasting thru the chop that noobies fear. ?Yeah its a f'n genius at those things, all the usual freeride board upsides are there...Stiffness is a smooth 8/10 and the nose is a small amount softer than the tail. Overall the construction is light and burly.
Interesting. Looking at the Flagship and PYL. Comparing the Tailgunner to the Flagship, which would be better for skidding turns when riding with the kiddos? By better I mean easier on me. thx.I really appreciate the s camber. The camber under the tail gives more power and control when you need it. I feel more confident charging both steeps and trees on the Tailgunner than on my 166 Flagship. The float from that massive nose is really really good still.
Tell me about it! What skins did you go with? Do you have a beacon and all that?Snagged the split. Have a lot of other shit I need to buy now!
Our guide at Silverton when I was there recommended Voile or Black Diamond skins, and to stay away from G3. Guy was a backcountry rider, so took his advice and found a new pair of Black Diamonds on ebay for "cheap" and couldn't be happier. 2 of my buddies have G3 and both hate them. Another friend is happy with his Voile.I followed @smellysell's lead and bought the split! I didn't want to have another season get truncated by disease. I got the 162, even though I ride the 166 for resort and cat situations. I figured smaller skis would be easier to manage, and I want to keep my back country riding mellow. I'm planning on lapping a bunch of low angle trees with it, so some extra maneuverability won't be amiss.
Tell me about it! What skins did you go with? Do you have a beacon and all that?