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Hi Folks,

I recently had surgery for a torn labrum and do not think I can handle or will enjoy my Flagship as much anymore.

I am am advanced intermediate rider that does mostly ice coast but I also do one dream trip per year to heli in AK or somewhere high up in the Alps. For pow days, i have my Hovercraft. I love that board! I also have lots of fun on my EVO, mostly on crappy conditions days and for playing around when i am giving lessons to family and friends.

I am wondering if there is something between the Flagship and EVO that I would noticeably enjoy on big mountain trips when there is more mixed crud than pow.

I am 5'6" and and only weigh 145 fully geared up. Truth is my Flagship was probably always too much board for me but it was too much fun to care.

Thanks for any ideas and suggestions. Peace.
 

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I am 5'6" and and only weigh 145 fully geared up. Truth is my Flagship was probably always too much board for me but it was too much fun to care
I'm also a bit on the light side for mine (120lbs on a 158), but don't care as well. As you said, it's too much fun. Is it due to it's rather harsh ride in crud that you think after the surgery you won't enjoy it anymore?
Hubby's looking for a board for the upcoming AK trip and has the Flagship (he did try mine and liked it a lot), Rossi XV and Burton Landlord on his list so far; we'll demo them mid Nov, can tell you then, if the others are smoother.
 

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If you like your evo, why not a SL or Heritage, those are highly respected boards.

seems to me that just about any "all mountain" board falls somewhere between the flagship and the evo.
 

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Thanks everyone!

Sorry, I should have mentioned that I am now 14 months out from surgery. Last season, I was riding well but cautiously. The flagship was too much to handle when I needed to be agile on crud, icy moguls etc and other backcountry crud. I could initiate turns well enough but anything that required significant/forceful hip rotation, was just too much as that Flagship loves the fall line. I don't use the Flagship for big lines on pow as I have that hovercraft.

I probably will give it a go this season once or twice but I am basing my assumptions on my current fitness and progress in PT. There are certain motions that are still tender, even after 14 months.

Thanks again for your ideas!
 

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The Volkl Selecta could be one to look at. I haven't riden the board yet, but met someone who owns both, the Flagship and the Selecta, saying that the Selecta is more forgiving in crud, less hard work, "less of a kitchen door, more of a board for everyone".
 

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How's it going with recovery? Found an other board and enjoy riding?
 

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Very nice of you to ask Neni!

I am riding at about 70% steam but am having fun. Still mostly on my Never Summer Evo as I didn't want to get another board until I knew what I would be like after fully recovered. The EVO is great fun and i use it all over. I just wish it could hold a carve better. I have my hovercraft for Powder days. I need to try the SL as previously suggested. I must admit i would like to try a Jones Mountain twin as well.
 

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but am having fun.
:thumbsup:

Still haven't ridden the Selecta (there was non in my size at the demo weekend), but husband had and confirmed that it carves well and is many levels smoother than a Flagship. Float is anyway not an issue. Might be hard to find at yours, but if you're visiting the Alps, it could be worth to demo here.
 
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