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Did not see the blue and yellow flag lol. Have you tried Stranda Snowboards? That's closer to home. I've demo'd a few, and they work well for carving. The guys know what they are doing, would have a chat with them for advice before buying. Top quality, same factory as some of the Gentems and some of the same materials.
I can't believe I missed this brand... thanks!
 

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Did not see the blue and yellow flag lol. Have you tried Stranda Snowboards? That's closer to home. I've demo'd a few, and they work well for carving. The guys know what they are doing, would have a chat with them for advice before buying. Top quality, same factory as some of the Gentems and some of the same materials.
The boards they have looks really nice, which ones did you demo? I'll try to demo their boards in december :)
 

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Cheater 170 (stiff and damp, can run over anything and turns quick) and Pipeliner (bit softer, smoother longer turns, takes more effort). Think the Cheater 177 would be better for me for carving and wanna try the Nallo in pow. Splits are on my shortlist for next year, just need to try first.
 

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Cheater 170 (stiff and damp, can run over anything and turns quick) and Pipeliner (bit softer, smoother longer turns, takes more effort). Think the Cheater 177 would be better for me for carving and wanna try the Nallo in pow. Splits are on my shortlist for next year, just need to try first.
The Cheater 170 looks like nice. I'm sure the even longer boards are also really nice. They also have that "Shorty" and then the new swallowtail coming out later this year. Strandasnowboards visit the demo weekends in december. I missed the demo weekend last year but will get myself up the mountains this year. Hopefully I can get on one of their boards :)

From one board to another...

Anyone ever been on The Day from Head? Ever since I looked for my first board I've been curious about that one.
 

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Cheater 170 (stiff and damp, can run over anything and turns quick) and Pipeliner (bit softer, smoother longer turns, takes more effort). Think the Cheater 177 would be better for me for carving and wanna try the Nallo in pow. Splits are on my shortlist for next year, just need to try first.
I got a reply back from the Stranda guy. He recommended me the Cheater 177 or the Pipeliner 185. I'll be trying very hard to get to the demo weekends in december :)

My Pencil fits in as a powder and tree board so I could could get a longer board for better edge hold while carving.

Plenty of time left before the season starts... I've been considering getting a splitboard as well, but I wouldn't get away with buying two boards in one season.
 

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From one board to another...

Anyone ever been on The Day from Head? Ever since I looked for my first board I've been curious about that one.
I have one in the 156 size. The board is pretty light and rips both powder and groomers. It does have a really tight sidecut radius at ~ 6.8, so with the taper and sidecut, it is great for those who like to turn. Even though The Day has massive taper, your Korua will float a bit better in low angle and moist powder as there is more early rise and nose in the Korua. The Day has minimal nose rocker/early rise.

You can see some groomer examples of The Day at around 2:14 https://youtu.be/YYnIEyoKSaA?t=138
 

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I have one in the 156 size. The board is pretty light and rips both powder and groomers. It does have a really tight sidecut radius at ~ 6.8, so with the taper and sidecut, it is great for those who like to turn. Even though The Day has massive taper, your Korua will float a bit better in low angle and moist powder as there is more early rise and nose in the Korua. The Day has minimal nose rocker/early rise.

You can see some groomer examples of The Day at around 2:14 https://youtu.be/YYnIEyoKSaA?t=138
Thanks for that vid. How is your The Day in messed up resort snow? In pristine conditions my Korua is fun on the groomers but I'm struggling with a bad knee when the piste gets messed up by skiers. The powder capabilities isn't really an issue since I already have the Pencil, but it's nice to be able to enjoy powder pockets and play with the kids on the narrow forrest trail runs.
 

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Thanks for that vid. How is your The Day in messed up resort snow? In pristine conditions my Korua is fun on the groomers but I'm struggling with a bad knee when the piste gets messed up by skiers. The powder capabilities isn't really an issue since I already have the Pencil, but it's nice to be able to enjoy powder pockets and play with the kids on the narrow forrest trail runs.
I would pick something else for chopped up pistes. You will feel it with lightweight boards unless there is some dampening tech (e.g. Amplid's antiphase).
 

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You reminded me of this with you wanting less taper.

I don't want to seem like a shill but I've been researching this brand this past week.

No idea what the boards are like though.

Edit:. I can't do the image. Here's the text from the review:

"Unreal!
noa noa martin on Dec 31, 2018
The reverse taper of this board holds your edge like a mother holding a newborn, the playfulness in the nose allows for easier hairline adjustments mid carve and transitions from edge to edge quite effortlessly, In powder it rides like a shortboard in mid to large surf, very playful you can toss the nose around slashing and spraying and the tail is there to support you through the heaviest of slashes. The waist width is there and my size 11.5 feet don’t remember what it feels like to drag. Definitely a quiver essential!".

https://elevatedsurfcraft.com/collections/all-products/products/50-shortboard
 

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Dupraz D1 6"
Always on my mind :)

I've been waiting for the Dupraz Hot to be released. Even though I'd like to own a Dupraz I'm not sure it's going to be my next board. Dupraz recommended me the 6++ when I talked to them.

Did you manage to switch your Dupraz to a longer one?

You reminded me of this with you wanting less taper.

I don't want to seem like a shill but I've been researching this brand this past week.

No idea what the boards are like though.

Edit:. I can't do the image. Here's the text from the review:

"Unreal!
noa noa martin on Dec 31, 2018
The reverse taper of this board holds your edge like a mother holding a newborn, the playfulness in the nose allows for easier hairline adjustments mid carve and transitions from edge to edge quite effortlessly, In powder it rides like a shortboard in mid to large surf, very playful you can toss the nose around slashing and spraying and the tail is there to support you through the heaviest of slashes. The waist width is there and my size 11.5 feet don’t remember what it feels like to drag. Definitely a quiver essential!".

https://elevatedsurfcraft.com/collections/all-products/products/50-shortboard
Interesting boards but not something I'd buy without test riding I think...

At the moment I have no idea what to get. I'm alternating between thinking playful to replace the First Call or longer edge to fill a more longer carving niche. I'm booked for a test weekend in December. Unless I find something on a really good deal I'm going to hold off and start the season off with that test weekend and on my Pencil Plus.

I'm also sort of waiting to see what new shapes and lengths Korua is releasing in September.

On my list now is:

Some kind of Amplid
Yes the Y
Nidecker Tracer/Area
Dupraz D1
Salomon Speedway
A new Korua

I've crossed off the Squash since the reviews says it's very stiff.

Right now I think I have major withdrawal symptoms from not riding my Pencil... please snow now... snow...
 

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Interesting boards but not something I'd buy without test riding I think...
Yes, this is sensible. I'm not usually that sensible so I'm just going to buy one. To be fair though I can't really demo boards in England so I just have to nerd out on specs and reviews and then hope for the best.
 

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Yes, this is sensible. I'm not usually that sensible so I'm just going to buy one. To be fair though I can't really demo boards in England so I just have to nerd out on specs and reviews and then hope for the best.
It would be interesting to hear your take on it after you tried it :)
 

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Yes, this is sensible. I'm not usually that sensible so I'm just going to buy one. To be fair though I can't really demo boards in England so I just have to nerd out on specs and reviews and then hope for the best.
It would be interesting to hear your take on it after you tried it <img src="http://www.snowboardingforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
No problem. Thing is I'm getting this one as a short wide nimble deck (getting the Minni Driver). I have my eye on a Donek Flux for edgehold/ carving.
 

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On my list now is:

Some kind of Amplid
Yes the Y
Nidecker Tracer/Area
Dupraz D1
Salomon Speedway
A new Korua

I've crossed off the Squash since the reviews says it's very stiff.
Then I'd cross off the Salomon Speedway too. I own a 163 Squash, demo'd a 165 Speedway, there's not much difference between them flex wise. Squash flex feels a little more directional (softer nose, stiffer tail) than the Speedway but overall they're both similar enough that if you don't like one you wouldn't like the other. Massive amount of camber on them both though, that edge to edge carving spring is fuuuuuuuuuun.
 

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Then I'd cross off the Salomon Speedway too. I own a 163 Squash, demo'd a 165 Speedway, there's not much difference between them flex wise. Squash flex feels a little more directional (softer nose, stiffer tail) than the Speedway but overall they're both similar enough that if you don't like one you wouldn't like the other. Massive amount of camber on them both though, that edge to edge carving spring is fuuuuuuuuuun.
Are they similar at absorbing choppy mogul-ly resort snow?
 
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