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  Quote ColdMama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: New board to replace forum recon
    Posted: Dec/01/2010 at 6:00pm
My son loves his Forum Recon - The problem is he's now 6'1" 190 lbs and it's only a 156W.  He is a laid back rider, mostly free ride in mid-west crud.   He will also be teaching beginners this year. 
 
I'm wondering if his old board would be usefull when he's teaching - Does a small board give you comtrol for stopping/going slow with little ones, etc or is it just too light and soft?
 
For his new board we are not going to spend a lot of money, so a model that's a year or two old would be good.  Any suggestions?
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  Quote rook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/01/2010 at 7:35pm
The forum recon is their lower end board (not that this is a bad thing), it has an extruded base, a really mellow flex and is a directional twin (or Twin-like as Forum calls it).   Does he want a board that feels the same but is longer?  What size are his feet?  What size do you think he wants to size up too? How does he feel about Camber/Reverse camber? What is 'not a lot of money'?




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  Quote ColdMama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/02/2010 at 5:15am
He does like the mellow feel of the Recon.  A little  more responsive would be fine, but not too much. 
His boots are size 12 (regular shoe size 13).  He has nice Head bindings that have the ajustable foot plate so he can take full advantage of his big feet.
He has never tried a reverse camber - We keep hearing different things out here on whether or not they are great for the icy stuff we have most of the time.
Cost - Under $300. He doesn't care what model year it is.  Graphics - he likes subtle.  He won't buy one with "weird stuff" (Overtly violent/gangsta/sexist) (Mom's so proud) Would have bought a stomper at the end of last year if it weren't for the look.
We clean and wax regularly, so he gets good speed from whatever base he has.
 
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  Quote rook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/02/2010 at 9:29am
Reverse camber is one of those personal preference type things, it is really tough to know how if he will like it.  As far as board options go there are a bunch of them, and tons you can get for under $300.  Since he wants to stay on the mellower end of the flex spectrum he should look for something in the 4,5,6/10 range for flex (this is not the be all end all as far as flex goes, because 2 boards both rated a 4 by the same company can feel very different).  

So basically you are looking for a freestyle deck with a Waist width (WW) of 260mm ish (length is his call, 158-160 I guess, but it is really his call on this one).  

Options:
Capita Midlife (158, WW: 259mm)
GNU Carbon Credit Series BTX (if he wants to try reverse Camber) (159W, WW: 267mm)
K2 Darkstar (Has flat line, no rocker no camber, it's flat) (157W, WW: 261mm)
Rome Machine (157 or 159, WW:260 or 262mm)
Ride DH (159 Wide, WW:261mm)

^^^ These are just a few that popped into my head, but there are literally 50+ options.  

links to some decent deals:
http://www.getboards.com/products/Capita-Mid-Life-Photo-Snowboard-2010.html?utm_source=VersaFeed&utm_medium=VersaFeed&utm_content=Capita+Mid+Life+Photo+Snowboard+2010&utm_campaign=base&v_traceback=c1130_0053_f1130_0608

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  Quote julius77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/02/2010 at 12:11pm
I also have a forum recon and like the board, although it is kind of a beginner board. If he likes Forum boards, I'd go with the Forum Destroyer.
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  Quote rook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/02/2010 at 12:21pm
^^^^ disagree the forum Destroyer is way to narrow...... The 258 wide only has a 256MM Waist width which is too narrow for 12s.    Unless he is running boots with a reduced foot print.  
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  Quote ColdMama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/11/2012 at 10:07am
I forgot to follow-up.  My son ended up using his old Recon for teaching and bought a Ride Machete 157W when the price dropped that year, 2011.  Got such a good price he even got the matching black and lime EX (Rodeo) bindings.  Absolutely LOVES the Machete even though it is not American or Austrian made like the boards he had before.  It is not as durable - had a chip epoxied after just a half season of use, but looking good other than that.
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  Quote diviesti Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/14/2012 at 9:57am
Damn talk about bringing a thread back from the depths, glad to hear he found a board that worked out.
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  Quote vicente Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/14/2012 at 5:34pm
GNU riders choice with the C2, awesome board.
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