Selecting a new board. Would love some advice.
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Topic: Selecting a new board. Would love some advice.
Posted: Aug/30/2012 at 1:28am
So I am an intermediate rider. I am pretty comfortable riding all around the mountain. Looking for a board for free riding, doing jumps, ramps, and tree runs, on and off trails, hitting features, really just having a good time with snow. I do a little terrain park but still quite nervous about rails.
I currently ride an old ride board(from 2008 or 2009) with the new forum republic bindings 2012 (bought em last season) and Burton Hail Boots(2011).
I am 5 7" around 175lbs, 9.5 boots, I'm from NY so I only go about 8-12 times a seasons(looking to go more).
I've been looking into hybrid boards for all mountain freestyle. Leaning towards the 2012 Machete(around my price range $250-350 and seems to be what I'm looking for) right now but would like to look into other boards. Was wondering if you had any advice/suggestions? Thanks.
Also should I was wonder what size I should be looking into 155cm or 158cm? maybe 160cm? Thanks
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|Quote Reply Posted: Aug/31/2012 at 7:55pm|
since you dont seem to have a specific preference for a particular style of riding and just want to hit it all up, i cant see a single reason why the machete wouldnt be a great choice for you.
I would personally go 158 over 155 though to be honest. I know its tempting to size down for "park". But honestly i never bought that. ;)
Reverse camber is going to give you float, the contacts are lifted so youll have an easier time pressing and spinning, and if you go shorter you get a faster turning board. Theres the pros.
But youre gonna lose an already shortened effective edge (and youve already lost those contacts), so really youre taking a pretty decent hit to stability and will likely spend a decent amount of time washing the board (losing your inside edge and sliding out of a turn onto your hips) anytime you hit sketchier or steeper/faster lines. Those are the cons.
And yeah, machete is pretty much a dick around enjoy yourself deck. Youll have a pretty awesome time on it. :)
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