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    Posted: Jun/19/2013 at 5:54am
Hey,

(tldnr: moved to wisconsin, not enjoying being able to charge for 15 seconds, hitting the park seems more entertaining, should I get Salomon Drift rocker 2012 and 2013 forum faction bindings for $259.89?)

I've been snowboarding for 9 years now and have grown to love riding at blistering speeds and flying through fresh pow. I'm currently rocking a Lib tech Lando and it has been an awesome snowboard for charging down the mountain. Last year, however, circumstances required that I move to Wisconsin, a mountainless dystopia for downhill winter sports enthusiests. What we have in Wisconsin are a handful of large hills where I get to charge for 15 seconds before i'm on a flat.

Now I've always enjoyed catching air of natural features and some large jumps but I haven't really explored the park. Snowboarding last year, I actually saw some decent box and rail parks at Wisconsin resorts. So I've been researching park budget boards and I found the salomon drift rocker. Right now I can grab the board with forum faction bindings for $259.89. Should I bite on the deal if I'm looking to start my park rat development?

Appreciate any feedback.
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/20/2013 at 5:58am
I've always ridden and loved fast, stiff snowboards until last year when I concluded that a soft jib board was more appropriate for the flat east coast and mid-west resorts. Turns out that it was a very smart choice and I am loving my Rome Artifact! It's so much fun! If you are a strong rider who has honed his technique on a stiff freerider, then you will have absolutely no problem manipulating a soft park board, they're very easy to ride. You just need to adjust your timing because they are sluggish and have slow return.

My personal suggestion is to not go too soft and too much reverse camber like I did because the board is really limp. Stick to flat, hybrid, or full camber shapes to reduce washing out on landings and can still lay an edge from time to time everywhere else.

My favourite recommendation for a park board is the K2 WWW. Good on jumps, better on jibs. Flat-to-rocker profile with good pop and stability. Is the Solomon Drift pretty comparable?

I recommend Flux bindings. Wink Everybody who's bought a Flux on my recommendation absolutely loved it. TT30 and RK30 are the most popular park bindings, everybody loves them, or DS30 if you can afford it. I've used them all, TT30 would be my top pick for the money.
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Hey Lux,

Thanks for the reply!

I think your entirely right about going with a soft jib board for the types of snowboarding in the mid-west. I like to go on "TheGoodRide" for snowboard reviews and the Solomon Drift compares nicely against the K2 www, and saves me $80.

I'm just going to go for it. I'll have a my phoenix Lando for my Colorado trip (and when I hopefully move out to oregon for grad school) and a nice playful Salomon drift to keep my entertained around wisconsin for the next two years and when I feel like being lazy on the mountain.

Once again, I appreciate the response!
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/21/2013 at 4:35am
Good to hear! I'm sure you'll love the change of pace in line with the change of terrain.

I also like going on The Good Ride for equipment reviews; they are thorough and objective with their reviews and, usually, reviewed by two or three of their riders instead of one. I've found, though, that as I progress, I will more often take their reviews with a grain of salt. Right now, I'd say 85% of their reviews are absolutely bang on-- they could not be more accurate. But from time to time I'll find a review on particular boards or bindings that are somewhat off or missing an important characteristic. In those cases, only your own experience and good judgement can be trusted. A month ago, The Good Ride made an extensive overhaul of their rating system as well as changed the ratings on more than half of the products for the better (and to be more accurate).
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  Quote 2zz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/24/2013 at 7:04pm
I can vourch for Rome Artifact Rocker as well and flux bindings too.
Union bindings I prefer little more over flux.
Dunno much bout Salomon boards.
Other great boards for that style of riding are, Capita Stairmaster and others FK or not, Signal Park Series (I love there rocker).
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  Quote nots0kind Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/29/2013 at 5:56pm
i love my solomon drift ive been riding it for two seasons ands it held up nicely flexy enough to jib and press and stiff enough to ride the mountain to its fullest
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