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2/8/2010 6:43:27 AM Board:  148 Nitro Subzero - Gullwing Rocker  Conditions: Packed Powder Stance: Centered 15/-15, 23.6" (it's the reference stance) Comparison: 2010 Capita Green Machine / 2010 Burton Hero Bindings: 2010 Flux Distortion Me: 5'7" 140-145lbs   Day 1: Breck Breck has decent snow considering the lack thereof this year.  So I took the board on a couple intermediate groomers to warm up for the day.  Really liked the board right off, which for me is a change, it usually takes me a couple runs.  I felt a little uneasy at speed but that was mainly because I was riding on the Flux bindings as compared to the usual Union Contacts.   Groomers:  The board handled with no problems at speed, although when things began to get choppy later in the day it wasn't quite as forgiving.  But all in all, handled better than I expected.   Park:  Since this is why I have the board, I took the board to Brecks jump lines.  I started the day off on the 10-20-30 line.  I was impressed.  Now the Breck jumps are by far my favorite of the resorts I ride.  They just are smooth take off and landing.  The board handle well enough that I took it off the park lane jumps as well (although I did opt out of the two bigger jumps being as it was the end of the day).  Again impressed.  The board is easy to spin, but with the gullwing camber I am still getting adjusted to landing without having to revert right after landing.  Boxes and rails are no issue at all.    Day 2: Keystone since this is the resort I get the most days on each year, it's also where I feel the most comfortable.  Took the board down some of the steep runs and even did the south bowl.  There is really no powder to speak of and the board would sink like a rock at this size anyway.  Steeper runs at speed the board began to feel a little unstable.  Although I did try to straight line a black groomed run.  It's pretty steep and I am not sure I would feel stable on my custom on this run without some carving.   Once again, in the park I really like this board, comfortable on rails and boxes.  I feel a lot more comfortable on this board in the park than my green machine or my former hero.  overall: this board would work almost anywhere on the mountain.  it's a park board, so thats where it felt the most comfortable to me.  It will be replacing my green machine as my go to park board.  The only thing I will miss about the green machine is the playful skate like feel of the fk for Capita's park boards.  The nitro is a lot more fun to me than the hero.  But it's also not a fair comparison as the GM and Hero were both 152's and the Nitro is a 148.  I would put this board as a close runner up to my 2009 horrorscope.  I will try to update the review after I get 5-10 more days on the board.        As a quick note:  Flux bindings will be my new go to bindings.  Super comfortable straps.  I need to play around with the adjustment on these bindings but I had zero issues with them all weekend.  Which is a welcome change from my consistently bad luck with my contacts.  I enjoyed the flex of the Distortion's as well.  Hit me up if you want more info about these bindings!
1/4/2010 10:12:27 AM I am curious when people think they need to pull out the split boards?  or less the fish, charlie slasher, tapered boards, etc..   When would you trade in your twin for a pow board on the mountain?  I notice a lot of people have an extra board and I have never really felt the need for a powder specific board.  Then again, there aren't too many days here where we get that much snow.     
11/24/2009 11:30:47 AM Yes I am doing this to stir up controversy.  Yes it is just my opinion and luck with these bindings. I notice that union seems to be the default recommendation.  For the most part these bindings have been quite good at strapping my foot to the board.  That's pretty much where my like for them ends.    I own a pair of Data's and Contacts.  Neither of them have performed how I would prefer.  I also have Ride's and a few pair of Burtons.  I rode on the Unions almost the entire year last year.  I have never gone a day without having to tighten something on these bindings.  Whether it be the ankle strap or the plates, please refrain from suggestions that I do not know how to set up bindings, this isn't my first rodeo.  I am not the only one who has had these issues.  I can say that the toe strap does not come off near as often as my Cartel's.  But the toe strap also puts pressure points on my boot, could be the shape of my foot but again I am not the only one who has had this issue.   I expect to get flamed for this post, it's hard to argue that many people love the bindings and have great luck with them.  For those of you who haven't tried them, these are no special binding.  There are a lot of good bindings companies out there, Bent Metal, Flux, Burton, Union, Rome, Salomon, Ride, etc...   I was on the bandwagon last year, for about a week.  Do yourself a favor, make your own opinion...don't just trust what someone on the site tells you because they heard it from someone else on the site.   I digress.    
10/20/2009 2:02:09 PM Board:  2010 - 152 Capita Green Machine FK Bindings: ’09 Contacts w/ Data Straps Conditions: Man Made Groomed.  35-60F Stance: Centered 15/-15 Comparison: 08/09 Horrorscope and 09/10 Hero Me: 5'7" 140-145lbs   Day 1: Loveland I was expecting horrible conditions as it is mid-October.  The conditions were actually quite good, good snow coverage and the runs were well groomed.    Butters were easy and FK definitely plays a part in that.  Swing weight seemed pretty good, but I am also a little rusty for the year as this was only day two. Park-  I took the board through the park (with de-tuned tip and tail only) and it handled well.  I liked the slightly stiffer flex when compared to the Horrorscope for balance purposes.  The park was quite simple, a rainbow box and a flat box.  Probably along the lines of an intermediate set. Jump lines: None available, and popping off rollers just wouldn’t do the review justice.  I hope to hit a couple jump lines but it will probably be another month or two before anyone has anything built up. Edge Hold:  The board held an edge quite well, then conditions turned to slush.  Still not holding like the Custom but no need for speed checks or any board chatter.   More days worth of reviews to come:     Overall:  Even though I know full well that hand flexing this board does not give you any inclination towards how the board will actually behave I was doing just that, hand flexing, when I first received this board.  I had flexed compared to my Horrorscope, custom v-rocker, hero and x8v.  I really was anticipating an extremely soft board and was a little shocked to find that it was actually almost as stiff as the x8v.  A little softer than the custom v-rocker.  I was looking for a board that would allow me to hit groomers as well as make laps through the park and I was beginning to fear this board was not going to be what I was looking for.  Well as many people often find out, how the board hand flexes does not give you any real idea how it will ride.  This board was actually a lot of fun.  I found the FK once again impressed me.  It is still quite early in the season but I really enjoyed riding this board.  It didn’t take any time to get used to after switching from the Hero earlier in the day.  I haven’t ridden the Sierrascope, but I did like this board at least as much as my Horrorscope if not more.   I will update this review after I get some different snow conditions and a few more days on it.
9/25/2009 7:26:04 AM I have a used 152 2010 hero.  Has maybe 5 days on the hill.  In excellent condition.  I was going to keep it but honestly I already have too many park boards.   $350 shipped.  I will leave it up on Sierra for a couple days to give people here first choice.  Then it goes up on CL and Ebay.
8/19/2009 11:08:38 AM http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/news/story?id=4409318 Being required to take a gender test because they don't believe the athlete is a woman.
8/14/2009 12:10:06 PM Can't believe someone picked him up in the NFL
8/14/2009 11:38:15 AM Looking for a good downtown Japanese restaurant in Seattle any recommendations?
5/19/2009 7:44:01 AM pepsi center double booked I am guessing to make things better this is probably a double post.   http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4176082   Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to be at the Pepsi Center in Denver next Monday night. Problem is, so are John Cena and a bunch of wrestlers -- and they called it first. World Wrestling Entertainment said it is booked at the arena for an episode of Monday Night Raw, the same night the Nuggets are slated to host the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. WWE chairman Vince McMahon told The Associated Press he doesn't believe there was "any malice, just ineptness," on the part of Kroenke Sports, which owns the team and the building, but can't tolerate the company "just simply throwing us out on our ear." Without a quick resolution, McMahon plans to send his trucks to Denver. "That's what we intend to do," he said. "We're going to show up." Pepsi Center officials told the ABC television affiliate in Denver that the Nuggets game will be played as scheduled and that they are working with the WWE to reschedule or move its event. Paul Andrews, executive vice president of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, issued a statement Monday night concerning the scheduling conflict, saying: "We are working with the WWE to resolve the situation amicably." WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman said the organization secured the Pepsi Center last Aug. 15 and has already sold more than 10,000 tickets for the event. He says the organization expects a sellout, with tickets ranging from $20 to $70. McMahon blamed Kroenke for not believing his team was good enough to still be playing in mid-May. "The fans in Denver had a lot more faith in making the playoffs than the owner," he said in a phone interview from Louisville, where Raw was taking place later Monday night. Denver is usually done with basketball by now. The Nuggets had lost in the first round five straight years, but as the No. 2 seed in the West are in the conference finals for the first time since 1985. The league, which handles scheduling during the playoffs, is leaving it up to the team and the WWE to figure things out. "The Nuggets and the WWE understand that the date of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals cannot be changed," NBA senior vice president Mike Bass said. "We are confident that the Pepsi Center and the WWE will resolve their scheduling conflict." Zimmerman said the Pepsi Center confirmed in March with the WWE that the organization wanted to keep the May 25 date, and sent a contract on April 15 -- the final night of the regular season -- which WWE signed and returned. Tickets went on sale April 11. The conflict didn't arise until Sunday, when the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. Had the Rockets won, Denver would have had home-court advantage in the next round, hosting Games 1 and 2 and putting the May 25 game in Houston. As of Monday afternoon, the schedule on the Pepsi Center's Web site listed WWE for 6:30 p.m. local time and Western Conference finals Game 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the wrestling event could still be purchased online. McMahon said he couldn't guess how much he would make from the show, but that canceling wasn't easy because of how much is involved in moving his equipment, plus filling its obligated time slot on USA Network. Litigation is likely -- but he plans to be putting on a card. "When you do have a date, you plan everything around it," he said, adding, "we may be holding an event in a parking lot somewhere." Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
5/15/2009 8:29:33 AM So the day just isn't going fast enough for me, I began reminiscing about the year past.  One of the big things to kick off the season began at the Opera House in Downtown Denver.  The video was good, but the event was impressive.  That's it That's All of course.  I know it's not going to happen again this fall, but kids up in Jackson said they were going to start working on another film.   Brain Farm's - Flight (with Travis Rice of course)   -from Transworld Business   Taking a year off with the Natural Selection we’re just going to be able to make it that much better next year here in Jackson. It’s going to be two weeks before the Olympics, probably just after Denver, I can say Denver now. And then starting another film project. It’s going to be a two-year project. The working title of it right now is Flight. I don’t think people will really hear too much about it this year, but the following year for sure. So ‘11/12 it will be out? Yeah, the fall of ’11. That’s It, That’s All crushed it at the snow box office. What’s the story on Flight? I have full faith as far as our project. We basically spent two years learning through trial and error about everything that we attempted to take on. Going into this next project, we’re building on the trials and tribulations of this last one. Basically it took us two years to figure out what it was we were trying to do. Going into this new project with all of that figured out and a little more confidence from both sponsors and affiliates and people that are helping us out, I think we’re going to have a lot more streamlined effort. We have a lot of the plan already figured out. We have a lot of amazing riders that are committed and a lot of support from our sponsors Quiksilver and Red Bull. I look very forward to showing people what we hope to achieve with this next film.
5/14/2009 10:26:51 AM In addition to the Burton Hero I am also selling my X8V (more pics to come when I get home - the blue board).  The X8V is a Japan only release, the list price for the X8V is currently ¥93,450, or $980USD.  This is the late release 2008.  I liked the board but I need to reduce the quiver...significantly.   Size 151.5   Selling price $300+ship   The board has about 10 days.  There is some wear and tear on the topsheet, rather minor but still will get some pics to show it.   Specs: +カーボンiビーム™ / Carbon I-Beam +カーボンVaporskin™ / Carbon Vaporskin +ドラゴンフライ™コア /  DragonFly Core +強めのキック  / Strengthened Kick (what is this...elliptical kick like the Uninc?) +The Channel +インフィニットライド™  / Infinite Ride +マルチゾーンEGD™  / MultiZone EGD +ネガティブ・コアプロファイル  / Negative Core Profile +プレッシャーディストリビューション / Pressure Distribution +プロティップ™ / Pro Tip +シンタードN20 WFO / Sintered N20 WFO +スラントウォール / Slantwall (don't know what this is) +ステンレススチールエッジ / Stainless Steel Edges +[NEW] スクープ / Scoop +ファイバーグラス:トライアックス™レスポンス / Fiberglass Triax Response +ツイン / Twin  
5/14/2009 7:09:53 AM Selling the 2010 Burton Hero 152 (the yellow one, currrently my only picture of it).  It has about 5 days or so of riding on it.   The board is in excellent condition.  I will add more specs later today.   PRICE $350+ship   for specs go to: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ArnDomWlpTc/SWNQM3NSeeI/AAAAAAAADTM/rN4qop9lDOU/s1600-h/16613.jpg
4/23/2009 7:23:49 AM http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=18585&PID=485424#485424   This thread could have added just as much value as 99.99999% of the threads on this forum yet we close it.  I honestly don't care that the thread was closed, I am just wondering what the basis is for closing threads that people decide to post in.  Why not close the threads that no one ever posts in.  Just seems like random moderation to me.      
4/13/2009 12:03:36 PM Board:  154 Custom V-rocker Conditions: Typical Spring, morning ice turns to slush.  18F-50F Stance: Centered 15/-15 Comparison: 07/08 custom 08/09 custom Me: 5'7" 140-145lbs   Day 1: Breck Breck is flat so I spent a lot of the day just playing around on the board.  Trying out switch a lot.  Initially I noticed the flex of the board while riding switch (it's a directional twin) but it didn't affect the riding.  The board had a ton of pop, more than I remember for any of the previous Customs, I am sure this has something to do with the vroc, but I was actually expecting less pop, not more.   Took it through the jump line at breck, which is very well built and has great transitions, the board handled great, very stable all the way through.   I tried buttering the board but my ankle is still messed up from a wreck a few weeks back.  I could still butter it but nothing special.  Pressing is simple.   Rails and boxes were ok, but I only did one run so wait till day 2 for more.   Day 2: Keystone bombed some groomers and the board did great at speed, even in icy conditions.  It didn't hold an edge on the ice like the other two customs I have owned but I never felt unstable.  Again some of this can be blamed on a bad ankle.   park - I finally got some time on a park I was familiar with and can hit at good speed.  the board did great.  I was amazed at how easy it was to spin and ride rails and boxes.  the board spins quite easy and the landings were smooth.  even a little set back on a couple landings the board was fairly forgiving.    overall: I can see this board being perfect for a lot of people who only want 1 board to do a little of everything.  I would like to ride it in some deeper pow to see how the vroc handles but given previous versions I can only see this as an improvement.  The vroc also makes the board feel softer.  if you are a fan of burton and want a do it all board, this will work well.  the only thing I would cringe at is the new $580 price tag that goes with it.  Riding this board made me forget that I had recently broke my horrorscope.         I expect Bruizza to give you some additional information from a completely different perspective.  I cannot press this board any where near as much as he can.  Although I was on a 154 at 145lbs and he was on the 156 at 200+
4/12/2009 9:35:49 PM it has been requested so I will make its own topic. since part of what I do for a living is RCFA (root cause fai lure analysis) I feel that I must give Capita the due diligence of the full story. When I first got my horrorscope I mounted a set of Union Contacts to it with the supplied hardware.  I tightened them with the supplied bolts and the bindings would not secure to the board.  When I tightened a little more the supplied bolts pushed through into the base, I was not happy. So how the board cracked... I went for a jump and cleared the landing, about a 15' to 20' drop.  My bindings were tweaked  and my ankle paid the price.  I didn't notice any damage to the board initially.  I go out riding again and notice a crack underneath the binding.  As soon as I got back I took it to my local shop to see what they thought about the warranty. After my local shop reviewed the damage they felt it was a warranty issue and sent the board in. the crack initiated here (pic below) Capita returned the board a declared that the warranty was due to the inserts fai-lure and not due to the stress exerted by the bindings during the bad landing.  My main question is that the board took 30+ days of riding with no crack.  One bad landing and it broke.  I also can't deny the fact that the screw pushed through, which is my fault and Capita's.  Today was the first day I was able to actually evaluate the fai-lure and given the time of year and how many people try to warranty boards, I understand their skepticism. The actual response is what I don't like, makes it seem like I did it on purpose.  The fai-lure happened when I cleared the landing, my ankle to the beating as well.  Wish they would have warrantied it. " Capita denied your claim and are not replacing the board because they feel the kind of stress that would cause that kind of breakage is not covered under warranty."


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