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Years Riding: 25
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12/20/2014 11:57:21 AM Well you def need a wide board.. you have that right.  The length on boards these days can be misleading.  With the dif shapes and camber profiles the only way to have an idea of how stable a board is for it's length is by looking at the effective edge/ contact length of the board.  Focus more on that measurement than the overall length.   If you are riding quite differently on different terrain you may want to consider getting 2 or more boards for the different terrain rather than trying to may one work.. I'm saying this because you want a short, flexible, twin tipped board but you are talking about riding black diamond runs.. that's not really the ideal combo for black diamond runs.. that's a description of a  park/ jib board.  You aren't really helping yourself out on a soft, short board unless you are hitting boxes, rails and jibbing all over.  6'1, size 14s on a 144cm board sounds like a bad accident waiting to happen..  My female friend's who are 5 ft and 5ft 2'', 110-120lbs ride 144s for all mt boards..  you shouldn't be on a board that small.. no way!  There are plenty of boards around that will suit your feet, weight and preference.  You need to let the shorter is better philosophy go so you can progress.  There are a lot more advantages to riding a longer board once you get to a certain skill level.  Short boards are fine to learn on and use for park/ jibbing.. but after you learn to ride properly riding a board that isn't in the proper size range for you is going to stop you from progressing.    It would also help to point you in the right direction for a board(s) if you told us your weight.  It's the main factor, along with terrain and preference, in determining board size.  We can help you out once we know your weight and the terrain you want to ride. 
12/20/2014 12:21:25 AM IDK what happened to my post.. the site freaked out when I tried to post it earlier.. here's what I posted: Well you def need a wide board.. you have that right.  The length on boards these days can be misleading.  With the dif shapes and camber profiles the only way to have an idea of how stable a board is for it's length is by looking at the effective edge/ contact length of the board.  Focus more on that measurement that the overall length.   If you are riding quite differently on different terrain you may want to consider getting 2 or more boards for the different terrain rather than trying to may one work.. I'm saying this because you want a short, flexible, twin tipped board but you are talking about riding black diamond runs.. that's not really the ideal combo for black diamond runs.. that's a description of a  park/ jib board.  You aren't really helping yourself out on a soft, short board unless you are hitting boxes, rails and jibbing all over.  6'1, size 14s on a 144cm board sounds like a bad accident waiting to happen..  My female friend's who are 5 ft and 5ft 2'', 110-120lbs ride 144s for all mt boards..  you shouldn't be on a board that small.. no way. There are plenty of boards around that will suit your feet, weight and preference.  You need to let the shorter is better philosophy go so you can progress.  There are a lot more advantages to riding a longer board once you get to a certain skill level.  Short boards are fine to learn on and use for park/ jibbing.. but after you learn to ride properly riding a board that isn't in the proper size range for you is going to stop you from progressing. It would also help to point you in the right direction for a board(s) if you told us your weight.  It's the main factor, along with terrain and preference, in determining board size.  We can help you out once we know your weight and the terrain you want to ride. 
12/19/2014 6:35:46 PM BOA systems are weird... that's why I never get boots with BOA.  They stick, and adjust differently they can have pressure pts....  It could be you have to adjust them differently for comfort and fit.  Your boots don't have to or need to be super tight or tight at all.  They just need to be secure enough that your feet aren't sliding around and your heel doesn't lift.  I'm just wondering if you are cranking them down too tight?  Just a thought... it's easy to go with BOA.
12/19/2014 6:30:45 PM Well you def need a wide board.. you have that right.  The length on boards these days can be misleading.  With the dif shapes and camber profiles the only way to have an idea of how stable a board is for it's length is by looking at the effective edge/ contact length of the board.  Focus more on that measurement that the overall length.   If you are riding quite differently on different terrain you may want to consider getting 2 or more boards for the different terrain rather than trying to may one work.. I'm saying this because you want a short, flexible, twin tipped board but you are talking about riding black diamond runs.. that's not really the ideal combo for black diamond runs.. that's a description of a  park/ jib board.  You aren't really helping yourself out on a soft, short board unless you are hitting boxes, rails and jibbing all over.  6'1, size 14s on a 144cm board sounds like a bad accident waiting to happen..  My female friend's who are 5 ft and 5ft 2'', 110-120lbs ride 144s for all mt boards..  you shouldn't be on a board that small.. no way. There are plenty of boards around that will suit your feet, weight and preference.  You need to let the shorter is better philosophy go so you can progress.  There are a lot more advantages to riding a longer board once you get to a certain skill level.  Short boards are fine to learn on and use for park/ jibbing.. but after you learn to ride properly riding a board that isn't in the proper size range for you is going to stop you from progressing. It would also help to point you in the right direction for a board(s) if you told us your weight.  It's the main factor, along with terrain and preference, in determining board size.  We can help you out once we know your weight and the terrain you want to ride. 
12/17/2014 11:33:47 AM I'm surprised no one has mentioned this anywhere!!!!..  Nicolas Muller is off Burton and on Gnu's Team now!  He announced it yesterday via an Instagram post  (or that's where I saw it).  I'm surprised he was with Burton so long, they are kind of everything he isn't about in life. The most stylish rider in the world is with the weirdest company in snowboarding.
12/16/2014 2:33:54 PM The How To/ Help Topic links don't work from the Chat Window.  They work fine from this page  http://www.trusnow.com/snowboard-advice.asp but nothing loads when clicking the links in the chat window.
12/16/2014 11:19:04 AM Man.... all those glades and they don't 'allow' ppl to ride there!?!?  what a shame.... I'd get kick out of there for sure.  LOL! Awesome pics Ippy!
12/16/2014 1:03:12 AM It looks like the base of a Hot Knife to me.  "Base colors may vary" applies to this situation like you thought it may.  I asked google for some pics just to see how many variances there are in the bases of the hot knife...and the bases were all different, but, all had a very similar random yellow and orange pattern.  I don't think you have to worry about it at all.
12/15/2014 2:57:52 PM Day 4 Dec 12, 2014 Location:  Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls,MI Temp: High 35 Conditions: Overcast/ Foggy-   good fake snow with 3-4" of fresh snow mixed in from earlier this week. Board/Bindings:  157cm Bataleon Evil Twin/ 2014 Union Force/  Nike Zoom Force 1 boots 6 for 1/ $10 lift ticket day at the Boyne Resorts.  Not too crowded for the 6 for 1 day.  They opened 4 or more runs (24 or 25 total) which was super nice!  and 2 more lifts for a total of 7. I rode with my buddy Kurt.  It was his 1st day riding this season.  We basically just explored and looped around the resort to find the most fun.
12/9/2014 1:45:49 PM   I have a Von Zipper hard case that holds my goggles and 2 alt. lenses.  I just head back to the car if I need to change.  Usually not too hard to do or time consuming, depending on the resort.  I could see it being a hassle at some resorts out west.  I have 3 dif lenses for my Electric EG2.  Yellow for snowing to overcast and night riding, Blue for overcast to partly cloudy and Mirrored Bronze for partly cloudy to sunny.  It takes me about 15-20 secs to switch them up.  I have never understood the "it's difficult and takes a long time to swap out lenses" thing ppl talk about.  I have never had any issues switching out the lenses on any of the goggles and I have had over the yrs.  Sure some are more difficult to change out than others.  My Spy Zeds and Oakley O Frames are not as easy as my EG2s to change out the lenses.  But, they still only take 1/2 a min or so.  I think ppl might be way too careful with the lenses.  You should be careful, but the lenses are really durable.  Just take care not to scratch them. 
12/6/2014 3:37:13 PM Who cares? No one really cares but you. You shouldn't care what haters think Everyone falls If you aren't falling you aren't trying .... You are waaay too hung up on what others think and bruising your ego.  The sooner you let the small crap that doesn't matter go the sooner you will enjoy life more.  You have already wasted way too much thought on this. And def no need for a directional board to make you learn switch.. that's the opposite of what you want really.  Go for equal angles on your bindings so everything feels the same no matter which way you ride.  You just have to practice.  Like everything.  That's why everyone keeps saying to dedicate full runs or full days to riding switch.
12/6/2014 3:19:23 PM Day 2 - 11-28-14 Location: Caberfae Peaks, Cadillac, MI Temp: High 25F Conditions: Overcast Board/Bindings/ Boots: 2013 Bataleon Evil Twin 157cm / 2014 Union Force/ Nike Zoom Force ThankShredding (aka Black Friday) I rode with my brother and my 9 yr old niece Emma (who skis..for now) It was my brother's 1st day of the season and my niece's 1st day of the season as well.  We cruised the groomers mostly.  That is until we talked Emma into going to the 'Backcountry'.  There was shin deep pow.  Emma loved it even though she fell 2 times each time we went back there.  She was a trooper and had a ton of fun!  She said "falling in the powder is FUN!!"  She didn't want to do anything but hit the powder the rest of the time.  It was a super fun day! Day 3    12-5-14 Location:  Caberfae Peaks, Cadillac, MI Temp: High 34 Conditions: Overcast-  Fake snow.. but it wasn't bad at all  (they bought new snow guns each of the past 3 seasons) Board/Bindings/ Boots: Thrive Accomplice 156cm/ 2012 Contacts/ Nike Zoom Force 1s  - 2013 Bataleon Evil Twin 157cm / 2014 Union Force/ Nike Zoom Force My Contour HD cam's battery wasn't charged ..oooops.. so no footage.  (no thing to show anyways) It was college night. open 3-8  (weird hrs of operation)  I rode my Thrive Accomplice (soft reverse camber board) for about 7 runs messing around and buttering.  I set my stance a little too narrow trying something new.... i didn't like that at all.  It made an already soft board too soft in the nose and tail.. or softer than I like.    So, I switched to my Evil Twin for the rest of the day/ night.  I did a lot of cruising around and buttering, rode switch a little.  I was basically trying to comfortable on the snow again. While doing so I almost died ... Some old skier guy clipped my heel edge on my tail as he came out of no where... and said "watch out"  (I wasn't turning or anything... just going straight in a flat area)  SMH...  a skier with blinders on.. go figure.   I could def feel my board control coming back to me by the end of the day.  The last hr of riding was great! I felt like i shook off a lot of rust yesterday.
12/4/2014 11:54:47 AM the options nfinit gave you are really good ones! I'm just going to hyper link them for you http://www.trusnow.com/K2-WWW-Snowboard-147---Men's.asp http://www.trusnow.com/Nitro-Haze-Snowboard-149---Men's.asp http://www.trusnow.com/Rome-Garage-Rocker-Snowboard-152---Men's.asp http://www.trusnow.com/K2-Fastplant-Snowboard-154---Men's.asp I actually own a pair of each of the Union Force SL and Force bindings.  They are everything I like in a binding: durable, light weight, not too hard to adjust and easy to find extra parts: http://www.trusnow.com/Union-Force-SL-Snowboard-Binding---Men's.asp http://www.trusnow.com/Union-Force-Snowboard-Bindings---Men's.asp and I used to ride Burton Missions, they are really nice for the $: http://www.trusnow.com/Burton-Mission-Snowboard-Bindings---Men's.asp Those Celsius Cirrus boots you found are really nice!  My friend rides them and loves them.  He rides a lot and has been on them for a few seasons. here's another option for a boot: http://www.trusnow.com/Thirty-Two-Prion-Snowboard-Boots---Men%27s.asp  32 Prion's are one of the nicest, least expensive boots on the market.They are on the soft side of a medium flex.  *not sure on the fit for sizing*  If you can, go try some boots on and see what size you are in dif brands.  Snowboard boots are like shoes, dif brand will have dif fits.  Boots are your #1 most important piece of your setup... it's hard to have fun if your feet hurt.
12/3/2014 1:26:53 PM Joey's tips are really good ones.  I've been working on my switch riding the past 2 seasons.  I had to do exactly what Joey said.. re-learn to ride but switch.  But, you don't need to totally re-learn to ride as you already know how to ride.  You just need to take what you know and use it in switch riding.  My biggest prob was, and still is, not bending at my knees enough and just being kind of stiff and standing too tall.  I'm not that way riding regular.... so I shouldn't be that way riding switch.  Every time I get low and mellow my switch riding gets better instantly.  I'll bet that is is why when you go to turn you go too far and spin around.  If you are too tight/ tense and standing too upright you end up digging more with your edge than you want.  I used to do that. So, try to get into the same stance (knees bent, butt down, back straight, mellow/loose, etc..) riding switch that you ride normally.
11/25/2014 2:41:57 PM Yeah not a ton of base.  I think they were claiming 24-30".  But, plenty on the open runs where they had been making snow.  It was a little sketchy in the trees though.. I caught a buried stump w/ my toe edge out of nowhere and pulled out of a fall somehow, I though I was done for.. haha!  It was a super fun day! Dang! Day 1! If i see those conditions any time during peak season ill be crying tears of pure joy! What you riding these days? Still on the bataleon? I feel like i need to pick up a softer board again for early/late shenanigans. Any recommendations? [/QUOTE]   Yeah Ippy still have a few Bataleons, 2013 Evil Twin 157cm I ride about 80% of the time (and in that vid I linked).  It's stable enough for most terrain here in Michigan and soft and playful enough I can butter and mess around too.  I really love that thing! I also have a 154cm Bataleon Airobic for park and messing around and a 157cm Bataleon Fun.kink (it barley gets ridden.. kind of my "back hill board" for messing around in the city parks and hills).  I also have a 156cm Thrive Accomplice which is a reverse camber, soft park, jib, butter board and a 159 Capita TFA for pow,trees and steeps.. for the good stuff Recommendation for soft board for 'early/late shenanigans' haha!  The Accomplice is super fun!!!  The one I have is a 1st run, which is softer than the past 2 season's version.  Tons of pop for a soft board, same deal with  all their boards just a ton of pop.  It's surprisingly stable when carving for how soft it is.  The Airobic is really fun as well!  It's kind of a softer/ more playful version of the Evil Twin.  It's not a noodle.  But, soft and playful enough you can butter w/out much effort and stable enough for most kickers (I've only hit small and medium on mine. 10-15ft)  I've been eying the Bataleon Global Warmer, Nitro Bad Seed and Capita The Outsiders and the Ultra Fear... like I need another board..


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