"Sierra's '09 Crew!!! "
- Name: 2009 Sierra Crew
- Skill: Intermediate
- Use: Boxes,Carving,Groomers,Jumps,Rails
- Pros: Easy to carve, poppy, Stable at high speeds, Popular model, Strong edgehold, Great value
- Cons: Heavy, Top sheet scratches
I've taken my Crew out 7 times so far, and I will say that it lives up to its expectations. This is an awesome board for a beginner or intermediate rider, and you can take it everywhere. It works great carving on the groomers, jumping off kickers or hitting rails and boxes. The board is flexible enough to work on some jibs or butter down the hill, but also stiff enough that you can bomb down the mountain with enough stability to stay comfortable and not worry about the board giving out on you. The edges don't catch very easily but give you enough hold to turn edge to edge very quickly, and allow you to keep grip even on those icy days(midwest for me). All around this is a solid board for the second generation of the crew, and works much better as an all mountain board from the 08 version which was park-oriented.
As far as the looks, the topsheet is VERY reflective, i'm talking you can clearly see your own reflection when you take a look. The all-black gloss does get scratched very easily, but then again it is a snowboard and they get beat up. That's the way they are.
My only concern with this board is that the base isn't the best. It seems to dry very quickly, especially along the edges. Mine has especially wore down near the edges, which according to Levi is due to the clear base with a black graphic underneath it, so it's not really a big deal. The base is a bit slow overall though, so make sure you hot-wax it more often than you usually would.
Overall this board has met my expectations, it works great all over the mountain and you don't have to be afraid about taking it anywhere. For the price they sell these things at it should almost be considered stealing.