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ippollite Name JBC
Location tokyo, AL, JP
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Member Since 10/26/2009
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Bio
"MONKEY THREATDOWN!!!" 
General  
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 4
Average Days/Year: 15
Skill Level: resort powder rider
Riding Style: freeride
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'10, 172 lbs
Board Size: 159
Boot Size: 28
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: M
Ride with Me  
Region: Asia
Location: Japan
Resort: Hakuba
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PRODUCT REVIEWS   (view all brand reviews)
"Bouncy like a space hopper" 3/15/2010
Helpful Review?   (2) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2010 Capita Sierrascope FK
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Butters,Groomed,Jibs,Jumps,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  seriously bouncy, flat kick is fantastic, goes way beyond what you'd expect
  • Cons:  chop, top sheet chips, bit sluggish in steeper, deeper powder

Experience:   Ive had a good 15 or so days on this deck and taken it through some pretty varied conditions and this board has seriously impressed. It excels in park features, and is awesome for just pressing and spinning around the mountain, these all pretty much go without saying, this board was built for that stuff. Its the rest of it you probably want to know about. Well, it carves and holds an edge way beyond your expectations. It can seriously bomb, and above all its stable in almost all conditions. I say almost all because the scope has one problem: chop. You really have to ride low because this board will bounce you otherwise. its not terrible, but a couple of decent bobbles in a turn and theres a pretty high chance you're washing. :)Truthfully, it wont be that big a deal, its just one of its limitations is all. The thing is, the boards bounciness will be the very thing you love about it. Its super fun, and you will be springing off any little bobble or nick you see, i absolutely guarantee it. A second limitation it has is steep and deep powder. It will sometimes nose dive, and turns can feel kind of sluggish when it gets deep and steep. You'll find yourself having to throw yourself into them pretty heavily or you'll just slide out. On heavy groomer pow though this thing glides. FK is pretty damn awesome. Anyway, i focussed on the limitations because as far as everything else goes it'll ride like a dream. This really is an all mountain freestyle deck in the truest sense of the word; you will make the entire mountain your playground and thats really the best thing about it. Itll bounce off anything, climb any wall, fly, cruise, bomb, and wreck anything you want to mess around on, whether its in the park, on the resort or even outside the resort confines. The negatives are so outweighed by the positives i honestly think youd be crazy not to at least try this deck out. Its serious value for money and ridiculous fun. And thats what its all about at the end of the day.
"Berzeeeerkah!" 6/26/2012
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (0) No

  • Name: 2013 Ride Berzerker Snowboard
  • Skill:  Intermediate
  • Use:  Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Park,Powder,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
  • Pros:  Kill it all, Kill it all, No seriously, i aint kidding... kill it all
  • Cons:  no pop walls.,

Experience:   I am not kidding. This board blew my freaking mind away. I bitch and moan about boards always having a trade off and after about 12 days on it i can say this: this board is phenomenal. Day 1: strapped in, had a wee flex test and was STUNNED at how pliable it is. Dont get me wrong, this isnt a horrorscope... but nor is it your standard bomber deck. This thing has a bit of give to it that if youre used to pressing tanks will feel as soft as an artifact. Second thing, pop on edge and BLAM! you know for a fact that youre on rails, theres none of this needing to look back at your trail... its on edge. Its so nippy on edge it feels like there's a kickback on it. Which brings us to stability. On point, responsive as hell, beautiful turn initiation. The thing carves awesome. And then i popped it into some japow. I live in japan, i also had the pleasure of having kagura (one of the heaviest dumped on mountains in japan), as my home turf. I took this into the deep flattest area in early feb and the thing killed. No nose diving, no problems. 158 with a dude approaching 170lbs. Not a problem. This isnt a powder board, but it sure as hell works like one when you need it to. Day 2: centered the bindings. Suddenly the boards giving me some serious pop again. I admit, day 1 it felt a little sluggish in its spring (well, at least compared to my riot), but centering the bindings and turning it into a twin pretty much sorted that out. Of course it did have a wee impact on its float and i was a little more cautious taking it into the deep flats, but you know... theres a happy mediu here between full twin center (off set unsetback) versus full setback, setback (ie, the inbuilt setback taken to the furthest back inserts). I wrote a massive review on the forums which i might link here actually, but honestly, best board ive ever ridden. I tell you what as well, having demod the highlife 2013, if they add popwalls to this rig for 2014, then this board is going all the way to 11.

Comments & Questions

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heres that longer review: http://www.trusnow.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=51408&PID=1156407#1156407 Ps. from one day on bad conditions (so really more like 4 hours - to summarize, heres my take on the distinction between the highlife 2013 and berzerker 2012 or 2013 (same boards, just different gfx): Highlife: more float, tankier, lighter but feels slower edge to edge. Pop walls are just amazing. Zerker: Sleek, fast, incredible turn initiation, fast and although it less pop but all round it feels just a little more nimble and responsive. Its also a bit softer if my legs werent deceiving me. Id go with the highlife if you want something a bit more solid (with a pow lean - though honestly im assuming this to be the case since the conditions were literally end of season slush when i tested it)) for some serious heavy terrain and the zerker if you want a kill it all ride where you dont have to give a shit about the conditions and want a bit of it all.



"M is for Massive" 8/25/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (2) No

  • Name: 2009 Analog Crtsian Basic
  • Pros:  dots, lots of material,
  • Cons:  its a smidgen on the MASSIVELY HUGE SIZE,
  • Fit:  Too big
  • My Size:  M
  • Fits Like:  L
  • Description:  Gigantique

Experience:   M. I think about that small letter and all its connotations. And then i think about the USA. And i wonder... How the hell is that an M on planet earth for the rest of the human race? Im 5'.10 I'm, if anything, (what with my manly girth), pushing on an L, but here i am forced to contemplate a nation with a clear genetic advantage to picking the best leaves off very tall trees. Dear analog. Stop using basketball players as your default size. us regular sized folks are feeling a bit inadequate. Your mate, ipps.
"Decent quality cheap boots" 3/16/2010
Helpful Review?   (1) Yes    (1) No

  • Name: 2010 Forum Kicker
  • Pros:  Comfy, Durable, dual lacing
  • Cons:  Heel raise, never feel tight enough around the calf,
  • Fit:  mid
  • Flex:  mid
  • Shoe Size:  8.5
  • Boot Size:  8.5

Experience:   These boots are pretty decent overall. Ive had about 15 days with them, they still feel comfy and have retained most of their shape. However there is some heel lift coming through thats started to get pretty pronounced in the last month or so, so i guess they have a natural lifespan before they start to give out. Fair enough, they didnt cost me a fortune at the end of the day. If youre only casually looking for a week or two on the slopes, these will last you a season easy, and if you pick them up in a sale, you snagged yourself a bargain, but otherwise i'd maybe look elsewhere. Also, the lacing system is nice, but it really feels like the top is never really tight enough no matter how hard i pulled on them. The nice thing though is that you can pull on the top and it wont affect the foot lace. This is a definite plus. Finally, theyre still comfy and dont stink too bad after all the abuse :) Solid quality for the price point.

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