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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

O my current board is about 10 years old and I'm thinking it's time for a new one. But I haven't paid attention at all to any new boards or technology out there. Is there anything I need to know? I like to cruise, I don't hit the terrain parks at all, just ride the rest of the mountain.thanks  for steering me in the right direction.

 

post #2 of 12

The biggest change you are going to find is the camber profiles.  Regular camber is not much of an option.  Some sort of mixed profile is what you are most likely to find.  Camber-Rocker-Camber, rocker-flat-rocker, rocker-camber-rocker, etc.  Each profiles does things great and lessens on others.  Most of them are all good in deep snow.  Turning, speed, stability, all vary with the profiles.  I'd really suggest trying to demo some Boards.  Venture, Neversummer, Lib Tech, Arbor, k2,  all have good takes on the rocker revolution.  Signal, Yes, Smokin', are some other guys worth taking a look at. In fact most companies have some sort of play on the design. 

 

See what you like and it'll help you narrow down your choices.  Overall, I am pretty pleased with the new designs, I personally think the boards are much more fun to ride.  Some people still like the traditional camber profile too.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

thanks for your help...I ski and snowboard both, I really enjoy snowboarding more but it is tougher on my aging knees. I'm in the East, and I tend to ski on most days, and then take out the snowboard on the days where we have fresh snow. I'll check those board out.

post #4 of 12

Funny you say it's tougher on your knees.  There are a lot of articles out there about how snowboarding is less impacting on knees and therefore easier on them.  Of course, I have no idea what you knee condition is.  I can see that bending over, strapping and unstrapping your bindings could be problematic with the right knee issues.  Regardless, check out some demos if you get the chance. 

post #5 of 12

I ride a Never Summer Raptor x 165.  Bought it last year on the spot after a demo.  It has camber at the tips and rocker under your feet.

Impressions; very fun, very manuverable. A revelation in moguls - they are now fun and I seek them out.

Excellent in powder.

Good stability at speed. My old ( and in fact new) board was a full camber Burton. I would ride along and it was quite stable and I could enjoy the view occasionally. This is not the case on the Never Summer.

This board demands full concentration.  It goes where you look. I was literally bucked off twice in moguls and that had never happened in 15 years of riding.  (The tail has a lot of pop.)

I found it difficult to switch back and forth between the two boards and stopped riding the full camber board altogether. 

She is my hot new girl friend. 

 

 

 

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

I feel very comfortable knee wise when riding, it's when I unclip that the disasters start. I dislocate my knee cap somehow - it's happened twice in the past couple years snowboarding. Anyway...

 

That's amazing to me that you feel that comfortable in moguls, that is something I have never, ever felt good doing on a board. With so many different rocker/camber combos, what advantages do the various combos have? I'm trying to picture it in my mind, but I'm guessing it might not be as intuitive as I think.

post #7 of 12

Rocker between the feet or full rocker tends to be very playful.  You can make turns with little thought. It does take a bit more effort to hold a straight line.  Not impossible, just a bit more focus is all. Good float with the rocker between the feet. With Camber-Rocker-Camber or Rocker Camber as Neversummer calls it, you can also load the tail easily.  Which is great for jumps and getting pop in general.

 

Flat between the feet with rocker nose tail.  Great float.  A more stable ride for pointing it.  If you don't like to turn, this is pretty good.  Not nearly as nimble as the rocker under foot.  It's a bit like a suction cup in wet spring snow too. 

 

Those are the best of the new profiles imo. 

 

 I haven't tried  Burton's flying V or whatever it's called.  The profile looks a bit whack to me and almost seems to be defeating itself.  On the flip side, I haven't tried it, so it could be the best thing out there, I'm just not getting that vibe.

post #8 of 12

Egg - I hear you about the knee.

When I unbuckle my trailing foot, I put that foot behind  (heel side) of the lead foot (instead of the traditional "in front" toe side).

I find that it is so much more easier on my knee.

 

Re: new equipment.  My favorite source of info is the Good Ride at: http://www.thegoodride.com/snowboards/view-by-name.html

 

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the breakdown of profiles, I'll probably try out a board with rocker between my feet. Turning more effortlessly sounds nice, not that I have any trouble turning now, but some shorter radius stuff might be kind of fun. Does the rocker or camber of a board affect its performance in powder? I would imagine not as much as it would for skis.

post #10 of 12

Well anything with a rocker profile is going to be way better in powder than a Camber profiled.  Full rocker, or rocker at the tips tend to have the best float.  They plane up on top of the snow the quickest and at the slowest speeds.  The Rocker camber profile is also solid in powder, but falls just a hair behind on the other profile as far as float goes. 

post #11 of 12
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I ride a Never Summer Raptor x 165.  Bought it last year on the spot after a demo.  It has camber at the tips and rocker under your feet.

Impressions; very fun, very manuverable. A revelation in moguls - they are now fun and I seek them out.

Excellent in powder.

Good stability at speed. My old ( and in fact new) board was a full camber Burton. I would ride along and it was quite stable and I could enjoy the view occasionally. This is not the case on the Never Summer.

This board demands full concentration.  It goes where you look. I was literally bucked off twice in moguls and that had never happened in 15 years of riding.  (The tail has a lot of pop.)

I found it difficult to switch back and forth between the two boards and stopped riding the full camber board altogether. 

She is my hot new girl friend. 

 

 

 

When I bought the Raptor X last march, the sales rep mentioned "You don't ride the Raptor, it rides you". Couldn't be more true. 

 

The directional rocker/camber profile is dreamy. You'll hit 55mph without blinking an eye....

post #12 of 12

Also, keep an eye out for Now bindings. The ideas is for the bindings to act more like loose skateboard trucks....

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