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Velvet Hammer
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17/04/2018 6:15 am  

Biggest surprise this year was the DC PBJ 159 Wide. I picked it up for 50% off, I think I paid $185. for the board. Their boards are made at the mothership now, to me it's a medium flex regular camber Capita. It is a little stiffer in the tips than my Huck Knife, but the flex seems like a consistent medium through out the board, really snappy. I have around 15 days on it and it is holding up great. For me the only complaint is the white topsheet.

The other surprise, since I am normally a cheap bastard when it comes to base layers was the Burton AK piston crew. It's just well made and I like the stretchy fabric.


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kimchi
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17/04/2018 10:24 am  

I picked up a Patagonia Refugitive jacket on sale last off-season. Super lightweight, stretchy, gore-tex c-knit. I expected to use it as a tour hiking jacket and as a backpacking rain jacket. I ended up wearing that more than my AK Swash this year. Held up to abuse better than expected, packs down to nothing so easy to travel with, just really good build quality, and not too 'skier-y'. I think it's still a little light for everyday resort riding, but it'll definitely be in the outerwear rotation going forward and I'm looking at picking up a burlier 3L Patagonia for resort days.

I was also really pleasantly surprised with the United Shapes Cadet 62 this year. I saw some hype on the company over the past couple years but they were never on my radar for purchase. After I experimenting with a few things this season, I started hunting for something like a hybrid between a 'normal' directional pow board and a Japanese snowsurfer. This fit the bill and I pulled the trigger. Really great board, loose surfy feel, but I could ride it everyday if I had to. I expected it to just be a pow board I could ride elsewhere, but it's basically risen to the role of co-daily driver with my Rome Blur.


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17/04/2018 10:38 am  

Fullbag Diamond Blade. True carving board. Amazing ride.

Finally got an old cambered fish again (08 156) and it’s really fun.

Goldfish 160 was also tops for the year.


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buggravy
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17/04/2018 11:02 am  

Tom Sims Pro 58.  It's not so much the board that was a surprise, so much as I was surprised to have so much fun on a cambered board.  I have long been convinced that I prefer rocker between the feet - specifically NS's Ripsaw profile because of how fluidly and effortlessly it transitions edge to edge, but still has snap from the enhanced camber at the tips.  First day on the TSP I liked the board a lot, but still felt like my preference was for the Ripsaw profile.  2nd and 3rd days were like a switch flipped though, and I just had so much fun riding it.  I broke my toe a couple days later so have been out for a couple weeks, and will be for a couple more, but am really anxious to spend more time on it in different conditions.  I feel pretty convinced I'm now going to pick up the Kidwell board as well.


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matty
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17/04/2018 11:08 am  

MOSS Swallow 170. After demoing some Gentems last year and buying my Korua, I thought that super directional boards were fun, but I didn't see myself spending $1000 on a snowboard. When I demoed the MOSS this year, I immediately pre-ordered one for next year. What an amazingly well-made board. The flex, progressive sidecut, super-fast base, and everything else about the board just felt 100% spot-on for me. Sure, it's 90% rider, 10% board - but when that board is a perfect fit for you, it feels to me like more than a 10% improvement to the riding experience.


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17/04/2018 11:16 am  
Posted by: kimchi

I picked up a Patagonia Refugitive jacket on sale last off-season. Super lightweight, stretchy, gore-tex c-knit. I expected to use it as a tour hiking jacket and as a backpacking rain jacket. I ended up wearing that more than my AK Swash this year. Held up to abuse better than expected, packs down to nothing so easy to travel with, just really good build quality, and not too 'skier-y'. I think it's still a little light for everyday resort riding, but it'll definitely be in the outerwear rotation going forward and I'm looking at picking up a burlier 3L Patagonia for resort days.

Patagonia are fantastic.  Their gear is all really well built, their product support is great, and their vision and ethics are really cool.  While some may deride them as not being 'core' enough, I think they're one of the best companies out there.


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17/04/2018 12:11 pm  
Posted by: buggravy

Tom Sims Pro 58.  It's not so much the board that was a surprise, so much as I was surprised to have so much fun on a cambered board.  I have long been convinced that I prefer rocker between the feet - specifically NS's Ripsaw profile because of how fluidly and effortlessly it transitions edge to edge, but still has snap from the enhanced camber at the tips.  First day on the TSP I liked the board a lot, but still felt like my preference was for the Ripsaw profile.  2nd and 3rd days were like a switch flipped though, and I just had so much fun riding it.  I broke my toe a couple days later so have been out for a couple weeks, and will be for a couple more, but am really anxious to spend more time on it in different conditions.  I feel pretty convinced I'm now going to pick up the Kidwell board as well.

That's interesting. I had the exact opposite experience this year. For me the biggest surprise was the Gnu Hyper Kyarve 160. For the past 6-7 years I've ridden predominantly camber boards. My go to boards early in the season were the Mullair and SPAM. I just happened to stumble upon a lightly used HK on craigslist and was able to trade a jacket for it. I wasn't expecting much.

It didn't take long to fall in love with it. Shortly after that I sold my Mullair and my SPAM. I never thought I'd go back to a C2 profile from Mervin, but this was the first C2x board I tried. To me it's a perfect balance of camber and rocker. It's a charger when I want it to be, but it can be loose and playful as well. It's by far the most versatile board I own and for me it's a legit quiver killer. Still have a quiver, but it's so much smaller than it was. My planned quiver for next year is the HK, my Deus Pike, and the Moss Jellyfish I have on order. 


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17/04/2018 2:11 pm  

I really want to try a HK (Blake Paul fanboy) but I HATE magnetraction. 

Two surprises:

1.) Spring Break Treehunter 161.  Way better than I thought it was going to be.  I only rode it one day and had a mix of 10-15” of light powder and groomers. Mega float, doesn’t feel like a boat, and surprisingly quick edge to edge for having a 270mm+ waist width.  Decent pop.  I would’ve kept it but I don’t ride enough GOOD snow to validate keeping it.  If durability wasn’t questionable, I’d ride it more often..but I spend a lot of time finding rocks and roots here in MI.

2.) Forum Kitchen Sink 154.5.  I haven’t ridden a twin in awhile - got this one NOS for cheap.  I haven’t spent a whole lot of time on it yet but it got me into riding twins again.  Tons of snap, rails hard, good side cut, etc.  My only wish is that it was a bit wider.  Making me want a Capita Mercury although they’re probably not much alike..haha

 

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17/04/2018 2:14 pm  
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Posted by: buggravy

Tom Sims Pro 58.  It's not so much the board that was a surprise, so much as I was surprised to have so much fun on a cambered board.  I have long been convinced that I prefer rocker between the feet - specifically NS's Ripsaw profile because of how fluidly and effortlessly it transitions edge to edge, but still has snap from the enhanced camber at the tips.  First day on the TSP I liked the board a lot, but still felt like my preference was for the Ripsaw profile.  2nd and 3rd days were like a switch flipped though, and I just had so much fun riding it.  I broke my toe a couple days later so have been out for a couple weeks, and will be for a couple more, but am really anxious to spend more time on it in different conditions.  I feel pretty convinced I'm now going to pick up the Kidwell board as well.

That's interesting. I had the exact opposite experience this year. For me the biggest surprise was the Gnu Hyper Kyarve 160. For the past 6-7 years I've ridden predominantly camber boards. My go to boards early in the season were the Mullair and SPAM. I just happened to stumble upon a lightly used HK on craigslist and was able to trade a jacket for it. I wasn't expecting much.

It didn't take long to fall in love with it. Shortly after that I sold my Mullair and my SPAM. I never thought I'd go back to a C2 profile from Mervin, but this was the first C2x board I tried. To me it's a perfect balance of camber and rocker. It's a charger when I want it to be, but it can be loose and playful as well. It's by far the most versatile board I own and for me it's a legit quiver killer. Still have a quiver, but it's so much smaller than it was. My planned quiver for next year is the HK, my Deus Pike, and the Moss Jellyfish I have on order. 

That Hyperkyarve on paper looks a lot like the NS Maverix, which I also think is a quiver killer, so I get where you're coming from.  Ultimately I probably haven't jumped ship on my profile preference, but having ridden it somewhat exclusively for the better part of a decade it felt super refreshing to try, and actually click with something else.


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yukiotokosama
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17/04/2018 3:22 pm  
Posted by: nmb

I really want to try a HK (Blake Paul fanboy)

 

Me too.  He was at Baldface when I was there a few weeks ago. Hayden Rensch was also riding an HK there. 


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Mr. Irrelevant
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17/04/2018 3:29 pm  
Posted by: Lonz
Posted by: kimchi

I picked up a Patagonia Refugitive jacket on sale last off-season. Super lightweight, stretchy, gore-tex c-knit. I expected to use it as a tour hiking jacket and as a backpacking rain jacket. I ended up wearing that more than my AK Swash this year. Held up to abuse better than expected, packs down to nothing so easy to travel with, just really good build quality, and not too 'skier-y'. I think it's still a little light for everyday resort riding, but it'll definitely be in the outerwear rotation going forward and I'm looking at picking up a burlier 3L Patagonia for resort days.

Patagonia are fantastic.  Their gear is all really well built, their product support is great, and their vision and ethics are really cool.  While some may deride them as not being 'core' enough, I think they're one of the best companies out there.

agreed. i wear the refugitive as well. i sweat like a beast so its a resort jacket for me. was initially worried about the strength of the material, but its patagonia...rip it on a tree and go get a new one. 

my surprise was the 420. wasn't sure i'd actually like it because of how soft it is. that was what made me get rid of it in the first place, but i was determined to give it a go this time. damn was it fun. only one day due to complete shit conditions all year in CO save for a few days. i was out a couple weeks ago and reeeeally wished i had it. got now bindings this year, wasn't particularly surprised, lot of love here for them. i guess i was surprised how comfy the straps are since a lot of us change out the straps for burton. i guess i was also surprised at how much im liking the gnu beast again. i had been telling myself i missed it but it's really all i've wanted to reach for since. was kind of shocked i was ok with the 'small' ww at 256 but i only have size 9's so it's totally fine.

5'9" | 185 lbs | US9 boots (K2 TT) | Now - Drive & YES. | Gnu Beast 158 | YES. 420 148 | Arbor Clovis 157 | Camber, S-Rocker, Flat to Rocker | 150cm-160cm | Some Taper | Neat shapes are neat


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highme
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17/04/2018 6:20 pm  

Biggest surprise of 2018 was how useful the relocated beginner chair at Meadows would be for me.


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black bnr32
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17/04/2018 6:31 pm  

hestra vertical cut freeride gloves and burton flight attendant

both just OK, not love at first sight like I expected


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Supra
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17/04/2018 8:08 pm  

I was surprised by how much more I liked the Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket the second year I rode it. It's become a daily driver for sure.

I just tried the K2 Simple Pleasures for the first time recently and wow, I want one. It's similar to the Rocket but charges more, while the Rocket is more on the playful side.

I tried the Jones Mind Expander this year and that was the funnest board of the year for me. I have one on the way now.

Ah, I was surprised by what a good carver the Jones Storm Chaser is.

The Flight Attendant was surprisingly normal feeling and I was able to ride it in a banked slalom the second day I got it.

Other happy days that were to be expected were had on a 170 lib birdman, and K2 Lien AT bindings were really good (both new to me this year).


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17/04/2018 8:50 pm  

I want a simple pleasures.


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