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Wes B.
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10/10/2018 7:55 pm  

@duffalo Oh, the Outsiders is definitely no noodle! As far as I'm concerned it'll be my hard charging deck, but ymmv.  Keep in mind I'm only 140lbs... Still, I've never read or watched any review that said it was noodley in any way.  Tbh, can't imagine it'd be a good pure jib deck.  Big jumps though? Absolutely!  And I suspect it'll be a good carving machine once I spend more time on it. Certainly not any softer than a DOA (tried my buddy's 2015 152 a couple years ago).

O/t: after trying a bunch of different bends over the years, I've come to realize that nothing beats old school camber for me. I.e., if you were to take any 2 identical boards and press 1 with zero camber and the other with 10mm camber, I assume the cambered deck would be more lively/'springy'.  Basic physics, amirite? So Vimana VUFO with that 10mm camber... 

I think I stumbled upon Vimana while browsing one of the Euro sites when they were posting tradeshow pics. I'll admit that the graphics were what drew me in initially, then when I read up on them it turns out that the guy who started the brand was also one of the co-founders of Session boardshops in Norway back in the day. So, rider owned indy brand from Norway. VUFO specs looked good, so decided to roll the dice on one.

Thing is a lot of the newer brands are geared towards the snowsurf crowd whereas Vimana came out of the gates as 'Scandinavian Freestyle Machines' with a pro team consisting of only Euro riders and no North American distribution.  That would explain why you've never ran into someone on one. I'm definitely hoping they'll get more exposure with their new N.A. distribution. Wish them nothing but the best.

So if you're willing to take the plunge, I think you'll be grinning from ear to ear on your way down the hill. Plus, you'll get a tingly feeling knowing you'll probably won't run into someone else on one.

My year one VUFO was the same year I (also) got a Custom Twin and I found they rode quite similarly. I did find the Custom a bit twitchy, perhaps because of the tighter sidecut.

How much do I love the VUFO? Well last spring when their eshop was down to 3 150's, I hoarded 2. And my homie got the 3rd (he has a year one Pharomana). Thems weren't cheap from Euroland, but small price to pay when it's my favorite deck all-time! (And I just happen to think the graphic is sick af too.) 

Apologies for the threadjack, I do love me some C3 too!


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11/10/2018 6:53 am  

@wesbourne I should have been specific in my question, because I was asking RE: the outerspace living lol whoops!

Damn, that's one hell of a pitch of the VUFO

 

 

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11/10/2018 9:14 am  

Outerspace is a touch softer than say the Kazu, outsiders, or (from hand flexing DOA). It definitely feels like a park board to me, where as a DOA is more all mountain charge/hit jumps board.


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11/10/2018 9:40 am  

@duffalo Outerspace is definitely more playful than the DOA and Outsiders, but I still wouldn't call it a noodle. Can certainly attribute that to the constructions:

Outerspace: top and bottom biax glass with 20mm titanal struts from the inserts outwards

DOA: top and bottom biax glass with 30mm carbon beams from contact point to contact point

Outsiders: top triax and bottom biax glass with 30mm carbon beams from contact point to contact point

While Capita lists a .5 difference in Flex going from Outerspace→DOA→Outsiders, I felt less of a difference between the DOA and Outsiders than I do between the Outerspace and DOA. In fact, if memory serves, the difference in overall feel between the DOA and Outsiders was marginal to me. 

Vimana lists the VUFO's flex at 8/10. I disagree with that. Don't find it any stiffer than DOA/Outsiders. And I can't imagine I'd ever enjoy a board that's actually an 8/10 flex rating. It's livelier without a doubt though!

I sorta think of Vimana as IPP's Euro cousin since IPP is also a smaller freestyle focused indy operation. Their Honalee looks good on paper. Might have to look for one eventually.

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11/10/2018 10:24 am  

Looked at IPPs specs. 9m sidecuts?? On 58s??? Eh??


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11/10/2018 10:38 am  

Vimana posted here (this version of EL) early on... there was a Vimana thread. Wish they'd come back. Is there a stateside distro? I'm bout dat Motherbrain.

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Wes B.
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11/10/2018 11:56 am  

@c-fuzzy Yes they finally now have stateside distribution! 

https://www.invasiondist.com/vimana/boards/vufo

I remember that old Vimana thread. From my understanding, the distribution deal that was supposed to happen back then fell through because the dood who was supposed to handle it (and who posted on here) landed another gig...

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28/11/2018 3:09 am  

I see Indoor has become more or less camber now. I am still on 2012 fk version, gonna upgrade to Outerspace Living probably.


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14/12/2018 7:16 am  

i was looking to do some demo-ing last weekend and 2 different mountains said they didn't have 19 capita for demo yet because of manufacturing issues. maybe they were just scapegoating and didn't want to send out their demo boards on early season thin cover, but they were doing demos from other brands. 


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09/01/2019 4:27 am  

Does anyone own this year's Mercury? I am wondering how the flex goes.

I am looking for an all mountain go to board with flex similar or softer to Burton Custom, and curious to know if Mercury fits the needs.


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09/01/2019 6:07 am  

I owned a '14 Mercury (the TFA) and a '16 Custom, and the Mercury was a notch or two above the Custom, in stiffness.

I don't know if the '19 (and generally, the last Mercury incarnations) is softer than the previous years (that seems the general consensus), but I would doubt it would be the same flex as a custom or even softer.

let's see if someone has a first hand experience with 2018 or '19 Mercury (I'm curious too)

Anyway, great great great deck

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09/01/2019 7:10 am  
Posted by: Vanni

I owned a '14 Mercury (the TFA) and a '16 Custom, and the Mercury was a notch or two above the Custom, in stiffness.

I don't know if the '19 (and generally, the last Mercury incarnations) is softer than the previous years (that seems the general consensus), but I would doubt it would be the same flex as a custom or even softer.

let's see if someone has a first hand experience with 2018 or '19 Mercury (I'm curious too)

Anyway, great great great deck

I was told Capita mellows the stiffness over the years. I would like something a hair softer than Custom or on par.

My 2nd year custom twin is definitely a bit too stiff for messing around, but great for jump and stuff. But I definitely prefer the mellower camber from this year's mercury.


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09/01/2019 8:29 am  
Posted by: timmeh

i was looking to do some demo-ing last weekend and 2 different mountains said they didn't have 19 capita for demo yet because of manufacturing issues. maybe they were just scapegoating and didn't want to send out their demo boards on early season thin cover, but they were doing demos from other brands. 

How long as Capita owned the Mothership? I remember they had issues last year as well, with Spring Break boards coming in super late. Wonder how much of that is just capacity, how much is bad logistics, and how much is learning curve getting into the manufacturing game.


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09/01/2019 9:42 am  

They didn't just started the Mothership from zero. They bought the Elan factory and i suspect much of the know how/people etc transferred.


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09/01/2019 9:46 am  
Posted by: kimchi
Posted by: timmeh

i was looking to do some demo-ing last weekend and 2 different mountains said they didn't have 19 capita for demo yet because of manufacturing issues. maybe they were just scapegoating and didn't want to send out their demo boards on early season thin cover, but they were doing demos from other brands. 

How long as Capita owned the Mothership? I remember they had issues last year as well, with Spring Break boards coming in super late. Wonder how much of that is just capacity, how much is bad logistics, and how much is learning curve getting into the manufacturing game.

Capita announced their purchase of the Elan snowboard factory in May 2013. They then built the Mothership nearby, moving operations into the new facility in late 2015. They kept the Elan crew, including management, who had been building snowboards for decades. There should not have been much of a learning curve or new logistics issues to tackle unless those issues were created by vendor supply issues or other external factors.


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