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coleslawed
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14/05/2020 12:14 pm  
Posted by: @supra

I liked the HPS Taka when I rode it but I slightly preferred the Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket that I own (I rode them back to back). The Taka is really nice but totally cockblocked from my quiver by the Lib. I'm going to sell the Lib though so maybe one day...

interesting, my one co-worker who didn't like the HPS preferred his Lib Short Fat.


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14/05/2020 5:45 pm  

the Lib Short Fat is a different board to the Rocket eh


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14/05/2020 8:17 pm  

Definitely

For some reason the rocket only tickled my fancy in quality and lightly tracked pow. It was fine elsewhere but certainly I didn’t like it in beat up snow.

short fat absolutely blew me away on groomers but hated it in anything pow related that wasn’t near perfect. Definitely the width, for me.

Would give the rocket another go


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15/05/2020 7:43 am  
Posted by: @supra

the Lib Short Fat is a different board to the Rocket eh

yes they are different, but both are surf-inspired, volume-shifted shapes, with the Short Fat being more extreme in the former. 

I was more commenting on the fact that two riders preferred Lib Tech's "surfy" pow shapes over Salomon's and the general idea that Mervin shapes definitely have their own feel that some folks prefer.


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15/05/2020 5:56 pm  

I see the short fat as being in the nug/420 category while the Rocket is in the HPS/K2 Instrument category.

my Rocket doesn't feel anything like a Lib. It has no mag and a really thin construction.

The asterisk with the rocket is that in the early years it changed every year (TNT base to sintered to TNT to sintered, and the rocker profile changed - at least on paper). The current year Rocket has slightly different specs to the second year (American flag) one I have.


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15/05/2020 10:35 pm  

The twin rocket always intrigued me.


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21/05/2020 3:29 pm  

Officially done buying decks this year.

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21/05/2020 4:52 pm  

@supra

isn't the only difference between bases that the tnt is grinded lighter sintered+extruded with graphics, and the regular is all sintered with either die-cut or heavier graphic sheet?


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21/05/2020 4:56 pm  
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Officially done buying decks this year.

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Nice side by side comparo on the same length decks.  Setback is pretty decent when comparing.  Still loving the HPS shape

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22/05/2020 11:04 pm  
Posted by: @casjcade

@supra

isn't the only difference between bases that the tnt is grinded lighter sintered+extruded with graphics, and the regular is all sintered with either die-cut or heavier graphic sheet?

Sure, sintered or extruded. I refuse to pay top dollar for an extruded base, but that's just me.

 


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23/05/2020 12:04 am  

it’s not “just” extruded, you know that

that said, I get it and prefer regular sintered


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23/05/2020 12:43 am  

Call it a high end extruded if you like.

Here's an email I got from Mervin when I asked them about the TNT base back in 2010:

The tnt is not a sintered base

 

It is a co-extuded base..

 

I the tnt has Teflon in it.. 

 

It is Faster than most bases

 

But less durable than the sintered material

 

It doesn’t need as much hot waxing maintenance, but you have to stay off the rocks with it.. 

 


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23/05/2020 1:39 am  

Have you not seen the far more recent long interview with all the details?

Again I get it and prefer sintered all day, but it usually feels like people actively want to think of it as extruded and can’t get away from that thought 

I own zero libs now (or gnu but those are more commonly sintered) and honestly not sure if I will again, but still


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23/05/2020 2:10 am  

Think I prefer tnt to die-cuts, die-cut brandname bases can go die. I haven't had to deal with any shots that go through the sintered layer on tnt yet, so maybe that's why, but the construction makes sense to me with base graphics and all. Nothing beats an all black sintered base for waxing and repairs, but graphics on some of the libs are really nice.


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23/05/2020 5:12 am  

My experience with tnt was more in line with how extruded have worked or not worked for me.


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