Official Fullbag Snowboards Thread
I had a few days this season which made me really want to get a big gun. My son had a Nitro Magnum 168W which was the largest board I have ridden to date - at the time it seemed just way too big for me and I never really considered anything larger than my 162 Lolo. This season I actually ended up get a 166 Lolo and it was still too little for my taste for an epic dump.
Frankly I am not sure if a 171 or 181 would make much difference on super soft deep pow. But I am really curious now about something huge. Just not sure if I have the strength to really handle a 181 or even the 171. Also questioned it is truly fun to be one something that big. Your mellow run on the 171 looks smooth - I wonder how it would handle if you were to actually go fast? 😛 😛
Well, lots more edge, bigger sidecut, stiffer.... it’s a gun for sure! But the way it’s smooth and easy, I think most people would really like it, even if they think it’s way oversized.
I agree. I understand why people can be intimidated by big guns, but they are actually easier to ride in some ways, I think. If one is fairly new to snowboarding, the Hammerhead is probably going to ride them to some extent, but once one has a handle on linking carved turns at speed and can competently drive a snowboard with reasonable power and intention, a big board is easier to ride in someways because of the huge stability and edge hold enhancements. The Hammerhead is harder to ride through tight trees or to thread through moguls, but I think it is easier to shred groomers on, and is way better for busting through (or over) chop.
Because of the overall shape and tail, despite the nose and length, I find it totally fine in our trees. A lot of them are spaced apart, but a lot of it is pretty tight riding where maneuverability is something you want. Plus, it’s a “ski area” so everyone rides everywhere and mashes it up. It’s definitely no fish 156, but man, it just goes. You do need to have some extra muscle behind it, but not in a bad way.
I’ve written posts multiple times on what you said about larger boards being easier in some ways, but never feel like I have the right words, and think that it will fall on deaf ears. You put it well. If you are a decent enough rider, it’s like it does a portion of the work for you. You can put trust in its stability. Others may find it a lot of work, or a boat, but I find it very easy. With the HH, more than any other board I’ve ever ridden, I can put less into it and get way more out of it. It makes my squash feel like a toy when I get back on it. It also makes you realize the extra work you have to put into a “normal” board to do the same things! A board’s “difficulty” is EXTREMELY relative. I love the HH. Along with fishes I still own & OG squash, top purchase for sure.
Everything is a relative illusion!
Ended up finding great lines. Did a few “hypersmooth” gopro follows. Putting an edit together later. Here is the first raw run posted by my buddy who filmed
Another powder Thursday here. Report was 22” settled. Felt like softer snow getting more dense as you dug down deeper, like a pillowtop on top of memory foam on top of a medium creamy mattress.
My friend Jeremy rode the blunt 56 today.. he’s not one to think too much about his gear, but he ha a good handful of time on my 09 retro fish 56, which he really liked, and rides Charlie a lot. Surprise, he loved it. Exclaimed at the extra confidence & stability he felt, stabile and smooth, turning, etc
Here is another video. First part me and Jeremy, second part Rainery and our friend Dave, third part a few quick gopro clips. Hammerhead is still lovely.