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Apparently Korua ships via UPS 2-day priority so I should be fine lol. 


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Apparently Korua ships via UPS 2-day priority so I should be fine lol. 

Oh, yes UPS Expedited is like some kind of logistics magic (in that they actually are still functioning). Buddy got his Dart from Germany up here in northern Japan in like 4-5 days. My Amplid proto same.

Meanwhile, stuff from the US to an FPO with USPS? 2-3 weeks. Rawr. (See Trew kit I am still waiting for who's status has been "in transit" for… a week? Last seen in Chicago 5 days ago… after leaving Portland OR 8 days ago…)


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agonizing between 164 cafe racer v 164 pencil size 12 boot 6'1 220 +15 +3 blue groomer carving  fun. Thinking pencil may be more forgiving than the CR waist width 26.9 pencil 27.8  CR =.9cm diff probably no big deal an thoughts????


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agonizing between 164 cafe racer v 164 pencil size 12 boot 6'1 220 +15 +3 blue groomer carving  fun. Thinking pencil may be more forgiving than the CR waist width 26.9 pencil 27.8  CR =.9cm diff probably no big deal an thoughts????

Size 12 boots, I'd go CR for sure. It feels a little unwieldy in spots for my size 10s, but if I was a size 12 I think it'd be perfect.

One thing to keep in mind with Koruas is that they're HEAVILY tapered (Pencil 164 has 31 mm of taper) and designed around a narrower reference stance than you'd think for boards that size (21.5" on both boards). So you have less clearance than you'd think from you typical "X mm waist width can accommodate size Y boots" intuition. I'm not off-the-cuff smart or hard-working enough to do that math for you, but intuitively I'd pretend like most Korua's waist width are ~5 mm narrower than what you think you can typically get away with.

Size 12s on a "normal' 269 mm waist you'd be fine... size 12s on a 264 waist on a board designed for laid out carving, I'd be a little concerned.

No guarantees, but if I love the Stealth 163, I will probably sell my CR 164. Will know more next week...

Edit: Also, 9 mm is a lot when it comes to waist width. That's the incremental difference between a women's board (244 waist), a "normal" men's board (253), and a wide men's board (262).


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Have any of you been on the Bulldozer? Thoughts?


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 So what we have here is the 164 Pencil directly on top of the 164 CR after considering the specs I see the .9 mm width difference with no obvious diff in camber profile  and obviously a moderate  tail difference very interesting....... got those size 12 burton ruler 4E  to consider  so when the Malavita's come I'll mount and decide  between the two it won't be easy anyone want a new unused cr or pencil let me know 


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Has this been discussed yet?  Im all for experimenting, but korua may have gone a little too far with this concept...

"The Plus line will be featuring a new light top-sheet made of a very thin layer of base material, which can be waxed according to local snow temperatures to minimize snow building up on top of the board. It is also very easy to repair, which is especially an advantage with splitboards as they tend to get hard beatings. "


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Initial thoughts, if this helps against ice buildup on splitboard topsheets I'd be pretty interested, but not sure about waxing my top sheet before every tour...


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Think they could have left out the waxing topsheet to local temps bit, too much information for ocd reviewers, it will be fun for sure, maybe it's just some dark mindgames from Korua. I've seen it before and it works fine, waxing works without the base material topsheet too. NS users will be so bummed about their stomp pad topsheet if this is contagious.


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I would imagine that the base material topsheet would work just fine for shedding snow without the wax unless you tour in particularly wet or cold conditions. Most of the time it probably won't have a ton of impact, but on the days when it keeps your board(s) from having several pounds of wet pow stuck to the top of it or stops ice build-up, it will be awesome. I like the idea.

Also: haha NeverSummer.


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my friend used carwax on regular glossy plastic topsheet and it worked well.


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@casjcade where have you seen it before?  this is a new concept to me, had no idea it's been done before...


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@casjcade where have you seen it before?  this is a new concept to me, had no idea it's been done before...

Mostly on custom alpine/cross skis and boards, but was a company that had the option for splits too, can't remember which right now.


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@casjcade where have you seen it before?  this is a new concept to me, had no idea it's been done before...

Mostly on custom alpine/cross skis and boards, but was a company that had the option for splits too, can't remember which right now.

For the life of me I can’t remember right now, but it has been done before in the snowboard industry.

Ptex topsheets happened in the early 00s. I wanna say Burton did it on a single model ( maybe it was the A-deck? ) and another company did it on a few different models for a few seasons. The idea was that like a base, your topsheet was repairable. It never caught on and went by the wayside like lots of things do. 

That was a lot of years ago and a lot of clinics ago so hard to remember... A lot of product knowledge has come and gone since then so it’s lost in the void. But, I do know for sure it’s been done before. 

In the end, I’d be skeptical of it working any better than a regular top sheet at the reduction of snow that sticks to it. 

Atomic had a topsheet that was supposed to do that and it didn’t, and multiple brands have tried variations of that with no more success than anything else. 

When I ride the gondola and my board is on the rack outside, it gets snow/ice frozen to my base to it that I have to scrape off at the top, I keep a small scraper in my pocket just for that and use it most every day I ride the gondola. So yea, great theory, but I’m doubtful it will work. As far as being lighter and repairable I’d say yes to that. 


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