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Snowboarders - any board suggestions?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by aborgman, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. I’m riding a 15 year old board, and haven’t paid any attention to board tech (because I haven’t been riding) over the last 9 years since I moved back to Michigan from Oregon. Now I’m looking for a good all-mountain ride.

    I’m 39 years old, 6’ tall, weigh 160lbs, size 10.5 boot
    Ride +15deg. rear, +20 deg front

    Never go in park or pipe
    Never intentionally ride switch

    I like steeps, open bowls, high speed groomers, powder.

    Current riding is likely to be: 40% Michigan scraped icy groomers, 40% groomed, 20% powder/deep crud/backcountry

    Past rides - 1985 Burton Backhill, 1990 Kemper Freestyle 155, 1992 Burton Air 6.1 (161)
    Current Ride - 1999 Burton Floater 167

    I started riding in 1987 with a Burton Backhill - hiking the local sledding hills because no local resorts allowed snowboarding. I rode Michigan all through high school and college with the occasional trip to Colorado, mostly on a Burton Air 6.1. After moving to Oregon in 1998 I demo’ed a mess of boards and decided on a Burton Floater 167.

    I bought the Floater 167 because:

    Good edge hold on high speed groomers, no chatter, no toe drag, solid feel, good float in powder/Cascade concrete. Most normal width boards at the time had toe drag and didn’t float out well in powder, and most shorter boards I rode weren’t stable and had lots of tip/tail chatter at high speeds.

    Now I’m back in Michigan and the Floater is 15 years old, beat up, and not the most appropriate board for the majority of my riding.

    Based on looking at a number of recommendations, I’m probably considering the following -

    Family Tree Juice Wagon (157)
    Barracuda (157, 161)
    Sherlock (157, 160)

    Turbo Dream (159, 160W)

    Highlife UL (158, 161, 159W)

    I’d love to just demo a bunch of boards like I did last time, but that just isn’t a realistic option here in Michigan.

    Basic goal:

    On Michigan groomed ice - significantly better than my Floater

    On fast groomers and steep crud - equal to my Floater

    On powder - capable of handling 12" without killing me, but I can rent a dedicated powder board for the rare occasions I run into a deep day.

    Any advice, thoughts, suggestions, or feeling are appreciated.
  2. I have always rode K2s, good quality and good price.

  3. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Check out GNU. The Pickles may be too aggressive for what you want to do. Maybe you'd like the Danny Kass board or Carbon Credits.

  4. I'm a bit interested in the K2 Raygun and Turbo Dream - but I'm a little scared off by the profiles. I've always ridden camber boards, and all the K2 offerings are some form of hybrid with rocker.
  5. The GNU Pickle may be the board most completely UNLIKE what I'm looking for...

    It's a park board... and I never go in the park or pipe.

    It's a rocker (reverse camber) board - and I'm looking for a camber or camber like hybrid profile. In fact, as far as I can tell GNU doesn't make any boards that aren't a rocker profile.

    It looks like pretty much everything GNU makes nowadays is freestyle oriented.
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Yeah, I figured the Pickle wasn't for you. GNU has some cool newer technologies. It would be worth checking them out since you haven't bought a board in 15 years.

  7. Seems like it'd be a great park board - but between the reverse camber and being a generally "floppy" board it really doesn't fit the bombing groomers and riding ice thing.

    The Magne-Traction looks pretty cool, and the asymmetric core/sidecut makes a lot of sense...
  8. Konigstiger22


    Mar 22, 2011
    Kenosha, WI
    I think the Burton Custom might be a nice choice. I'm riding one currently and go from Icy Wisconsin conditions to Powder in UP etc. I also ride some park and like to just free ride. I think it a good all around board! I ride the 158 and I'm 6'0" and 185lbs with size 11 boots.
  9. From Burton:

    Custom X
    Juice Wagon

    Based on the Burton site, they all look pretty similar - anyone able to compare/contrast the three?