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Gear Review

5 5

Like riding on a rail

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just picked up this board in the 169 and spent a couple days riding in Tahoe. Just Wow. I mean WOW. Bought it after a demo ride on a Skunk Ape, the flex of which was a little soft for my taste. This raptor is a serious rail. Power, response, and I have to say I didn't notice any vibration or chatter all day when slicing through ice. As the description says, if your a big dude that just likes to lay down powerful lines, this is IT. I've been riding for 20 years and this is the first board I've purchased that doesn't have a traditional full camber. I'm not sure how much the directional rocker-camber is enhancing the performance, but it sure seems nice for carving. I'd also like to note that prior to this I never spent the big dollars for techy advanced boards....but so far this seems to be worth every penny.