Setup: Never Summer Raptor x 161
Burton Driver X Boots Size 12
Burton Diod Reflex Bindings
Binding Angles +12/+3 Forward
Background: 2nd season snowboarding. First board was K2 Slay blade which was absolutely terrible on the east coast hard pack ice. Needed a board for those condition d/t most if not all my riding is on hard pack/ice. Inquired at the Goodride.com (James) who told me out of the 3 boards I was interested in (custom x, Rossi onemagtek, and raptor) the raptor had the best edge hold. Used the Raptor X (6 times so far) on hard pack/ice and it holds an edge without any issue of washing out. I would just bail out on the slay blade which would ruin my time boarding in those conditions. Not with the Raptor X, I hold edge at fighter jet speed (lol) and I have nothing but confidence when on this board. I am charging hard, fast and carving short/long radius turns ripping the mountain up while passing other boarders who have to bail in those conditions on the steep. It feels so good to ride through those conditions. The board can be ridden switch easy but I dont have much use for going switch (no park for me). Has good pop for straight air and easy torsional flex where you can really bend the board when you want to. Needs new wax with every 10 hours of boarding... Disagree with reviews that you need to be and advanced or expert boarder for this board or that this board will buck you off etc 2nd year boarding and I have no problem with this board,,, I feel this board raised my boarding ability up a few notches and dont waste $$ on something so called more forgiving. Very happy with this board!