I got the park pickle last year and just traded it in for this board. The pickle is great, real fun board for everything. But it was a little too soft for hauling at high speeds, and the full reverse camber was fun, but the bottom of my board got DESTROYED. I ride east coast ice, so the magna traction was nice, but the bottom of my board has more p-tex on it that any of my old boards combined. And I only had it for ONE SEASON! So my hope is that T Rice will prevent some of that chatter at high speed as well as the complete destruction of the base due to the C2 power banana shape. I'll get back to you specifically on which one rides better, but I would recommend the T Rice based on my riding with the pickle.
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So this was my first BTX board, and I don't think I'm ever leaving it. I am 5'8 and got the 156 because I like to go steep and deep, as well as ride fast and hard down groomers. This board did not disappoint. First day out this board had every condition thrown at it, and it really preformed in it all. It had unreal float in the powder, great edge control and stability at high speeds (no chattering. I was worried about this), and sliced through ice like it was its job. The flex was perfect for me, not too soft, but definitely flexible enough to respond quickly. On jumps, the pop was surprisingly good, and even when I landed had on my tail, it snapped me flat base again. I haven't had any issues with the durability with the board yet. Would recommend this board to intermediate to advanced riders who wanna turn the whole mountain into their park.
Im thinking about getting this board, but wanna know if its too soft to really push it through steep and gnarly terrain.
If its not too soft, what bindings would anyone recommend for the best response for pulling off tight controlled turns? I was looking at Bent Metal Missionaries.
Thanks a ton.
This boot is got pretty good flex. Not too stiff, not too soft. My last pair of vans were a size 10, and this one was a little more snug than my last size ten, but its packing out. Boa system is pretty good, but I would recommend the boa focus system since you cannot tighten the two different zones separately with the single boa like you can with the focus system. This means that it might get tighter around the foot and not as tight up top around the ankle, but that was the only downside of this boot. Great boot for the price though.
I have had the boa system for about 3 years now, and not once has it iced up on me. Only thing about boa is that if the cable breaks, and thats a big "if", because it has only happened to me once, it is a bit of a hassle to fix on the hill. Easy fix in the lodge though, so its not that big of a downer. I absolutely love boa, and would recommend them to everyone, and these boots are real nice. My brother rides with me, and he rocks these boots, and he tears the park to hell.Hope this helped.