Normally I ride a 162 ST winterstick solid and a Jones 161 solution at 5'8 165. I was for sure very hesitant to order online, without riding or reading any reviews. Wanting something light for some longer sessions in the mountains. I thought give it a go at the spring price of $750 with k clips plus a free backpack for it. When dealing with Peter through emails his customer service was first class! Received the board in a week. First thing I noticed, taking board out of box, was how ridiculously light it was ( 5lbs or so with clips) in hand. The craftsmanship was superb. My concern at this point, was size and how it would ride. Conditions for morning where hard pack with some corn. Skinning is a dream, almost cheating with weight on feet. Played with angles around 45 degrees hard pack hop turning and tight radius turns.The board was super responsive and felt very stable for such a small board. Longer high speed carving turns where surprising with great stability. Yes, my winterstick 162 ST handles speed better,but a little sluggish on short slow speed turns.Very happy to have this board in the arsenal! Hope to squeeze some more fun in before snow goes away. Feel free to drop a line if you need some more info.
Played in Utah May powder with the new ride. For a shorter board, still was surprised at the performance. Conditions turned heavy pretty fast, but board still had some solid floatation with good speed. Stability in the mixed conditions felt solid as well. Cool lightweight ride! We will see how she holds up with some abuse! Best Gary Begley http://www.garybegleysports.com