Joined: Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:57 pm Posts: 261 Location: Chamonix
Hey guys would love some opinions on what venture board to buy for next season.I will be riding full time for 3-4 months with the last month in AK.I am 5'9 170# and currently ride a Prior AMF 162. I am leaning toward the Odin 164,but the storm and zephyr are very attractive.My AMF is sick but uphill is hard work with the reverse camber in the centre so I want a board that can handle steep switchbacks in the trees of Rogers Pass and across glaciers.But I primarily want to charge,big turns and plenty of straightlining and going as fast as possible. I think I've kinda answered my own question here it's got to be the Odin right? With my AMF as a 2nd board for days in the trees. Anyway would be interested to hear others opinion on a 2nd board and particularly Venture as I have had my heart set on having one of these beauties for awhile now,thanks Gav
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It took me a bit to get used to turning quick on it. The turning radius is very different from my SL. Once I got it figured, it was just fine in the trees. I did 45 degree lines in tight trees quite a bit and found the board to be pretty responsive.
For big lines it kills it. If you like to straightline it, it's a great board.
For skinning it was also pretty darn good. With the flat base and rockered tips it climbs like a machine. Tons of skin contact. The nose just pops through deep powder with minimal effort.
Joined: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:22 pm Posts: 664 Location: Durango, CO
Go big or go home. I would say the Odin 168. You ride a 162 now, who cares about 2 more centimeters? Depending on your foot size, I'd say size up to the 168 if you want a big hard charging gun. And you're going to say, "oh thats a huge board", but in reality, its only 2.3 inches longer then what you have now, and it has a big nose that is adding to that. I rode the Storm 161 and it felt actually smaller and more nimble then my Zephyr 159. I would of been very comfortable on a 164 (never rode anything close to that big) for a big mountain board, that design is great for bigger sizes.
If you look at the spec sheet, the 164 is listed for weights 135-195, and the 168 145-205. So you are smack dab in the middle on the 168. Maybe the Storm 165 or 166 could work too. I'm 5' 7" 150 and I think the Odin 164 would be the perfect hard charger for me. My normal board is a Zephyr 159 for comparison.
All this talk of the Odin makes me reallllly want one. But I just bought a Zephyr last year and it could be excessive to have both...