Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:10 am Posts: 1173 Location: Denver
I did not realize Vince had posted up on the Chairman. It looks like a pretty amazing board. I am glad that Never Summer is putting some serious focus into their free ride boards. Seems like each new one is an improvement from the previous model. Looking forward to checking the Chairman out at some point in the future.
Seconded. I took my buddies solid Raptor to AK. It was a fun stick and all, but the RC profile and lack of taper had me switching back to my Storm split. I am eager to try out the new Prospector and the Chairman!
I agree with you - from personal experience, it's much easier to get the boards in the bedroom than the bikes. My wife doesn't love the boards there but will tolerate them for a while. No such luck with my bikes - totally out of the question, even if I clean them up
Joined: Sat Jul 05, 2008 7:38 pm Posts: 385 Location: Eugene and Coos Bay, Oregon.
How does the weight of the Prospector compare to other splits?
It has about the same amount of taper as my Khyber. The Khyber is mostly a power board but I do not like it on steeper firm snow (or really firm snow at all). It is sounding like the Prospector has a lot more backbone to it and the taper might be great for quicker handling and added versatility?
Has anyone ridden it on steeper firm snow enough to say how the tapered tail handles when finishing a turn and locking back onto the slope with the edge?
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:05 am Posts: 1503 Location: Colorado
buell: only really been in soft snow so far. Weight is about average for this type of board, I believe Mark (karkis) published it further back. My 167X is about 10 ozs lighter than the (relatively heavy) Venture Storm 166x26 (older model, the current ones are little lighter). I am not sure that taper will always reduce tail hold on firm steeps, as you know how the sidecut, taper, flex, and rocker/camber profile all interact will influence this. I was surprised how much tail hold my Storm has when needed, considering the rocker and taper. Of course, the Prospector has more taper at 2 cm On the other hand, the Prospector feels more like a traditional camber board to me (than the Storm, and way more locked in than the furberg), I assume this is due to the nose and tail camber loading up the front and rear contact points. The taper does make it easy to exit turns early, or to push the tail around in tight spots when needed. I will be curious to see how this board does handle in spring steeps...