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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:29 am 
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Looking good. Maybe you've changed it already, but the spacing on the site looks good to me on Firefox 4.0.


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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:31 am 
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fullers2oh wrote:
snow|boards ???? anyone else seeing that line? is there a reason for that? am i missing something?

"Split Snowboards" or "Snow Splitboards" or "Snowboards Split" I'm guessing.

Cool site guys. It looks ok to me on Chrome. Its cool to see more innovation from the Wasatch. I'd be interested to see some specs such as sidecut radius, running length, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:06 pm 
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KGN wrote:
Maybe change the name of that one board, the unicorn chaser :wink: Makes me think of hippies.

Don't think stale patchouli, the Unicorn Chaser is strictly legit:
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Well that's not my tattoo, but seriously, I've got like 40+ days riding a prototype Unicorn Chaser this season, had soooo much fun on it. Although designed to specifically shine in the powder, it's proven to be a great performing board for all-around, variable conditions here in Utah. (Disclosure: I'll try to keep my enthusiasm in check here, as I am tangentially involved with the Chimera effort.)


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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:17 pm 
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Well, I guess I lied in my last post about withholding my enthusiasm. Yesterday I had the opportunity to ride, compare, and contrast two new prototype splits from the Chimera stable. They represent two distinctly different approaches to the task of riding powder. I found the two boards to behave so differently, yet effectively in their own way, that I thought I'd share. Here's a photo:
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On the left is a 161cm Unicorn Chaser. It has traditional camber, with a mild early-rise rocker nose, aggressive taper from front to back (about 30 mm), inserts that are set back a couple inches from center (so your stance is shifted back to the tail), and a semi-swallow tail.

The purple bottom board on the right is more experimental, hot off the press: a true twin, flat underfoot (no camber), aggressive early-rise rocker front and back, blunted-off nose and tail, and centered stance from front to back. The effective edge is REALLY short, with hardly any sidecut. It's about 160cm long. The working title for this beast is "The Chubby Chaser." It looks like a cigar.

It was very instructive to ride one board, then switch out halfway down, and ride the other one. We had about a foot deep of settled powder yesterday, prime conditions for testing out the pow-worthiness of the two boards. Since I've been riding a 154 Unicorn Chaser a bunch, the 161 Unichaser was expectedly familiar feeling, faster and perhaps a bit less poppy. It's fairly stiff between the binders and through the tail, with the nose feeling soft. It rode pretty straightforward, for someone like me used to traditional camber, traditional sidecut, tapered boards (like the Prior Khyber, which I've ridden and like a lot). If you don't care about going backwards much, and want to carve your turns in the deep fluff, this board does the trick, well.

Now, strapping into the purple Chubby Chaser and pointing it down the hill was a whole nother ballgame. I felt like a newborn calf trying to find its legs. I have not ridden severely rockered or reverse cambered boards before, and I really had to think about how to ride this guy. Long, smooth carving turns, which feel instinctive on a board like the Uni Chaser, were illusive to me. There's hardly any sidecut to carve on. I found myself skidding/pivoting my turns much more. The thing still floated great though, no nosedive, it's really wide between your feet, and it landed off some small drops just fine. On the Unichaser, it feels like the nose is up and the tail is down, and the float happens because of that. On the Chubby Chaser, it felt like the float was happening right between your feet, and the tail feels up out of the snow more, not down in it. I didn't feel comfortable trying to link some turns switch in the terrain we were in (kinda steep with trees and rocks), but I really would like to ride this deck switch on some more obstacle-free terrain. One thing I miss about riding an aggro-tapered, set-back-stance board, is that I typically don't consider 180s or going switch in deep snow; a board like the Chubby Chaser would really be fun for that.


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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:13 am 
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Just joking about the board name...That tattoo is terrible yikes...


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:43 am 
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Bullshit, that tattoo is full of win.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:12 pm 
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ehcarley wrote:
Bullshit, that tattoo is full of win.


Oops, must be a photo of your arm :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:10 pm 
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Dude, it's a pony with a sword on it's head. What could be more bad ass than that?


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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:13 pm 
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Just when I thought I had finally decided on which split I'd be buying next ....


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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:34 pm 
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Killclimbz wrote:
Dude, it's a pony with a sword on it's head. What could be more bad ass than that?

↓ Reminds me of this ↓
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsGYh8AacgY&feature=player_detailpage

I just have one question... Will the Unicorn Chaser get me to Candy Mountain? I heard its a magical place of joy and wonder.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:54 pm 
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NEED BOARD SPECS AND CONSTRUCTION INFO to even consider buying one of these mmmmk (and I'm interested)


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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:35 pm 
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The chubby chaser looks like a beast. w/o specs it hard to comment, but it looks a little burly for my taste. For a powder board design, I like something like the K2 gyrator, but maybe the chaser is similar (can't really tell from the photo other than it has a larger nose). The overall boad line looks impresive though and I can't wait to hear more feedback from people who ridden the protos....

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 Post subject: Re: Chimera Snow|boards
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:02 pm 
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Yeah boys!! Looks sick! Any progression within the splitboard industry is a good one, in my book. Stoked to try one out in the Wastatch! (Anyone remember the first splitfest t-shirts?) :mrgreen:

It looks like there's been a lot of work behind this project. I like the idea of putting math backgrounds to work in the snow. Makes sense, if you have a math background. :scratch:

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