Are you taking any steps to minimize your environmental impact? If so, what are some of these steps?
We build all our own boards in our own factory and have been working to minimize our environmental impact for 30 years. Some of the basics that go on every day at Mervin are finger jointing to maximize wood core yields
Joined: Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:43 pm Posts: 51 Location: Fernie, BC
Got mine last week, has the offset graphic problem and was discounted, that issue does show poor quality control, but unless the deck fails it really doesn't bother me. rides amazing, very happy I waited.
I got to take my solid Hover60 out this weekend too - first impression is amazing ride. It was a powder day, well on the trails since off-piste is still low tide in Tahoe, but I didn't get out till the afternoon due to a morning obligation. So I ended up riding in crud/chop all day with a few precarious fresh turns wherever I felt I could get away with it.
Comparing it to my last powder board, a cambered Malolo62, the Hover60 was night and day. The rockered flex in the nose was great and the turn initiation was super smooth. The 9.5m sidecut felt so nice when I railed it on the edge. I set my stance at the factory setback and it was almost perfect right out of the box. I think I can sweeten the turn in a bit with a 1/4" shift forward on the stance, but if not I will be more than happy with the factory setback.
In chopped up powder and heavy crud, I've never felt more in control. The smaller taper, combined with the longer sidecut and rockered nose really shined compared to the Malolo. No more skipping the tail out due to overpressuring the nose! Oh and that STIFF tail, Ooo la la !!! Whenever you get thrown into the backseat or generally bounced around, it just puts you back in the driver's seat and back in command.
I can't wait to ride it again in "real" powder conditions
I also got to ride my solid Flagship 58 the following day, riding packed powder with a few low tide powder stashes. Again, stellar nose flex profile and turn initiation. The blunted nose and tail feel nice w/swing weight in the air. The board has very similar dimensions (2mm narrower nose/tail) to my 6yo Option Signature but with 1/2 meter longer sidecut. Wow, the board hauls serious ass. Holds the carve at high speed without chatter or fighting to make tracking corrections.
Only complaint thus far (other than the cosmetic topsheet finish) is that the tail could be a bit stiffer to get a bit more pop. Going to play with setback position a smidge just like on the Hovercraft next time to see if that helps. I think the sidecut could go longer like the Hover, but was markedly better than the Option at full chit. Overall a very nice ride
Joined: Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:59 pm Posts: 35 Location: Vancouver, B.C.
The pucks and bindings arrived in early Jan and I finally got to ride my Hovercraft split it the conditions it was built for on Thu Jan 26th at Mt. Baker.
It works as advertised. My friend's legs were ready to drop by lunchtime, but my back leg was perfectly happy to ride through the day.
You'll still get bucked around in crud/chop, but it's controllable. The magnatraction was tested a few weeks ago on some scratchy stuff at Grouse Mountain and it works well also!
I plan to tweak the front binding back about an inch and I expect that to help it float even more!
Definitely happy with it so far. The only thing I can't do is make it go in a straight line when riding with only 1 foot strapped in... for some reason it wants to spin on me and I can't stop it... but that is probably rider error... or maybe something to do with the taper.
And yes, it is possible to ride it switch, as you can see if you fast forward to 1:39 in this video.