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 Post subject: Re: Voile Mojo RX 2010-2011 Review....
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:36 pm 
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get the prior schralp. but get the carbon one.


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 Post subject: Re: Voile Mojo RX 2010-2011 Review....
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:49 pm 
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I think the board is durable as hell, though the base is not as durable as other boards I've ridden, and I just get used to the idea that the topsheet is going to get nicked up ...

Shralph, I don't know what kind of rocks you were riding over, but don't ride over them anymore. ;-)

I don't understand the tip rise issue whatsoever ... Jones solution in pow/porn this weekend, and it also was tricky to lay on an edge in porn snow without diving...

I always ride setback in my stance though..and as it's a tapered, directional board, I'd recommend that rather then centering like your on a jibber...

I'd ask them to decrease the taper and increase the sidecut.


Thanks J for the comments ...

You're right -the topsheet durability complaint is more superficial than anything, since I haven't put actual cracks into the topsheet or snapped my core (which I have done with 3 other boards). But still, I'm telling you, I've landed other boards on these kinds of rocks from 15 foot airs and had much less damage.

I'm talking Kirkwood/Carson Pass rocks, the red and orange, high-iron volcanic stuff that eats your base but crumbles before it compresses or cracks your edge - opposite of Tahoe basin granite. We didn't have Sierra paste from our last storm to cover up the takeoffs and snowsharks, just 2+ feet of blower pow, and you know the deal with fun lines - they go between big rocks, where other rocks might be hiding.

As far as the tip thing - the tip definitely floats and swivels super fast and doesn't fold under a massive load. It just drives really weird if you try to ride it in almost pea soup with the edge laid over way up. I know it's not the best manner by which to ride mank. It's just that the board starts drifting into the turn and over the snow to where you think you can lay it over, and when you do, the rockered/tapered tip pulls you way tighter into the turn than you thought you would go. It's actually not the tip itself diving, but the entire board pulling into the turn and then sinking the entire tapered shovel because it's laid up on edge instead of floating. Maybe the only reason I've not had this experience before is that my other splits were way more narrow and much less tapered, and I had to backseat them so much and keep the nose of the board so disengaged in this kind of snow that the widest part of the nose never had the chance to pull the board through a turn? Does that make sense? That by adding so much taper and rocker you are able to engage more of the tip in this kind of snow than with conventional geometries?

I'm definitely setback btw - in the middle of the pattern on the front foot and a touch back on the back foot - so not ahead of the recommended setback pattern.

Anyways, by reducing taper and increasing sidecut, and raising the tail height, you're much closer to the geometry of ...

powderjunkie wrote:
get the prior schralp. but get the carbon one.


Thanks D ... but ... man ... I'm not sure I want to throw down for the carbon, especially when the regular isn't much heavier than the Mojo and it's sooo much less $$$. I've ridden all carbon skis like the Lhasa Pow though, so I definitely know how much more lively a carbon board will be.



Anyways, this also isn't about nitpicking, as much as it sounds that way. The RX is a righteously fun and capable board in certain conditions. I'm just not sure it's as suited to my riding style and heavy coastal wet snow as another board might be.


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 Post subject: Re: Voile Mojo RX 2010-2011 Review....
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:45 am 
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^ I don't see it as nitpicking Shralph..it's a review...it's whole purpose is constructive criticism.

I do think that "dig" in the mank issue is related directly to the sidecut and taper, and I do think the base is softer then most boards I've ridden, so I tend to agree with much of your critique. I was joking about the rocks...when it's low tide like this year, we all hit em.

PJ just likes bling. I'll buy the prior carbon when it comes with titanium edges all the way around. ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Voile Mojo RX 2010-2011 Review....
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:55 pm 
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SchralphMacchio wrote:
[the topsheet durability complaint is more superficial than anything, since I haven't put actual cracks into the topsheet or snapped my core (which I have done with 3 other boards)


Well, I spoke too damn early.

2 compressed edges from where I hit rock when I was doing a heelside slash in pow on thin snow with hiding rocks on the finish of my turn (I shoulda known better). The cap is even starting to delam on one of those edge compressions.

My fault for hitting those rocks, not the boards. I won't speculate as to how other boards would have performed under an impact like that, because every hit is different. I'm just sad that what I thought was going to be a half-bottle-of-IPA Ptex iron session is now a professional shop operation and a whole lot more beer.

Aaargh, now I have to find a local shop good enough to deal with the surgical operation to get this thing so that the core doesn't rot out ...


Ordering that Prior BC is starting to feel a whole lot less like an impulse buy, so I have something to ride to finish out the season. I was also staring at the UHMW sidewalls with fat topsheet, while fondling that much denser sintered base on that thing. Definitely a lot more burly looking than the MojoRX, hopefully it lives up to expectation.


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