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  • #576453
    keffler
    319 Posts

    Spring is here!

    Morning hike inspiration:

    Seeing that the first choice had 4 tracks in it and lots of wet slide debris we decided to improvise:

    Making like a billy goat we hiked around and found this:

    It turned out to be a good choice:

    #652082
    summersgone
    820 Posts

    Nice work! Thats a big ole cornice up there…

    #652083
    keffler
    319 Posts

    @summersgone wrote:

    Nice work! Thats a big ole cornice up there…

    Seeing those things and old crowns was not very inspiring so we did not boot up it. We didn’t know if we could access it from the top but gave it a go and it worked! Those cornices were rock hard so we felt safe enough to drop in

    #652084
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Classy! Thanks for the stoke!

    #652085
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Nice JK. Looks like that Odin is treating you well!

    See you tomorrow evening.

    #652086
    bs.
    246 Posts

    sick! i’m finally starting to come to terms with spring. did you guys come up with the clever name?

    how do you like that odin? i just picked one up myself…. should be riding it tomorrow for the 3rd time ever.

    #652087
    bones get broke
    298 Posts

    Such a depressing snow pack we have this year. Here’s what that gem of a peak normally looks like (photo taken Feb.21 ’09).
    I wish that I could get out with the spiltfest crew but I’m paying the price for a two week AK vacation back in early March.

    #652088
    keffler
    319 Posts

    @bs. wrote:

    sick! how do you like that odin? i just picked one up myself…. should be riding it tomorrow for the 3rd time ever.

    I had a great time demoing a few different Venture boards. I rode the Odin 170/26 (2011/12) for four days. I think it was a tad bit to stiff for me. I then tried a Zephyr 164/26 (2012/13) and then a Storm 170/26 (2012/13) . I think the Storm was my favorite. It felt like a 160 and turned really well but handled speed well too. I’m 5’11 and about 175lbs with gear. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of your Odin. I was thinking of getting the Odin in a 164/26 (it should be a tad bit softer then the 170), but leaning towards the Storm after having so much fun on it the one day.

    #652089
    nedrapier
    235 Posts

    Nice day out!

    What you make of the Zephyr?

    #652090
    keffler
    319 Posts

    @nedrapier wrote:

    Nice day out!

    What you make of the Zephyr?

    Summersgone loves his Zephyr, but it was not for me. I think it is because the board I ride now is a heavily tapered board (2007 160 Lib Mullet with ~3/4″ or 19mm of taper ). It just felt squirrely to me. I like to go fast and straight, but by no means that great of a rider, just what I like to do. Getting to demo those three boards was great. Really appreciate Venture for letting me take them out for a few days and test them out on some big terrain.

    As a side note, I thought that going to a rockered board (Flat with rockered nose and tail in the case of Venture) I would go a size down or stay the same, but I really like the 170 Storm. Go figure.

    Hope that helps.

    #652091
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    Folks:

    “As a side note, I thought that going to a rockered board (Flat with rockered nose and tail in the case of Venture) I would go a size down or stay the same, but I really like the 170 Storm. Go figure.”

    Rocker makes a board easier to turn, and more maneuverable for two reasons:
    1. The rider does not have to overcome (press out) the camber to get the board to turn.
    2. It is much easier to employ multiple techniques for quick turns in tight spots: like quick smears and pivots.

    Because rocker makes the board easier to turn (essentially riding “shorter” in terms of maneuverability), I always suggest anyone interested in riding fast, and/or in ‘big’ terrain, go longer with rocker, as the longer board with rocker will be more stable, while not sacrificing maneuverability.

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