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netheo86
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UK - England
    3 of 5,  "Good intermediate board"  07/11/2012 @ 18:58
Price Paid
275
Bought From
absolute-snow.co.uk
Times Ridden
6-15 Times
Review Detail
This is my first board and I've loved it from the word go! Price wise I think it's reasonable as a beginner / intermediate board but don't feel limited in my riding.

It has a reasonable flex so is pretty forgiving if you've only just started boarding or are starting to venture into freestyle parks; although I think it was marketed as an all mountain board so is probably not for hardcore park rats.
Not to heavy compared to friends boards.

Board seems to hold wax fairly well, had it done 3 times since bought last year; twice while on the slopes last season.
Considering the knocks the base has had due to lack of snow cover at the resort I was at last year the base is holding up well. There are a few deeper scratches caused by larger pebbles but given the massive amounts which were around I'm very happy there isn't more serious damage.

I've given it a 3/5 as it's my first board so don't have anything but rentals to judge it by otherwise it would probably be a 4/5.
Compared to the rentals I've ridden though it's a 5/5.

I love it and would recommend it without any hesitation to an intermediate rider (easily riding blues and reds) looking for a good stick without a hefty price tag.
Strengths
Easy to ride, felt completely natural when I rode it for the first time, didn't take any time to get used to.
Good flex making it easy to press on boxes and for beginners.
Weaknesses
There's no marking on the board to show the actual mid point to help line up your bindings front to back
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