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If you own or have demoed a Prior Spearhead I would love to hear what you have to say about this board. Pros, cons and highly biased opinions etc. would all be appreciated.

Yeah I did a search, not a lot of information online about the Prior Spearhead; fair bit of info on the Fish and Khyber. If you are able to compare the Spearhead to these boards, ever better.

A home run would be to hear from someone who has ridden both the Dupraz and the Spearhead.

Thanks in advance.

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Sorry, couldn't resist. :D

I did buy one over the summer, but it is unridden at the moment. I own and have ridden both the Powstick 176 and the Khyber 160. I really enjoy both of those boards, so I have high hopes for the Spearhead.

I have seen the Spearhead mentioned on various forms, but I have yet to see anything from someone who has ridden one.

Buell

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Henry, it probably is time for a road trip this winter! BlueB, if I/we make it down your way we will contact you for sure.

Maybe the spearhead hasn't been around long enough for a bunch of reviews, guess I will post something after we demo the Spearhead!

Thanks guys

Rob

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RJ, I have sold a few and given a couple of others away, so it is not that bad.;) Besides, there are two of us.

It is so hard to know if I will like a board by looking at it. You've just got to ride them a few times. The Spearhead does look promising enough to pick one up though, and those new Tankers sure are pretty, but since I already have an 07.:rolleyes:

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A home run would be to hear from someone who has ridden both the Dupraz and the Spearhead.

Just a bump to see if anyone found an answer to the $64,000,000 powder board question.....

I`m thinking one of these boards will be the next addition to the quiver.

Being in Japan it will be impossible for me to demo either so wondering if anyone here has had "feet on" experience?

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Surfin, I can offer my .02 about the Spearhead, but nothing about the Dupraz. I should have bought Thomas M's a few weeks ago to try it out, but I thought too long on it and someone else swooped it.

To help you understand where my words are coming from, I own a 165 Prior MFR, 166 Spearhead, 160 Khyber, and a 176 Powstick. I love them all for their purposes. I just sold an 06/07 Tanker 200 and a 180 Pogo longboard, both boards being wonderful, just too big (the Pogo was too stiff) for my 145 pounds. I seek out powder boards that let me ride a variety of conditions without riding heavy on my back leg. I ride soft boots in powder.

The Prior website describes the Spearhead as a cross between the MFR and the Khyber. I would also add the Powstick into the mix since they have the same nose shape (the Spearhead's is stiffer) and that is a significant part of making the Spearhead a great powder board.

If you look at the specs, you will see that it has a very short effective edge for its length and an exceptionally long nose. The float is great for a board its length and the nose really stays up when you are driving powder turns at speed. It has enough taper and a short enough effective edge that I will take it through any trees without issue (The Khyber is better at tight trees though as it has more of a pivot turn than the SH). It feels reasonably stiff and will carve on groomers. Knowing other boards that people ride hardboots on, I expect it would handle plates just fine.

There was a New Zealander visiting Powder Mountain for a couple of great snow weeks (he just left) and I only saw him on his 178 Spearhead. He really was enjoying himself! He thought it did everything better than his Khyber.

To sum it up, I have found the SH to be a great powder board that does everything really well. If I am uncertain of the conditions and am only taking one powder deck to the hill, the Spearhead is the one. If you want one that will also ride groomers well, I would get a longer one so it has more effective edge.

Take care, Buell

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Thanks to my wife who loves surprises, a casino win, Buell and big Christmas surprise, I am the proud owner of Buells' old POGO 180 Longboard ... hmmm I wonder if my wife was at the casino with Buell:D

Here is where I am coming from with regards to my words.

I am 6 foot and 195 pounds. When the powder comes I ride my 185 Rossi Undertaker with softies. I love the float and feel of this board and soft boots in deep snow, it is an excellent powder board.

When the powder is a few days old and is a mix of fresh hidden powder lines, deep tracked out mashed potatoes and a bit of soft grooming I find the 12m sidecut and the overall design/flex of the Rossi to be a bit of a log.

With the POGO I was hoping for a cross between a quick turning carver and a floating Swallowtail, this is exactly what the POGO is. I have ridden the Pogo with both hard and soft boots in deep snow and soft groomed runs and thought it performed fantastic in all these situations.

I think the deal breaker for me with regards to the Pogo, Dupraz, Spearhead type boards is the long swallowtail style nose. The nose on both my Undertaker and Longboard get the board up on top of the snow and float my 195 pounds so well, particularly on deeper flat powder sections, while keeping EQUAL pressure on both feet. Both these boards make it possible to carry speed into areas where I might have bogged down before. When driving a hard turn into a big powder mound, that I imagine is a wave waiting to be slashed, it seems almost impossible to bury the nose. You can stand on the front foot and the nose keeps popping back up to the top!

Here is a pretty cool promotional movie of where I was riding my POGO yesterday:

http://www.powderking.com/powderkingvideo.html

Surfin' - If you live in an area that gets enough powder I don't think you will regret adding a Spearhead style board to your quiver.

Cheers

Rob

PS - Thanks again to Buell for helping my wife with the POGO purchase, gotta love the Bomber community:)

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Buell and RCrobar- You both express yourselves so well! Many Thanks.

Buell, I`m just as bummed as you that you didn`t get onto Thomas`s Dupraz, I`d loved to have heard what you had to say about that in comparison to the Spearhead.

The POGO longboard, is one I`ve drooled over for a couple of seasons now. I think I need some help from you guys with the wife thing, seems you two have got it down pat.....

If you ever want to sell it RCrobar, I`ll be waiting with cash in hand!

Sounds like I can`t really go wrong with any of them. Pogo, Dupraz, Spearhead, They all seem to fit the bill for what I want to do.

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