John Bell Posted October 17, 2007 Report Share Posted October 17, 2007 Help me out here, O carve kings/queens, if you would. After 10 years on a board, I'm looking to get into carving for the first time. I put an ad on the "Want to Buy" section and got some good advice there, but I thought I'd follow up, because I'm still confused. I'm kind of vacillating between buying a huge hog of a race board--like a Donek 175 that is at this very moment on eBay--or some kind of all-mountain board, which would no doubt be better on powder and easier to learn on. But here are the complicating factors: 1. I'm gonna stay on soft boots for a while. I know this makes me an evil person, but I hear they're easier to ride in powder, easier to walk with up those metal stairs to the cafeteria, and usually lighter. I have a fake ACL in my left knee, so I don't want the equivalent of a basset hound hanging off my left leg. And I'm a cheap bastard. I just blew 160 bucks on my softies, and I ain't throwin' that away. Plus hard bindings and boots are like another $600. And since NO ONE sells them in the store, and it's generally a bad idea to buy any kind of footwear without trying it on, I'm stickin' with what I got. Go ahead and flame me. 2. I live on the east coast of the USA. (Hey, I don't need your pity, BC!) Anyway, I want something that will be great on ice and ****ty snow, because let's face it: That's what I'm gonna be on most of the time. I might get one trip out west per year if I'm lucky, depending on my job. Thus: Given that I'm gonna be on small, icy hills for the most part, should I get something with a smaller turning radius? And if so, what about a race board? I saw one on eBay--a Nitro GT 154--for $89 used. I'm afraid it would be chattery as all hell, though. (I hate chatter. I get enough of it now with my 158 Rossi.) Is there by chance a board that is long enough to eliminate chatter but with a tight turning radius, so that I have a snowball's chance in hell of carving it at the humble resorts of upstate NY and (when I'm really lucky), Killington? If I see some crazy long race board on eBay for cheap, should I just go sink or swim and learn on that? Does the Nietzsche principle apply to learning to carve? Here's what I've considered so far: Donek Wide Donek Pilot Donek Vald 175 (the one on eBay) Nitro 154 GT Prior ATV (off hardbooter.com) F2 Silberpfeil (which reportedly can make quick turns) Donek Axxess 172 Custom (softer and with a 24-cm waist) offered by someone on this forum, slightly used Thanks very much for your advice! --John Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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