swissracer Posted January 4, 2010 Report Share Posted January 4, 2010 So thanks to a last minute pair of loaner hard boot, today I got to try the Burton Coil that Aaron let me borrow. My first hard boot setup after using a NeverSummer Legacy all-mountain board/soft boot as a carver for a few weeks. After Chad from Coda left (I'll post about his amazing Sideways std. board later) Andrea let me try Julian's spare boots and luckily they just fit. I went back to lift 7 at Snow Summit to try it all out. It was definetly a little akward feeling as I clipped in and took the first few skidding turns, but overall it felt pretty good being in hard boots. For the first half of the run I took it really easy and just wanted to see how it felt to skid around and to make sure I could stop when I needed to. Then I let it go...WOW - what a huge difference over my softie carving rig! I cannot belive the difference in edge hold and stability at high cornering loads. Where my board was constantly chattering and washing out especially on heelside (obviously due to some lack of technique of course), the Coil just took it and asked for more. What I really liked is that I could actually recover in the middle of a turn if I made a mistake in for/aft bias or edge control. Once my Legacy lost the edge that was it, but with this board I could actually get it back on edge and continue (okay...not everytime, but a heck of a lot more often than not:)). Of course it wasn't all roses. I had a really great toeside carve on a steeper pitch and wanted to let it run out of steam going back up the hill. Just as I reached the pinnacle I was planning to just do a quick 180 like I always do on my board. Unfortunately since I'm not used to this board, I ended up catching an edge and smacked my rear end/hip area on the ice harder than I think I have ever before. Isn't it amazing how protective gear always has that one unknown unprotected spot and somehow you find it when you least want to? I met up with Terry halfway down the first run, and after a few pointers and recovering from my hip structure impact test, we finished the run. The next run down felt even better except that my legs were starting to turn into wet noodles, and that made it a little hard to keep the recommended form. That's when I decided to call it quits before it stopped being fun - or safe. Going to get some rest now and add some advil to my system. Can't wait to go back out tomorrow when I'm fresh and hopefully walking normally - you should see the beautiul array of colors on my hip. Once again a HUGE thanks to you guys for all the help and advice, esp. AAron and Andrea/Julian for the equipment - couldn't have done it without you:biggthump. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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