dredman Posted February 20, 2010 Report Share Posted February 20, 2010 Coiler Classic as Bruce originally named it, or as he recently renamed it the "Utility Stick". I think that "Utility Stick" implies more of an all mountain riding board, so I do not think it is appropriate. "Classic" lacks in a high tech WOW! factor and that also sells the board short. So I will blend my homeland of Montana/Idaho with one of Bruce's cult boards of yesteryear the RaceCarve. The Montucky RaceCarve or MRC. 179cm 13.2 SCR The MRC is a conventional piece of Coiler Magic. Titanal construction, single radius sidecut, damp with the right amount of snap, not dead feeling at all. Beautifully constructed and very well thought out. The MRC is a very predictable, forgiving and fast riding carving board that turns medium - medium/large sized turns. It is just slightly slower out/thru a turn than the NSR. This makes it a slightly less demanding board to ride,thus allowing for the board to be more easily ridden all day long. Edging is predictable and solid throughout a turn. Edging on snow that you are trenching less than .5 inch is very good, however the VSR or NSR feel like they perform better in harder conditions. BUT!! I feel that the MRC completely outperforms the VSR in conditions where you are trenching 3+ inches into the groomers or in conditions when the groomers are more bumped up mid-day. The MRC also out performs the NSR in these conditions. The NRS can be ridden with dignity in lumpy bumpy conditions but it is exhausting. But for fast, firm, medium to large radius turns the NSR rocks. Just because the MRC does not have 2 or 3 sidecuts like the NSR's or VSR's does not mean you can not vary the size of your turns. Loading the nose still shortens the radius of the turn, staying centered get the full turn, and weight the tail slightly to lengthen your turn, or even over-load the tail to really tighten up a turn... Don't get me wrong, I really love the multiple sidecuts of the NSR and VSR but I do not want you to forget the MRC and its simplicity. When conditions are perfect, firm hard groomers, long to medium visibility with good-great snow definition I prefer to ride my NSR 182. I ride primarily at Grand Targhee, aka Grand Foghee, aka 600 inches of snow a year, aka 8,000 feet to 10,000 feet elevation. The grooming is very good but you can only compact 6-12 inches of snow overnight so much. Thus this allows for deep ruts when carving and very bumpy lumps from other riders mid-day, and those conditions are where MRC really shows it's true strengths. The dampness of the nose, with just the right amount of flex minimizes the effects of the lumps, bumps and soft groomed. I would not call the MRC a All-Mountain Board, because most of the AMB's that I have ridden, do not do anything all that well. There are simply too many compromises. Bring the right tool for the conditions. However, If I could only keep one board in my quiver, I would certainly pick the MRC. I have not spent enough time on a Monster to evaluate it well, but talking with Bruce and Johnasmo it is also a very fine board for soft groom and lumpy bumpies, it sounds like the MRC is a slightly stiffer board from between the bindings through the tail, thus making it a faster board from mid-to-exiting turn. Nor have I spent much time on a Schtubby so I have also excludes it from my comparisons. In summary, The MRC is an excellent example of a near race performance, freecarve board. Stable at speeds, predictable, holds an edge in a wide variety of conditions, but really shines in soft groom and lumpy bumpy mid-day groom. The ride is sweet and forgiving and will let you easily ride all day. Bruce feel free to chime in if you have any comments. I that this is the most under valued and rated board in your fine line-up. This may be just the board that you are looking for? I hope I made some sense for you all. Please feel free to ask questions or comment. Coiler MRC (solid orange) 2010 Fleet 176 Prior Pow-Stick 23.5 waist - Black 180 Coiler RaceCarve 12scr - Red (yes the topsheet says PureRace, but it is a RaceCarve) 179 Coiler MRC 13.2scr - Orange 182 Coiler NSR 14/17??scr - Orange Snakeskin 201 Donek Das Amputator 17.25scr - Silver Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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