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I got to demo the 9SW today.  It is a gentle giant.  195 length, 18.8 waist (or close to that).  The easiest, most forgiving big carving board I've ever ridden.  There was 1-2 inches of fresh over groomed, with low visibility.  I found myself doing a beginner run (which I would normally avoid) 4 times because it carried so much speed that I was able to link turns where normally that would slow me down too much in these conditions.  It ate up runs that had been rutted out.  It floated in 2-3 inches of fresh in a wide gully.  It was easy to skid and slow down.  As you would expect with a board of this length and width, crowds and narrow cat tracks were a little sketchy, any thing under about 10 mph. was sketchy.  But, you don't have to go 40 mph. to initiate a turn.  I straight lined a few sections and it felt completely stable with speed (as expected).  It accelerates like crazy if you let it, but you don't have to.  I was a little intimidated at first as 188 is the largest I've ever ridden, but after 2 1/2 hours non stop, I couldn't stop smiling.  

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I switched to the 9SW today when the groomers started to get choppy. It was about 42 degrees and the board absolutely drove through everything.              Mark, if you're reading this, your plan worked. I'm not giving the demo back. Bill me.

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On 1/10/2020 at 7:32 PM, Keenan said:

I got to demo the 9SW today.  It is a gentle giant.  195 length, 18.8 waist (or close to that).  The easiest, most forgiving big carving board I've ever ridden.  There was 1-2 inches of fresh over groomed, with low visibility.  I found myself doing a beginner run (which I would normally avoid) 4 times because it carried so much speed that I was able to link turns where normally that would slow me down too much in these conditions.  It ate up runs that had been rutted out.  It floated in 2-3 inches of fresh in a wide gully.  It was easy to skid and slow down.  As you would expect with a board of this length and width, crowds and narrow cat tracks were a little sketchy, any thing under about 10 mph. was sketchy.  But, you don't have to go 40 mph. to initiate a turn.  I straight lined a few sections and it felt completely stable with speed (as expected).  It accelerates like crazy if you let it, but you don't have to.  I was a little intimidated at first as 188 is the largest I've ever ridden, but after 2 1/2 hours non stop, I couldn't stop smiling.  

Wow. That sounds amazing.  Imma gonna have to test ride one somewhere 😍

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I need some company out here. 👍  I think so far there are a total of 4 Thirsts in the northeast and I have 3 of them. @barryj doesn't count yet as he's still crunching the numbers on binding angles. The SF is MADE for this godawful frigid yet snow-deprived place.  The XC aint too shabby either.  When the stars align and Upper Standard and Kidderbrook finally open...it's 8RW time.  Wish I could try the 9SW...

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57 minutes ago, Kneel said:

I need some company out here. 👍  I think so far there are a total of 4 Thirsts in the northeast and I have 3 of them. @barryj doesn't count yet as he's still crunching the numbers on binding angles. The SF is MADE for this godawful frigid yet snow-deprived place.  The XC aint too shabby either.  When the stars align and Upper Standard and Kidderbrook finally open...it's 8RW time.  Wish I could try the 9SW...

My 8rw will be here this week!(I am in MA). And seriously considering the TS 202 but want to ride the 8rw first. Had smaller boards already covered with virus and kessler 🙂

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had a chance to demo a thirst; the 9sw was too big and scary so

I took out a 12yr old girls board and made the tightest full C turns ever in the slush over ice:eplus2:

I'll try to talk mark into trying the big boy this week end.

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