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Bought this 2019 F2 World Cup SL 163 on clearance from @i-carve.com for the director of CVA snowboarding. Took it out yesterday to see how it is. VERY impressed!!  Edge hold, smooth, air between carves, perfect flex, great turn size.  Tight enough to only use half the trail, but not so tight that you're making 1000 turns in a run.  F2 is back on my radar!  Hadn't been on one since SES 05.  A friend who loves F2 tells me they were the ones who made the "Made in Austria" Kesslers.  Based on the top shelf build quality I'd say it certainly seems possible.  Don't worry, this pic is low on the mountain, there's more snow up higher.  But we are off to a bad start here in the east.  Hoping for a big dump tonight.

 

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Not surprised. There's always a number of racers on them at the NorAm races at Buck. At least in the past few years. Almost exclusively women, so I'm guessing a softer flex compared to other similarly priced stock (off-the-shelf) race boards like SG.

Hope you have fun tomorrow! Looks like a classic nor'easter.

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The name Worldcup on the F2 Speedsters is a bit misleading, because they are not ridden in Worldcup. Therefor F2 offers the Proto series, which are actually ridden by the worldcup riders. In comparison Protos (titanal) are their custom boards, Worldcup (titanal) are their higher class and Equipe (TX with carbon or glass) their basic serial production boards.

The fact that F2 is mostly ridden by female pros doesn't mean, that F2 Speedsters are specifically made for woman. In fact women usually ride shorter (157 SL for slalom or 179 RS giant slalom) and man longer models (163 SL and 185 GS) with different flexes for the intended riders. For the Proto series they offer different flexes for the same length.

Comparing the F2 Speedster Worldcup GS 185 (owned one) and the F2 Speedster Proto GS 185 (still own), I found the Proto even better, because it's edge hold and smoothness are superior to the Worldcup. Comparing them to my other boards (Oxess, SG, Coiler) they both are more on the aggressive, more demanding side. But I love the Proto a lot.

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I have a retired SL Speedster Proto that I picked up from one of the F2 pro riders at a World Cup event at Okemo back in 1995. Back then that board was legit, I sold my Burton's immediately and exclusively rode the F2 for years. Last time I was on a F2 @Jack M was at one of the ECES events at Sugarloaf on Helmut’s 196 F2, that was one stiff board that just wanted to go 0-60 in 2.4 seconds. F2 is probably the only larger mass production builder that is still producing alpine boards right? 

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3 hours ago, GeoffV said:

F2 is probably the only larger mass production builder that is still producing alpine boards right? 

I believe so. I guess that says something.  They have none of the cache of boutique builders yet still produce world cup results.  Good for them.

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Good info and update on F2!     

I'd admit being skeptical of f2 brand as of late and specifically Speedster model not being a legit carving stick.....glad to hear they are still a source to be reckoned with!

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Yeah Barry, very legit.  I wonder how much they "learned" while OEM'ing Kesslers.  I picked up the F2 Proto SL from @Termin8tor.  Took a couple runs today.  Seems a bit smoother, a bit more damp, but still goes airborne between carves.  Great torsional stiffness.  Slightly more turny.  I held them base to base and the waist is the same but the nose and tail of the Proto are a little wider.  Takes up a little less space on the hill but my legs are not cooked.  Really great boards.

 

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