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Plate vs no plate?


Plate vs no plate?  

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  1. 1. Do you prefer to ride with a plate system or without?

    • Always ride with a plate
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    • Sometimes ride with a plate
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    • Never ride with a plate
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No plate for me.

 With a well engineered board, I do not believe you need a plate. Especially when you are a recreational carver living in the Western US/CAD.  

I tried some of the first generation plates many years ago, and found them not to be hugely beneficial for my style of riding nor the conditions I typically ride in.  We rarely have to sharpen our edges in Montana.  

I could see if I was racing or riding a lot of man-made snow / icy condition they could be very benificial.  

The latest generation of boards from the US / CAD board makers are some of the easiest riding, quietest, great handling on icy condition boards ever for recreational carvers.  

Recreational carvers in the US are very interested in a step-in MS boot however.  

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Here on the ice coast of NH a plate is a Great option!  I usually ride one of my sans plate boards for the morning...Swoard, Moss, Thirst, Coiler and by mid day when it's chopped up scraped off man made crud I switch to my K168  with BP V2 4mm and I can continue for the rest of the day as it really takes alot of impact off  my knees!

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Always with a plate unless it's early (rocks) or late (slush) in the season.  I may be plateless if there's some good fluff over the groom.

Lots of man made snow @ my local hill.  So when the morning groom is gone, lots of ice remains. Diamond filing every outing (200/400/800)

1 hour ago, dredman said:

Recreational carvers in the US are very interested in a step-in MS boot however.  

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I haven’t tried an allflex, but my brief experience with plates is that I can’t stand them. They do smooth things over a bit, but to me, that is not worth the tradeoff of the extra stack height, and reduced snow feel (which I realize is part of the point). What I really dislike about them for recreational riding is how they make the board less manageable at slow speeds on cat-tracks and such. I can see why racers like them but I don’t think the tradeoffs work for recreational carving.

 

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I'm not certain if Apex Geckos qualify as a "plate" but I ride with them 100% of the time. 

I have to agree with some of the previous posters that this largely depends on where you ride.  If I lived near a snowy high elevation resort in the west I wouldn't ride a plate. Why even deal with the extra weight and complexity?!

If you ride a lower elevation resort with a strong relationship to the freeze thaw cycle, like I do, I don't take them off.  I have owned and ridden the majority of plate systems available today.
 

Good luck.

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A plate is a tool. If conditions are less than ideal a plate is of great benefit if you want to ride all day . I realize that many lucky people have only ideal conditions where they ride and I resent them enormously      (🤣) Again I would emphasize it is a tool.  You should never suggest that using the right tool for the right conditions is not advisable. 

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I very much prefer the sensation of riding without a plate on fresh groomed snow or fresh powder. But then, who doesn't?

Depends on the typical conditions where one rides. I only need to use them occasionally when conditions bother my knees and I just have to ride. I prefer a minimal plate experience like Geckos or a Donek F-plate which is similar to the Vist or the old K-plate.

Plates are a nice tool if you must ride rough conditions and they're a real knee saver for old or damaged knees.

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