Charlie

Charlie

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Charlie

Charlie wrote a review of on February 11, 2013

5 5

I'm 5'11" and weigh about 180 and ride the 157.5 and am an advanced rider, this is my first GNU or Mervin Manufacturing board. I have owned Rossignol, Burton and Arbor boards.

I held off on writing a review for this board until I had used it in every possible condition. For years the 'do everything' or 'hybrid' boards were really just okay (at best) at most things and didn't excel at anything. They exemplified the adage "a Jack of all trades is a master of none."

This is no longer the case as the 2013 Riders Choice absolutely dominates every possible application. It rips up groomers and performs exceptionally well in park conditions but a board that can do both of those is nothing new. The real freak out moment (in a good way) came when I rode this board in deep powder (Jupiter access trees at PCMR and Snowbird backcountry). With no adjustments this beast dominates the most tame to the most extreme conditions; from carving east coast ice to surfing Utah powder. Worth noting is the durability. Many times I thought for sure I mauled the core and edges only to get done riding and find no damage to speek of. At the beginning of the season I had three boards for powder, all mountain and park. I have since sold all three because this board truly does it all. If I could give only one 'six star' review for any product I own, it'd be my Riders Choice without question.

The only reason I wouldn't recommend this board to a beginner is they wouldn't be able to appreciate it. For anyone else the value at $530 ish is unbelievable, I'd take this over the $1200 boards I've ridden all day, every day.

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Charlie

Charlie wrote a review of on February 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'11" and weigh about 180 and ride the 157.5 and am an advanced rider, this is my first GNU or Mervin Manufacturing board. I have owned Rossignol, Burton and Arbor boards.

I held off on writing a review for this board until I had used it in every possible condition. For years the 'do everything' or 'hybrid' boards were really just okay (at best) at most things and didn't excel at anything. They exemplified the adage "a Jack of all trades is a master of none."

This is no longer the case as the 2013 Riders Choice absolutely dominates every possible application. It rips up groomers and performs exceptionally well in park conditions but a board that can do both of those is nothing new. The real freak out moment (in a good way) came when I rode this board in deep powder (Jupiter access trees at PCMR and Snowbird backcountry). With no adjustments this beast dominates the most tame to the most extreme conditions; from carving east coast ice to surfing Utah powder. Worth noting is the durability. Many times I thought for sure I mauled the core and edges only to get done riding and find no damage to speek of. At the beginning of the season I had three boards for powder, all mountain and park. I have since sold all three because this board truly does it all. If I could give only one 'six star' review for any product I own, it'd be my Riders Choice without question.

The only reason I wouldn't recommend this board to a beginner is they wouldn't be able to appreciate it. For anyone else the value at $530 ish is unbelievable, I'd take this over the $1200 boards I've ridden all day, every day.

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Charlie

Charlie wrote a review of on June 8, 2012

5 5

Versatile, bullet proof, light and extremely fast to set up, not much else I look for in a tent. The small footprint allows it to fit basically anywhere, the tradeoff is that you can't fit a hottub inside. The ventilation is good but not great (an accomplishment considering it's a single wall). The tent poles are strong enough to lance a charging grizzly yet light enough javeline a bald eagle but neither are recommended.

Do use this tent to kick the crap out of 14ers all year long. Do not use this tent mid-August in Moab or any other desert unless you are trying to melt something.

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