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  1. #1 Need help getting first skiboards 
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    Hi, I've just joined this forum and have read a lot about the different types of skiboards available but I'm struggling as there is such a lot of choice! I'd really appreciate some help from people who know more than i do. Here's my background:

    45 years old
    5'9" 155 lbs
    Good level of fitness mainly from running.
    Intermediate skier but only get to go once every two/three years so progression difficult.
    Tried short skis the last couple of times (Head I think they were) and found them a lot more fun than regular skis.
    Really excited about getting some proper skiboards as I'm sure they'll be a big improvement over the Heads.

    I expect I'll be spending most of my time carving on groomed runs but it would be nice to think I could get something that allowed me to be a bit more adventurous and get off the runs and, maybe, try out some small jumps and stuff like that.

    I'm swaying towards release bindings mainly for injury avoidance - not sure if I'm being too cautious.

    I was looking at the Spruce Raptors as the package looks really good value but I'm not sure if they'll be ideal for my size. I've read so many reviews that my head's spinning - some people say they don't work so well on icy runs. Others say the opposite.

    I've also been looking at the Revolts and the Summit Nomads. According to the skiboard selection table the Revolts would appear to be good for me.

    I'm on a bit of a budget. I'm from the UK and I'll be skiing in Canada in March. I have the option of getting some delivered to my friend in Canada if I can get a good deal locally.

    Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
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    Where in the UK are based? It might be possible to meet at Xscape and have you actually try some of these boards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by valmorel View Post
    Where in the UK are based? It might be possible to meet at Xscape and have you actually try some of these boards.
    Indeed. We have some different boards and bindings to try out.
    '18 Spruce Crossbow 115 + Spruce Pro Prime risers (Tyrolia Attack 13 bindings) [goto]
    '18 Spruce Osprey 13- + Ambition bindings plate-mounted [touring]

    '15 Spruce Osprey 130 + Ambition bindings + backcountry riser [touring]
    '12 Rockered Condor 110 + Spruce Pro Sport risers

    '14 K2 Pinnacle Boots
    '10 Spruce 120 + Spruce Pro Jr risers
    '13 Eman Uprise 104 + Custom Riser & SP100 bindings
    '11 Allz Elaila 94

    Previous: Gaspo Hot Wax 84s, Mantrax 98s, Summit Nomad 99s, Salomon RS80 boots


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    Quote Originally Posted by valmorel View Post
    Where in the UK are based? It might be possible to meet at Xscape and have you actually try some of these boards.
    Quote Originally Posted by ysb33r View Post
    Indeed. We have some different boards and bindings to try out.
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    Thanks for the replies guys. The blunt XLs look amazing - definitely now on my short list.

    Xscape Milton Keynes? I'm not far away. Do they have skiboards for hire/sale there?
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    No, but some of us could meet you there and bring demo boards for you. Our next trip is tomorrow at 8.30 am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by valmorel View Post
    No, but some of us could meet you there and bring demo boards for you. Our next trip is tomorrow at 8.30 am.
    If ukDavid cannot make it tomorrow, I can make it another day - actually anytime time next week, I reckon. Except I don;t have any Bunt XLs for him to try out, although pretty much anything else in my signature is available.
    '18 Spruce Crossbow 115 + Spruce Pro Prime risers (Tyrolia Attack 13 bindings) [goto]
    '18 Spruce Osprey 13- + Ambition bindings plate-mounted [touring]

    '15 Spruce Osprey 130 + Ambition bindings + backcountry riser [touring]
    '12 Rockered Condor 110 + Spruce Pro Sport risers

    '14 K2 Pinnacle Boots
    '10 Spruce 120 + Spruce Pro Jr risers
    '13 Eman Uprise 104 + Custom Riser & SP100 bindings
    '11 Allz Elaila 94

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    Thanks very much for that kind offer ysb33r and Valmorel. I probably won't be able to make it before Christmas but I'll check back and get in touch to see if we can meet up at a convenient time after.

    Must say it seems like a nice community here
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    Anything sub 100 would be perfect for groomers and with your hight and riding ability style the risk of injury from non release is minimal. In fact i ride much more aggressive all mtn and park. Even my 110 models are equipped with non release. We are pretty close in build and height. For groomers the shorter boards will be much more agile and easier to adapt too. If your looking for something to have dialed i. By the end of your first run id stick to the 98cm and under boards considering you only get out so few times every few years.
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    Great to see the response from the community!

    In addition, I think the Blunt XL, based on the recent reviews, sounds like the most solid option.
    Riding: RVL8 '15 Rockered Condors
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