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Ride Agenda 2012: Understanding the Rider-Ride Bond

This is one of the few boards that truly understand the rider. The Ride Agenda 2012 is a cheaper alternative to most other brands you see but the performance remains to be at par with the more expensive boards. It has a LowRize rocker, durable P-tex as sidewalls and a Tuned Core Foundation.

Characteristics

Ride Agenda 2012The Ride Agenda 2012 is a rocker-type board powered with the LowRize Rocker technology. As a rocker, it lifts all contact points out of the snow while giving you a nearly flat zone beneath your feet. It is soft enough for a comfortable ride but is rigid enough for freestyle all-mountain riding.

To encourage speed, the board comes with a Thin Con Construction. This allows for a tapered tip and tail to enhance flex, run past effective edge and reduce swing weight. The core is made of wood wrapped in biaxial glass laminate for a forgiving ride. Meanwhile, its Foundation Tuned Core retains flex and pop in your every move on snow.

Further, the sidewalls help maintain your stability by filtering feedback. You won’t believe that you’ll get this high level of durability and stability for a cheap cost!

Performance

Sufficient reviews have established that the Ride Agenda 2012 is unbeatable if compared with boards against its price range. It has good flex and mellow carves that you can use with little to no effort. It works best in all mountain ranges and parks but will still perform on groomers, rails, pipe and powder.

Switches are excellent and so do jumps. The excellent edge control allows for easy turn initiations. The Ride Agenda is best recommended for entry level riders who are looking to enjoy their ride in the parks and/or working on new tricks in the mountain. It will also be an excellent choice for a second board for advanced riders.

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Never Summer SL 2012: Snowboarding Fun All-Year Round

It’s indeed never summer if you have this board around! The Never Summer SL is the best tool to ride in both hardpacked to softpacked conditions, even with some heavier powder on certain parts. This newer and better board boasts of softness in its midst for quickness while it is long in length for a consistent good feel. The board has RC technology in its core. RC is a mix of rocker and camber. Combined, you get a forgiving board that fully supports your every move.

Characteristics

Fully supportive, the Never Summer SL is extremely stable. If used on the groomers, the SL absorbs a lot of the dampness to keep you going instead of being stuck around. With the RDS @ Dampening System, it can handle speed and even a tough charging from an all-mountain terrain while maintaining freeride vibration absorption and freestyle creativity. But no matter how fast you go, you remain perfectly in place because of the little extra edge found in the center.

Performance

One of the best features offered by the Never Summer SL is the fact that it easily engages turns. It is very consistent and makes gradual changes to prepare you for a successful turn. It is torsionally soft to help you get a quicker response; however, it is not lighting fast so you get to prepare. This is an advantage that would really help intermediate riders.

If you use the SL in the park, you will marvel at the ease with which you can do pops and switches on it. The carbon addition is there and it helps give the board liveliness while riding for park laps. As for the switch, it’s a directional twin but some adjustments need to be in order when it comes to setback stances and sidecuts.

All in all, the SL is a pretty popular board but with good reason. If you enjoyed its older version, you will love the 2012 release. Its upgrades only improved the board in numerous ways such that it has become a good ride favorite for intermediate to advanced riders.

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GNU Riders Choice 2012: It’s All About The Board

GNU Riders ChoiceThe GNU Riders Choice is several award-giving bodies’ best bet for the year 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. And it’s easy to understand why. The GNU is a powerful all-mountain freestyle board that fuels the adrenaline of all riders out there. This year’s addition to GNU’s army has a few tweaks that only make it deadlier in the mountain, rail, park and halfpipe.

This year’s GNU Riders Choice is built with Pickle Tech for asymmetrical sidecuts in a True Twin design. Pickle Tech helps balance you on the board as you do the different turning mechanisms that are required when doing toe side and heelside turns. Meanwhile, the True Twin design ensures a forgiving board that rides perfectly in both directions regardless of the terrain.

Further, the board’s core is constructed with a Mervin AG1 wood core. Mervin AG1 is a combination of Aspen, a lightweight genetically altered wood material, and EISS 9. This core is placed between a Quasi glass to make it all the more durable while retaining its “feels like sheet” qualities.

The C2 Banana Combo with Magne-Traction gives better edge hold and control so the board won’t slip while you are enjoying speed and tricks. It’s like a rocker between your feet for easy turns and end-to-end stability. This is primarily because the Magne-Traction takes on seven distinct contact points for tail/tip control during freestyle motions. Now you understand why this board is referred to as an “all-mountain freestyle board.”

GNU Riders Choice2As for the other essential parts of the board, it has double sintered UHMW sidewalls for moisture and frost control. It also has a Sintered 900 alloy base that helps it go as fast as lighting. It is because of this base that the board gets you flying in the air or “floating” on snow as you go. And of course, you have the graphics that have been specifically designed by top artist Bryan Schenelle.

So don’t just limit the board’s use to all-mountain. Use it in parks, halfpipes and rail too. Remember, forget the manufacturer, the GNU Riders Choice 2012 is all about the board.

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