Hey Readers! Your 09-10 Review Input!

14 Sep, 2009

It’s that time of year for your input on the upcoming reviews for the 2009-2010 season!  With temperatures dropping and snow on the way, that means it’s another season of reviews approaching.  I need your input on what boards/bindings to ride and review this season, what boards don’t have reviews, what gear you want to know more about and what I should ride this season?

So far for 2009-2010, I have ridden 43 snowboards that are in the review list here and the 09-10 season hasn’t even started so that means I have a lot more time to ride more 09-10 snowboards.   There’s still a couple 09-10 reviews on the way.

I welcome all responses for all types of boards/bindings, the most popular requested gear will go to the top of the list and this list will be in my pocket all season as I cross it off and write up a review on it.  I understand that online reviews are hard to come by, some companies/models are even harder to find reviews on which is why I want your input on what you want to be reviewed.  The demo season in CO starts from November to March and I’ll work on getting more gear to ride for longer periods of time this year.

Just remember I ride both men’s and women’s boards and bindings. I’ll be reviewing based on my riding style which varies from freeriding to trees to powder to pipe to park. I’m not the best park rider but I’m progressing at it. I’ve already rode some models for this upcoming 09-10 season, here’s the list of snowboards and bindings. Some stuff I plan to ride again, but let me know if you have something you’d like to see ridden again.

If you want me to ride something, to review it…post a comment (anyone can do it) and tell me what you want me to ride.

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. September 14, 2009

    Please please please review the Burton Malolo! 🙂

  2. Andrew
    September 14, 2009

    Burton Custom V Rocker

  3. September 14, 2009

    Vancity Allie, I already rode the 09-10 Malolo review is here but I will have a lot more days on it this season since I just picked it up as my powder board for the winter…so I’ll be updating that review throughout the season.

    Andrew, Definitely the custom V-rocker is on the list!

  4. D.I.
    September 14, 2009

    i’m liking the reviews on the smaller brands. for my input, i’d be stoked to have you review some of the compatriot boards now that they are making shorter sizes like a 51, 53, or 55. have you reviewed the Compatriot brunch tray or the stepchild E.S. yet?

  5. Fes
    September 14, 2009

    Lib-Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix
    GNU Altered Genetics
    Rossignol Diva Mag
    Rome Blue

    If I can think of any others, I’ll definitely add it to the list.

  6. Schmeiske
    September 14, 2009

    How about the K2 Slayblade? I know the Eco-pop has the flatline shape, but I’m curious how it rides.

  7. September 14, 2009

    Good Point DI, I’ll definitely look into Compatriot for reviewing. Smaller brands means I need to go through them to get a board to review, since they usually aren’t at demo days. I haven’t rode the Stepchild ES yet, but I’ll work on that (typically I can ride Stepchild when I go to Whistler each year in April).

    Fes, Awesome list of men’s and women’s board…adding them to my list.

    Schmeiske, Great choice and one I want to try!

  8. Zach
    September 14, 2009

    I want to see the K2 Jibstick as well as Slayblade, Believer and Parkstar reviewed. I’m interested in flat camber at the moment. I’d also like to see everything from Lib with C2 btx on it reviewed. Also, I have to admit being interested in Ride (Machete and DH2). Finally. Does no one like the signal Omni? I was hoping that would be an interesting all-around board.


  9. Alex
    September 14, 2009

    Shay, do reviews on lib tech, capita, thirtytwo, union, weekend, and yes.

  10. MelbaToasted
    September 14, 2009

    any of the following would be appreciated… lots of new RC stuff out there this year…

    chillydog stuff, especially the youngblood
    ultrafear FK
    this year’s horrorscope FK compared to last year’s
    any changes in the www rocker for this year?
    k2 parkstar
    all of burton’s many versions of RC (blunt vs. hero vs. ?)
    gnu street series
    this year’s banana
    omatic extr-eco wigglestick
    nitro rook
    postermania 1985
    any of salomon’s RC
    yes typography

    men’s contraband bindings with v-grip strap, especially the nitrane
    burton infidel
    forum shaka
    lamar V6 (i kid i kid…)

  11. Laz
    September 14, 2009

    I would like to see reviews on Signal boards like the park series’s, I know you already reviewed the Park Rocker(which i bought on a steal deal) and have yet to ride it. I would like to supporting smaller company’s so thats why I’m asking. And Signal boards are very limited around these parts.

  12. kim
    September 14, 2009

    i would love to see some more Bataleon please!! and the k2 eco pop and airdu.

    interested to see how Rides new thong strap binding feels too

    Cheers Shay, luv the site

  13. Francis
    September 14, 2009

    Hi Shay,

    My pick are:

    K2 Slayblade 156 or 158
    GNU Danny Kass 155 with the C2
    Capita Ultrafear FK 155
    Dupraz D1

    K2 Auto Ever
    Union Force SL or MC
    Ride Nitrane with the V Strap (contraband)

    Thanks a lot

  14. Tiffany
    September 14, 2009

    K2 Fling or K2 Airdu

  15. Erik
    September 14, 2009

    CAPiTA Black Death Inc.
    CAPiTA Ultrafear FK.
    CAPiTA Charlie Slasher – For your own enjoyment!
    CAPiTA Indoor Survival – Traditional Camber

    Union Force SL – Comparison to last years especially.

  16. Andrew
    September 14, 2009

    I’m interested in the Lib Dark Series C2BTX and of course the 1986 SNOW MULLET BTX! I think that one is going to be my new pow stick this season.

  17. B-Dub
    September 14, 2009

    – A comparison between this year’s Horrorscope FK and last year’s.
    – CAPiTA Charlie Slasher
    – Burton Cartels

    Thank you for all the work you put into your site.

  18. Lauren
    September 14, 2009

    Burton Feel Good es, 152 I hear it’s a bit softer this year…

  19. Jay
    September 14, 2009

    How ’bout some Ed Hardy boards. I hear they’re rad to the power of sick.

  20. Steven Ness
    September 14, 2009

    Shay ….. reviews on the K2 slayblade/Ride machete are definitely in order given all the recent hype. The reviews in “trans” are pretty general, and don’t provide enough info for one to narrow the choices out there. Also, a review of the Burton Custom V Rocker or the Joystick (they seem like the same board) would be cool. After you’re done with that could you get me a beer …… [ just kidding : ) ]

  21. Ethan
    September 14, 2009

    Bataleon Airobic. Wicked flexy and mad playful.

  22. Brek Leines
    September 14, 2009

    Capita – charlie slasher
    Capita – Space metal Fantasty fk
    union – data
    union – force mc
    union – force sl
    Gnu – Danny Kass ( love this board )
    Lib – Travis Rice
    Lib – Burtner box scratcher
    Bonfire boots

    THIRTYTWO OUTERWEAR- just a post though

    All Ive got for now haha

  23. Robbie
    September 14, 2009

    Union Force SL
    anything Capita, specifically the new Black Death Inc.
    audio helmets 🙂

  24. Dylan Shredz
    September 15, 2009

    Hey Shay!! I know you know the hype on Forums Shaka Bindings with the flexible baseplate to get rid of the dead zone under the binders. But is it worth the risk to have noodly bindings too!? I mean it doesn’t get any noodlier than my Horrorscope :S Thanks Shay!

  25. September 15, 2009

    HAhaha ed hardy boards.

    Gnu B Pro with that C2 shit please!

  26. September 15, 2009

    bataleon undisputed
    lib-tech banana hammock
    lib-tech mullet
    gnu altered genetics
    gnu billy goat
    rossignol jones
    salomon sick stick
    salomon answer
    capita charlie slasher
    nitro gun
    prior freeride
    prior spearhead
    prior amf rocker
    venture storm
    venture euphoria
    venture zephyr
    rad-air tanker

  27. JP
    September 15, 2009

    Agree on the K2 boards. Slayblade and believer for sure. Also Ride Machete, TRice C2 BTX and Rome Notch 1985.


  28. Mike
    September 15, 2009

    You already provide a terrific resource, and generously I might add. Since you are looking for ideas though… How about some reviews of resorts. ie, strengths and weaknesses regarding parks, pipes, bowls, trees, family oriented, competition oriented, ect. You could maybe throw us a bone on some of the out of the way and seldom travelled runs which are hidden gems at your favorite mountains. You seem to hit Steamboat, Breck, Copper, A-Basin, Loveland and Keystone alot. Which are your favorite runs and why? Each of these mountains are different. What do you like and dislike about each?

  29. Readelee
    September 15, 2009


    It would be wicked if you could do a head to head of
    Lib’s Phoenix (jamie’s and Lando’s) Vs. K2 Turbo dream



  30. random
    September 15, 2009

    Hahaha if you touch an ed hardy board that would be the best! I agree with Laurens sarcasm lol.

    In real life though the horrorscope and possibly the artifact 1985.

  31. simon
    September 15, 2009

    yeah a head to head format would be awesome.

    two noodle jib boards battling it out, two stiffer park boards, two pow boards…

    because you are often choosing between two, maybe three pretty similar boards anyway, especially if you have a quiver of boards

  32. September 15, 2009

    Hi! Here’s my list:

    Artec snowboards: (omega sidecut models)
    Dupraz: D-1
    O-matic: Boron and Awesome
    Palmer: boards with FLF patent: Timeless and Crown


  33. tommey
    September 15, 2009

    Rome Postermania 1985
    O-matic Celebrity

    please go for it =)

  34. Kyle
    September 15, 2009

    Rome Artifact or NS Circuit-R
    (only if you have the time or feel like it)

  35. Mac
    September 15, 2009

    Maybe just one post about what waxes you like.

  36. Al
    September 16, 2009

    Salomon relay bindings, please! I see you didn’t get on with the toe strap last year tho’! I’m interested to know how the soft heelcup changes the feel of the binding without reducing responsiveness. Thanks, Al

  37. September 16, 2009

    Awesome feedback! I’m making a list of all these boards/bindings so come November when demo season starts I’ll be on them right away. I have a couple of these in my collection this year as well.

    Mike, thank you very much. I have set up the resource to do resort reviews, something I’m considering and thinking it through. Maybe I’ll write up about the mountains I ride here in CO and mention what you asked, go more in depth. I probably won’t give away gem spots because this is the internet and I hate seeing my favorite spots tracked out. I do post pics everyday I ride which I enjoy.

    Mac, great idea!

    Jeez on the Ed Hardy boards, haha if I see them at a demo you bet I will try them!

    Keep up the input, looking forward to what models you want me to try.

  38. Hwa
    September 16, 2009

    Try to get a hand on a BitchBoard or two so there’s some experienced judgement on how these things ride. Maybe I haven’t been looking hard enough, but the only “reviews” I’ve seen floating around the net aren’t by well-established sources. Almost all of them are on the deep ends of love or hate. Hard to tell if the commenter has actually ridden the board, is well-versed enough to form a good opinion, is simply hating for hating’s sake, or draws paychecks from the BitchBoard marketing dept. Frankly, I doubt the true experience is either fan-friggin-tastic or horri-berry-licious. It’d be nice to have some true and transparent reviews on this.

    Annnnnnd while you’re at it, I second these:
    CAPiTA Black Death Inc.
    CAPiTA Ultrafear FK.
    CAPiTA Charlie Slasher
    CAPiTA Indoor Survival
    Comaprison b/w new and prev Horrorscope
    K2 Parkstar
    K2 Jibstick

  39. September 17, 2009

    I would also like to see a review for the Rome Artifact and also the Ride Contraband bindings

  40. September 21, 2009

    You did? AWESOME! We can be Malolo sisters… wooo! Can’t wait till you come back to Vancity… or till I come to you 😉

  41. emily
    October 21, 2009

    Can you pleaaase review the Gnu B-Nice BTX series? 🙂 I can’t find reviews for it anywhere else. I’m really curious about the flex of the board, and I doubt I’ll be able to demo it (here in NJ).



  42. ippy
    October 27, 2009

    Hey shay, can i second the artecs. My first board is/was a 2.3 and i would definitely be buying another artec if they only had some reverse camber to play with. I need someone with your experience to tell me im being an eejit and shouldnt buy into the hype! 🙂 please please have a look at these seemingly under-rated boards (i say seemingly because honestly, what the hell do i know? :))

  43. Brett
    November 14, 2009

    Lib lando Phoenix 160

  44. Spencer
    November 27, 2009

    Solomon Grip
    Solomon Gypsy
    Nitro Runaway Gullwing
    Nitro Team Gullwing

  45. Andrey
    December 14, 2009

    +1 for Salomon Grip
    Also very interested in K2 Believer (zero camber this season) and Nitro Rook

  46. Nathan
    September 27, 2010

    I’m not sure if it’s too late, but could you review the burton bullet snowboard?

    Seems like a solid board in a good price range.