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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    burton baron, ride nation, or illuminati prototype?

    ok, it's down to three boards and i'm really up in the air about which one to get. so i figured i'd let you'all choose for me. i'm 6', 145 pounds, and have a size 11 foot.

    ride nation - $335 - brand new. it's a mid-wide which will slow it down edge to edge but it has a shallow side cut (8.6m) which should make it even slower. not sure why ride did that, but i don't want a board i'll be waiting for to get itself on edge.

    burton baron - $300 - slightly used. it's the widest of the three at 25.8mm, but it has a nice deep side cut (8m) which should keep it fairly fast. i really like burton as a company.

    illuminati prototype - $335 - brand new. it the narrowest of the three at 25.5mm and, i think, has the best number. good progressive side cut. it has sidewalls, which i like, and is probably my favorite of the three. they're made in the usa, and i've never heard anything bad about them, but i haven't heard that much about them period. it's a small company and i'm unsure of their quality.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Understand that sidecut depth isn't going to directly affect edge to edge quickness. The deeper the sidecut of a board is, the shorter the distance it will take to turn when on edge. This could be good or bad depending on the style of riding the person likes. A deeper sidecut will turn more quickly, but can be less stable at higher speeds. While more stable at higher speeds for freeridng, a shallow sidecut will not turn in quite as short of a distance when compared to a deeper sidecut. In general, the wider a waist on a given length becomes, it can often be seen that the turning radius becomes larger as well. The Nation is designed primarily for freeriding which is why it doesn't have a super deep radius.

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