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  • New Sherpa Convert

    I've spent some time on the Sherpas now.

    Rode the Sherpas all day today with my custom UHMW risers and PX12 bindings. I am in skiboard heaven. This day did it for me. I am officially a Sherpa convert. Love these things.

    One thing I do not get though. I've heard a lot of people on here say the Sherpas need to be driven hard. I never got that feeling at all. I went from easy, mild cruising to full on hard carving. I never once felt like I had to drive them hard. They seemed super sweet and accommodating regardless of how I rode them. They never seemed to get in my way and never felt like too much. In fact, all day long I kept forgetting I was on such a big skiboard. They felt just as nimble and easy to pilot as any other skiboard I've ridden.

    I think I'm going to be offloading some other boards now.

    I just can't imagine when I would ever want to ride anything else.
    Skis: Armada JJs, Armada Magic Js and Icelantic Keepers
    Bindings: Marker Griffon, Look Pivot
    Full Tilt Boots
    Past: Revel8 Tanshos, KTPs, Revolts, DLPs, Condors; Spruce Raptors, 120s, Sherpas

  • #2
    Originally posted by FightingForAir View Post
    I've heard a lot of people on here say the Sherpas need to be driven hard.
    I'm spending most of my time on the Sherpas also, I know I don't need to drive them hard but it's kind of like being in a muscle car...you just want to hit the gas.

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    • #3
      Yes ... exactly. I was at Timberline on Mt. Hood. There are a few very long, wide blue runs. Windblown and icy at the top, chunky on the sides, rest was smooth powertilled groom. Long, fast carves were a dream through all of it.

      very tasty.
      Skis: Armada JJs, Armada Magic Js and Icelantic Keepers
      Bindings: Marker Griffon, Look Pivot
      Full Tilt Boots
      Past: Revel8 Tanshos, KTPs, Revolts, DLPs, Condors; Spruce Raptors, 120s, Sherpas

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      • #4
        I just had my first dalliance with Sherpas. My experience is a bit tainted by compounding variables from new boots and new boards. I have yet to achieve the right footbed configuration. Because of the new boots, a case of altitude sickness and hard pack conditions I stuck to the groomed blues and greens at Mammoth. But, I did get a good taste for the Sherpa personality.

        For me I would describe it not so much as being driven but they liked being told what to do., Almost like a snowboard that always wants to be either on one edge or the other (but, way less work than a snowboard). If ran flat and left to their own wonderings the speed and stability seemed endless with an occasional tendency to hook an edge. But, they really shined when I rode them with a minimal constant edge input. As long as I told them where to go they gladly took me there in comfort, style, speed and stability.

        I also had waxed them with the Hertel Race Wax that Mahatma recommended. That stuff is incredible. I owe Mahatma a few apologies for cussing him on the hill when while standing still that wax is so slick I kept weather veining in the wind uncontrollably without edges. It was fantastic.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rgzip View Post
          kind of like being in a muscle car...you just want to hit the gas.
          Some people ride in a style that they don't know how to hit the gas. Sherpas don't work very well for them. They don't ride well ridden like a big balance ball. I always ride them feathering an edge. I'm always amazed in tight spots how well I can turn them. If I had to have just one of Grecos/Jeffs skiboards, it would be the Sherpa.
          Now: 08 Sherpa's (2), Atomic 120's, 2013 125 Protos, 125 LEs, 2014 Sherpas, Osprey protos, 2015 Blunt XL's, 2016 Ospreys, Ethan Too twintip skis,2017 Shredfest One of kind Spliffs, 2018 Crossbows
          Bindings: Spruce Risers and Tyrolia LD12's
          Boots: Full Tilt Booters, Tecnica Agent 110
          History: Atomic shorty's, Sporten, Groove Taxis, Head 94's, ALPs, Spruce 120 Blue boards, Custom Lacroixs, Rocker Condors, 08 Summit 110's, Hagan offlimits 133's, Rossi 130's, 2011 Summit Marauders

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          • #6
            My son and a college friend were back at home for the President's day weekend and we went to Kirkwood yesterday . My son's friend is 18 years old and from Denver and is an expert twin tip skier . He doesn't do park but loves hucking cliffs. He was very interested in trying some skiboards and I put him on the new Sherpas with direct mount Fritschi bindings. He took to them like a duck to water and loved them ... he said they were super fun and there was no learning curve.. he thought they were super stable in crud , carved like a dream and he spun them and rode fakie down the hill like no tomorrow. He really wants a pair ! There was one and only one thing that he says he would have preferred his long skis and that was hucking a cliff ... I didn't know he was going to do it .. but he went flying off a cliff (maybe a 10 foot drop ) and landed in the back seat .. he said that his long skis have a lot more stability out back LOL ...

            I have huge respect for our skiboarder pros who can land big drops on their Revolts , Alps and KTPs those darn things haven even less support for landings ......
            Boards :
            Spliffs
            DLPs
            Condors
            Slingshots
            Sherpa

            Boot:
            K2 BFC 100

            Bindings:
            Zero Pro Non release Binding
            Modified Receptor Backcountry Bindings (Bill Version and Slow Version)
            Spruce ProPrime Plus Binding/Riser with Attack 13 GW binding
            Custom Risers with Fritschi Backcountry Bindings (Jeff Singer version 1, Bill version)

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