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  • Wookie
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    Originally posted by sempai View Post
    Waist deep on you, really? That means the piles are six-feet high.
    Before I get into my “first day review” let me clarify “waist deep”. The snow was piled up from snow making and was indeed waist deep on the crew working the snow guns, for me it was closer to mid-thigh or just over the knee at its deepest but on average it was about 10-15 inches of heavy man made powder. Still a fun treat that we don’t get too much in the East.

    So about the Crossbows .... other than one minor complaint I love them. Much like Spruce’s 120s these are an all mountain cruising dream and like the SIIs the rocker makes them feel small but perform big. I had them out today from first chair with 1 degree frozen groomers to about 2:30 with skied off ice mixed with softer stuff as things warmed up. The mountain offered a bit of everything today (frozen groomers, fresh groomers, ungroomed man made snow in deep piles, natural snow in the trees, and typical east coast ice) the Crossbows felt great in all conditions.

    I rode them starting centered and then setback. I ultimately switched back to centered. For me, in the center position these are big skiboards. They can be ridden upright and centered with no worry of the tips diving or falling on your butt. In the setback position they are short skis and performed best when “skied” with a forward body position which is not my style. If we got a day of deep natural pow I might go setback but centered in heavy man made pow they felt fine.

    So what was my complaint? It really minor but they are harder to skate than the SIIs. The soft rockered tips and tails don’t give you a good kick like the stiffer SIIs and when you are skating you can tell they are a bit wider. I’ll likely not even notice it after a few more outings.

    As far as my quiver goes this season I am likely only riding the SIIs and Crossbows. As I have said before the SIIs are a great East Coast board perfect for resort cruising and, if tuned right, excellent on ice. The Crossbows will come out on days like today when I know the mountain is going to throw a mix of conditions at me. Likely a 50/50 Split when in the East. For my Colorado trip the Crossbows will be my primary ride for most of the trip with Spliffs on reserve for pow days.

    One side note from my daughter, she noted I was jumping more on the Crossbows than any other skiboard I ride. I didn’t feel like I was seeking out jumps but did feel really stable riding these so I may have been hopping around a bit, especially in the ungroomed snow.

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  • Tom91381
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    So they seem to be good in all conditions and all sizes of feet ?[emoji2]


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  • sempai
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    Originally posted by Wookie View Post
    In a word ..... AWESOME. I’m on the hill right now and will post a more detailed commentary tonight but I’m riding them through waist deep man made pow piles and loving them.
    Waist deep on you, really? That means the piles are six-feet high.

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  • Wookie
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    Originally posted by Tom91381 View Post
    So how does the Wookie like the crossbows ?


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    In a word ..... AWESOME. I’m on the hill right now and will post a more detailed commentary tonight but I’m riding them through waist deep man made pow piles and loving them.

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  • Wookie
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    Originally posted by Tom91381 View Post
    So how does the Wookie like the crossbows ?


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    Don’t know yet. The delivery of the Crossbows was ill timed and I have been enjoying family time and travel with the holidays. Should be able to get out on them tomorrow but I expect this week to be icy will temps at 20 deg F and lower.

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  • Tom91381
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    So how does the Wookie like the crossbows ?


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  • Bad Wolf
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    Originally posted by macrophotog View Post
    Oh the quandary you will find yourself in. . . Less than one year after declaring the Icky's a quiver killer and you will find yourself needing a pair of Crossbows too. . . What to do, what to do?
    I'm really sensitive to the length of skiboards. Although I can appreciate longer boards, they just don't have that fun element of a true skiboard. If it wasn't for the running length of the Ickys being shortened by the rocker, even they would be too long for me. So yes, I would love to take out the Crossbows for a test drive, but I think my quiver is secure.

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  • macrophotog
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    Originally posted by Tom91381 View Post
    Macrophotog, have you been doing all your skiing solo? Thatís where I find them really acceptable. If Iím always stopping and waiting for the group to catch up then Iím wasting my time . The solo quiver board ? Or maybe the no stop group board, Iíll meet you at the bottom.
    Thus far, the three times I've been on the Crossbows were solo. Tomorrow will be with the entire family, and I will be on them again. This time hopefully in some powder albeit maybe just a little - we are supposed to get snow tonight and the elevations are supposed to get more so we will see what Christmas has in store for us.

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  • Tom91381
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    Originally posted by macrophotog View Post
    Oh the quandary you will find yourself in. . . Less than one year after declaring the Icky's a quiver killer and you will find yourself needing a pair of Crossbows too. . . What to do, what to do?
    Macrophotog, have you been doing all your skiing solo? That’s where I find them really acceptable. If I’m always stopping and waiting for the group to catch up then I’m wasting my time . The solo quiver board ? Or maybe the no stop group board, I’ll meet you at the bottom .


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  • macrophotog
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    Originally posted by Tom91381 View Post
    BTW I will have these at Westfest for anyone that wants to give them a try.
    Originally posted by Bad Wolf View Post
    Pick me, pick me!
    Oh the quandary you will find yourself in. . . Less than one year after declaring the Icky's a quiver killer and you will find yourself needing a pair of Crossbows too. . . What to do, what to do?

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  • Tom91381
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    Originally posted by Bad Wolf View Post
    Pick me, pick me!
    Bring your bindings , your first


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  • Bad Wolf
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    Originally posted by Tom91381 View Post
    BTW I will have these at Westfest for anyone that wants to give them a try.
    Pick me, pick me!

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  • Kocho
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    Tom91, thanks for the video. Looks like pretty hard conditions.

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  • Tom91381
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    BTW I will have these at Westfest for anyone that wants to give them a try.

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  • macrophotog
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    Originally posted by sempai View Post
    How were the sidewalls on the Crossbows after you got done, any chipping?
    I have three days on the Crossbows. Normally I chamfer the top edges on all of my sidewalls. But ran out of time before day 1, so rode them with stock sidewalls. No damage except a few tiny microchips at the actual tips. After day 1 I found time to chamfer the edges. Day 2 and 3 were a test to the sidewalls (even chamfered sidewalls) because of the conditions (especially today - day 3) and I have no damage at all.

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