rcrobar wrote:The thing that got me most excited, when I looked at the PDF brochure download, is the picture of Patrice doing an EC backside on a wide traditional freeride shaped looking board.
You are referring to the following picture?
I tested the limits of the board and I was really amazed to lay down backside
on a 25,8 cm wide board (board size is 168 here)!! This is VW
) and I would not recommend the DUAL to hardbooters who like the narrow boards of course.
This board has some unique performances which CAN'T be judged on the outline (which looks like the hundreds of boards outside there). A board is not only an outline! Far not, fortunately. I'm looking forward to getting the feebacks from riders who already have it as well as reading a magazine test soon.
But extremecarving is not the goal of this board. Its program is much larger. That's why we have chosen the word "freecarve" (besides "freeride"), which refers simply to carving on the edge (and not laying down). By the way I'm often surprised by the fact that some people are making confusion with the words "extremecarving" and "freecarving".
leeho730 wrote:Patrice, do you think the dual board would allow us to extremecarve with soft boots?
It's not a question of thinking. Let's Do it this winter!
But as said by Jacques, we still prefer the Extremecarver for this. When I want to make 15 fully laid turns in a row, I love the dynamics of a real alpine setup.
To come back to your question regarding "extremecarving":
On the frontside it is no problem if you have no boot overhang. On the backside, as said by Jacques, it is "nearly" impossible if you have a duck stance or very low angles. With more angles and softboots which are stiff enough it will be achieved in my opinion. I'm not talking here about "normal" carving, but about fully backside laid turns which are linked.
drzone wrote:What Flow bindings would you recommend for the Dual?
The Flow are precisely compact bindings that can work for laid backside turns. Any model. On the heels the bindings should not touch the snow. The bad point of the Flow is that they are painful for many riders (including me).
But again I prefer my Extremecarver for extremecarving. With the Dual it's cool to Do All
: you carve there, you jump in a couloir there, you ride the fresh power, and then you come back to the slope.
There are already hundreds of "all mountain" or "versatile" boards, but all the ones I have tested didn't give me all what I wanted, especially on the slopes.