Re: 2010-2011 HighLife Review
Ok... Time to post up my review.
I demo'd this board back in February and I've been lucky enough to be riding the Highlife 158 for the past month. I've been a huge fan of the Timeless and Concept TMS/UL family for quite some time and fortunately the Highlife hasn't let me down.
The first run I took this board out my first impression was, wow I don't even notice the rocker at all! But then I quickly realized that I've spent the majority of the season on the Machete and I was just used to the lowrize rocker on the nose with the turn initiation. The demo day at Snowbasin I liked the board a lot; it carved well, poppy in the nose and tail, stable at highspeeds, base was fast in all the conditions I took it in. But I really didn't start appreciating how great this board was until I switched back to my Machete.
When I started riding my Machete again the difference in the tail was amazing. I couldn't believe the difference in how loose the tail was when exiting turns and on landings on the Machete compared to the LowPro on the Highlife. Those of you that have seen my 2010 Crashes video have seen all the footage I have washing out on various drops I've done this year. I had chalked it up to bad technique all season, but then started to think with how different it felt after riding the LowPro that it could be partially because of the LowRize on the Tail.
Flash forward a bit and I've been riding the Highlife for a month straight now. I haven't even remotely thought about switching back to my Machete since mounting up the Highlife. I won't deny that it could be partially a mental thing, but since I've switched I've been stomping every drop that I try. The tail is extremely stable and tight yet doesn't hook or "fish Tail" when exiting a turn on firm groomers. Flying through crud & choppy snow, icy patches, etc... is a breeze and popping off the tail is effortless and almost exactly the same as when you olly on a regular camber deck. The CA5 & Pop glass provide enough oomph to spring right off the tail with ease.
I plan on finishing out the Utah season (which hopefully is about another 5 weeks, maybe longer with all the snow we've had recently) on this deck. There is a very high probability that this will be the only deck I ride during the 2010/2011 season, it's that great and crushes everything you throw at it!
Last edited by Mr_Tidbit; 04-07-2010 at 05:34 PM.
I'm on summer vacation, I'll be back when Ride launches their new 13/14 website.