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Palmer Board

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Can anyone tell me if snowboards go off as they get older, I have Palmer Board that is 5 years old still seems great but would I find a new one is much better?
Cheers Tim
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
It depends. If you use the snowboard alot, it can lose it's camber, meaning that the board will have no pop for doing jumps. If you're not into using the terrain parks, I wouldn't have thought this would be too much of an issue, although you might notice a drop in responsiveness on turns (anyone with more experience, feel free to correct me). You can check if the camber is alright by placing your board on flat ground and trying to move you fingers underneath the board. If the gap between the board and the ground is big enough to get a finger through, it should be ok.
In terms of a new board being better, it also depends. As far as I know, there haven't been any major leaps forwards in terms of board design over the last few years ( not taking into account the Battaleon boards and Lib Tech Magna traction), so if you're still happy with the way the board rides, I would get as much life out of it as possible if I were you. Cool
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Boards that have lost their camber are still useable, but as stated will have less pop, will give you less snap out of turns, and just feel less lively in general. Boards also tend to lose their stiffness over time. Most boards will delaminate before they really lose their camber though, especially if you ride alot of trees/off piste. However, if it still rides decently, and you don't have a real compulsion to go out and buy, then there's no need to replace it. If you want to see what you'd get from a new board, demo a high-end, little used board at a snowdome.
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