Thirst 7WARP Superconductor
The one I like the most was the Thirst Superconductor. (L)175 (w)20.4.
It was quick in the transition, I could tighten turns up or lathen them out. The edge hold was great. How stable these Thirst boards are I think are different than the rest.
rode the 8R last spring and can remember telling people how stable it felt.
I rode one of these at NICE. The last day, bad visibility, legs tired. I couldn't describe it that day but there was something unusual and magical about the way this board felt under my boots. I had never really noticed how a board sounds before. These weren't the best testing conditions for me but I talked to Mark (the builder) for a while about what I wanted in a board, then I put down a deposit. USPS lost it for a week but it finally arrived the day before my family spring break trip. I have yet to ride it in anything more than mediocre conditions, so I will update this review when I can.
First Day: Hoodoo Ski Bowl, 8-10" of wet new snow. Not the best choice for the conditions but it never sank or got stuck due to the tail and nose shape I assume. I found one semi groomed run where I could crank out 8-10 linked carves. Super responsive and light under foot without giving up stability. To get to that run there was a long cat track which flattened out at the end. 90 percent of the boarders got stuck and all of the skiers were skating and poling. I probably did this section 10-12 times and passed everyone every time. It felt like when others were losing momentum I was still gaining.
Second Day: Mt. Bachelor, firm snow turning a bit grabby later in the day. I was with my 8 year old daughter on 120 cm skis, so I could really only get a few good turns at a time. I was able to adjust the turn size quite easily, and the board seemed to power through chop just as well as any metal board I've ridden. A couple of times I though I was catching an edge and going over, I just hopped the board onto the other edge and it kept going. Very maneuverable and fun.
Third Day: Mt. Hood Meadows, ice with chunks and ruts, flat light. Three runs and done, not the boards' fault. When I got to the bottom where I would normally stop, I realized that I was going faster than usual and had to throw on the brakes.
We have rain forecast for the rest of the week, so hopefully I can get a good day in next week and update this. The closest thing that I have ridden to this is the Oxess XXR which is over twice the cost and made overseas. I can't wait to get on this thing again, I'm so thirsty.
Day Four – Timberline. Hardpack/softpack depending on the run.
Okay this board rocks. I was able to pump through flat sections like a skateboard. Except this skateboard left 4" trenches.