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Recommend me a park ski (former 4FRNT Switchblade user)
I currently ride the 4FRNT switchblade. Seeing as how 4FRNT is discontinuing this ski, I am exploring other options.
I really like the switchblade (shape, carving, etc.), so I'm looking for something nearly identical. I'm about 50/50 jump/rails and I ski/land switch a fair amount. I like the stiffness of the switchblade, I don't want a softer ski. Decent ability outside of the park is a plus too.
Thanks for any help, this is the only park ski I've ever owned so I'm not too up to speed with what else is out there.
Forgot to add I'm 6'0 and ride the 181 switchblade.
Faction CT 1.0 could be worth a look in the 182cm length. Very similar flex and shape. Main differences are that the CT 1 is symmetrical but that's good if you ride switch a lot, and there's a slight bit of rocker in it whereas the switchblade is full camber. You could potentially size up a bit to make up for the rocker but it's pretty small and it's a very stable ski so doubt you'd notice it.
Take a peek at the Volkl Revolt 87 and 95. Both are around the width of the switchblades with the 95s having more similar tip/tail dimensions and the 87s being symmetrical. Both are somewhat stiff park skis and the 87 is full camber while the 95s have a touch of rocker on the tips and tails for that butteryness.
fatypus G-Butter, Line TW pro, Armada ARV 86
Might be good to look in the Sell/Trade forums on here and Ebay too. It's pretty easy to find lightly used skis for cheaper.
YO I’d definitely say a fatypus g-butter, 178 is the longest they make in the model but I’m 6’ 1” and it still feels so sick. Crazy light and poppy, not full sym but enough to where it’s a park ski so pretty close to the frnt’s. If ya want something for park and all mountain I’d say the D’root from faty, hella different than what you ride but still sooooo ill for some metal and tres. My every day/comp ski in one
Thanks for the replies so far, bump!
If you liked the Switchblade I'd definitely recommend you take a look at The Whipit! Very similar to the Switchblade but with a much higher quality and more advanced construction for longer durability. At 90mm underfoot with a rocker-camber-roccker it's extremely versatile all over the mountain as well as crushing laps in the park. It will be a little bit more buttery than you might be used to with the Switchblade so I'd recommend looking at the next size up from what you were on if you want to maintain that stability coupled with the ability to butter and incorporate more newschool, stylish tricks.
You can learn about it here: jskis.com/collections/whipit
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