Spruce Sherpa Reviews
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12-23-2013 By Jack Jue, Spruce Mountain Pro Staff
As many of you know I was a longboard fiend but have put them away the last few seasons in favor of the shorter 110 and below boards . The new 88cm Blunt is a huge favorite of mine . Last week Wendell reminded me how nice the new Spruce 125 is . The overriding thing for him was the way he can just find the edge and relax on it . Today , I went riding with my son and a college friend of his ... they were both on long skis and like to ski fast .. We were at Heavenly and the plan was to ride all over the mountain as fast as we could , starting at California and working over to Nevada . Yes , so far it has been a low snow year in Cali, but Heavenly does an amazing job with covering whatever natural snow they have with tons of man made snow and have been able to open both California and Nevada sides with the most open terrain in Tahoe. I chose my Spruce Sherpa today and was glad I did . Having not been on a longboard for some time and in particular my previous favorite do it all Sherpa , it was really cool to get in touch with the longboard vibe once more .
Longboards and in particular the super powerful Sherpa , have tons of fore and aft stability compared to the shorter boards. Basically you can put the Sherpa on autopilot at Mach speed and everything works perfect .. the huge surface area and nice length and width and stiffness in the board .. just is the most stable platform imaginable . I am following guys on long skis going super fast and I am confident at mach speed and relaxed , much more so than on the shorter boards where I would be making tons of minor corrections that would be more tiring .. I am relaxed and totally in control despite going way faster then I usually go through stuff including rough chopped up snow , moguls , ice , etc .
I thought after having spent so much time on the shorter boards that the Sherpa would feel huge and ungainly . No way .... I guess the way I put it , a center mount Sherpa feels like a super stable regular Condor or Blunt but with a huge amount of more stability and horsepower , it certainly still feels nimble and carvy to me like a skiboard and not like a big long ski . Yes I ran the Sherpa with a lot of juice and it might not feel so nimble for someone not pressing on the accelerator but if you like to ride pedal to the metal . oh my , this has got to be the skiboard for you !
12-28-2012 by CAN
After riding the Sherpas yesterday afternoon and almost all of today in huge powder, I feel I must declare publicly my love for the Sherpas. I had another set five years ago but sold them as we only skied in Southern California and I didn't need the big guns. Here in Utah, we had two foot of untracked powder runs all over the resort from last nights snowfall. The Sherpas kept my big body up and floating even when it was so deep I couldn't see them. Later they attacked the chopped up powder with equal competence and I never felt like I would go over the tips with the huge depth changes I occurred. I even once hit waist deep stuff and although I slowed to a stop I was able to turtle and pull the tips up and get my self going again. Now I know how the county snowplow people feel as I felt invincible and that I could go through anything. And surprisingly enough they felt great on the packed groomers heading back to the car. What a great Morning/early afternoon!I did finish the day on my RC's to end the day as I could now pick and choose where to get my powder fix jumping in and put of it at the sides of the runs and they did well, but when the resort gets a dump in the future I won't even question my board choice. I'll get the Sherpas mounted for a ride.
Sorry no film having way too much fun.
2-4-201212 by FightingForAir
I've spent some time on the Sherpas now.
Rode the Sherpas all day today with my custom UHMW risers and PX12 bindings. I am in skiboard heaven. This day did it for me. I am officially a Sherpa convert. Love these things.
One thing I do not get though. I've heard a lot of people on here say the Sherpas need to be driven hard. I never got that feeling at all. I went from easy, mild cruising to full on hard carving. I never once felt like I had to drive them hard. They seemed super sweet and accommodating regardless of how I rode them. They never seemed to get in my way and never felt like too much. In fact, all day long I kept forgetting I was on such a big skiboard. They felt just as nimble and easy to pilot as any other skiboard I've ridden.
I think I'm going to be offloading some other boards now.
I just can't imagine when I would ever want to ride anything else.
12-27-2008 by Mahatma
I can bottle this right away – I just found my new go-to board. The Sherpa is without a doubt “all that”. The one thing to know up front is they do not care to be trifled with. If you want to take it easy grab a set of Spruce 120's as they are much more mild mannered. The Sherpa wants to be driven. A comparative power platform. I was immediately a better carver. Without a doubt. The boards just carve trenches. The Sherpa is so awesome it did away with my side preference. I was equally powerful carving off both legs. The Sherpa is rock solid stable where the 120 can start to feel a bit light at speed. Powder was so much fun I was inviting people to watch. Today the best I could find was just over boot so about mid-shin but the front of the Sherpa actually lifted up when it dug in. I had to get used to that. It was like an air foil or something. While I know there is only 10cm difference between the 120's it feels like there is much more off the back of the Sherpa. Not in a bad way – it felt so stable I made an ass out of myself a few times flying through the chop while barely avoiding those I was raging past. I spent the day holding court from my heels and if I were to say that is exactly how to work these. The few times the boards got ahead of me and I found myself leaning forward I felt very out of control. That stance wasn't me at all. Stay nailed down center, pay attention to what you want to do next and let these amazing things handle what is directly under foot. I was actually picking the boards up and stomping it into turns – that's how much fun I was having and how stable they are. I found it to be equally at home on groom, in pow and chop. I had no problems or issues except when speeds were minimal. Then the boards felt clunky and out of place. At all other times the boards begged to be power ridden. Pump up the volume and the Sherpa rewards.