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Old     (Reez)      Join Date: Mar 2010       12-20-2019, 1:16 PM Reply   
Im thinking about pulling the trigger on a native . Currently on a humanoid cameo but just wanted to try something different. Any one try one of these yet . 100 percent boat riding.
Old     (Andy_Mora)      Join Date: Oct 2012       12-21-2019, 4:41 AM Reply   
I haven't tried it yet either but am also interested in getting one. I used to ride the Recoil and Response for mostly just boat and loved both of them. The Native is apparently a combination of both.
Old     (Slinger)      Join Date: Feb 2013       01-13-2020, 10:39 AM Reply   
I have just recieved one. Will try on the weekend and let you know. Looks awesome. Recoil outline with a Response style rocker. i'm excited to ride it!
Old     (Reez)      Join Date: Mar 2010       01-14-2020, 3:45 AM Reply   
Awesome. I cant wait to get on one
Old     (stevo8290)      Join Date: Sep 2008       01-16-2020, 4:14 PM Reply   
Pretty interested in that board to say the least
Old     (Reez)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-15-2020, 1:43 PM Reply   
Well I ordered one so Iíll post my feedback in a few months when the lakes thaw . Feedback on slingshot boots? I like the idea of the 3
Straps
On the Ktvs but I didnít like the all Velcro versions . Will
Be 100 percent boat so the space mobs probably wouldnít be a good fit. I like the gummy strap idea because Lace locks always fail or loosen .
Old     (Slinger)      Join Date: Feb 2013       02-18-2020, 7:34 AM Reply   
I've had mine awhile now, 100% boat riding. 100% love this board! Previously have rocked between the recoil and the response and more recently a season on the Pill a small time on an RXT then back on an Oli. Not totally happy on any of the last three.
Love the Native, great pop but predictable. Soft landings. Not locked in but not too skatey either. It actually lives unto its marketing hype video
Reez... I love the Gummy straps, way better than Velcro. I am however riding the Rad boot. The top gummy strap gives great comfort and flexibility while the bottom lace allows you to really lock your lower foot in. I have never had a problem with the lace locks on the gummy version of the Rads. prior models, yes.
Old     (Reez)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-21-2020, 4:42 AM Reply   
If I was an 11.5 shoe should I go with an 11 slingshot boot or 12 ?
Old     (Slinger)      Join Date: Feb 2013       02-21-2020, 12:19 PM Reply   
Preferably try on but if you can't I'm almost certain that you would be a 12.
Old     (dyost)      Join Date: Jan 2007       02-29-2020, 5:12 PM Reply   
Man I was looking hard at this board for 2020, but now Iím considering a Nomad 155 also. Anyone ridden the Nomad, 2019 or newer, since they stiffened the board up a bit?

I love the idea of combining the Response (currently on one) and the Recoil (used to ride one), but Iím also intrigued by having an extra 5cm of board under me as I am 6í3Ē.

Any thoughts?
Old     (Ttime41)      Join Date: Nov 2011       03-04-2020, 1:36 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by dyost View Post
Man I was looking hard at this board for 2020, but now Iím considering a Nomad 155 also. Anyone ridden the Nomad, 2019 or newer, since they stiffened the board up a bit?

I love the idea of combining the Response (currently on one) and the Recoil (used to ride one), but Iím also intrigued by having an extra 5cm of board under me as I am 6í3Ē.

Any thoughts?
You could always go with the Native 150! That should be plenty of board for your size, if you're riding boat that is. On cable a 155 might be more fun though!

I absolutely love my Native 144 behind the boat (5'10", 190lbs). The Response was my favorite board of all time, and it broke my heart when they went away from it and really didn't replace it with anything that had a vintage Slingshot feel. The Native delivers everything I loved about the response and more! Fast, but doesn't lock you on edge too much. It's playful when you're just buttering around, but it still pops really consistent off the wake. Overall I feel like this board embodies why a lot of us chose to ride a flex board behind the boat in the first place, which I don't think boards like the Oli, Pill, or Solo ever really did.
Old     (dyost)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-04-2020, 9:53 AM Reply   
Ttime yeah I hear ya... Response was always a favorite of mine too. In fact up through last Nov when we stopped for winter I was still on a 2016 Response 147.

My Nomad should be waiting for me when I get home from work. Really hope I made the right call going this direction vs. the Native.

A 150 would be a size up from my current 147, but again watching video of me riding the 147 it still looks like a lunch tray under my 6í3Ē frame. Moving up to the 155 will add 1.5Ē to both tip and tail vs. my current board.

One thing I wasnít sure about on the Native was the flex tips. Iíve not ridden a SS board with them so wasnít sure how that would impact the pop. On the Slingshot board flex scale, they show the Nomad as stiffer than the Native.

By the way, I am 98% boat rider at this point so my Nomad will be primarily boat.

Good news is, I got a great deal on a 2019 close out ($280) so if itís not a great fit Iím not out much and will get the Native anyway.

I also moved from 2016 RADS to KTV this year. So excited to try the gummy straps. My RAD laces and Velcro get a cinch-up after every fall, so annoying. I went with the 19s, also saved some cash and I like that color way better than the 2020. Not a fan of the lime green and the speckled lime green paint look on the soles.
Old     (Ttime41)      Join Date: Nov 2011       03-05-2020, 3:52 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by dyost View Post
Ttime yeah I hear ya... Response was always a favorite of mine too. In fact up through last Nov when we stopped for winter I was still on a 2016 Response 147.

My Nomad should be waiting for me when I get home from work. Really hope I made the right call going this direction vs. the Native.

A 150 would be a size up from my current 147, but again watching video of me riding the 147 it still looks like a lunch tray under my 6í3Ē frame. Moving up to the 155 will add 1.5Ē to both tip and tail vs. my current board.

One thing I wasnít sure about on the Native was the flex tips. Iíve not ridden a SS board with them so wasnít sure how that would impact the pop. On the Slingshot board flex scale, they show the Nomad as stiffer than the Native.

By the way, I am 98% boat rider at this point so my Nomad will be primarily boat.

Good news is, I got a great deal on a 2019 close out ($280) so if itís not a great fit Iím not out much and will get the Native anyway.

I also moved from 2016 RADS to KTV this year. So excited to try the gummy straps. My RAD laces and Velcro get a cinch-up after every fall, so annoying. I went with the 19s, also saved some cash and I like that color way better than the 2020. Not a fan of the lime green and the speckled lime green paint look on the soles.
Oh yeah, that's a great deal on the Nomad!

I know they advertise the Native as having "subtle flex tips" but I haven't noticed the tip and tail feeling any softer than a Response. Unless you are in need of a hybrid that can do both well but not necessarily the best, the Native is a little stiff for the cable if you ask me. I would say it definitely leans more towards the boat side as far as how it rides. With that said, it's definitely still a flex board, just like the old-school SlingShots. Anyhow, I'm sure you'll enjoy the Nomad as well! Excited to hear what you think.
Old     (Reez)      Join Date: Mar 2010       03-05-2020, 5:34 AM Reply   
I went the 144 native . Iím 6í0 190-200. I rode a 144 humanoid cAmeo and it was great so thatís what I went with on the native . They are about the same size
But the cameo seems
A lot thicker so Iím not sure how much that will come into play . Maybe I should have went with the 150 but Iím probably ok .
Old     (dyost)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-06-2020, 2:36 PM Reply   
All goes to plan should have the first set on my Nomad this Sunday
Old     (Slinger)      Join Date: Feb 2013       03-10-2020, 6:34 AM Reply   
Ttime's description is spot on. Love this board. I'm on the 138 and 165lbs/5'10''. I did try the 144 the other day and it was also nice but not a fan of big boards so not for me.
I too was worried about the flex but when it turned up I discovered its actually pretty stiff between the boots and not that flexi in the tips either. Between the boots the Native is way stiffer than the Nomad and stiffer than the recoil/response ever was. The tips are probably about the same flex as the response was.
I have never ridden the Nomad so can't compare the ride, sorry.
Old     (dyost)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-15-2020, 12:14 PM Reply   
Alright so was able to get the first set on the Nomad this afternoon and here are my initial thoughts.
BTW I am going from a 147 Response to a 155 Nomad.

First off, I definitely noticed the added size, in everything. Things like carving the wake, edging, bunny hop 180s, etc... even though only 1.5” extra on each end I definitely felt it there.

I seemed to be really having trouble finding the pop on this board heelside. Toe side was no problem, scarecrows, grabs, TS3... it was almost like the extra board helped me maintain a good edge and body position toeside. But for the life of me I could not get a good pop heelside. Was able to get backrolls, HS3s, etc... no problem I just couldn’t get a ton of pop out of the board.

As far as how it rode. I noticed right away it’s definitely softer than the Response. It did feel like the landings were pretty soft but again I wasn’t coming down from the heights I’m used to so hard to really tell if it’s the board or lack of height.

I jumped back on my Response for the second set today and felt way more comfortable. The board just felt more sporty and responsive (no pun intended...) The guys in the boat two of which I was riding with for the first time, said I looked like a completely different rider back on my old board.

I’m not going to give up on the Nomad just yet, this was my first set since mid November so I’ll reserve judgement till I give it a few more rides.

Last edited by dyost; 03-15-2020 at 12:18 PM.

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