Mar 02, 2013 by GI Joey
Ability Level: Advanced •
Riding Style: All-Mountain •
Days You Ride A Year: 40+
After a few years of lackluster boarding, I moved to a major ski town and finally had opportunity to ride my @$$ off. Sadly, I dusted off my snowboard gear, only to find myself in need of a new deck. I found the Bullet on sale for $90 at Sports Authority, and figured I might as well ease myself back into the game on a nice, stable setup. The Bullet was great for the first month or so. My opinion at the time: The slower speed lets you develop muscle memory and the "don't think, just get after it" aspect of carving, the edges are really forgiving when you get sloppy, and the width gives you good stability on traverses and small jumps. My opinion a few wax jobs later: The speed isn't that big a deal in advanced terrain, provided its steep, but on groomers and traverses, I'm like the old school bus doing 45 on the freeway. Also, the edges feel pretty squirrelly on the groomers once you actually manage to build up the speed required to really dig in and slice out a huge portion of the run. It still handles the real chunky stuff well, but slides out on any ice patches longer than 3 feet. Again, that's all at speeds the board isn't really designed to reach.
Overall, it's a great beginner board, and it'll definitely help new boarders develop a good skill set. But for more advanced riders, it's kinda boring.