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Integrity Bamboo Nick Taylor Pro
What type of riding is this product best for and why?
This is a great all-around board. Wake to wake, jetski, winching, and rails. This board is a solid piece of work. It's good for someone who is serious about wakeskating, and for someone that only wants to buy one board ever, because it is very durable and it will last. The TnT may not be best suited for everybody because of its length (it’s one of the smallest boards on the market) but that makes it great for smaller riders. Although I know plenty of bigger riders who like it as well, because it’s easier for them to control. It all comes down to personal preference.
Does it look sweet?
I wasn't stoked on the graphics at first but they grew on me. I love the color of the side rails! Integrity has a good vibe, and it's cool how the graphics all have a lot of meaning behind them. This one depicts Nick’s hometown of Anna Maria Island. This graphic was Nick’s idea, and Erich let him run with it.
How durable is it (and how hard did you trying to break it)?
I would pay money to see someone break this board (without sliding it). Even with sliding it, these boards are sturdy. The construction is different from most boards on the market, and the main thing that makes them so strong is the polyurtethane sidewalls. I've had these boards slam against concrete posts at riding speeds and be totally fine where another board would have blown up. If you aren't looking to buy a new board every year, invest in an Integrity. They are solid and will last. I have yet to see a broken one.
What is different about it than others boards you've tried?
The pop is pretty insane. You can feel the snap under your feet. Integrity's ride different from everything else. Honestly, once you ride an Integ it's hard to go back. Even the ollie is different — it is more like a skateboard and takes some getting used to, but it is worth it. The Integrity is the closest thing to a skateboard I have been on. It is super quick and responsive and does what you want it to. The pre-kicks keep your feet chilling and are a nice pocket for your feet.
This is one composite board that actually rides like a wood board and has the benefit of time. An Integrity's life span is unmatched next to a wooden board. Once you feel the snap of bamboo under your feet, you won't want to ride anything else. Erich Schmaltz, who started the company, makes sure to keep the Integrity vibe good, and that’s another rad thing about this board.
To order or for more info, check out www.integrity-wake.com