Hero’s com in all shapes and sizes and this board is no different. This board has always stood out to me as a solid ride over the last few years. New to the 2012 model is the Squeezebox technology which revolutionizes the ride from this stunt stick. Here’s how it stacked up.
Board: Burton Hero
Camber Option: V-Rocker. Rocker between the feet and after.
Bindings: Burton Cartels
Stance: 22. 5
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160
Conditions: Overcast, high winds, and really firm to icy snow.
Preconceived Notions: Adding squeezebox on a Hero might just make a jib stick a lot more versatile.
Flex: Underfoot where the squeezebox is was stiffer and real stable. Softer between and after the feet giving it a bit more play.
Stability: Squeezebox is what the Hero has been asking for it changes the ride in it so much and made it that much more stable. You could hit any kind of crud and not worry about getting bucked even when charging into a jump or through a rutted out landing.
Ollies/Pop: Amazing snap off rollers and lips of jumps. You could just pop to the moon without worrying about it at all.
Butterability: Scoop plus rocker what more do you want for spreading your lovely margarine all over the mountain.
Cruising: Railed a turn and held it real well. Icy conditions weren’t an issue on edge with this deck either.
Jibbing: Locked into presses just fine and did that whole jib thing without any issues.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s making the mountain a skatepark and playing around on everything. Also for the guy that likes a jib stick that’s stable enough to send a jump.
Personal Thoughts: Squeezebox makes a lot of sense to me for a deck like this. It beefs up the one area you need the most stability while leaving the playfulness of the rest of the deck. Jibbing, jumping, and playing around this board did all those just the way I would have expected it plus like Hero’s in the past it rides bigger than it is.
What They Say: Now even more heroic.
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