Skateboarding helped give style and tricks to snowboarding. DC a brand rooted in both cultures knows this and brings skate inspiration to their Ply snowboard for 2012. On a cold winters day at Winter Park we shoved our little Kevy-Bear out of the warm tent and into the negative 40 degree temps to go ride this stunt stick. Here’s what he had to say.
Board: DC Ply
Camber Option: Camber with mellowed out camber outside the feet.
Bindings: K2 The National
Stance: 22in Goofy
Boots: Ride Phytop LE 9
My Weight: 145
Resort: Winter Park
Conditions: Cold and crusty
Preconceived Notions: Tech is supposed to be taken from a skateboard. Twin with a little more blunted tail. Horgmo’s pro model so I’m hoping for some good snap.
Flex: Right about middle of the road for a park board, softer than I expected since Horgmos known more for spinning than jibbing.
Stability: Really solid through here and gave me something to push through turns with. Jumped really well except that it lacked the pop I wanted. It was really just below average and a little disappointing. The sidecut made takeoffs comfy.
Butterability: Fairly good for a camber stick. Did the job and had some fun.
Cruising: DC somehow makes some of the most fun sidecuts. You can push though turns, lay some lines and its turn was smooth in and out.
Jibbing: Same as Butters. No complaints but nothing phenomenal.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants to be Horgmo. All around park rider.
Personal Thoughts: A little disappointing. Maybe a bigger size would give me the pop I wanted, but dang the sidecut was good.
What They Say: All new for winter ’12, the Ply is designed to ride like a skateboard on the snow. A true twin underfoot with unique nose and tail shapes, this board will bring out the street skater in all of us. With a diverse collection of graphics with personality just like the team riders that endorse it.
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