Affordable and versatile aren’t two things that usually go hand in hand with a deck. This board has crossed those lines allowing shreds to have a solid deck they can play around with that won’t break the bank. Sure Flow is known for their bindings but did you know that they have a great board designer behind their shred sleds? Doubt it but here’s how the Verve stacked up.
Board: Flow Verve
Camber Option: EZ-Rock. Super mellow reverse camber combined with a convex base.
Bindings: Flow NXT AT
Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Winter Park
Conditions: Frozen groomers with puking snow and high winds. The temps were bitter cold causing the snow to be slightly abrasive.
Preconceived Notions: In the past this deck has been pretty damn soft to the point it’s like a porn stars cock without a fluffer.
Flex: A true proper middle of the road flex in the dead center with slightly softer tips. Torsionally about the same when twisting it through a carve.
Stability: A lot more stable than in years past especially when charging the death plains of Winter Park.
Ollies/Pop: Way poppier than in years past you could just load the tips and snap out of it without any issues.
Butterability: We all know that any form of alternate camber lends itself to jibbing and buttering. So once again no real issue with this at all.
Cruising: Now this was the strongest point in the way this board rode. When you wanted to lock in for a carve it did just that and let you fly through the arc without any problem. It wasn’t so hooky that you were locked in but it was highly stable and felt solid when you’d push your back knee inward driving the tail through the turn.
Jibbing: Pressed fine and locked in real well like you would expect from a board with a hybrid alternate camber.
Rider in Mind: The park kid that’s doing a mix of jibs and jumps but will still cruise the mountain on a softer flex.
Personal Thoughts: Every year it just gets better and better. I think this year the design has finally locked in to what it will utilize with minimal tweaks over the next few seasons. In years past its felt a little wishy-washy at speeds or more suited to jibbing than jumping.
What They Say: The Verve is the perfect freestyle board for any park-specific shred.
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