First there was Conan the Destroyer, then there was the snowboard film Destroyer, and finally Forum came out with The Destroyer. Building off the staple of a board that The Destroyer is comes The Destroyer Doubledog a board with camber and reverse camber meant for taking on the whole mountain and making it your bitch. Here’s how it handled a wide array of terrain.
Board: Forum Destroyer DoubleDog
Camber Option: DoubleDog. Reverse between the feet with a cambered section under each foot.
Bindings: Forum Republics and Technine Elements with reversed Scrubhooks
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160
Resort: Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, and Breckenridge
Conditions: Spring slush, firm corduroy, 14 plus inches of powder, bluebird skies, tree runs, bowls, park laps, just about everything you’d find in Colorado in the spring.
Preconceived Notions: The alternate camber profile on this board is one that’s becoming more prevalent with snowboard companies. Every company has a slight tweak on it but there’s something about it that’s still highly predictable.
Flex: Slightly softer in the tips with a bit of give between the feet which leaves it to be about a middle of the road park flex.
Stability: Pushing this thing through heavy sun baked powder or just mounds of pushed around snow on groomers it held its own and there wasn’t any question as to it was stable.
Ollies/Pop: Solid snap off the lips of jumps or when popping a natural roller. There was no guessing whether or not you were going to boost the way you wanted to or not with this deck which gave it some great predictability for hitting features or just playing around.
Butterability: Reverse camber between the feet and a solid mid-flex really lets you press the hell out of this board but still have some snap.
Cruising: Over all it can rail a turn real well in certain kinds of terrain I noticed that it would skid out a bit mainly in firmer snow that resembled a washboard.
Jibbing: There’s a solid sweet spot in both tips for locking into presses. Over all it’s OK at jibbing even though it’s geared for more of a jumping situation.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going from the park to the pow and hitting just about everything in between that needs a board that won’t puss out when sending it to the max.
Personal Thoughts: Other than some edge hold issues this board was completely solid and predictable in how it rode. The snap was consistent and like riding a deck you’ve been on forever. High speed butters were fun and stomping jumps and drops in the pow there weren’t any issues.
What They Say: Double Dog Destruction: A new DoubleDog profile makes for a forgiving, park-slaying ride. From heavy-metal kinks to massive kickers, you’ve got the power and playfulness only a Destroyer DoubleDog can deliver.
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