2012 Lamar Cranium Used and Reviewed

People can say what they want about Lamar and how it’s a pricepoint brand, or it’s box store crap, and a whole slew of other great explicatives. I’ve always allowed the board to do the talking because sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised. On a long road trip through Utah and Wyoming this board became my go to stick of choice and here’s how it rode.

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Board: Lamar Cranium

Size: 158

Camber Option: Anti-Cam. 6mm rise in the tips with a flat section from in front of the inserts through the middle.

Bindings: K2 Formulas

Stance: 22.5

Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy

Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10

My Weight: 160

Resort: Breckenridge, Targhee, Park City, Brighton, Jackson Hole

Conditions: Icy crappy groomers, perfect groomers, Brecks pristine park, Jackson Holes Stash in low light with crappy icy firm hard packed, nipple deep powder at Targhee, and some spring sunshine shredding. Pretty much the widest gambit of conditions you could imagine.

Preconceived Notions: Other than the fact this thing has the most metal graphic all I knew was 2 strips of carbon and triaxl glass or so Rob the rep kept telling me. But being that I was riding Jackson Hole and this is the deck that Adam Dowell their pro team rider uses and he lives there I knew it was game on.

Flex: It’s that predictable middle of the road flex that’s snappy and responsive but not so soft you can’t do everything with it. Softer tips for sure and slightly stiffer between the feet.

Stability: Not overly damp by any means but real lively. In blown out chunder and whump bumps you will feel everything.

Ollies/Pop: There’s a great sweet spot right behind the insert packs that lets you get solid snap when playing around. Off jumps, rollers, and drops you could just spring and know it was going to work.

Butterability: The softer flexing tips really let you play around with this deck on snow. No qualms at all about spinning around on the tips or just playing slap and press on a snow curb.

Cruising: The sidecut is that perfect combination where you can drive hard through a turn or just be lazy and not initiate as much. Over all if you wanted to rail a turn it wasn’t a problem.

Jibbing: The rocker mixed with the softer tips and that sweet spot right in front of the insert pack lets you lock in for presses. While it’s not a total jib machine you won’t have any problems playing with it in the stunt park.

Rider in Mind: The guy that demands snap out of the tail/nose of the board who is down with riding a rockered deck and will make the mountain his bitch.

Personal Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this deck and when I was on a 12 day road trip this became my go to board without knowing too much about it. It was one of those decks that no matter what was in front of it whether a steep tranny, rock drop, log jib, or just a groomer it handled the conditions fine. I’d say it’s a true quiver killer. My only gripe with it was that it was a 158 and I would have liked to be riding a 154 or even a 156.

What They Say: The local park features look smaller and the jumps look easy! You’ve searched for more challenging rides. This is the stuff that defines your daily move. The quest line is designed to stay with you every step of the way. Delivering exactly what you need from your gear… Pure performance!

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5 Comments

  1. ZigmundFreud says:

    Know where I can find a Cranium for sale online? My local shops don’t carry Lamar. And the online shops that carry Lamar still don’t show the Cranium on their websites.

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  3. sawyer says:

    i love this board it is very snappy, very smooth. the cranium is great for park, it has the strength you need it can take a beating where as both of my butons snapped doing harldy anything. buy this board it might be on the cheap side but it is a steal, worth the money!

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