When it comes to new innovative technology I’ve never been one to shy away from it. There’s just something about trying things that others haven’t thought of that satisfies me. When it comes to Contracts 3d Snake Transition technology this was the board I had wanted to try it on solely to see if there would be any problems with it on jibs. Here’s how the whole review goes for this unique ride.
Board: Contract Circus
Camber Option: Zero Camber coupled with their Snake Transition Nano Tech. The best way to describe that Snake Transitions is the board has micro humps in it between the feet resembling a spring.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny with some clouds and spring conditions with the occasional high velocity gust that would blow you off a jump.
Flex: Slightly softer tips with a stiffer center.
Stability: This board is stable at speeds you don’t feel a thing when pointing it down the mountain.
Ollies: The pop on this board is super solid. I think that mild version of Snake Transition between the feet lends itself to gain a bit more pop.
Pop On Jumps: This board was meant to be a fully focused park dominator. Sending a jump is not a problem on this board.
Butterability: The softer tips and flat camber really let you play around and flex into the board.
Jibbing: Now here’s the thing having a rippled base between your feet was my biggest concern on if this thing would hang up or not on a round bar, urban double barrel, or even feel it sliding a box. Good news is for the most part you won’t even notice these ripples. Occasionally I would feel it grip slightly on a box but not enough for concern. Pressing this board has that predictable flex to allow you to feel locked in but the center lets you snap back out when coming out and land perfect.
Carving: This board has a sidecut that allows you to rip tight quick transitioning turns or even draw them way out while using the whole slope to leave pencil thin lines across it. The transitioning from edge to edge is quick. Here’s the thing to note as that Snake Transition tech might throw people off. When you’re on edge and center flexing the board through a carve it’s like a spring that allows you to load it going into the arc and then unloads coming out giving you an extra push through the turn.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that wants a board they can take anywhere. I would also highly recommend it to the guy that loves ripping hard carves.
Personal Thoughts: I won’t lie and say I wasn’t a bit skeptical about Snake Transition technology. Putting ripples in the base of a board can drastically change everything, but after riding this and seeing the benefits I can safely say it makes sense. The board over all is real fun and reminded me of the cambered Jibpan from K2. It just had that same sense of doing it all in front of you and locking in whether jibbing or railing a hard carve.
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