2013 Contract Swell Used and Reviewed
Poland doesn’t necessarily seem like it would be a country that would create an innovative technology nor produce high quality snowboards. But with the introduction of Contract on the global snowboard scene it’s safe to say that they have some creative minds over there trying to push the boundaries of what is possible. Enter their 3D Snake Transition Technology. How does it ride? Keep reading to find out.
Board: Contract Swell
Camber Option: Zero Camber mixed with 3D Snake Transition
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22. 5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Firm corduroy under bluebird skies.
Flex: Stiff for a supposed all mountain freestyle board. This thing is a freeride board regardless of what they say the flex is somewhere between mid flex and crazy stiff. There’s an OK amount of torsional give to allow you to center flex the board through the carve.
Stability: It’s damp and yet smooth as you ride it. Although the liveliness is probably comparable to Frankensteins monster.
Ollies/Pop: Load the board up from the center through the 3D Snake Transition and let it give you some boost. Don’t expect this thing to be popping over slow signs, but for getting around the mountain and playing on side hits it gets the job done.
Butterability: Be prepared to muscle this thing into any form of a butter.
Carving: Load up the board and center flex it through the arc of the carve, transition edges, and repeat. The 3D Snake Transition gives grip between the feet while also providing a loaded spring effect to sling shot you through turns. Slow played out carves not a problem. Tight quick initiated turns also not an issue.
Rider in Mind: Big mountain guy that likes to charge and isn’t afraid of new technology.
Personal Thoughts: Like I mentioned earlier this board is not meant to be ridden as an all-mountain freestyle stick but as a freeride board. It’s stiff and damp lending itself to being more at home doing hard charging than playing around on side hits. Would I ride this every day for myself? Definitely not. Does their Snake Transition Tech work? Yes I’m sold on it. You can center load the board to activate the transitions like a spring and shoot you out of the turns.
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