Nothing like taking one of the lightest weight guys on our review team and shoving him on the stiffest board a company makes all while saying go hit this jump and tell me what you think. Once again Ted is back to test another product and over analyze it.
Board: Echelon Flight Pattern
Camber Option: Camber
Bindings: Salomon Cypher Bindings
Boots: Burton Moto Size 9
My Weight: 145
Resort: Breckenridge CO
Conditions: Icy death gnar from frozen spring slush, light powder on top.
Flex: Pretty stiff all around. I’m a fairly short guy (5’ 7’’), and I feel like this was too much snowboard for me.
Stability: It held an edge on the death gnar ice. Very smooth sailing into jumps as well.
Ollies: Damn, you can pop ‘em high with this thing.
Pop On Jumps: Read the aforementioned “ollie” description. It applies.
Butterability: This is the not the snowboard you’ll want to ride if you plan on buttering. It’s pretty stiff.
Jibbing: The camber and the stiffness make it less than ideal for jibbing, but the stability will lock you in.
Carving: Badass carve monster. You can really feel the snap-back when you switch edges.
Rider in Mind: This is for the muscle-bound pipe / jump jock who is admittedly much bigger and stronger than I am. If you’re the kind of person who just can’t find a board that’s stiff enough for your standards, you might want to consider the Flight Pattern.
Personal Thoughts: The Flight Pattern is too wide and stiff for me, but I’m sure there’s a bigger person out there who would love this. At my size (5’ 7’’), I prefer the Echelon Franken Says Relax. It’s skinnier, more maneuverable, and stiff enough for me to get the pop I want off of jumps.
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