Seems everyone is getting on the concept of making stiffer, slightly wider, park decks so you can downsize. This is Echelons take on making a board that fits that criteria although they don’t recommend you ride steep lines in AK like a certain other brand might.
Board: Echelon Killbox
Camber Option: V Reverse and Lite 3d. Center reverse cambered coupled with Omatic Snowboards patented BS Technology in a less pronounced form.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with a few clouds in the sky and warmer temps making that lovely weird pow slush shit that happens in the spring.
Flex: It’s a hardcore jib/park board that’s beefed up under foot. Probably one of the most unique flex patterns I’ve ever seen. Soft tips, stiffer under foot, then soft again in the middle.
Stability: The unique factor of this board is that rallying around the mountain and park you feel stable due to the stiffer zones under foot. Sure you see some flapping going on in the tips but it’s not enough to vibrate into your feet and cause you to feel it.
Ollies: About average for a board of this type. Enough to get you onto an urban rail or to throw around a 180 on a roller.
Pop On Jumps: Not exactly ideal to give you super boost but enough to clear a 25 footer no problem.
Butterability: This board excels at this. The center reverse camber, mild beveled base, and jib flex you didn’t have to worry about catching an edge. Press, pop, revert, slappy, blah blah blah you get the idea it gets it done.
Jibbing: The sweet spot was a little too soft in my opinion there were a few times on nose presses I felt that I was going over the handle bars. Now between the feet that beveled base is amazing. Nothing like not fearing a fresh out of the wrapper board hanging up while trying to zeach the fuck out of a front board.
Carving: If you want to rail Euro carves this probably isn’t the board for you. But if you need something that can hold an edge going from obstacle to obstacle in the park this will do it. It grips but it doesn’t feel fully locked in like you would get on something a tad bit stiffer. Set up carves are easy, long drawn out ones sure, but doing tight transitioning carves look elsewhere.
Rider in Mind: The jib kid that still hits jumps or if you’re a real light weight rider the all around park rider.
Personal Thoughts: This is one of the most unique jib oriented boards I’ve ridden in a long time. They beefed up the construction underfoot which gives you a sense of stability and security, but the over all flex is jib friendly. Would I hit a 45 foot jump? Probably not, but I would take this thing out to the front country and hit some urban. Over all I think it’s an interesting ride with a lot of potential for playing around the mountain.
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