Camber with an elevated base technology so your edges don’t catch. Novel concept and one that seemed to be monopolized by Bataleon until now. Taking technology created by Omatic with their BS bases and putting it on camber is what this boards tech story is about. Here’s how it rode.
Board: Echelon Ribbons
Camber Option: Traditional camber with True 3D. True 3d is a beveled base one cm in from the edge running tip to tail. This reduces edge bite.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Mix of sun and clouds with slushy corn snow.
Flex: Higher end of park flex bordering more on all mountain use. There is a little bit of give in the tips as well as the torsional flex.
Stability: This board is damp and stable regardless of what kind of terrain you’re riding through.
Ollies: Load up the tail and snap this board has boost.
Pop On Jumps: This board is designed to be ridden on jumps big to small it won’t disappoint.
Butterability: You have to work it a bit harder than an alternate cambered deck but it’s there. The True 3D base really benefits this as it prevents you from catching at the contact points which is what typically happens with most cambered snowboards.
Jibbing: You have to work it a bit more but there is a small sweet spot that lets you feel locked in.
Carving: True 3D takes a bit to get used to on a cambered deck. To initiate on edge you have to roll it over a bit harder but once it’s on edge you can rail a turn like no other.
Rider in Mind: Jump oriented park guy that still likes camber and wants a base/edge that won’t hang up on jibs.
Personal Thoughts: I’m not a camber guy but this board rides a bit more like a flat board. The True 3D base is nice for jibbing because it keeps the edges from hanging up on slides. It is a bit stiffer of a deck that requires you to be a bit more on top of how you’re riding.
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