2013 Echelon Rounds Used and Reviewed
Echelon Snowboards is a new company coming out of Big Bear Lakes, California. While the company might be new on the scene their designer Jason Kanes has been at it for years. You might recognize some technology that was licensed from Omatic but I assure you they are an independent brand aside from that. The Rounds is their reverse camber, twin, park board, with 3D lite technology and one of my personal favorites for next season.
Board: Echelon Rounds
Camber Option: V-Reverse. Standard run of the mill center reverse camber although they have added their Lite3D base which gives the base a nice bevel near the edges so it doesn’t hang up.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Super warm spring slush laps under blue skies with minimal clouds.
Flex: Jib flex with snap, or at least that’s the only way I can describe it. Soft tips with a little bit of stiffness between the feet.
Stability: That doesn’t exist on this board just expect to feel everything.
Ollies: This board does have snap in the tips. You can skate pop this board at the last second and it just boosts you up into the air with no effort.
Pop On Jumps: Skate pop off a lip is one of the best feelings in the world. This board has that and will give you enough pop to make it right to the sweet spot.
Butterability: Look at the features this board has! It’s designed to butter and not hang up no matter how hard you try. Edges that won’t catch, center reverse, and a softer twin park flex.
Jibbing: This board has a great sweet spot in the tips for locking into presses and with that center reverse camber you can totally make yourself look like a pro when getting down on a rail.
Carving: Hard carves with any variation in the terrain you will feel and it will want to buck you. This board isn’t meant to be railed while turning. Think of it like you need a hard carve here or there between a park feature and the rest of the time you’re just sort of being mellow pushing for a mild set up carve before a jump or lip onto a rail.
Rider in Mind: The park dominator that likes just below mid flex, likes snap, and is cool with reverse camber.
Personal Thoughts: This board is absolutely fucking money. You can hit jumps, do jibs, throw yourself around on side hits, butter, ollie over a slow sign, and have fun. It’s one of those stand out park decks that has versatility but is just fun. It’s soft yet lively and that’s huge.
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