2013 Flow Era Used and Reviewed
Flow makes some real fun boards, the Era is always one on my list that rides consistently awesome and stands out as a board almost anyone could ride and enjoy. I wasn’t planning on bothering to review this again this year but when the opportunity presented itself I jumped on it.
Board: Flow Era
Camber Option: I-Rock. Reverse between the feet with a convex base and camber just before the insert packs.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: A Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird slushy spring laps with a little mix of clouds in the skies and some high winds.
Flex: Just a hair under middle of the road with a bit more play in the tips and a fair amount of torsional give.
Stability: At speeds and in chop this board absorbs chatter and didn’t get bucked.
Ollies: Snap this board just has a ton of snap. Load up the tips and it’ll pop for you.
Pop On Jumps: It can hit a jump just fine and snap off of anything with a lip.
Butterability: The ever so slight flat spot out past the camber zones gives this board a nice sweet spot for pressing and playing in the snow. The flex is enough to let you do whatever you could want unless you’re some kind of light weight that can’t press a slightly soft board.
Jibbing: The sweet spot is great for locking into presses and the convex base elevates your edges so as to not cause that great scorpion of death. Although I did have this happen once I can’t blame the board but instead A basins inability to create a jib that somehow doesn’t cause death defying acts when jibbing.
Carving: Center flex that board and prepare to rail a carve. This board can turn on a dime or draw it out if you want it to.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that’s hitting everything from small to large features and wants a slightly below middle of the road flex.
Personal Thoughts: Flow can make a great board I’ve never denied that. The Era is one of their stand outs in my opinion. The convex base is great for preventing edge catches and helps roll the board over for easier initiation. The snap out of the tips is great for playing around on the mountain or in the park.
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