Sometimes Michigan gets powder and that’s why the guys at MarHar decided to make an all mountain/powder board with reverse camber. It’s awesome to see how far a small company can go in such a short period of time with their designs. Here’s how this retro looking beast rode.
Board: MarHar Throwback
Camber Option: Center reverse camber.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with firm to moderately slushy groomed runs and park features.
Flex: Super soft tips and by comparison a really rigid middle with very little torsional give.
Stability: Well the tips have some flutter but the center mass is amazingly stable.
Ollies: The full reverse camber and softer tips causes this board prolong the snap from the tip because as you load it the weight of your body causes it to roll and then pop. When it does snap you get a good pop out of it but it seems like a long drawn out process.
Pop On Jumps: Prepare to load up that tail before the lip and calculate your timing perfectly otherwise you’re letting the lip throw you.
Butterability: Well those soft tips and full reverse do make it fun but the stiff center flex is just gnarly for trying to manipulate the board.
Jibbing: Finding the sweet spot in the tips for presses is a bit difficult. Too far forward or with your weight not centered right you’re going over the handle bars or into the backseat. Then there’s the center flex which just doesn’t give and let you feel locked in on a board slide.
Carving: The sidecut is surprisingly mellow for something that is all-mountain or supposed to be. On edge pushing the board to carve hard you wouldn’t get as deep of a cut into the snow even while center flexing. At times when transitioning it would feel slightly hooky like it didn’t want to grip and rip.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a stiff center reverse camber board with loose tips and a mellow sidecut.
Personal Thoughts: This board is heavy and I’m not talking like oh it’s just a stiff all-mountain deck. No I’m talking this thing seriously feels like I’m carrying a 20lb rock on my feet. The sidecut is a let down it should be a little deeper and more progressive to really let you lay into a carve. The flex doesn’t make too much sense to me real soft in the tips but stiff and stable between the feet. I’m kind of curious as to whether or not this might be more beneficial in deep powder, but alas the white powder is not there for me to do lines of this season.
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