That other brand coming out of Tahoe that isn’t Smokin decided to send me a board instead of one of my lackeys. On one of the hottest days in March I took it slush boarding around Breck to see what made my writer get such a boner over it. I concur this board is fun and for a new niche brand it definitely sticks out as being fun.
Board: No Way! Catalyst
Camber Option: 3 stage rocker. Micro raised rocker zone with flat between the insert packs.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Firm in the morning turning into pea soup in the afternoon. Ah the joys of global warming and climate change on top of a season that sucked. Sunny blue skies for days.
Flex: Softer in the tips stiffer between the feet just shy of being a true mid flex park deck in my opinion. It borders more on the side of being a stiffer jib stick.
Stability: For such a softer flexing deck it was surprisingly stable in the chopped out mashed potatoes. I wouldn’t call it a damp ride like other American made products but it was stable enough to handle bombing through the crap.
Ollies: This board has snap when you need it. The pop is super solid but not overwhelming. Loading the tips takes no effort which gives it a slightly more skate styled snap.
Pop On Jumps: Just like hitting a roller it’s there but not the kind you have to be pre-loading going up the tranny.
Butterability: The micro rocker and softer tips lets you just play around in every way shape or form.
Jibbing: This is where this board excels. Rockered tips and soft playful flex with a solid sweet spot. Locking in wasn’t an issue which is nice when you’re going through a kink on a box or rail.
Carving: Often times you find yourself riding a park deck or jib stick with too mellow of a sidecut to do a hard set up turn before a feature or even carve when you’re going from park to park. This boards sidecut is dialed in for laying hard carves.
Rider in Mind: Jib oriented park rider that still hits jumps and likes to actually turn their snowboard.
Personal Thoughts: Last year I pawned the review off on Lou for this board. I would have to agree with what he wrote about this being a super fun board that handles it all in the terrain park. My only gripe with this was the lack of stance options with Andrew the owner assured me would be changing for next year. Would I send a 45 foot jump with this thing? Probably not but for 30 and smaller it’s not going to be an issue.
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