I’m sure everyone probably thought Sims was dead or at least irrelevant in snowboarding. I can assure you it’s not and the E-Board with their patented X-Wedge technology defines the brand as being more alive than anything. Rarely do gimmicky technologies survive in snowboarding and it’s easy to make something look visible even if it does nothing. The ergonomic canting in this board does not fall into the category of being a gimmick but as being a highly viable utility in the shred world. Honestly I didn’t want to give this board back it stands out as one of the most fun rides I’ve been on in a while.
Board: Sims E-Board
Camber Option: Flat between the feet with a slight rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Raiden Phantoms
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 UFO Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Sunny bluebird with firmer snow in the middle of the season.
Flex: A little bit of give in the tips stiffening up between the feet and an average amount of torsional give. Over all I would say this board is around a middle of the road park flex.
Stability: The X-Wedge technology adds dampening right under foot. This stabilizes you in any chop or chunder. The tips can get chatter in them but because of that ergonomic canting you won’t feel it.
Ollies: Ever ridden a skateboard? That’s what this board is, a skateboard those cants add to the pop of the board and let you boost.
Pop On Jumps: Jumps are not an issue with this board by any means you can just send them.
Butterability: Rocker, slightly blunted tips, and a 2.5 degree cant built in this board can butter. The canting lets you just get over the tips whenever you want.
Jibbing: The blunted shape locks in exceptionally well for presses and the canting just gives you ease of getting the knee over the tips for presses. The Rockered profile adds a certain level of ease to all forms of jibbing as well.
Carving: The sidecut is one of those versatile all mountain ones that lends itself to hard deep carves as well as slight set up turns going into a feature. With the canting you can put more pressure into center flexing the board and whipping it out of turns.
Rider in Mind: All mountain guy that wants ergonomic canting, blunt shape, alternate camber, and one of the most interesting rides out there.
Personal Thoughts: New tech doesn’t always work or it’s just repackaged crap. LoFo has created something ingenious with the X-Wedge. It adds a smoother ride to the board while saving your knees. It also adds to the pop of the board by building in an almost skate like kick under the back foot, something most companies are just doing to their bindings. The ribbed topsheet flexes naturally and at no time did I ever notice that it hindered the natural flex of the board. 2.5 Degrees of canting is all anyone needs.
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