Some might say camber is iconic as it’s been around forever. Well APO the little snowboard company from France wants you to know for 2014 they’re still making a deck with it. Here’s what it was like to go back to riding the tried and true.
Board: APO Iconic
Camber Option: Traditional Camber
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird park laps with a little bit of heavy fresh snow on top of pristine corduroy.
Flex: It’s a little bit of a stiffer twin park board. The nose has give way out towards the contact points then stiffens up all the way through the insert packs and back to the tail. The torsional give is about average for a deck of this stiffness which helps give it edge control.
Stability: Well the above average stiffness and lack of a lot of torsional give make this board super smooth through choppy terrain.
Ollies: The blunted shape really helps with snapping off natural features when cruising around the mountain. This board is designed to boost.
Pop On Jumps: If you look at this board you can just tell it’s a jump board. Come in hot, snap, and send it to the sweet spot on a jump.
Butterability: This board takes a bit more effort to get playful on the snow but if you can hit the sweet spots it’s all gravy.
Jibbing: The blunt shape locks in real well on nose/tail presses. Over all this board is designed to be a slopestyle killer so fast slides are the best you can’t be a jib gypsy with it.
Carving: The edge hold on this board is amazing and really locks in and snaps out of turns.
Rider in Mind: Big jump/park kid or slopestyle contest rider.
Personal Thoughts: I wouldn’t ride this board every day for myself but for hard charging fast park laps this thing is amazing. The flex is so consistent and the sweet spot once you find it is great. The turn initiation on this comes with serious ease and locks in exceptionally well. For an all around high end park board this thing is super solid.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from the APO Snowboards U.S. marketing department.
Note: This board was built at Elan they have since moved production to GST.