The French not to be left behind have created a hybrid camber under foot reverse between the feet snowboard witht he MTD. Seems APO wanted to make sure people were covered with this camber option for 2014.
Board: APO MTD
Camber Option: Dual Rocker. Rocker in the tips, camber under foot, and reverse between the feet.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 165
Conditions: Started the day off with sun, then clouds rolled in, then dipping dots fell from the skies, then some sun shone through again. The snow had the consistency of lumpy mashed potatoes that had been over baked on the edges making them crusty and hard.
Flex: It’s over the middle of the road making it a slightly stiffer all mountain freestyle deck. The tips have just a hair bit more give then it stiffens up just outside the insert packs. The torsional give is very minimal which also adds to its over all longitudinal stiffness.
Stability: This board is not damp by any means. You can feel all the vibrations in the snow which makes you have to use your knees as evolution intended, as a spring.
Ollies: The board does have decent pop. Having a dual camber zone that is longer than most companies doing this hybrid profile allows you to load up the tips and pop.
Pop On Jumps: This is a jump board and you can load the tips to pop off a lip with ease. The stiffer flex makes it so you don’t get bucked on a landing.
Butterability: While any good all mountain freestyle board will have some play in the tips for buttering, this one is just a pain in the ass to get to work. You have to stay on top of how you flex this board to manipulate it to your needs.
Jibbing: The sweet spot in the tips is minimal which makes you not be a lazy jibber and pay attention to how you’re going to lock in. The flex between the feet isn’t conduscive to locking into board slides.
Carving: It takes a little bit more effort to center flex the board and drive it through a carve but once you do it’s locked in and ripping a turn. The degree of the arc of the carve though is limited due to the sidecut on this and I found that you couldn’t rail a turn as hard as something with a bit less torsional flex.
Rider in Mind: Either a guy that’s a little heavier and will drive the board like he stole it through turns. Or someone that wants to charge on a stiffer all mountain freestyle board and occasionally hit the park.
Personal Thoughts: The flex was the interesting part about this board, it was like it was designed for more all mountain and less freestyle yet the tip shape and camber profile say it differently. Once again the stance options on this thing are for those with either massively long legs or that have no regard to their knees.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the APO Snowboards marketing department.
Note: This board was built at Elan the production model will be built at GST.