As history seems to be something most snowboarders are not aware of then APO will come across as a relatively new brand to them. APO is the brainchild of Regis Rolland a man referred to as the Tom Sims of Europe. The Selekta is their more jib oriented board and we pressed the hell out of this thing in this review.
Board: APO Selekta
Camber Option: A jib rocker. Predominately flat with a small rocker zone out near the contact points.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies for most of the days with a few bouts of clouds rolling in. The temps were warm and the snow was heavy corn.
Flex: It’s a slightly stiffer jib board making it more versatile. The tips obviously have more give then it stiffens up under foot and softens back up between the insert pack. The torsional give is abundant.
Stability: Riding out of features in the park through the spring wash board was not fun. This board does not absorb chatter and lets you feel everything as you pray for your life. Charging around the mountain it’s pretty much the same thing as well.
Ollies: There is snap which is nice. The minimal rocker in the tips lets you ride this deck like a skateboard which gives you optimum boost onto features.
Pop On Jumps: Watch yourself on anything over 30 feet it gets a little squirrely if you’re not landing bolts.
Butterability: The blunt shape and rocker profile lend to the playfulness of this board. Riding around spinning on the tips or going sideways and reverting around on the snow comes with ease.
Jibbing: This is where this board is most at home. The tips have a huge sweet spot that locks into all kinds of presses and between the feet just sails smoothly through board slides.
Carving: If you center flex too hard this board will wash out on a deep carve. I found that keeping it mellow was the best way for the edge to stay engaged on the snow.
Rider in Mind: Skate-styled park rider that will spend more time hitting small to some medium jumps and tons of jib features verses railing turns around the mountain and charging.
Personal Thoughts: This is the first APO board I’ve ever ridden and it wasn’t a let down. The board really does ride like a skateboard for the snow. One thing that is weird is the minimum stance option on this is over 21 inches and reference was close to 24. That might be a turn off for all the narrow stance tight pants kids. There is pop which makes it a bit more versatile but the lack of stability impedes it on bigger features and chopped up run outs.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for review from the APO marketing department.
Note: This board was pressed at the Elan Factory since then they have moved production.