The level below a true ManAm is The Rat with Dinosaurs Will Die organization. It’s the level that people are constantly pushing it at to make it to the next level. This is our review of the 2014 version.
Board: Dinosaurs Will Die The Rat
Camber Option: Mellow center reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: A mix of sun, snow, clouds, wind, snow, heavy snow, rain, sunshine, and that weird heavy wet groomed snow that sticks to everything sometimes making it fast if it’s packed down and sometimes making it slow if it’s not.
Flex: This board is a jib machine making it softer in the tips and only mildly stiffer between the feet. There’s a lot of torsional give to it that allows for you to twist the deck as you carve.
Stability: Throw any idea this thing will be stable out the window you will feel everything.
Ollies: Surprisingly this board does have pop for how soft it is. Which makes it nice when you decide you want to go pop over a roller or stump while you’re cruising along.
Pop On Jumps: There’s enough for small jumps but anything over 20 plus feet you have to start to prepare for the soft nature of the board which hinders getting snap out of the tail.
Butterability: Blunted shape and reverse camber what more could you ask for? Spread some love all over the snow as you spin and slide across the snow.
Jibbing: There is an immense sweet spot in the tips that locks in superbly for presses. As they claim enough reverse camber to cheat a press but not so much you can’t land and that rings true. Board slides are a breeze with this as well.
Carving: The sidecut is actually surprising with how deep you can lay into a turn. The problem is the flex causes you to wash out. When doing hard toe side carves that have you pushing your back knee into the center of the board it lifts the nose out of the arc and causes you to get squirrely.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that will need something to tranny find with but isn’t hitting big jumps.
Personal Thoughts: This board actually surprised me as the day went on it’s versatile enough to hit bigger features if you’re a confident rider. Now I’m not saying you should go send a 50 plus foot gap jump on it but if you find yourself stepping up from some medium features it can hang. The big stand out was that there was edge control in the firm icier snow in the morning, which was something you don’t always get with a center reverse camber that doesn’t have extra contact points under foot.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from Dinosaurs Will Die’s marketing department.