Stephanie Meyers might have ruined vampires and werewolves but at least Echelon can have a sense of humor about it with their 2014 Archer snowboard. The graphic plays on that literary garbage known as Twilight, which is why we sent our female board tester Zara out to play around on this stick. Here’s what she had to say.
Board: Echelon Archer
Camber Option: Flat rocker. Flat from just past the inserts through the middle and then rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Salomon Absolute Pures
Stance: 21 inches wide 15 negative 15 Regular
Boots: Salomon Kianna size 6
My Weight: 148lbs
Conditions: It was one of those great Colorado powder days where it had puked all night and then the storm had left leaving us with blue skies and a lot of snow to slay. Lets just say it was good and deep.
Flex: This board is slightly below a middle of the road flex which lets it be playful and fun.
Stability: Charging through the powder and trees I never felt it was unstable. Getting on what few groomers there were it never wanted to buck me. This board is solid for the most part except at mach 10 speeds.
Ollies: Even though this board has some good flex to it you can still snap a great ollie.
Pop On Jumps: Due to the abundance of powder in the park I did not hit any true jumps. I ollied it in snow and pow conditions. I was impressed I got a decent pop on small moguls.
Butterability: Nice and flexy with solid hold so you didn’t go over the handle bars or into the backseat.
Jibbing: One park lap from pow-gnar to Breckenridges medium stun park, Park Lane. I only hit several features but it definitely was enough to go back through and want to take several more park laps.
Carving: The center flex allowed me to really twist and drive this board through carves.
Rider in Mind: More jib oriented: although the flex of the board makes for fun in the trees. Overall: versatile ride for flex and pop. Not a board I would take at high speeds. Board I could use in diverse conditions.
Personal Thoughts: I was overall impressed with the board experience. Wasn’t sure a flat rocker would be my first choice for a powder day. In the trees though, the flex and pop made it ideal. Would recommend this for an all mountain freestyle type of rider.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us from the Echelon Snowboards marketing department for review.