Echelon returns again for their second year with another edition of the Killbox their shrink down snowboard for those that like to skateboard on snow. So here’s what we have to say about it and yes the graphic concept might have been done once before by Smokin.
Board: Echelon Killbox
Camber Option: V Reverse. Full center reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: A Basin
Conditions: Bluebird skies, fast spring snow, and slightly above colder temps with next to no wind.
Flex: This board might be designed for destroying jibs but there’s a little bit of beefiness to it that makes it stiffer than a jib stick but slightly softer than a middle of the road park board. The tips obviously have more give than under foot then it softens up between the feet.
Stability: For a jib board it’s not unstable. Charging down mogul runs of death at mach 10 speeds it absorbed the chatter fairly well. Would I recommend doing that? No. It’ll get you through crappy rutted out park features and what not but it’s not going to be a freeride deck.
Ollies: It’s a lot like riding a skateboard which allows you to load the tips up and boost off natural features or rollers.
Pop On Jumps: Unfortunately at this time of the year what constitutes a jump becomes a bit more questionable. You can pop off a lip with ease for small to medium sized ones, bigger jumps might be an issue.
Butterability: The center reverse coupled with the concept of this board really lets you get up on the tips and play around with ease. Having lite 3d keeps the edges off the snow and makes for a hook free experience.
Jibbing: There’s a reason this board is called the Killbox. It’s a jib destroyers dream. A smooth consistent flex lets it lock into presses and the lite 3d keeps the edges elevated so it slides with ease.
Carving: If you center flex the board too much in the arc of the carve the front of the board will rise up off the snow making for your back foot to be the only part locked in. There’s enough edge hold for softer snow but if you get into anything firmer it has the tendency to wash out. I found on the real icy death pack it would slide all over and not grip.
Rider in Mind: The jib guy that will occasionally need to find some serious tranny or hit some small to medium jumps.
Personal Thoughts: Being that this is one of those boards that you can downsize on it makes for a more skateboard style feel to it. Boards like this are always fun when you want to do hot laps through spring slush with friends. The base on this board is super strong as I jibbed a few rocks and there wasn’t a mark on it.
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Disclaimer: This snowboard was loaned to us for review by Echelon Snowboards marketing department.