Some might remember the Franken from Echelon. The Orion is its new name for 2014 with the same shape, flex, and camber profile. So with one of the poppiest bases for 2014 here’s what I had to say about this board from the still relatively new company of Echelon.
Board: Echelon Orion
Camber Option: Flatrise. Flat from insert pack to insert back with a bit of rise in the tips.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: A few inches of powder, blower winds, puking snow on the first day. Day two consisted of perfectly groomed park laps under sunny bluebird skies.
Flex: Softer in the tips and stiffening up under foot and through the middle. There is a bit of torsional give that adds to the playfulness.
Stability: It’s a Flatrise twin park board designed for getting stuntacular. Not exactly the most stable board out there especially when playing around in push mounds and chunder. You can feel a lot of the micro vibrations that come up through the base of the board.
Ollies: The board has snap which makes it nice when you’re mobbing rollers or just hitting lips to rails.
Pop On Jumps: You can definitely send a jump with ease on this thing. The Flatrise gives it a skate-styled pop off the lips.
Butterability: You can just spin around on this board on snow and not worry. The True3d base elevates the edge which makes catching incredibly hard. Adding to that is the flex pattern and camber profile which lend themselves to making this a fun play around stick.
Jibbing: The sweet spot in the tips is huge you can just lock in and feel the press all the way through. The True3d base makes sliding through kinks easier as you don’t have to catch. Although if you do get a little toe or heel heavy the board can slip out easier due to the base technology.
Carving: On soft snow you can just dig in and lay a trench. On firmer icier snow sometimes the board would kick out. I attribute this to the True3d. Over all it gets the job done but isn’t something to write home about.
Rider in Mind: The Flatrise loving park lover that sometimes ventures outside the park.
Personal Thoughts: Other than the name changing this board is still the same consistent deck I rode last year. The True3d base does take some time to get used to when you come off a flat based board but once you do it’s awesome for jibbing and avoiding edge catches.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from Echelon Snowboards marketing department.