People seemed to be shocked that last year the Rounds won the best jib board award. Why? Because Echelon was a brand new company coming out of nowhere. Well for 2014 nothing noticeable has changed with the board which is why it was only able to achieve a Legacy award this year. Here’s the review.
Board: Echelon Rounds
Camber Option: True reverse camber with lite 3D base.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175
Resort: Breckenridge and Beaver Creek
Conditions: Overcast with more doom and gloom. It was almost as if “The Nothing” was about to descend on the Rockies. The snow was firm and icy in spots.
Flex: It’s soft. There’s a little bit more flex in the tips than between the bindings but over all this board is meant for a rail kid riding Bear.
Stability: Throw the idea that riding over choppy terrain will be fun, it won’t. Oh you ended up in a mogul field? Yeah you’re fucked! It’s lively but not damp and does not absorb chatter.
Ollies: You can load the tips up skateboard style at the last minute and get a little boost.
Pop On Jumps: Do able but not recommended for anything over 30 feet.
Butterability: This is where the board excels the most. When you have a base tech that raises the edges up you don’t have to worry at all about catching. Add to that center reverse camber and any person that hasn’t figured out how to properly ride a snowboard can suddenly be the next butter master. Well not really but you can be lazy and get away with it.
Jibbing: Lite 3D is great for going through kinks due to the edges being raised up slightly. Now take that and add reverse camber into the mix and you can bet that it’s not going to suck at playing around on boxes and rails. I will say that if you get too far over the nose or tail in a press you might wash out so just be prepared to learn where the sweet spot is.
Carving: Getting this on edge is a lot more fun now that it’s edges are elevated. Think about that one for a minute. Yep that’s right with it raised it means the leverage is there to really rail a turn. Downside the flex pattern if you center push the board through an aggressive Euro styled carve might buckle.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that wants reverse camber.
Personal Thoughts: Last year I rode this in a 152 and loved it for just playing in the park. This year in a bigger size it felt like I couldn’t control it, which I blame on the Lite 3D base. It was almost as if it had been tweaked a little. Now seeing as these were samples there might be some factory issues in the one that I rode. But over all it was a bit too squirrely for me to really be in love with.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review by Echelon Snowboards marketing department.