Last year we introduced the Best All Mountain Freeride award which was won by none other than this deck. Seeing as nothing significant has changed with the Rush ABT we decided to give it a Legacy award to show that it’s still a solid ride and people should check it out.
Board: Flow Rush ABT
Camber Option: I-Rock Rocker. Camber under foot with rocker that has a convex base between the feet.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Overcast, snowing heavy wet snow, and a lot of spots with sticky snow.
Flex: Somewhere past middle of the road true twin flex which makes it more versatile for all mountain riding. The outer parts of the tips have a bit of give then it progressively stiffens up from there. The torsional give on this is very minimal which makes center flexing it a bit of a chore.
Stability: Now this board is stable and adding to that you have a silicone breast implant underneath the middle of it to absorb chatter. It’s damp yet lively which doesn’t make it feel so dead.
Ollies: You can load the camber zone up and pop. Just don’t expect it to be as snappy as say something from Flow like the Shifty or Era.
Pop On Jumps: This board excels at hitting jumps from small to large. You can just send it and not have to worry.
Butterability: Not its strong suit by any means the flex pattern just makes you really work to spin around on it. Be prepared to muscle it with all your weight.
Jibbing: The sweet spot in the tips is so tiny that to properly land in a press you have to know exactly where it is and how to put your weight over the board. The ABT also sticks on jibs and will slow you down. Some people might argue about this but I’ve never had a board stick on a 50-50 on a single barrel like that before.
Carving: You can rail turns with the greatest of ease. Transitioning back and forth takes no effort just the preparation of knowing this board is not for a lazy carver, it’s for someone that is going to charge. Laying trenches is real fun and when you lock in you know you’re going to ride it out all the way through the carve.
Rider in Mind: Hard charging all mountain freestylist that isn’t afraid of having a boob job between their feet.
Personal Thoughts: I’m not sure if I’m sold on ABT between the feet like that. It slowed down drastically on jibs and you could really feel it. There’s nothing sketchier than going into a single barrel at full speed and having it stick mid way through. The sidecut is great for rallying turns and the flex pattern really lends itself towards all-mountain more so than freestyle. If you like charging hard you’ll probably like this deck.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from the Flow Snowboards Rockies Rep