Who says camber is dead? Launch Snowboards continues to make boards with camber. The 2014 Hitmaker is one of those cambered decks that once you get on you feel like you’ve ridden it for a while. Keep reading to see what we think of this stunt stick.
Board: Launch Hitmaker
Camber Option: Traditional Camber
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Overcast, some wind, about an inch of heavy wet fresh snow, ice underneath, and the revenge of winter in April.
Flex: This deck has a smooth consistent park flex making it highly predictable. The give through out this board whether it’s the tips or between the bindings makes it feel like it’s slightly below middle of the road in terms of park flex. There’s a lot of torsional give as well which helps with edge control.
Stability: This is not a damp board at all and you can feel every contour in the snow as you charge around the mountain.
Ollies: Load the tail up and boost or be skate styled and just quick snap it. There’s pop to be had on this deck.
Pop On Jumps: Jumps come with ease on this deck and are not something you need to be apprehensive about when riding the park.
Butterability: Getting up on the tips is fun. The up-kick in the tips is super noticeable and really helps with balancing over them to play on the snow. The flex also helps as well. Just don’t think you can be lazy like with reverse camber and make the board do all the work.
Jibbing: Pressing on this board is a dream. It really locks into nose/tail presses and holds on through the length of the rail. When getting into a board slide having camber also helps lock in as well. The flex is just ideal for slaying jibs.
Carving: This is where the board lacked in my opinion. The sidecut just didn’t want to let you lay hard carves like others would and the grip wasn’t there. This was more or less due to the flex pattern if you center flexed the board hard the tail would wash out.
Rider in Mind: All around park rider that still likes camber.
Personal Thoughts: This board was fun for just cruising the park with friends and hitting jibs. Unfortunately due to the nature of the spring weather I wasn’t able to hit any bigger jumps than 20 feet to see how it would handle those. The sidecut is a bit lacking in my opinion but if you’re riding park it is relatively solid for just that.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from Launch Snowboards marketing department.