It’s always a treat to be able to compare the cambered and reverse cambered versions of a board. Launch Snowboards was kind enough to send us the Vice in both profiles for 2014. Here is what Zara thought of the full reverse version.
Board: Launch Vice Reverse
Camber Option: Full reverse
Bindings: Salomon Absolute Pure
Stance: 21 Inches Wide 15 Negative 15 Regular
Boots: Salomon Kianna Size 6
My Weight: 148
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Grey bird, slush, ice, flurries.
Flex: A middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex.
Stability: For being reverse camber this board was surprisingly stable through the varying conditions.
Ollies: I had a lot of fun popping ollies on this board as it just rolled into the tail and snapped.
Pop On Jumps: This will be the first time I say that a reverse camber board was better hitting jumps than its camber counter part.
Butterability: Compared to its cambered counterpart this board was far easier to butter. The blunt shape was a lot of fun when pressing around on the snow.
Jibbing: The flex pattern works much better with the reverse cambered profile which makes it a bit more supple and responsive on features. Don’t think of it as a cheater reverse camber but one that just makes you work a little less than its cambered sister.
Carving: Not terrible for a full reverse. A little bit squirrelly on the steeper areas. Was really fun playing in the slush bumps. The flex allowed for decent response.
Rider in Mind: If the cambered version was the meat and potatoes, this one could be the fillet and sweet potatoes. Just a bit more poppy but still straight forward.
Personal Thoughts: Again, just like the cambered sister I was happy with this board, actually even a bit more so. I would have to say I rate this one above the cambered version.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for product review from Launch Snowboards marketing department.