This is the third year Marhar has sent a board and the second that the Archaic has made its journey to Colorado to be reviewed. Every year this brand steps up what they’re doing and pushes forward with technology and construction. 2014 in my opinion is the year these are hitting their stride and everyone should take notice of this brand.
Board: Marhar Archaic
Camber Option: Hybrid Rocker Stache. Combination of center reverse with camber under foot and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Slightly overcast, mild wind, colder temps, and super firm snow.
Flex: The carbon web on this board makes it a stiffer twin. There’s a little give out in the ends of the tips then it stiffens up outside the bindings and under foot. The torsional flex is pretty stiff as well allowing for a minuscule amount of give.
Stability: The torsional twist in this board is minimal which gives it a more stable ride. While plowing over firm ruts this board just absorbed chatter and at no point did it feel like it was going to buck me.
Ollies: The carbon webs array on this board lends itself to having insane pop. You just load up the tips and prepare for it to boost with ease. Having bamboo as well doesn’t hurt.
Pop On Jumps: Don’t hesitate to charge in on a icy lip and know this board will boost. I spent most of the day over shooting jumps due not finding the sweet spot early on. If you like big booters don’t fear this deck.
Butterability: The blunt shape is nice but with all the carbon in this board you have to work it a little harder on the snow. This isn’t a bad thing just the nature of the beast.
Jibbing: There is a minimal sweet spot in the tips for locking into presses which takes more work. This board is designed for hard and fast jibbing not buttery slow pressed out stuff.
Carving: The sidecut is ample enough for you to lock into a hard carve and push the board to the limit. With the Attack Arc sidecut you do get some extra contact under foot which adds in its grip.
Rider in Mind: The guy that likes to go fast, carve hard, hit big features, and ride the whole mountain.
Personal Thoughts: It’s sometimes fun to get on a hard charging board you can just push to the limit and not worry about it folding. This is that deck. It rivals boards from other brands like Romes Mod Rocker or Never Summers Proto and the like making it a high end stiffer all mountain freestyle twin. The carbon web is nice for stability and pop while the sidecut is great for laying trenches on firmer snow. In the end this isn’t a board for everyone but those that don’t want to jump on certain brands hype train should look at this.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for review from the Marhar Snowboards marketing department.