The final award winner for our Best Good Platinum Wood Test Award Picks comes straight out of Michigan from a little brand that’s slowly gaining recognition. The Throwback’s name might throw you off but it is a true all park slayer do it all deck. After a reign of two years the Arbor Blacklist has lost out to relative newcomer MarHar and their Throwback. Read the review below to understand why.
Board: MarHar Throwback
Camber Option: Rocker Stache. Full center reverse camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, that cool crisp bite in the air, and some moderate winds.
Flex: Softer in the tips stiffening up between the feet with a fair amount of torsional give. Over all this is a solid middle of the road all mountain freestyle flex.
Stability: The carbon web in this board helps with some of the chatter typically associated with center reverse cambered decks. Plowing through push mounds and over ruts of death I was not bucked around at all. The board is stable yet lively which doesn’t make for a dead damp ride.
Ollies: If you want pop from a board with reverse camber you have to add things to it like carbon or bamboo. In MarHars case they added both and it pays off. Setting up for an ollie off a roller is easy as it is very skate inspired.
Pop On Jumps: Going into a jump isn’t an issue as the board just wants to be in the air. Hit the end of the lip, snap, and prepare yourself for some air time.
Butterability: The softer blunt shaped tips let you lock into presses and play around. There’s a perfect sweet spot outside the insert pack that just wants to be bent to whatever angle your heart desires.
Jibbing: The blunt shape gives a great flat spot for presses and when you lock in you just glide. Between the feet this board slides perfectly and doesn’t have anything to fear in terms of edge lock ups.
Carving: The Attack Arc side cut gives micro contact points under foot. This allows for better edge control under foot which is usually washy on a center reverse cambered deck. I spent most of the day just laying hard carves around the park seeing how deep I could go. For those that have ridden Arbors Griptech it’s a very similar concept.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants reverse camber they can carve with while still being able to play around in the park or charge the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: Take everything I said about the 2013 model and flip it. The tweaks to this boards sidecut, flex pattern, weight, and tip shape are absolutely amazing. This board hauls ass in a carve without feeling like it was going to wash out, can go into a jib and press, and still hit a jump. This board is the culmination of some advances in technology, geometries, and materials. When it comes to American made product I’m not going to lie that I’m one of the harshest critics as there’s a ton of crap on the market that slaps the good ole U.S.A. made label on it to sell product. This is not one of those decks, this could single handily be one of the best built boards from this country I have ever ridden.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us for review from MarHar Snowboards marketing department.