Neepo Snowboards is a relatively new brand to the snowboarding landscape, hailing from Norway but built in the United States up near Tahoe. The Retrofuture is their answer to a cambered park board for hard charging riders. This is their 2014 offering of a board built to ride like a classic snowboard.
Board: Neepo Retrofuture
Camber Option: Traditional camber.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird with a little bit of wind. The snow started off completely frozen and rather scary then warmed up to that early spring slush that’s still fast but chunky.
Flex: It’s that typical twin park board flex we all know and love. Little bit of give in the tips, stiffening up as it gets closer to the insert pack, and then just a twinge of torsional give.
Stability: Compared to the Antifuture this board is super stable when busting through chop, chunder, push mounds, small children, Ewok villages, and the like.
Ollies: With this board having traditional camber it does have snap for popping over slow signs and off rollers. Load that tail up and be ready to get some boost. The board doesn’t disappoint at all.
Pop On Jumps: Unfortunately it’s that time of the year where jumps are a bit questionable at best. But what constitutes a jump or at least a tranny finder worked real well for testing jump pop. This board is designed to hit all sized jumps with ease.
Butterability: This is not a slow dork around butter stick for the lazy this board is designed to be man handled at high speeds.
Jibbing: The sweet spot takes a few laps to figure out but once you do you can land in nose or tail presses with ease. Once again this board is designed for high speed jibbing in my opinion making it more of a slopestyle oriented board.
Carving: The sidecut is meant to grip and rip. Lay in hard on edge, center flex the board, and watch the trench you leave in your wake. This board just wants to be carved hard.
Rider in Mind: High end park rider that’s hitting jumps and jibs at high speeds and not stopping between hits.
Personal Thoughts: This board was super fun for charging around the mountain at high speeds and not trying to do 10 million different gypsy combos at one time. Would I recommend this for someone that wants to try and jib a lot? Probably not but if you were planning on doing slopestyle this might be the deck for you.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us from the Neepo Snowboards marketing department.