2015 has been a year of riding cambered snowboards. The DC Mega is one of these boards and while there might be a generation of riders that doesn’t understand the importance or history of camber, this board is for those that do know what it’s about.
Board: DC Mega
Camber Option: Traditional camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, icy fresh corduroy, and firm snow that later turned into mashed potatoes.
Flex: Super soft playful tips, stiffer under foot, and noticeably softer between the bindings. The torsional flex was highly soft as well.
Stability: This board is not overly stable, it has the right amount of stability for pristine conditions, but the second it gets choppy or bombed out you will feel everything. Plowing through mashed potatoes the nose would fold a lot.
Ollies: Having camber helps add to the pop out of this board. The softer tips do flatten out a bit more when engaging the board to snap. Over all though this board does have pop and can boost over slow signs, off rollers, and on to urban approach features.
Pop On Jumps: This board doesn’t disappoint on jumps. The softer flex of the board allows you to not have to preload as much as you would have had to with a stiffer board to get the camber to boost off the lip.
Butterability: The softer tips are loose and playful which makes it ideal for buttering around. Tail blocks are easy to initiate and take next to no effort. This board is at home buttering. The camber does give rebound and snap out of ground tricks so just be prepared to not cheat catching an edge.
Jibbing: The tips lock in real well for presses. Balancing over the tips is easy as the camber gives rebound and snap out of features. This board can do both high speed and slow speed jibbing which makes it a very versatile park deck.
Carving: On ice this board doesn’t want to engage and lock in, which is typical of any cambered deck that doesn’t have extra contact points on its edge. In softer snow you can lock in and rip a hard carve without having to worry about it washing out. The transition from edge to edge takes minimal effort as the softer flex of the board allows the rider to muscle over it.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that does it all but wants softer tips.
Personal Thoughts: This board was loose and playful but still had the snap and finesse one would expect from camber. Over all it got the job done. One thing to note is that it is not a damp ride and the way it’s built with its topsheet really pushes the vibrations up into the riders feet.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the DC Snowboards Rockies Rep. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.