There once was a time when snowboards had really unique shapes that caused people to turn their heads. Dinosaurs Will Die is returning to that bygone era with the Wizard Stick. A board that looks like it should be for shredding powder, but is in fact a true twin that can slay the park. Are you man enough to be the wizard?
Camber Option: Hybrid Camber 2. Camber under foot to just past the inserts then “reverse” aka rocker in the tips to the contact points.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Stance: 22.5 18 negative 15 Goofy. Set back for pow, centered for park.
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Beaver Creek and Breckenridge
Conditions: Knee to waist deep pow ranging from heavy wind loaded to light and blower. Soft groomers with wind and overcast skies.
Flex: Just below middle of the road making it stiffer than a jib noodle but softer than most park boards.
Stability: The camber zone under foot gives it stability where it matters. In the nose due to the shape you’ll notice a bit of flapping. This does not effect the ride for the most part.
Ollies: That flat tail gives an amazing abrupt surface area for popping. This board has boost when you take into account that its camber under foot and through the mid section. Nollies are a little more difficult due to that pointed tip.
Pop On Jumps: This board can jump. You’ll never have to worry about it being limiting on that. The issues you will encounter will be hitting a lip switch as there is a chance it can catch.
Butterability: The softer flex in the tips really lets you play around. One issue I did encounter was that the pointed tip needs more rise so in soft snow or powder it wants to stick and pull you down. The flat tail sometimes also hooks up at the sharp points where it transitions from the radius to the flat.
Jibbing: Locking into presses is interesting with the nose shape. It is a little more prone to hooking on boxes and redirecting you. The tail on the other hand is great for this as the flat spot just gives an abundant amount of surface area to work with. The camber into rocker combination gives it the playfulness you’ll need when hitting rails.
Carving: Set up for a hard carve, center flex the board, and spring right out of the turn. That’s what this board does when you’re railing turns across groomers. Having it set back really lets you steer it from the back foot and drive it out of turns.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that does not want to be limited to one board as this thing doesn’t have a traditional twin tip shape or insert pack.
Personal Thoughts: The tips need more rise in them as the pointed end kept digging into heavy powder and pulling me down. The flat tail is so abrupt that it will catch on things from time to time. The high point though is this board is meant to boost, you can pop monster ollies because of that tail shape. Also be prepared to have this board turn peoples heads.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Dinosaur Will Die Snowboards marketing department. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.