The Blackout is in its second year and features a lot of Flow specific technology like their four piece Augmented Base Technology (ABT). Based off a twin profile and having their new version of traditional camber this highly aggressive all mountain freeride board is for the guy that likes to charge hard but still wants a twin.
Board: Flow Blackout
Camber Option: Pop-cam. Flat between the feet, camber under foot, and flat right before the up kick in the tips. This makes for the new version of traditional camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Over two feet had fallen in the last three days, but high winds had loaded or scoured everything to make it a mix of fresh pow to heavy death chunder. The temps were unusually cold for early May and the skies were heavily overcast and blustery.
Flex: While it might have a true twin shape this board is designed for hard charging. The stiffer flex pattern makes you want to push it to limit. The tips have minimal play and from there back it only stiffens up underfoot to a very minimal area in the center that is softer. The torsional give is also very minimal.
Stability: The stiffer flex pattern and the camber profile make for a smooth stable ride. It’s damp where it needs to be but also lively. The ABT (Augmented Base Technology) zones under foot really help with dampening chatter as well as drastic impacts from dropping off things or on the run outs of cornices.
Ollies/Pop: Having the new version of camber really helps with the pop on this board. You definitely have to stay on top of it and pre-load the tail up to get the boost you want, but once you do you’re sending it.
Butterability: There’s a perfect flex point right where the camber zone meets the flat zone. If you land perfectly on it you will lock into a butter with ease, if you don’t be prepared to man handle this board to get the reaction you want. Slow buttes are not this boards forté you want to be going fast.
Carving: The sidecut is great for ripping hard carves on groomed runs. Getting out of the death chunder and onto something that resembled wind swept corduroy was great. Short quick turns or long hard ones you just always felt locked in.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants a twin with camber that is stiffer and designed for hard charging the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: This board was a lot different than what I expected. Stiff, aggressive, cambered, and a twin. Charging around through chunder and over heavy wind loaded pow it never faltered it just wanted more.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Flow marketing department. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.