Every snowboard can ride powder but some are just better suited towards it. The Flow Darwin embraces the evolution of snowboards by making a swallow tail that features their Pow-Cam camber profile.
Board: Flow Darwin
Camber Option: Pow-Cam. Rocker nose, set back camber under the front foot, flat zone between the middle, camber under the back foot.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Puking snow on and off, overcast skies, colder temps, and 14 inches of snow in 24 hours.
Flex: Compared to the one we rode last year this board is a lot softer. The nose has the most give then it slowly stiffens up through the deck to the tail. The torsional give is far more abundant this year.
Stability: The board has ABT under the back foot. This acts as a dampening agent to absorb chatter. I never once felt the normal vibrations you get when you ride through chopped out powder on a groomer under my back foot. The nose does have a lot of give that allows for an abundance of chatter but once it hits that front camber zone that helps absorb it. Over all this board is highly stable.
Ollies/Pop: Since all your spring really comes from the back foot and not the tail due to it being so short the pop solely resides on your ability to make it happen.
Butterability: Well getting up on that nose is sure easy, but bringing it back around to that tail is next to impossible. Bring your A game if you think you’re going to butter this thing around.
Carving: The sidecut is sound enough to rail a turn on a groomer, if you push it too hard though you will find you’re only carving with your back foot and the rest of the board is already raised up out of the arc. This board is meant for the steep and deep.
Rider in Mind: Serious powder fanatics.
Personal Thoughts: The fact that this board is softer than the one I rode last year is awesome. It makes it far more versatile. The shape and camber profile really allow for it to get on top of the pow with minimal effort. The lack of a tail also helps when getting into tighter trees as you don’t have to worry about it hitting or hanging up on anything. The ABT in the tail is minimal but does what it is intended to do.
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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.