Every year we say the same thing, we all started somewhere, which is why it’s important to remember beginners when doing board reviews. Flow nailed it with the Merc for 2015. It balances versatility with ease in a board that won’t hold back a rider as they progress.
Board: Flow Merc
Camber Option: EZ-Rock. Reverse between the feet, camber under foot, and flat out towards the tips.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Mix of sun and clouds, warmer temps, and soft snow.
Flex: Slightly softer all mountain freestyle board. More play in the tips, stiffer under foot, and finally just a hair softer between the feet. The torsional give is ample but not so overbearing that you can twist the board with minimal effort.
Stability: This board is stable on mellow groomers and in snow that hasn’t been pushed around or chopped up too much. In really rutted terrain you will feel everything in mildly rutted or bumpy terrain not so much. At speeds you will see the tips flutter and cause chatter.
Ollies: Having a camber zone under foot adds to the pop of the board. While it’s not a deck that has a huge wow factor, it does have enough to sustain itself for popping rollers, side hits, and off lips on to urban approach features.
Pop On Jumps: This board can handle small to medium sized jumps with ease. The EZ-Rock camber profile allows you to load up the tail and boost.
Butterability: The tips softer flex with that flat camber area gives a very wide area for pressing on snow. The over all camber profile allows for independent play under each foot which helps with different butter variations.
Jibbing: The flex, camber profile, and shape of the board allow for it to be a great board to introduce you to pressing on boxes and rails. It’s not so stiff you have to work for it, but also not so soft that the board just buckles and folds.
Carving: The sidecut grips well and locks into long drawn out carves. As you go faster and push the board while flexing the center it digs in harder and drives through the arc of the carve. When exiting a turn the nose does spring out and you will find yourself carving from your back foot locked in.
Rider in Mind: The beginner that wants a board that will do it all on and they can progress with, without fear of outgrowing it.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been two years since the last time I rode this deck. It’s gotten a bit softer and more versatile in that time. This time around it just carved, jibbed, jumped, buttered, and rode the snow a lot better. It was nice to know that while this board is geared more for the progressing beginner someone that was more advanced could have fun on it.
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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.