The Rush is a board we have featured before in our review and award series. In 2013 it won a Best Good Platinum Wood Test Award Pick for being a solid all mountain freeride board. In 2015 how will this board from Flow stack up?
Board: Flow Rush
Camber Option: I-Rock. A rocker with convex base in the middle, camber under foot, and flat right before the tip up-kick.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: 6 inches of fresh over night as reported at 6 a.m., high winds, wind scoured groomers, and more snow puking on top of all that with the sun occasionally poking through.
Flex: It’s a slightly stiffer all mountain freestyle board. The most play can be found out in the tips but from the flat area of the camber profile through the middle it’s stiffer. The torsional give is minimal which makes it a little bit more rigid.
Stability: This board is designed with stability in mind. Having ABT (Augmented Base Technology) between the feet dampens chatter. Then there’s the Whiskey Royale construction that has dampening plates near the feet to also absorb chatter. This was most notable when charging through the wind blown groomers into pushed around powder piles. There was never a point this board wanted to buck me. It’s a smooth stable ride.
Ollies: The amount of pop in this board can be characterized as solid but not overly abundant. Hitting natural poppers all day it never once let me down. The snap is on point for getting the pop you need to boost over small trees, over wind lips, and off cliffs.
Pop On Jumps: The closest thing to a jump I hit all day was some side hits that had formed and a cat track gap. But much like how this board ollies it wasn’t a let down.
Butterability: The softer tips and the flat spot actually give a great platform for doing butters whether on groomers or in deep pow. The flex isn’t so stiff in the middle that you can’t work the board to get what you want.
Jibbing: The closest thing to a traditional jib that was hit all day was some log pole jams. The board absorbed the tranny into them and slide with ease. Sure not an accurate fair assessment but based off other characteristics it’s safe to say this board could press/jib with a bit of effort from the rider.
Carving: Riding on wind scoured groomers is one of the worst conditions to be in but also the best to see how the edge holds. Only once did the edge give out in a carve and that can be more attributed to blasting through a waist deep wind lip then hitting pure sheet ice. Short carves are easy and take minimal effort to transition from edge to edge. Long hard drawn out carves do take a bit more work but the hybrid camber profile helps the edge grip underfoot which allows for the rider to steer it better.
Rider in Mind: The all mountain freestyle guy that wants a stiffer twin they can play around with on the mountain as well as the park.
Personal Thoughts: The biggest thing to note is that the last time I rode this board the ABT (Augmented Base Technology) was far more pronounced. The newer version has been mellowed out and that makes it less noticeable. This board is a true all mountain freestyle beast. Sending it off 15 to 20 foot drops and cornices it always absorbed the harsher impacts with ease. Carving on the wind scoured groomers showed how versatile the edge was on this. Over all I would put this board more on the all mountain side and less on the freestyle.
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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.