Making a board that is affordable but still powerful is always a hard thing to achieve. Flow does that with the Verve which features their EZ-Rock camber profile and a snappy but forgiving flex pattern.
Board: Flow Verve
Camber Option: EZ-Rock. Mellow rocker between the feet, camber under foot, and flat out to the up kick in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny mid day slush laps, warmer temps, mashed potato snow, and a bit of wind.
Flex: In my opinion this board comes in at being a little bit above a jib noodle but below its big brother the Era in terms of flex. The tips are soft and playful, underfoot is the stiffest most responsive spot, and then the same flex that is in the tips is in between the feet. The torsional give has a lot of play as well.
Stability: The only stability you will find is if you get on a perfectly groomed run that has soft snow. Otherwise this board just goes with the flow of every contour and snow variation on the slopes.
Ollies: For a board this soft it surprisingly has a fair amount of pop. I’ve ridden poppier decks but don’t be afraid to boost off a roller or side hit and try to send it to the moon, you might not make orbit but you should still be content.
Pop On Jumps: While I’m no where near as good a rider as Tim Humphries or hit jumps like he does, the small to medium sized ones I did hit I was able to get ample pop to not knuckle.
Butterability: Here’s where this board excels. The tip shape, camber profile, and flex all come together as one cohesive unit to play around on the snow. Back 180 to switch nose press? Sure go for it with ease. Oh you want to just pretend to be Mike Rav and spin around on the ground? Yeah that’s not an issue either.
Jibbing: Slow or fast you can take a jib at whatever pace you want. This board is there to press, slide, and bonk across anything in your path. Just send it.
Carving: While the flex will be the restricting aspect of carving on this board the sidecut does allow you to drive hard through a carve to a point, after that point though expect to wash out. I would say it’s better suited for quick tight set up carves or lazy turns.
Rider in Mind: Jib kid that still hits jumps or someone that likes a softer park board with hybrid camber.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been a few years since I got on this board and the one thing I noticed is that the snap seemed to have changed for the better. It was just a little bit poppier. Over all though it still rides like a downgraded Era which isn’t a bad thing.
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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.