Marhar Snowboards, that little company out of Michigan that keeps garnering attention and rightfully so with their ability to build decks that don’t suck. The Liftem is their flat cambered, blunted shaped, softer park destroyer.
Board: Marhar Liftem
Camber Option: Flat camber. Neither positive nor negative.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 165lbs
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with warmer spring like temps. 4 inches of snow had fallen over night. The warmer temps made the snow heavy and packy in the morning then firm and fast as it got more tracked down as the day went on.
Flex: It’s below a true middle of the road flex but still above a full blown jib board. This makes it versatile but playful.
Stability: The flex pattern has a lot of give which makes the board flex with the natural contours of the snow. While not a highly damp ride it still holds up well in choppy terrain and doesn’t buck you around.
Ollies: This board has snap and boost. The pop out of the tips from the carbon webbing delivers right to where you want it to accentuate when trying to boost. This isn’t a board you need to preload the tips to get the pop you want.
Pop On Jumps: For being a flat board this surprisingly boosted really well. Taking the tranny and lip of jumps was never an issue and you could get optimal snap.
Butterability: The tips are softer which only adds to the fun when buttering around. Land on the flat part of the blunt shape and it just locks in to the press and lets you play around. This is a board you don’t have to work for to get a good butter out of, but it has rebound in it which will give you pop out of any press you lock into.
Jibbing: Much like buttering this board can press real well on features. The sweet spot is maximized due to the flat camber so finding it isn’t hard. You can really get on top of this board when hitting jibs. The blunt shape is great as well as it creates a perfectly flat surface to get wild.
Carving: The sidecut grips well for short radius quick turns. This allows for on the fly adjustments when approaching an obstacle. Long drawn out carves that you really drive the board are not an issue. With the flex pattern of the board you can push into it with your back leg causing the middle of the board to arc and bend. This then makes for optimal fun when going through hard Euro-carves.
Rider in Mind: The play around the mountain type of rider that will occasionally push it. Spending an equal amount of time hitting features in the park as natural obstacles.
Personal Thoughts: This board stood out for two reasons. One being that the graphic is so minimal people will look at it and the other for its all mountain versatility. While being a bit softer than other Marhars I’ve ridden it still retains their attention to making a well balanced deck that can do it all. Presses and butters were so easy.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Marhar Snowboards marketing department. This was a pre-production model, there could be changes in the production model.