If you were a rebellious youth you might have gotten a minor in possession ticket at some point in your life, or perhaps you are that rebellious youth who is currently dealing with one. Either way Smokin Snowboards has a board for you with the MIP. Here’s how this versatile park board stacked up.
Board: Smokin MIP
Camber Option: DTX. Flat from just past insert packs with rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Formula
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warm temps, light winds, and that awesome fast spring corn snow.
Flex: A true middle of the road consistent park flex. Softer in the tips for easier presses, stiffer under foot through the middle to allow you to stomp landings. Just the right amount of torsional give to rail turns.
Stability: There’s some chatter in the tips due to the rocker but in the flat area of the board it was smooth and damp.
Ollies: The pop in this board is enough to boost up on to jibs and off rollers. It’s not overly abundant but it’s also not lacking. The rocker in the tips lets you be a little more laid back with how you initiate your pop.
Pop On Jumps: The blunt shape really helps with initiating boost off the flat spot. This gives the board serious potential for take offs. If you want to boost a lip then utilize the potential in this board, if you want to be lazy let the lip throw you.
Butterability: The flex, rocker in the tips, and blunt shape all add to this boards ability to butter. You can press, tweak, and bend this board in whatever way you want and it always rebounds back without forcing you to push the board into a butter.
Jibbing: The blunt shape is great for locking into presses. Then you add in the rocker profile and softer flex in the tips and it only gets better. This is a deck you want to jib on.
Carving: The Magnetraction or MTX on this board helps add to its ability to carve. The softer flex in the tips lets you drive into and out turns with ease. As you transition from toe side to heelside there is never a point where it doesn’t feel that it’s gripping. This board allows you two ways of steering you can do it underfoot since it’s flat camber or you can do it out at the contact points with a more traditional camber approach.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that will venture out on the mountain in hopes of laying down a solid carve.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been years since I rode this board and it was good to know this deck had the same consistent ride. Rip a hard turn, butter around, nose press a rail, and then throw a backside 180 off a natural hit. That was just a typical run for this deck. It’s one of those boards that while it might be categorized as a park deck it has a lot of things that make it all mountain versatile.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Smokin Snowboards Rockies rep. This was a pre-production model, there could be changes in the production model.