Thrive is a relatively new brand out of Tahoe that is building itself around its online community. Their Accomplice model is a snowboard for the park guys that idolize Clark W. Griswold. Here’s what we have to say about this center reverse camber park deck.
Board: Thrive Accomplice
Camber Option: Continuous Rocker. Full center reverse camber.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny blue skies with temps in the high 30’s making the snow soft but fast.
Flex: Softer in the tips and stiffer between the feet due to the core profiling and carbon lay up. It does come across over all as a more playful and soft twin that ebbs closer to jibbing than middle of the road true park flex.
Stability: This board is not meant for being stable when charging around the mountain at break neck speeds. What you get is a lot of chatter in the tips and a small control zone between the feet.
Ollies: The board has that loose pop you get from reverse camber where you don’t have to load it up to snap off the tail. Popping over small little natural features was fun. There’s enough pop to get you on to small urban on features without much fuss.
Pop On Jumps: This is where it lacks you lose a lot of the grip with the camber profile of this board you want when you’re hitting jumps. Snapping off the lip takes a bit more effort as you have to initiate it exactly otherwise you’re just letting the jump throw you.
Butterability: Here is the high point of this board. The softer tips just want to press into the snow and give you the right amount of snap out of it to go on to your next butter. It’s playful and fun without taking any real effort to initiate a press on snow.
Jibbing: For small to medium sized features it does the job. The tips have a great sweet spot for locking in to presses and the reverse camber adds to the ease of that.
Carving: Your effective edge is so minimal it’s essentially the area between the feet and without added contact points you give up the ability to have it really lock in on a carve. When you center flex the board and really drive into the carve you can get it to turn but don’t expect it to rail Euro-Carves like other decks. This board is meant for playing around not charging.
Rider in Mind: The jib guy that wants to downsize on a board and pretend he’s hitting skateboard mega ramp when riding jumps. The same guy that thinks a 20 foot jump is HUGE and probably will never hit anything bigger.
Personal Thoughts: Have you ever seen the movie Christmas Vacation? You know the scene where Chevy Chase lubes up the saucer sled and it takes off? Think of this board as a saucer sled the effective edge is so minimal and it’s bent upwards due to the camber profile. This eliminates your edge and just makes you spin around in circles with ease. Fun board for dorking around, jibbing, and buttering but unless that’s all you do this is not a well rounded park deck.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Thrive Snowboards marketing department. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.