Board: Process Flying V
Camber Option: Flying V. Reverse camber between the feet, traditional camber under foot.
Bindings: Stay Calm EST
Stance: 21 Wide 12 Negative 9 Goofy
Boots: DC Lynx 8.5
My Weight: 155
Conditions: Early frozen groomers later softening up to near slushy spring like conditions.
Flex: A little below mid for an all mountain deck. Softer torsionally that really allowed for some easy foot manipulation.
Stability: The rocker between the feet is fairly pronounced and that combined with a bit of a softer flex meant the board liked to walk around a bit on me at higher speeds. You really have to keep all your weight centered and evenly spread between your feet at high speeds or the whole thing just slides around. You can feel most of what’s going on under your feet and it got pushed around by death cookies and chunder.
Ollies: With the center rocker and flex pattern you’re pretty limited to a skate style snap. If you try and load up the tips you’re just going to mush the whole thing between the feet. But, if you do limit yourself to quick skate style snap it does have good return. Plenty for anything I put it through.
Pop On Jumps: Stick with that skate snap. I over cranked it a couple times off the lip and ended up pretty back seat since the board didn’t push me back. Skate snap it though and it will get you over the knuckle just fine. Landing gear is OK overall, land bolts and you’re golden, land nose or tail heavy and be prepared to really work to keep it under you.
Butterability: Mid-soft tips and rocker between the feet. Oh yeah, it’ll spread the love.
Jibbing: The tips have a huge lock spot and the lack of loadable snap means it isn’t very likely to buck you out. Not quite on the level of cheater pressing, but if you get onto your front foot and really drive that back knee in you’ll have a nice solid nose press going without having to really drive much at all into the actual nose itself. Boardslides move across the features just fine, but are harder to lock into with the center rocker. Nose/tail slides require a little bit of knee squeeze from your opposite foot to stay centered on the rail, but if you keep that in mind it will let you finish.
Carving: The board actually does have a pretty fun sidecut but the softer flex and Flying V make it more difficult to hold onto. You really can’t let your weight stray too far from the center before risking a washout. Short snappy turns are easily had, long lazy ones feel good, hard deep trenches take some more advanced foot control.
Rider in Mind: Middle of the road all mountain guy progressing everywhere.
Personal Thoughts: I think for a more seasoned and powerful rider the camber profile is really the only thing holding this back. It’s just too washy to really be fun top to bottom on Colorado mountains. For an intermediate rider who wants something fairly forgiving but confidence inspiring it’s a decent option and is likely available to just about everyone, but with some searching there are more versatile options.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Coda, Flow Blackout, Yes Basic
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This board was loaned to us for review from Burton Snowboards marketing department.