Board: Global Warmer
Camber Option: Low Camber. A minimalist traditional camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: There was a slight gray haze to the sky with the sun poking through, a little wind, warmer spring temps, and firm fast snow.
Flex: This board is a soft jib noodle. I mean soft. The only spot that is mildly stiff is under foot where the carbon placements are side to side. There’s an abundance of torsional give which really allows you to center twist the board.
Stability: Throw the idea of stability out the window you will feel everything and get bucked around.
Ollies: Having camber helps with this boards pop, but due to the flex you have to know how to lock and load the board in otherwise it will just buckle and not snap as it should. Sometimes I would get great pop with this thing and sometimes I would find myself going what the fuck just happened.
Pop On Jumps: Keep it to the small and mediumish jumps and you’ll be fine. There’s a little bit of pop to give you some oompf but not a lot.
Butterability: On a plus side the TBT helps you from catching your tips and the soft flex really lets you bend and spring this board around as you please. There is an immense sweet spot for getting your weight over this board and once you’re in it you can go to town.
Jibbing: I haven’t pressed a board with traditional camber this easily in a long time. It locks into presses and really lets you flex the shit out of the deck. You can over-flex it if you push it too hard though. Sliding sideways is easy enough and you have the added bonus of not catching as the board has TBT.
Carving: Mild set up turns are where this thing is fine, pushing it into a Euro-carve and you’ll find yourself washing out. The board is easily manipulated to do whatever you want on edge due to the soft flex, but you can over compensate which will have you washing out.
Rider in Mind: Someone that likes to jib and ride camber.
Personal Thoughts: They’ve really softened this up since the last time I rode it. This thing is a fucking jib noodle to the max and you can flex this thing to hell and back with ease. Over all it’s a fun fuck around board, but pushing it past that makes you want more.
Check out the past reviews of the 2015 Global Warmer.
Comparable Boards: Ride Kink, Rome Gang Plank, Endeavor Live
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This board was loaned to us for review from Bataleon Snowboards marketing department.