Board: DC Space Echo
Camber Option: Traditional Camber. Stuff your dad rode, or you did if you’re really old.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, warm temps, and firm fast early morning snow.
Flex: This board is a twin flex in a directional package that harkins back to the olden times. It’s a bit on the stiffer side making it lean more towards all mountain and less towards freestyle. There’s a fair bit of torsional give.
Stability: This board is stable and lively which means that it doesn’t dampen everything when it comes to vibrations or chatter. Most notably there was a bit of getting bucked around in heavy chunder.
Ollies: Having traditional camber adds to the pop of this deck. It was easy to load up and boost off sidehits, rollers, and natural features. At times I found that I could really send it deep if I wanted to.
Pop On Jumps: This board is designed for jumps or more importantly the halfpipe. It sucks up lips with ease as well as trannies and lets you snap hard for optimal boost.
Butterability: This took a lot of effort and I mean a lot. Pushing into the snow was a chore at times and getting the board to swivel around really stressed the leg muscles.
Jibbing: Go fast, press hard, and hope it works out. This board is designed for high speed jibbing and that’s it. Can it jib? Yes, but much like can any snowboard ride pow it might not be the best tool for someone looking for a jib deck.
Carving: The sidecut is great for railing turns and digging in deep. Set up turns as well as long drawn out carves initiate easily and stay locked in. When railing Euro-carves I found that this board can be pushed hard to get low and will spring out of the turn if you load the tail.
Rider in Mind: The oldschool guy that’s still wanting a little bit of directional-ness to his board and loves camber.
Personal Thoughts: I would have loved to have seen how this board rode a half pipe. I can only imagine how well this thing will push through a transition and up a pipe wall. This board is a straight old school throwback to the a deck that has a lot of camber and a stiffer flex to make it work for you. Was it a deck for me? No, definitely not. But it fits in well as a throwback to the guys that need something like this.
Comparable Boards: Capita DOA, Interior Plain Project Honalee, Ride Burnout
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This board was loaned to us for review from DC Snowboards marketing department.