Board: DC Supernatant
Camber Option: Micro camber. This is DC’s version of the flattened out camber that has replaced traditional camber. So camber in front of the inserts to the upkick and flat from insert pack to insert pack.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: What some might call “hot pow”. Sunny blue skies, warm spring temps, and snow that was neither fresh nor powder but rode like heavy powder.
Flex: The nose and tail of this board are slightly stiffer than the mid section. This adds a decent amount of torsional give to the board. Overall the flex ranks somewhere in the middle of the road spectrum for powder decks.
Stability: Riding through chunder and heavy snow this board never once bucked me. It is lively so you will feel a bit of play in the tips, especially at speed. On edge while on groomers it never once wanted to wash out or buckle when I pressed it hard.
Ollies/Pop: Having a minimal camber profile helps add some pop to this board. Load it up and embrace the snap and you’re golden, or go fast while trying to pop like a skateboard and you’ll be fine. Over all this deck has boost, much like all the DC decks coming out of the Mothership Factory.
Butterability: The tips take a little bit of work to press so you’ll have to manipulate your weight into them to get the response you want. Finding the sweet spot will take a little bit, but once you do you can butter till your heart is content.
Carving: This is the first time riding this deck I had a little bit of an issue when carving. As the day progressed it went away, but I noticed it especially on my heelside edge. It could have been that it was a fresh out of the wrapper board, or that there is a slight tweak to the sidecut with them switching factories. I will say though that once I hammered this board for an hour or so the problem went away and it could rail turns. Laying down hard Euro-carves on groomers was a blast.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a powder board that has freestyle tendancies.
Personal Thoughts: As I mentioned when talking about how it carves, I had an issue with the heelside edge not engaging properly. Could it have been user error, maybe? But I think it was the fact it was a new board that I needed to hammer to break the fiberglass in because once I did that the problem went away. Overall though the board rides similar to last years model but with a hair more snap, I attribute that to the new factory its coming out of.
Comparable Boards: Ride Timeless, K2 Carveair, Rome Sawtooth
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This board was loaned to us for review by DC Snowboards marketing team.