Camber Option: Flat Camber
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, no wind, warm temps, and heavy fast spring snow.
Flex: It’s just a hair past a middle of the road park deck even though it’s being marketed as a high end jib board. The tips have a little bit more play to them than the middle from insert pack to insert pack. The torsional give is about equal to the lateral flex in the middle.
Stability: The ride itself isn’t very damp which causes you to feel every variation in the snow resonating up through the bindings to your feet. The way the sidewall is constructed though does give a smooth damp ride on edge which is unique for this board. Think of it as a cross between a capped and sidewall edge, giving the benefits of a capped edge but the resiliency of a sidewall.
Ollies: It takes a little bit more to initiate the snap from this board. The snap is there and when you hit it perfectly you’re going to get the result you want, if you don’t though well be prepared to not be stoked.
Pop On Jumps: Rather than load this board up for jumps I would let the lips do the work for me. The flex coupled with how this board rode gave me a better end result.
Butterability: The tip kick is mellow in this board so getting over the nose or tail takes minimal effort, but it can hook up a bit easier. There’s a sweet spot you have to find and when you do it works well. I did find that butter variations took more effort than normal.
Jibbing: This is what it’s designed for. It locks in and presses or slides like you would expect. I was on a pre-production model that was a bit stiffer so it took a little extra effort to get the result I wanted.
Carving: Here is where this board stood out. The sidecut is great for ripping deep turns. With the way the sidewall dampens you could just rail a hard carve through chunder and it wouldn’t buckle.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a unique shaped high end jib board that is fun around the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: I was given a pre-production model that was a bit stiffer than what will be available to the public. As a result of knowing this I wrote the review around that. For a first year deck I think there’s some room for improvement, but The Degenerati concept is to fill a niche left in the marketing place from another brand dumping their team of unknowns while still having a board and gear available to the public. Think of this as a bit more subversive brand that won’t resonate with the everyman.
Comparable Boards: Rome Gangplank, Ride Kink, Interior Plain Project Harrow
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