Board: Dinosaurs Will Die Pow Reaper
Camber Option: Riser Camber. Rocker in the nose then flat from the front insert pack all the way to the tail.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Loveland Ski Area
Conditions: A mix of gray skies with blue poking through, some wind, some snow, and 36 plus inches of snow in the last 48 hours.
Flex: This board is playful it’s not a full middle of the road all mountain flex but not soft enough to be a playful powder park board. The rocker adds to the softer flexing tips making a hinge point while between the feet is a bit stiffer. There’s an abundance of torsional give in this deck.
Stability: The wider platform and super squared shape make it highly stable. What you get is a ride that’s lively yet knows how to suck up variable terrain so as not to buck you.
Ollies/Pop: The flat squared off tail with the abrupt upkick gives an immense platform to pop an ollie. Hitting side hits, wind lips, pow poppers, and everything in between made this board great for getting into the air.
Butterability: The softer flex and rockered shape makes it easy to initiate a butter. What you have to watch out for is when the corner of the tip catches and you get spun around. This happened to me more than once in the deep snow.
Carving: Setting an edge is easy with this board and when you really want to push it and lay down a carve it doesn’t buckle. Over all this board is designed to rip a turn.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s going to chase pow from a wide open bowl down to a snake run through the trees.
Personal Thoughts: This has one of the most unique powder shapes I have ever ridden in my life. That coffin shape draws attention to yourself and your riding. What I didn’t like is that the tip kick is so abrupt it forms a plow in the snow and doesn’t funnel it to the side. I constantly noticed myself slowing down when really charging through some deep snow. Is that a bad thing? No because the tail of this board is designed to sink and get on top of the snow. It should be noted that I rode a pre-production model that has since been changed for production. The changes include a less aggressive of a nose upkick.
Comparable Snowboards: SnoPlanks Snoday, Burton Branch Manager, Rome Blur
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This board was loaned to us from the Dinosaurs Will Die Snowboards marketing department.