Board: Flow Solitude
Camber Option: Pow Cam. Set back camber with early rise tips.
Bindings: Flux DS
Stance: 21 Wide 12 Negative9 Goofy
Boots: DC Lynx 8.5
My Weight: 155
Conditions: A late season pow dump hit the mountain dropping nearly 18 inches of fresh snow.
Flex: Stiffer for an all mountain deck or a little on the softish side for a freeride deck. It’s one of those boards that hovers between characteristic flex of either type of board.
Stability: Groomer pow in Colorado gets tracked out in about 30 min so getting back to the lift anywhere usually takes more effort than what you rode up top. This board crushed through it but was still lively enough to make it not boring doing so. This board is designed to be super stable and it was.
Ollies/Pop: It’s a little bit stiffer so if you’re upsizing like I did then it takes a little muscle, but pre-load the tail and it has some great boost. On rollers and in deep snow the pop when initiate just boosts.
Butterability: Pow butters are so fun. It’s definitely not that surfy lay back kind of slashy butter, but you can just lean into it, power through, and kick up so much snow.
Carving: Turning through pow was great. The tip kick and nose shape combo was great and really didn’t take much effort to keep it up and out. Took a while to find some not deep zones to really feel the sidecut, but when I did it was pretty much what I have come to expect from Flow. Dialed. What kind of turn do you want? It’ll do it. Even the big size was fairly nimble and made quick turns a breeze.
Rider in Mind: Freeride all mountain slayer or BC Freestyle.
Personal Thoughts: Really a great addition to Flows already pretty damn dialed line. Even being a bigger board than I really should have been riding it handled great and never really felt cumbersome. The trees even felt fine too. Definitely a well balanced all mountain/freeride deck.
Comparable Boards: K2 Turbo Dream, Rossignol Angus, Ride Berzerker
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This board was loaned to us for review from the Flow Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2017 so we carried the 2016 review over.