Board: Open Road
Camber Option: Pow Surf Camber. Camber under foot into a mellower section between the feet and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A few inches of light snow on top of about a half of a foot of snow from the previous day, high winds, colder temps, and a bit of snow falling from the sky.
Flex: This board is a mellow pow/free ride flex it’s not a true middle of the road but more a directional middle of the road. This gives you a softer flex in the nose, stiffer under the front foot, softer in the middle, and then stiffer under the back foot while getting more flexible towards the tail. There was a lot of torsional give.
Stability: While not a damp ride it was very lively. The wider frame coupled with the Pow Surf Camber is where stability derives from. It’s great at busting through chunder and scraping over ice and rutted out terrain without washing out. I did notice that the tips got a little chattery at speeds though.
Ollies/Pop: Load up the camber and prepare yourself to boost. The amount of snap you get out of this board is based off how much you put into it. When hitting a bigger side hit or natural popper this board wants to over exaggerate the lip and really boost.
Butterability: With rocker in the tips this board can butter. The nose has a longer section to really get your weight over which makes it great for locking into a press and floating through the fresh snow or even the firm snow. There’s snap from this board when buttering which is great for bringing it back around when you want to play.
Carving: Only once did I have the board buckle when ripping a hard Euro-carve on a groomer. The sidecut is great for quick and easy turn initiation but when you want to lay it over just drive that back leg into the board and send it. This deck is meant for ripping a hard carve.
Rider in Mind: Someone that will spend time playing in the powder and ripping turns as opposed to just surfing the white wave.
Personal Thoughts: This board was actually really versatile in how it rode in the snow. I could play around and still charge with ease. It was a very powder freestyle type deck which was fun for spinning backside 180’s and 360’s off features. When railing turns it just wanted to go deeper into the carve and really slingshot you out.
Comparable Boards: K2 Ultradream, Ride Berzerker, Venture Euphoria
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This board was loaned to us for review from Lago Snowboards marketing department.