Board: Monument F.V.K.
Camber Option: Park Camber. Reverse between the feet and camber under foot.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Middle of the day spring conditions which consisted of heavy mashed potatoes or corn snow. The sky was perfect bluebird, the sun was shining, and the wind was mildly prevalent. The over all temps were in the mid 40’s.
Flex: This board is on the softer side of the park board spectrum. It’s stiffer than a noodle but softer than middle of the road. The tips have an abundance of play that matches the dead center of the board both laterally and torsionally. The stiffest section is under foot where the camber zones are.
Stability: Throw the idea that you can charge the mountain out the window. This board is meant to play on everything and fell every transition or variation in the snow. There’s just enough stability to go fast into small to medium jumps.
Ollies: Between the blunted flat shape of the tip kicks and the camber profile you can ollie over anything in your path. Popping off rollers, moguls, and small children this board was at home.
Pop On Jumps: I would avoid the big line, but keeping it under 35 feet you’ll feel right at home. This board can suck up a tranny and boost off a lip with ease.
Butterability: Having that softer flex and reverse camber between the feet you can manipulate this board on either the nose or tail to do whatever you want. This board is at home playing around on the snow. There’s just enough snap out of the tips due to the camber zones to make it lively.
Jibbing: The sweet spots for presses and slides are immense. You can set this board into any press you want and never worry. The flex is perfect to make you feel locked in but still has enough snap to boost you out. Slow, medium, high, or even mach 10 speeds this board will jib perfectly for you.
Carving: The sidecut and flex pattern are great for doing in the park Euro-carves around features. You can really center flex the board to the point that up hill circle carves are effortless. Short quick turns? Not a problem either. This board has mastered the art of the carve if the operator knows what they’re doing.
Rider in Mind: The park rider that does a mix of it all on small to medium features and wants a hybrid camber profile.
Personal Thoughts: This board stood out to me from the others in the Monument quiver. It is really versatile and for being a 152 felt like it rode bigger, more like a 155. The snap and flex make it lively and fun but not over powering. By and large this is a board that will fit a lot of riders needs.
Comparable Boards: Flow Era, Rome Gangplank, K2 Bottle Rocket
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This board was loaned to us for review by Monument Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2017 so we carried the 2016 review over.