Board: Sims Blade
Camber Option: Traditional camber with a micro early rise in the tip.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, puking snow to mellow snow falling, death chunder underneath fresh powder, minimal winds, and warmer temps.
Flex: This board has a throwback flex pattern reminiscent of the boards of yesteryear. With a bit more flex in the nose and tail and a stiffer mid section with a little bit of torsional give you get a board that isn’t too overwhelming or underwhelming but a nice blend.
Stability: Riding through chunder and variable snow conditions you can tell this board is damp and designed to plow through snow. The snow the day I tested it was perfect for putting this board through its paces and it managed to never buckle or wash out.
Ollies/Pop: Having traditional camber means you can really load up the board to get snap. Even when doing that this board wasn’t that overly poppy. It has enough to satiate the need to hit rollers and side hits but isn’t one of those boards where you’re suddenly going bigger than you thought you were.
Butterability: The softer flexing tips give a great platform for buttering around. Add to that the micro rocker in the nose and you can really get your weight over the tip of the board and it will butter with ease.
Carving: The sidecut initiates easily and grips well. This makes it fun for laying quick turns or for throwing down one hard Euro-Carve. This is where this board sticks out in my opinion.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a bit of a throwback not only in shape, but in the ride and will spend their days carving, blasting grassers off side hits, and just riding down the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: The shape of this board was fun and great when getting into powder. It funneled the fresh snow to the sides with ease and busted through the chunder really well. While not the snappiest deck out there it had enough rebound to push through carves and still pop a sidehit or two. It did ride smaller than a 158 in my opinion which was nice.
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This board was loaned to us for review from Sims Snowboards marketing department.