Board: Sims Dealers Choice
Camber Option: Shockwave Camber. Camber through the middle with a flat section in front of the insert packs.
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, warmer spring temps, firm snow up high to slush down low, and a bit of wind.
Flex: This board has a unique flex pattern. It’s soft way out in the tips, then stiffens up before the insert pack, then softens back up, then is a little stiffer in the middle, and the torsional flex has enough to make it snappy.
Stability: For a more park oriented board this deck was very stable in the variable conditions I was riding. You could feel the micro vibrations but the larger ones were absorbed.
Ollies: Loading up the camber profile really allowed you to boost on this board, but if you were feeling lazy you could just skate pop off natural hits and not worry. I found myself seeking out rollers and side hits to see how far and high I could pop with this deck.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps. The snap off the lip gives you what you could want out of a board in the jumps. I wouldn’t hesitate to hit a small, medium, or large jump with this board at all.
Butterability: The tips have an immense sweet spot to lock into. When you’re locked in, you’re locked in, but you will find yourself having to keep your weight over the board to not snap out of it. High speed butters were a blast.
Jibbing: This board locked in to all the boxes and rails I hit. A few times I found myself coming off the lip crooked and this board would compensate when I set it down on the rail. Basically it did what you would think it would do.
Carving: Setting up a turn took little effort which made the boards edge to edge turn initiation easy. Long hard carves left trenches in the snow and when really center flexing the board you can get low and rip a hard turn.
Rider in Mind: The park guy that’s doing it all and wants a board that has a bit more oompf to it.
Personal Thoughts: Sims is on track here with the Dealers Choice. It played all the cards it was dealt with ease. From railing turns to finding tranny’s I never once felt this board couldn’t keep up with what I was doing.
Comparable Boards: Rossignol Retox, Rome Gangplank, Interior Plain Project Harrow
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