Board: Slash Happy Place
Camber Option: Camrocker. Camber under foot and rocker in the tips. There is a little bit of a flat section outside the insert packs but before the rocker zones on this board.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, huge gusts of wind, and snow that went from firm and frozen to soft and mashed potatoes.
Flex: They claim this board is below a middle of the road flex, it’s probably actually right around a true middle of the road or slightly above it. There’s play in the tips but a lot of snap and rebound. Underfoot this board has a bit more stiffness than the tips and between the feet there’s more play. The torsional give is there but not abundant.
Stability: The flex pattern coupled with the Camrocker makes this board smooth and stable. It allows you to charge through heavy chundery snow with ease. It’s not overly damp but more lively which adds to the playful nature of it.
Ollies: This board has some really good snap. Whether doing micro ollies or trying to boost off a roller to prove a point, you can load up the tail and send it. This is one of the attributes of this board that really stands out.
Pop On Jumps: Small and medium jumps are a breeze, for the rider that won’t hesitate to hit the big line this board will live up to their demands. The pop off the lip of a jump is accentuated with the flex, snap, and camber profile on this deck. In short you can send it to the moon.
Butterability: You do have to put your weight behind this board to lock into a ground press, but when you do it hits the sweet spot perfectly. This makes doing butter variations a breeze.
Jibbing: Much like buttering you have to hit the sweet spot perfectly to lock in on rails and boxes. When you do there’s no limit on what can be done.
Carving: The sidecut is deep enough to do medium radius carves, pushing it into the Euro-carve zone you have to be prepared for the limitations of this board. I washed out on more than one occasion trying to get to the danger zone. Quick set up turns are easy and the edge to edge initiation takes minimal effort.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that’s doing it all and will occasionally venture around the mountain.
Personal Thoughts: This board is stiffer than they say which makes it more versatile on bigger features. There is a unique flex pattern to it with the Camrocker profile with the flat spots in it. Around the bindings is where you’ll hit flex points that help manipulate presses and slides. Over all it’s not a bad ride and probably one of the better ones from Slash I’ve been on.
Comparable Boards: Rossignol Jibsaw, Yes Typo, Flow Whiteout.
Check out the 2016 review of the Happy Place.
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This board was loaned to us for review by Slash Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2017 so we rolled the 2016 review over.