Board: Smokin AnNIALator
Camber Option: ATX. A completely flat camber profile meaning there’s nothing positive or negative about it.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5, 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: A few scattered clouds in the skies, mild winds, with warmer than average February temperatures. This made the snow firm, fast, and chundery.
Flex: Just below a middle of the road park flex that allowed it to be more jib oriented with snap. The furthest reaches of the tips were soft and playful while it started to stiffen up under foot. Between the feet was well balanced and playful yet responsive.
Stability: More stable than the Team Ltd. I rode yet still lively enough to feel the variations in the snow under foot.
Ollies: This board has snap. As you don’t need to load up the camber profile to pop it was a very skate styled snap. Riding around hitting side hits and boosting off rollers was a breeze.
Pop On Jumps: This board can handle most medium sized jumps but truly excels at hitting transitions like hips and banks as well as smaller jumps. The pop is there so don’t feel like you have to let the lip of the obstacle throw you.
Butterability: The tip shape is fun for buttering on as it’s a very steep upkick. Add to that a flex pattern designed for sizzling and swivling and you’re golden.
Jibbing: If you know who Nial Romanek is then you know he’s made a career out of jibbing. This board showcases that. The blunted abrupt upkick in the tips locks into presses with ease, while the flat camber doesn’t make you fight to boardslide.
Carving: The sidecut on this board is perfect for ripping long drawn out carves as well as laying into a hard Euro-carve. Short set up turns are nothing to worry about. This deck feels perfectly at home on edge. Having a asymmetrical sidecut doesn’t hurt either and really lets you balance out ripping on your heelside edge.
Rider in Mind: The all park ripper that still likes to get out and make some aggressive turns from time to time.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve never ridden this board, but have wanted to for a few years. It blew me away with how well rounded it was. Versatile park decks like this are what make riding inside the terrain park more fun.
Comparable Boards: Rome Gang Plank, DC Ply, Yes Jackpot
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This board was loaned to us from Smokin Snowboards for review.