Board: Smokin Buck Ferton
Camber Option: CTX. Camber under foot with reverse camber in the middle.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 inches wide 18 negative 15 goofy.
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, and heavy but fast snow.
Flex: This board comes in as just slightly under a middle of the road park flex. This makes it playful yet responsive and lively. The abundance of the flex is between the feet where the reverse camber section is.
Stability: Damp and lively is the way to describe this board. This makes the board have stability when hauling ass down a groomed run, but still stable when plowing through chunder and bouncing off side hits.
Ollies: Having camber zones under foot helps with getting decent pop out of the board. While not the most snappy deck I’ve ever been on it was nice knowing that if I needed to boost over a fence or slow sign this board wouldn’t hinder me.
Pop On Jumps: There’s two ways to hit a jump, you pop off the lip, or you let the lip throw you. With this board I recommend popping off the lip, you get a nice added bonus that doesn’t disappoint.
Butterability: Having reverse camber in the center of the board helps counter steering and twisting the board. The overall flex to the board isn’t a hindrance either. The slightly pointed tip shape gives some abrupt angles to allowing the board to play around as well.
Jibbing: This board feels at home on rails. Whether going sideways or just pressing a rail you can push into the board and know that it will lock in with ease and still have snap coming back out.
Carving: The fun thing with this board is the CTX camber profile. You can really push the camber zone down on the back foot and drive the board through a turn. Railing hard carves this board felt locked in and would slingshot back out to transition over into the next arc.
Rider in Mind: Freestyle focused all mountain rider that likes a hybrid camber profile.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been a while since I’ve ridden the Buck. In the past it’s been hit or miss with this board, but for 2017 it’s a hit. This board does not suck and has a lot of tech in it to make for a dialed in precise ride.
Check out the past review of the 2012 Buck Ferton.
Comparable Boards: Sims Dealers Choice, Rome Agent Rocker, Jones Mountain Twin
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This board was loaned to us for review from Smokin Snowboards marketing department.