Board: Smokin Team Ltd.
Camber Option: TTX. Smokin’s version of camber 2.0. TTX is a suspended camber with a hinged rocker point in the middle to give it more flex and play.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 18 Negative 15 21.5 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: A warm February thaw came through with temps in the mid 40’s. This made the snow heavy and fast under the sunny bluebird conditions.
Flex: Soft. This is possibly the softest Smokin board in their line up. The tip and tail have the most flex with the board being slightly stiffer under the bindings. Due to the TTX’s hinge point in the dead center you get a lot of play there both laterally and torsionally.
Stability: You can feel everything with this board whether charging around the mountain or playing around inside the park.
Ollies: The camber profile does let you load up and snap the board which is nice. If you like snapping off side hits or boosting a roller this board will keep you pleasantly entertained.
Pop On Jumps: I wouldn’t call this a jump board by any means. Keep it simple and keep it small as the flex pattern isn’t conducive to letting you hit a medium to big jump.
Butterability: Here is where this board shines through. The tip kick is very minimal which makes it easier to lock into a ground press as you don’t have to leverage it as much. The flex pattern is designed for throwing this board around any way you want.
Jibbing: The sweet spot in the tips is immense on this board which makes it easy to lock into nose and tail presses. Having a semi-traditional camber allows for better board slides on jibs as well. OVer all this board is at home on rails and jibs.
Carving: The flex pattern can get overwhelmed if you’re a hard charging rider. I found when driving through hard carves and pushing the tail it would sometimes wash out. The slightly asymmetrical sidecut is noticeable when you’re in softer snow and leveraging the board on edge which makes for a nice added bonus.
Rider in Mind: Someone that spends more time doing flat ground tricks than charging the mountain or is riding a rope tow rail park.
Personal Thoughts: Is there such a thing as possibly being too soft? Yes. Is this board bordering on that? In my opinion it is. Which makes for an interesting ride as the board does have limitations. If you can find the threshold of these limitations you’ll be golden, if you can’t you’ll probably be sitting on your ass.
Check out the past review of the 2015 Smokin Team Ltd.
Comparable Boards: Ride Kink, Rome Artifact, Yes Public
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This board was loaned to us for review from Smokin Snowboards marketing department.