Board: Yes. PYL (Pick Your Line)
Camber Option: Directional CamRocker. More rocker in the nose and less in the tail, with an offset traditional camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Early morning firm spring groomers with sugar snow in the shady ungroomed areas. Sunny blue skies with high wind.
Flex: True directional flex with a softer nose and stiffening up as it goes towards the tail. I would put it slightly above a middle of the road all mountain freestyle or slightly below a stiffer directional freeride board. The torsional give was highly abundant.
Stability: With more rocker in the nose on groomers I noticed a lot of flapping in the tip. This translated to chatter resonating back to the front binding. Other than that though, there was very little chatter that this board didn’t absorb. While lively it was still damp and fun to get into varying terrain and not worry about it washing out or bucking me.
Ollies: This board has some good snap especially if you loaded just your back foot to pop. This is due to the directional camrocker. I feel if I had gotten this into some softer snow with natural features I would have been boosting off everything in sight.
Butterability: The nose is really long and has a lot of rocker. You can press into it on a 180 to butter real well. I do recommend having some speed behind you when you do it as at slow speeds it was a bit hooky.
Carving: Here’s the thing that sets this board apart from other boards that are meant to be versatile enough to ride powder and still hit the resort. Those boards usually end up sacrificing edge hold on firm or icy snow, this board did not. Instead it bit in to a carve and let you drive the board. With the directional flex you could slingshot out of turns and transition into the next carve. Over all this board is meant for high speed carving as at slow speeds the turns just sort of skid around.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going to pick his line and go where he wants and needs a board that isn’t afraid to float and carve.
Personal Thoughts: God I wish I could have gotten this into some deep snow. I think this board would have been really at home there. While in some soft sugary snow in the shade I could feel the tail sink down an inch or so with ease. The edge hold on this board is great for what this board is geared for as it’s not a predominately resort oriented deck.
Comparable Boards: Rossignol Templar, K2 Turbo Dream, Ride Berzerker
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This board was loaned to us for review from Yes Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2017 so we carried the 2016 review over.