Board: Burton Instigator
Camber Option: Flat top. Flat to rocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Middle of the day chop so snow that was pushed around and chundery, over cast skies, moderate wind, and the occasional burst of sun breaking through.
Flex: This board is on the softer side making it very playful. I wouldn’t say it’s jib noodle soft, but more like a beginner board soft. There’s a ton of play in the tips that is only accentuated by the rocker then it stiffens up every so lightly between the insert channels. There was an abundance of torsional flex.
Stability: Throw the notion of stability out the window. This board got bucked around in every type of terrain I took it on including a flat cat track. It’s lively yet not damp at all which means at speeds you’ll feel and see the chatter.
Ollies: With a skate like snap to it this board gets the job done, but isn’t as responsive as other decks out there. You can load it up but even then it’s a waste of your efforts as this board is almost 100% dependent on being popped like a skateboard.
Pop On Jumps: Keep it to the smaller stuff and you’ll be fine. I found that unless the lip had a lot of pop to it you weren’t going to be snapping that hard.
Butterability: Want to butter but are kind of lazy and not that good? Don’t worry this board has you covered, between having rocker in the tips and being soft you can do it all. So lay into those presses and manipulate the board how you want.
Jibbing: Go slow or fast, it doesn’t matter, this board has you covered in the jib department. It’s soft and playful which means as long as you know how to hit a jib feature you’re golden.
Carving: You can get this board to wash out if you push it past its limits, which due to its flex isn’t that hard. It does initiate a turn easily but from there it sort of settles into this mediocre turn or carve. It’s more suited to someone learning than to someone that’s charging.
Rider in Mind: The guy on a budget that’s starting out or just upgrading to a board they can progress with.
Personal Thoughts: I over powered this board all day. It wasn’t hard, I knew I was going to. It was one of those decks that I could manipulate how I wanted to. While not for me it would be a fun deck for someone that’s progressing and figuring out how to surf the snow or play around in the park. There is 5mm’s of taper which will benefit the rider in soft snow with floating the tip or slashing some pow.
Comparable Boards: Rome Gangplank, Flow Verve, Gnu Money
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