Board: The Outsiders
Camber Option: New Age Profile. Traditional camber into a flat zone by the contact points.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Warm temps, sunny blue skies with a few clouds poking through, moderate winds, snow that was firm and fast in most spots.
Flex: This is the true definition of a middle of the road park flex. You have play in the tips that has snap, stiffer under foot, and then that same playfulness between the feet. The torsional flex matches the flex in the tips.
Stability: Dampness might not be this boards strong suit, but liveliness is. This board absorbs bumps and contours in the snow without bucking you. What you will notice is a little chatter in the tips at speed, but not enough to aggressively fatigue your legs as the day goes on.
Ollies: The amount of snap in this board is on the same level as the amount of awesomeness it holds. You can boost! And I mean BOOST! This is one of the easiest camber dominant profiles to load up and get serious snap out of. There’s no man handling needed and that makes this board a weapon around the mountain.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home hitting a jump. It loads up and boosts with ease which gives you ample time to set up a spin or to spot your landing. Small or large, don’t sweat it.
Butterability: There’s a sweet spot right outside the bindings that you can lock a butter into and it will hold. With the snap of this board you will have to hold your weight or press into it a bit harder than with other decks, but what you get in return is a board that will pop out of anything with ease.
Jibbing: Much like buttering there’s a great sweet spot for locking into presses. Going sideways on a feature the camber profile hugs it and slides along effortlessly. This is one of those boards that if you want to jib, then do it and know that the minor work you’ll put into it, is worth it.
Carving: This board isn’t built for deep tight hard carves where you’re grabbing the rail and going for it. What you get is a board that’s great at initiating a turn and doing a long wide swooping carve. The edge to edge initiation comes with minimal effort and doesn’t hang up.
Rider in Mind: The well balanced park rider that wants some camber in their life.
Personal Thoughts: This board hasn’t sucked in the past and it doesn’t suck now. It’s a deck you can push yourself on and it will push back but not overwhelm you. I found myself popping off everything in sight and trying to press into whatever I could. This is the truest definition of a freestyle board you can ride just about everywhere.
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