Board: Flow Stout
Camber Option: I-Rock Camber. Camber under foot, rocker between the feet, and a little bit of flat out towards 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: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, no wind, snow that was starting to turn lumpy and mashed potato-like.
Flex: They claim it’s a middle of the road flex, I think it’s somewhere between beginner board and low end intermediate all mountain flex. You have a lot of play in the tips, it’s slightly stiffer under foot, and then more play between the feet. The torsional flex is abundant and very noticeable in how you drive the board.
Stability: This was a board I felt a lot of chatter in on variable terrain. It had that weird flutter effect going on in the tips that resonates back to the camber zones and makes your knees take a hammering. On smoother groomed surfaces this was less noticeable but still lingering.
Ollies: So if you want insane snap, this isn’t the board for you. It’s moderate at best and gets the job done. What you will notice is how you can load up the camber zones individually to get any snap. Speed is always the key with this board as it’s not a slow speed board to pop on.
Pop On Jumps: It gets the job done and that’s about where it ends. Would I trust it on bigger jumps? Probably not as the softer flex can’t be over compensated by the wider profile.
Butterability: Here’s where this board stood out. Between the wider platform and the I-Rock camber profile you have a deck you can bend, twist, and swivel around on till your hearts content. It’s easy to engage and won’t fight you along the way. It does what you want it to do and that’s just fine.
Jibbing: There’s a huge sweet spot in the tip and the tail where the flat point is in the camber profile. It locks in and lets you aggressively push into the board. If you want to spin around on a feature, don’t sweat it this thing doesn’t hang up and the reverse camber in the middle keeps the camber zones at bay.
Carving: You can set an edge on this board and it will hold, but be a bit chattery in variable terrain. I found when ripping a hard turn this board would sometimes wash out when pushing the tail through the softer snow. While the board does roll from edge to edge with ease it’s how you center your weight over it that makes the most difference.
Rider in Mind: Someone that has a big foot and wants a directional twinish board that can be super playful.
Personal Thoughts: This board came across as a combo of the Era and the Merc in a wider platform. Not a bad thing, just not a great thing as those boards already offer a wide version. It’s playful and fun while not being over powerful, but at the end of the day there’s no serious WOW factor to it. So if you want a board you can dominate I would say check this out.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Element, Smokin Buck Ferton, K2 Bottle Rocket
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