Board: Flow Viper
Camber Option: Flat Rock. A flat to mellow rocker.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of grey and sunny skies, warm temps, and perfect hero snow in spots to lumpy mashed potato death chunder.
Flex: This board is soft and playful with just a bit of snap. That means you get an abundance of play in the tips, a little bit stiffer under foot, and then a lot of play in the middle.
Stability: Throw the idea of stability out the window you feel everything in this board. Chatter is its best friend and it’s goign to pay a visit to your knees.
Ollies: This board actually had snap which was nice to see in such a soft entry level deck. You could just boost off anything with ease and the more you put into it the more it would pop.
Pop On Jumps: Small to medium jumps are what you want to hit with this board, it’s just too soft for anything more and if a beginner is hitting big jumps they’re probably going to die. It does what you would expect it to do on jumps and that’s all you need.
Butterability: The flat to rocker profile is great for locking into butters. The soft flex really lets you lay into it and press the board hard.
Jibbing: There is such a thing as too much flex in a board when jibbing. This board has that if you push it too hard it will wash out. It’s not the best at really crazy technical stuff, but quick mellow presses on boxes and small rails it’s fine.
Carving: If you’re learning to carve you’ll do great on this board. If you know how to carve you might wash out. The flex doesn’t have the rebound you need to drive the board and stay locked in on hard carves. It does initiate turns really quickly though.
Rider in Mind: First timer to someone that’s gone riding a few times and is still learning the basics.
Personal Thoughts: This board is in no way shape or form designed for a rider like me, but it still got the job done. It has some snap, great flex, and a decent sidecut. If you’re just learning here you go, if you know how to ride look elsewhere.
Comparable Boards: Salomon Pulse, Arbor Formula, Burton Instigator
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This board was loaned to us for review from Flow Snowboards marketing department.
*Disclaimer this board did not change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 review over.*