Board: Herman Neal Pro Model
Camber Option: Traditional Camber 2.0. A mellow flat section between the feet cutting down the apex point of the arc of the camber into a very small flat section by the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: A light grey sky with clouds moving in, high winds, firm to icy snow, and above average temperatures.
Flex: Plank! This board was as stiff as a board. There was no torsional flex and I mean NONE. The tips had very little if any flex in it and from in front of the insert packs through the middle there was nothing.
Stability: With a lack of dampness in the board you could feel everything it ran over. This caused your knees and back to take the abuse. Where its stability derives from is its lack of flex. Then again if that’s the type of stability you want, you might want to rethink your ride.
Ollies: When you did find the spot to initiate the pop from this board was OK at popping. Not overly snappy and not soggy, just OK.
Pop On Jumps: After doing research into who Herman is, it seems he likes to hit bigger jumps. And after riding this board it’s clear that’s what this is designed for. Is it great at it? No. Is it OK at it? Eh, that’s debatable. If anything this board is just fucking mediocre at jumping for the average rider.
Butterability: Yeah I tried, I failed, I gave up. You should to, unless you’re about 250lbs, then you got this!
Jibbing: There’s no sweet spot in the tips to lock into presses. This board is so stiff that doing a boardslide it just does a balancing act on the rail. In all honesty speed and being a heavy set rider would be to your advantage in jibbing on this.
Carving: Here is the only place this board was good at. It can carve and the asymmetrical sidecut is great. It does take a bit more effort to get it up on edge and don’t expect to center flex the board to drive the carve. Your best bet with this is to do long drawn out carves as the sidecut locks in and stays that way.
Rider in Mind: Herman Neal? Or someone that’s in the 250lb range and wants a short board.
Personal Thoughts: I’m not sure if they sent me a preproduction sample that was built wrong, or if picking and choosing the specs from the GP87 master catalog someone overlooked the flex pattern. This board was a bear to ride. In fact the after effects are still being felt today from having to work it 100 times as hard. There’s nothing great about this board except the sidecut and even that is hampered by the flex. Overall, this thing is a giant turd.
Comparable Boards: DC Media Blitz, LibTech TRS, Gnu Riders Choice