Board: Marhar Darkside
Camber Option: They claim traditional camber, but it’s actually their version of camber 2.0. Camber from outside of the insert packs into a flat area and then a micro rocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, above average warm temps, firm and fast snow, pockets of un-tracked light to heavy powder in the trees.
Flex: This is without a doubt the stiffest board in the Marhar lineup that I have ever ridden. The tips have a minimal amount of play to it then it stiffens up from just in front of the insert packs all the way through the middle. The torsional give is pretty non-existent.
Stability: This board is damp, I mean like run over a moose and think you went over a garden hose kind of damp. Whether plowing through chunder, left over snow, ruts, moguls, etc. etc. it doesn’t falter. It just wants to plow through everything.
Ollies: If you load the board up you’re going to boost, that’s just the camber property. But if you load it up and engage it right where the camber turns into the flat spot you’re going to mega boost. This board has snap if you’re willing to really dial in and be precise with how you want to pop.
Pop On Jumps: As mentioned if you’re really on point to lock in how you pop with this board you can send it. This boards flex makes it more ideal for the medium to big line than the small stuff.
Butterability: If you have legs of steel and know how to man handle a board you’ll get a butter out of it. Speed is your friend for doing anything on this board.
Jibbing: The sweet spot for presses is so tiny you have to be precise with how you lock in. One miscalculation and your boards going to droop and the press will be soggy. The camber portion between the feet though really locks in for slides.
Carving: Either the torsional flex needs to be more abundant or the sidecut needs to be a bit deeper. This board excels at mellow turns and carves. If you’re setting up for a deep hard aggressive carve be prepared for the board to plateau. It’s like it hits a wall with how hard it can drive a turn. But if you’re doing a long drawn out carve that slowly arcs across the run this board will stay locked in perfectly.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants traditional camber, American made, and a board that is a bit beefier.
Personal Thoughts: As I said to the rep when I was riding with him, this board reminds me of something I would have ridden in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. It’s a more powerful ride that gets its finesse from speed. Going slow you notice how clunky the board feels, especially in tight trees. Is it a board for everyone? No, but with a few minor tweaks it could have a broader appeal.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Relapse, K2 happy Hour, Sims Juice
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