Board: Marhar Woodsman
Camber Option: Zero Camber. A flat to rocker camber profile. It has more rocker in the nose than in the tail.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Cold temps, overcast skies, a little wind, anywhere from an inch to four inches.
Flex: It’s a mid flexing directional pattern. You get more flex in the nose progressively stiffening up towards the back insert pack and then a little more flex. There’s a bit of torsional give, but not a bunch.
Stability: With a board this wide that’s where a lot of the stability comes from. That added girth shifts the volume. Where this board loses a bit of its stability is in the nose as you have such an abundance of it with rocker. At speeds you’ll notice that the nose starts to flap which sends back vibrations and chatter into the front insert pack.
Ollies/Pop: With such a tiny tail all your pop is initiated from how hard you can spring off your back foot. There are poppier volume shifted decks out there, but this board has a skate styled pop to its benefit. What this means is you can be a little looser with initiating the snap because of the rocker.
Butterability: This board is hooky when you try to pow butter the nose. Then again anything with this much nose, surface area, and set back would be. It doesn’t help that the tip of the board is shaped like a dagger so it wants to dig in.
Carving: While not a traditional powder board the Woodsman lends itself to that surf the whole mountain mentality. What this means is you need a board that can carve when you’re on a groomer, and this board does just that. The sidecut is just deep enough to dig in on edge and hold it. If you want to grab rail and go super deep though the board kind of flat lines. It hits a wall and won’t let you push it further.
Rider in Mind: The tree riding resort powder hound that wants a volume shifted deck so they can have the same surface area underneath them without the length.
Personal Thoughts: This board has some limitations. In a time when we’re seeing more and more volume shifted fun sized surf decks the shape sticks out. You have a slight pin tail that lets you get up on end and do aggressive wheelies on, the nose cuts in and out of the snow with ease. The flex pattern could use a bit more torsional give to allow you to ride trees like a banked slalom better. For a first year offering it has potential and in year two I foresee that the board will have the appropriate tweaks it needs to contend with others like it.
Comparable Boards: K2 Cool Bean, Rossignol Sushi, Rome Powder Division ST
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