Board: Niche Theme
Camber Option: Camber dominant hybrid. Camber 2.0
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, no wind, and snow that went from soft and fast to lumpy and chundery.
Flex: This board has a perfect blend of playfulness in the tips to stiffness under foot which gives it that ultimate all mountain freestyle feel to it. The torsional flex is there but never abundant so you can drive the board when you need to or be a bit more lax.
Stability: This board isn’t overly stable but it gets the job done. You can charge when you need to and it won’t buck you but you will have to bend your knees a bit to absorb any chatter.
Ollies: Having camber 2.0 really helps the deck pop. You can load it when you need to for optimal boost or be a bit more laid back and skate style making you more methodical with how you pop the board.
Pop On Jumps: This board is built to jump with. From small little hips to jumps, it’s got you covered. So load it up and send it off the lip.
Butterability: The softer flex in the tips helps with locking into a press on the ground. Having a softer torsional flex lets you drive the board around in circles if you want. Overall don’t hesitate to butter with this beauty.
Jibbing: There’s a great sweet spot in the tip and tail that lets you lock into a press with ease. It’s one of those things that is easy to find and know you aren’t going to fold or wash out with. This board has snap when coming out of a press and that helps you if you’re on a feature you need to pop out of. The camber zone between the feet hugs rails and gives you that superbly locked in feel.
Carving: So here’s the thing to notice with this board, you have extra contact points under foot. This allows you to steer a bit more underfoot than out at the contact points in the tips. This if anything gives this board a more playful feel when on edge and allows you to change direction on a moments notice. The edge initiation is superb on this board and you can roll from toe to heel with ease.
Rider in Mind: Freestyle focused camber loving all mountain rider.
Personal Thoughts: So here’s the thing I noticed with this board. 1. It’s a lot lighter than years past. 2. It has more snap. 3. It has a better sidecut. If anything this board is a vast improvement over its predecessors. So if you want to be eco friendly and rock a board that doesn’t suck, buy this.
Comparable Boards: Gnu Headspace, K2 Happy Hour, Capita The Outsiders
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