Board: Nitro SMP
Camber Option: Cam-Out Camber. A mellow camber into an early tip transition.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Puking snow, overcast skies, a little bit of fresh powder on the ground, and slightly warmer than normal temperatures for Colorado.
Flex: To say this board is a soft directional freeride board is an understatement. The overall flex lends itself more towards being a freestyle board than a freeride board. You get an abundance of flex in the nose that transitions back past the front binding to the middle of the board. There it stiffens up a little bit through the back binding to the tail. The torsional flex has a lot of give to it that mirrors that of the area under the front binding.
Stability: If you’re on a groomer you’ll be fine, but the second you get into choppy terrain, moguls, or tight trees you’re going to feel everything. Be prepared to suck up the vibrations and chatter with your knees.
Ollies/Pop: Having a modern take on traditional camber gives this board a lot of pop. You can load it up and boost when you need to. Getting into variable terrain with a lot of sidehits and moguls I found myself boosting off of them a lot.
Butterability: With the cambered profile you have to work a bit more to flex the board and ride out a long press. The board is lively so it will fight you, but as previously mentioned it’s soft. This means that you have to find the perfect balance between the sweet spot and the rebound of the board to get what you want.
Carving: The radial sidecut lets you initiate a turn with ease and won’t feel too hooky. What I did discover from time to time was that due to the flex, sidecut, and camber profile you could cause this board to wash out if you were pushing it too hard. Doing quick turns took little to no effort and when riding out a mellow carve across the trail it stayed locked in.
Rider in Mind: The freeride guy that doesn’t want an over powering board, but something that they can have fun on.
Personal Thoughts: For such a soft directional freeride board this thing was fun. It’s lively and well balanced for the most part to let you have fun on the mountain while not being subject to riding a true twin park board.
Comparable Boards: K2 Raygun, Rossignol Templar, Jones Explorer
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