Board: Rome Agent Alek Ostreng
Camber Option: Stay Positive Camber. Traditional camber.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny blue skies, warm temps, low wind, snow that was mashed potatoes to super firm depending on where you were on the mountain.
Flex: With a true middle of the road quiver killer flex you find versatility in this deck. The tips have that right amount of give to make then playful yet they remain snappy, it’s stiffer under each binding insert pack, then softens up between the feet. The torsional give is abundant but not so much that you lose snap or the board feels soggy.
Stability: This board is very responsive which makes it lively while not being overly damp. You’ll notice chatter in the tips at high speeds but it’s not enough to make your legs buckle or feel tired afterwards. I will say that you do feel the contours in the snow when plowing through mashed potatoes and chunder.
Ollies: This board has a lot of snap due to its camber profile. While you can load this board up and aggressively boost you can also be a bit more relaxed and still get snap.
Pop On Jumps: This board is at home on jumps and it lets you know that. Whether you’re riding small to large it wants to pop and it wants be in the air.
Butterability: The playfulness in the tips lets you press into the snow. Every now and then I would experience the nose catch due to the point which would pull me in weird directions or hang up. While you do have to put some weight into your butters it’s not a deal breaker.
Jibbing: There’s a nice sweet spot in the tips for locking into presses, if you don’t make it perfectly on to this you can still muscle a decent press out of the board. Sliding sideways the board locks in due to the traditional camber profile with ease.
Carving: With a quick and easy edge to edge transition you can remain in a carve as long as you want. Long drawn out carves or turns are where this board really shines. If you’re going to get low and deep you need to drive your back knee into the board to really push the board.
Rider in Mind: The rider that’s going to have one board to do it all and wants traditional camber.
Personal Thoughts: This board felt like they softened it up a little which made it more playful, especially between the feet. Overall this is a deck you can do a lot of things with and its limitations are only up to the rider. Whether charging off a small cliff into mashed potatoes or ripping a hard turn on corduroy this board didn’t disappoint.
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