Board: Tom Sims Pro
Camber Option: Micro camber with an early rise nose rocker. A minimal traditional camber under foot with an early rise rocker in the nose.
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, gusts of winds, warm temps, firm fast spring snow.
Flex: This deck comes in at being less of a middle of the road flex but not a full blown stiff aggressive freeride plank. The nose is softer than the tail in a true directional sense, but not by much. Where you notice the most flex is torsionally and even that isn’t as abundant as you get on some decks.
Stability: If you want a damp ride, this deck has you covered. The only spot I noticed any chatter was at the outskirts of the nose, otherwise nothing. You could run over a moose with this thing and it would feel like a garden hose.
Ollies/Pop: There’s ample snap out of this board due to the micro camber zone. Is it the poppiest out there? No, there’s others that are, but it has that spring you need for when you encounter those little obstacles in life that need you to jump over them.
Short Turns: Doing tight set up turns this board initiates with ease. You can roll from side to side without the board fighting you.
Long Turns: Drawing out a turn this board doesn’t make you feel locked in like you have to ride it out, which is nice in case someone skis into your path.
Quick Carves: As already mentioned the edge to edge initiation is quick and nimble. This makes those tight s carves we all know and love easy, which is great when you’re just hauling around on a groomer.
Hard Carves: Here’s where this board stuck out. It has a deep enough sidecut to rail a turn and keep you locked in but not overwhelm you to the point you have to ride it out. I found myself laying deep trenches and abrupt laid out carves all over the fresh corduroy.
Switch Carves: You sacrifice a bit of ease to initiate a turn due to the tail being a tad stiffer than the nose. It’s not so overwhelming you feel you’re losing out, but it’s not something I would recommend doing all day.
Rider in Mind: That throwback rider that wants a little camber and set back in their life.
Personal Thoughts: OK so this board rips when cruising around the mountain. I found myself just laying carves everywhere I went because it was just that fun to turn this deck. Yeah I hit some roller and dropped some cliffs and this board was stable and damp, but it was the turning that stood out for this board. It wants to rail turns! I like railing turns! It was a match made in heaven.
Comparable Boards: Gnu Zoid, Bataleon Carver, Nitro Woodcarver
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