Board: United Shapes Cadet
Camber Option: US Positive Camber Profile – Positive camber and an early rise nose.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Low visibility, high winds, fresh snow, colder temps, and the ever so slight moment of a break in the storm.
Flex: This board has a slight directional middle of the road flex. The one thing I would like to note is that the nose is only slightly softer right where the rocker meets the camber zone then it’s pretty much a consistent flex all the way to the tail.
Stability: Getting into rutted out terrain this board never bucked me around or washed out. It actually did a great job absorbing chatter and keeping me above the fresh snow.
Ollies/Pop: Having camber gives this board all its snap. You can load it up and really pop or be more laid back and still get ample snap. It’s easy to engage and doesn’t fight you.
Butterability: OK so the big thing with this board is that flex point in the nose where the rocker meets the camber. It locks in and holds when you want it to or you can pop out of it with next to no effort. By far this board just pow buttered so well.
Carving: I railed a few carves on the icy groomers under the fresh snow and it held well. You can turn with this board and not have to worry about it being unable to carve. It holds well and it never washed out.
Rider in Mind: The guy that’s going to chase fresh snow, rail banked slalom turns, and wants a board with an old school shape.
Personal Thoughts: This board blew me away with how well it handled the whole mountain. It popped off rollers and cat tracks with ease. This board was just fun, and really let me explore the mountain and didn’t hold me back. It’s great in fresh snow and the tail sinks real well allowing you to get the most face shots and slashes.
Comparable Boards: Signal Yup, K2 Simple Pleasures, Rome Blur
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