Blak Sheep Gnarly State Park Stik Used and Reviewed

American made products seem to be diminishing more and more by the day. But that’s just the price we pay for the globalization of the world along with the fact outsourcing is just cheaper. But low and behold the East Coast has a resurgence of micro snowboard manufacturers that still keep it real by producing in this country. Blak Sheep is one of those companies and they were kind enough to send me their park stick to ride and review here’s what I had to say about it.

Board: Blak Sheep Gnarly State Park Stik

Size: 155 regular width (there’s a wide in that size as well)

Camber Option: Micrognarockamber which is a mild center reverse into minuet camber zones just past the insert pattern.

Bindings: K2 Formulas

Stance: 22.5

Angles: 18 negative 15 goofy

Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10

My Weight: 165

Resort: Breckenridge

Conditions: Sunny blue skies, fresh corduroy, and a pristine park.

Preconceived Notions: Doug the owner just kept hyping this to me that it’s the best board he’s ever ridden and better than the cambered version he had when he was out here in April or May. Having ridden a lot of boards with this type of camber I knew exactly what to expect.

Flex: That familiar middle of the road twin flex where you get on a board and you know right away how it’s going to ride. Tips were softer slightly stiffer in the middle with good torsional give.

Stability: Not an insanely damp ride but still really smooth when charging through push mounds and chunder.

Ollies/Pop: The snap on this board was amazing off jumps, rollers, or popping off my toes on edge. Over all one of the more poppy independent company boards I’ve ridden.

Butterability: The tip ship is a lower bend and more flat almost oldschool in shape. Mixing that with a center reverse you could just spin around in circles and revert around effortlessly.

Cruising: Edge to edge transitioning came at rapid paces and allowed you to do fast set up carves when going into a jump or if you were on a wide open run to really lay it over and go to town.

Jibbing: Locking into presses this board was super solid which I attribute to the flatter surface area of the tips due to the shape profile. The flex let you snap out of nose and tail presses to do mid jib taps then locked back in.

Rider in Mind: Someone that supports American made craftsmanship who wants a board that is a reverse/camber combo. It’d be ideal for the guy that spends his day riding the mountain as a terrain park with a very skatey influence to their riding.

Personal Thoughts: Sometimes you get duds from first year companies especially when they send a product sample to you. This board had a few minor quirks to it that were sample issues and not manufacturing related but over all it reminded me of riding the Never Summer Circuit but with more snap out of the edges due to the bamboo sidewalls. My impression for a first year companies deck is that this thing nailed it head on with making a board that rides predictable for what its built for.

What They Say: Designed to meet the demands of todays jumps and rails. However, these boards are capable of anything the Ice Coast can throw at them. A perfect “Daily Driver” for freestyle and general ripping.

15 Comments

  1. tooscoops says:

    glad they sent you a demo! i find the lack of reviews and demos available for independant companies tends to keep me away… after all, not many stores carry the little guys anymore, so i have to go by reviews and ship it if i want it pretty much.

    congrats to blak sheep for coming out of the gate with a solid ride.

  2. Ed says:

    Hey Angry,

    I have previously ridden a Ride TMS Freeride board, and looking now to get into the park more. I would like a good all mountain board. Not doing big jumps, but would like some pop. Im 5’11 160, size 11 boot. Live on the east coast.

    Looking into three boards.

    Arbor Coda
    Omatic Extr-Eco wiggle stick 2010(can get this for $145), will a 154 fit?
    Nitro Team Gullwing 2010

    Which board do you recommend? Or do you have another board? On a budget!

  3. What’s this have to do with this boards review?

    Omatic is a bit narrow for your boots unless you have a pair with foot print reduction technology. I’d probably go Coda.

  4. dave says:

    I would recommend the Blak Sheep GSPS 155 W. I’m a 10.5 foot@ 190#
    We can be found thru our web page blaksheepsnowboards.com. or thru local shops like Outkast Sports. Or thru their online page.

  5. Matthew says:

    What does this board retail for? Couldn’t find any info on the Blak Sheep site or on the Outkast Sports site. Also, more info on the custom graphics (as mentioned on the Blak Sheep site) would be rad.

  6. doug says:

    MSRP is $500. Thanks everyone for the support! More info on custom graphics coming soon.

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  10. eric says:

    does this hold an edge

  11. doug says:

    Right in the review above:
    “Cruising: Edge to edge transitioning came at rapid paces and allowed you to do fast set up carves when going into a jump or if you were on a wide open run to really lay it over and go to town.”

  12. Eric says:

    Thats the transition dumbass

  13. Eric says:

    And it doesnt say if it can hold an edge or not

  14. Good job calling the owner of the company a dumbass. Also if you can comprehend that transitioning on edge rapidly would mean that there is solid edge hold otherwise it wouldn’t happen due to the edge effectively not gripping. On top of the fact a board has to grip well to lay over on edge. Reading comprehension will help you.

  15. doug says:

    Eric a couple other people posted up on our facebook fan site about edge hold.

    Thanks for all the interest, i’ve been called worse, I aint scurred

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