I like skulls and I like destroying things. The Destroyer seems to be one of those decks that might benefit someone that likes the same. This year Forum expands a bit on how much of a true Destroyer this deck is. Here’s what I have to say about it.
Board: Forum Destroyer
Camber Option: ChillyDog rocker with pop so center reverse tip to tail with added pop!
Bindings: Forum Republics
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10
My Weight: 160
Conditions: Sunny Bluebird spring slush park laps
Preconceived Notions: After riding the Holy Moly again I needed something that would be a bit more stable and better on jumps I had a feeling this deck would be that.
Flex: Just past the middle of the park spectrum.
Stability: Surprisingly stable at speeds and in the spring chop that had formed.
Ollies/Pop: Had good snap off jumps and popped on to rails real well. Minimal loading needed to get the desired effect.
Butterability: It’s center reverse if you can’t butter this thing then you just might be a fucking retard.
Cruising: Edge to edge the initiation was good and it did its thing pretty well. Railing turns wasn’t an issue. Neither was doing minor set up turns when going into a jump or rail.
Jibbing: Not its strong suit by any means but it still pressed with ease and slide well.
Rider in Mind: All mountain guy that wants a twin for destroying anything in their path.
Personal Thoughts: Anything would have been a step in the right direction coming from the Holy Moly. Thankfully this thing did what I wanted it to do which was give me some pop off the jump line and then hit some jibs and do those with ease. Was a bit stiffer in flex than what I personally would have liked for park riding.
What They Say: Arc of destruction. The Destroyer ChillyDog is built for all-out destruction of the biggest features. The new ChillyDog with Pop has the same forgiving feel of the continuous rocker, but with the added Pop zones that help load up the nose and tail for even more ollie power. Ollie pop is further amplified by Booter Boosters to make sure you clear every gap, every time.
Binding Compatibility: Forum on Forum doesn’t get much more aligned than that.
Binding Adjustability: Quick releases on all the straps, forward lean is simple, only thing that people have issues with is the disk cover seems to have the reps taking a bit extra time getting it on and aligning the disks.
Straps: The toe strap is mediocre at best doesn’t grip a snub nosed boot as well as one with a bulkier profile. The heel strap did its job but wasn’t anything super grand.
Highbacks: Realizing that I need a medium (strange since a size 10 used to always be a large) fixed any problems I’ve had in the past with the bindings. The highback is a mid stiff backing so driving into it on heelside turns it doesn’t buckle. I also liked the fact you could get it to true 0 so no natural forward lean.
Binding Flex: Middle of the road all mountain.
Ratchets: Yep remember these on Burton so they did their job and weren’t an issue.
Rider in Mind: All mountain guy that wants a binding with a hinge in it.
Personal Thoughts: Still not sold on the hinged disk some people say it makes a difference honestly I can’t feel it doing anything and really when you have 4 screws holding it in do you think it’s going to flex like they’re saying?
What They Say: Good Vibes, Bad Ass. The Republic is a precise weapon of feel and power. Good Vibes are spreading and they’ve infiltrated the Republic- now equipped with the free-flexing Good Vibes Hinge Disk and baseplate. Blast through the kink while feeling every bit of it. Stomp flat landings without feeling any of it. Take the continuous-rocker revolution to new levels of progressive riding. Enlist in a new experience in powerful freestyle riding while only feeling the good vibes.