Forum Destroyer with Republics My Take

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

Size: 154

Camber Option: ChillyDog rocker with pop so center reverse tip to tail with added pop!

Bindings: Forum Republics

Stance: 22.5

Angles: 18 negative 15

Boots: K2 T1 DB size 10

My Weight: 160

Resort: Breckenridge

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.

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  3. Aaron says:

    Out of these three decks which do you think would be better for park slaying (mostly jumps) with some powder days thrown in? Destroyer, Rome Agent rocker or the K2 parkstar?

    Thanks for running such a great site!

  4. Out of those 3 I’d be partial to the Parkstar, I’m not totally down with the Agent rocker entirely it might be a bit more stable for jumps but it won’t have as good of pop as the Parkstar.

  5. Ethan says:

    Hey great site. So i’m pretty sure i’m gonna get the Destroyer for next season but i’m not completely sold on forums binding tech. Do you think it would be a good idea to get a binding from another company like the 390 boss’ by Rome and throw them on a Destroyer? or would it be better to just stick with an all forum set-up even if their bindings aren’t that great?

  6. Ethan that’s the beauty of snowboarding there is no right or wrong with picking what YOU want your set up to be. Go get what makes you happy if you’re not digging the Forum gripper grips.

  7. Jon says:

    So i’ve been using an older Burton Royale and looking to get a 158cm board and looking to a forum because burton seems to be mainstream now. I’ve pretty good and have done park a lot before i used a friends rome board and didnt like it very much but I’ve got my eye set on either the destroyer or the holy moly in your opinion which one would be better? I’m like to be able to handle my board with ease but I also do all mountain with my girlfriend and family(they can hang in the park) so with that said would I hate the holy moly in an all mountain ride?

  8. Well you do realize Forum is owned by Burton right? Destroyer is better than the Holy Moly.

  9. Kyle says:

    I so torn. I have been riding last years Flow Era but I love with the graphics of the new Destroyer. I don’t normally base my boards off of graphics to much but this is one thats got me hooked. Do you think this will be a good replacement for a park and poor snow day? I like the flex and edge control of the Era but like i said the Destroyer is a sick looking board with the park in mind.

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