Ever notice when a company puts every piece of technology and concept into one board it becomes “The Best Board” on Earth? Yeah that’s what Forum is going with here. Sure some say it’s a love it or hate it relationship with no middle ground. Sorry but that’s just a crock of shit there is no love or middle ground there is just pure hate. I guarantee this board will be the biggest flop of 2011. Don’t believe me? Check out what I have to say about this thing!
Board: Forum Holy Moly
Camber Option: Combo Platter so think their Chilly Dog rocker which is just a full reverse between the feet than add to that some beveled up bases just under foot so it’s highly noticeable. It’s like Bataleons TBT fucked Omatics BST and then this thing crawled out of the gaping axe wound of a vagina 9 months later. Can’t forget the Buttercups in the tips which makes buttering better.
Bindings: Forum Republiks
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB’s size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Winter Park and Breckenridge
Conditions: Sunny, blue skies, and all that is awesome when riding a park deck with some spring slush at Breckenridge.
Preconceived Notions: Well when I first saw this board 2 days prior to riding it I had no idea what to make out of all the kinks, bends, and technology in it. This thing definitely doesn’t have a ton of invisible tech it’s right there in front of you like Brian Boitano’s flaming sexuality.
Flex: Somewhere in the middle of the road but with all the added kinks and bends it rides super loose.
Stability: Chuck that shit out the door this thing is about as stable as Brittany Spears sanity.
Ollies/Pop: Haha yeah like you could pop with this thing, maybe if you were really lucky you could weasel out some pop from it but it just didn’t do shit when trying to engage some snap. Don’t even attempt hitting a jump unless you have a death wish. You know it’s bad when I have to tell people before I drop in on a jump line that my insurance card is in my wallet in my breast pocket and to call my mom if I get injured badly.
Butterability: Even though it has Buttercups on it which supposedly make it better at playing around on snow, I’d be scared to really get presstastic with it. This thing is just so squirrelly it’s uncanny.
Cruising: The scariest thing next to hitting a jump was trying to make it down a run on this thing. It wouldn’t engage on edge at all without some sort of death slide. Tracking was out of the question it just pulled whatever way the contours in the snow were going and if you were lucky you’d maybe get it back under control before sudden death might occur.
Jibbing: BAHAHAHA BAHAHAHA oh wait I suppose we should talk about this yeah it can jib but once again highly not recommended.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants “the best snowboard on earth” or is sipping the Forum kool-aid something fierce.
Personal Thoughts: Every year there’s that one board that ranks as the worst board I have ever ridden to date, this is that deck. If I could I would invent a flux capicator and go back to that day and deny myself from ever riding this thing. In heavy slush where it could ride like the hull of a boat it wasn’t as bad as on hard packed. I’d be curious to see how it handled deep pow but everywhere else it can go lick the shit out of a dead rhino’s asshole. You know it’s bad when the tech reps even say they’re shocked you hit a jump with it and didn’t die because it’s the squirreliest ride in the world.
What They Say: You are welcome. The Holy Moly is the best park board in the world. It includes every technology imaginable to make you go higher, faster, jib and land easier. Combo Platter combines the aggressive ollie-pop and control of the camber with the forgiving playful feel of rocker, ending the rocker vs camber discussion forever. With Booter Boosters NexTreme for carbon-enhanced ollie-pop, Buttercup in the tip and tail to provide a catch-free ride, and the absolute fastest base and lightest wood core possible, the Holy Moly would cost hundreds more if any other brand had the ability to build it. Enjoy. This one’s on us.
Binding Compatibility: Other than the board sucking it seemed to match up fairly well. Though the sizing was off they put me in a large I definitely needed a double small.
Binding Adjustability: At one point I believe we had 3 people working on this trying to get it dialed in. The second time I had them set it up at Breckenridge it was a bit easier.
Straps: Did their job weren’t overly cush and plush and weren’t lacking so much they hurt. Didn’t notice any pressure points where it adjusted.
Highbacks: Came up to the very top of my boot and caused some calf bite while using the larges. Riding these again in a medium fixed that issue entirely.
Binding Flex: Middle of the road.
Ratchets: Yep did their thing.
Rider in Mind: Someone that thinks a hinged disk does anything and wants an all mountain freestyle binding that they can charge with.
Personal Thoughts: Giving these a second try on the Holy Moly but in a size medium was a better way of understanding how these bindings function. They’re not a bad binding but once again hinged disks don’t do shit I’m convinced just another marketing ploy that doesn’t need to exist.
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.