Omatic EXTR-TXTR BS with K2 Formulas My Take
Every year the Extr series gets a new theme. This year straight from the mouth of Todd Richards comes the Txtr version. Poking fun at things like Twitter, texting, and the general horrible decline of the American youth. This board also features the B.S. Technology that was offered last season.
Board: Omatic Extr-Txtr
Camber Option: B.S. Technology so beveled up bases near the edges and a bit of rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Formulas
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 165
Resort: Winter Park
Conditions: Flatlight and snowing with a severe windchill.
Preconceived Notions: I own a Extr-Eco Wiggle Stick which is from the old factory they used, for 2011 they changed over to the GST factory (mix up it is the Elan Factory). In doing this the definition of the B.S. technology has changed. The real question was how much is this going to change the ride of the board?
Flex: Little stiffer than the Extr-Eco especially in the tips. I’d put it more in line with a softer flexing all mountain deck than a stiffer flexing park deck.
Stability: Super stable ride that absorbed chatter really well.
Ollies/Pop: Felt a little more poppy than my Extr-Eco but still wasn’t one of those boards where you’re super wowed with the over all outcome. It’s enough to keep you content and get the job done.
Butterability: B.S. Technology definitely makes playing around on snow a lot easier even with the stiffer flex.
Cruising: Edge initiation is super easy on any of the decks with B.S. it allows you to roll it over on edge and lock in through hard carves or if you want to be lazy it makes skidding a turn catch free.
Jibbing: Flex wasn’t the best for this nor were the jibs at Winter Park, but it definitely got the job done.
Rider in Mind: All mountain rider that likes to rail turns as much as they like to hit jumps.
Personal Thoughts: At SIA I bore witness to the differences in the B.S. tech first hand and was curious as to how it would compare to the old version. Lets just say this is a step in the right direction to getting it dialed in even better.
What They Say:OMG we so knew it. We dugg your tweet about the new board you’re looking for. We no u no wutz up! LOL. IDK about you guys, but we think this thing is sick – we cud txt bout it 4eva. Seriously though – it will help you butcher the park like your fingers butcher the English Languate. Get the message?
The EXTR-TXTR features give you plenty of reasons to update your profile. Just sayin’ …
Binding Compatibility: Stiffer binding to go with a board thats on the stiffer end of the park spectrum.
Binding Adjustability: Having owned 4 pairs of Formulas setting these things up has become second nature and with all quick adjustments its easier than ever to dial them in.
Straps: Heel strap was updated for this year and didn’t have that same easy contour feeling that’s normal with the Formula strap, toe strap remained the same.
Highbacks: New highback sits 3/4th of an inch higher and has a stiffer flex.
Binding Flex: Stiffer than what the Formula has been for the last few years, taking it away from being a versatile all mountain freestyle binding and putting it more into the freeride category.
Ratchets: Still smooth as butter.
Rider in Mind: Guy looking to go charge a line and lay some carves.
Personal Thoughts: I think I want to cry now that this binding has changed so much, it’s not the binding I’ve gone to for the last few seasons. It’s stiffer, not as conducive to jibbing, and generally not in the category of what this binding once ruled. Looks like I’ll be moving on to another company for next year.
What They Say: Your skills are advancing exponentially. You need equipment that is as equally capable and the Formula is ready. With NEW canted footbeds and ROCKLOCK Highbacks, this tried-and-true specimen offers a performance-centric flex that is ready to take your riding to new heights. Pro-Fusion Chasis hosts the multi-position Custom Caddy ankle strap, offering more freedom than ever… and you thought we couldn’t make it better.