You have to give Technine credit for always sticking with their image. With MFM riding their decks now they have even more street cred. Once you get past their image you have a company that’s been around the block in the snowboard world and not hesitant to poke fun at their image or the past. Here’s my look at their rockered board and winged bindings.
Board: Technine Enforcer
Bindings: Team Pro’s with wings
Angles: 18 negative 15
Boots: K2 T1 DB 2010
My Weight: 168
Conditions: Sunny spring slush
Mindset: Am I too metal to ride T9?
Preconceived Notions: Their brand manager had told me that this board rode surprisingly bigger. I’m always a bit skeptical about someone telling me how it’s going to ride as I’m a figure it out for myself type of person.
Flex: They rate this as being in the super soft spectrum, but I’d put this similar to the K2 Parkstar or Never Summer Circuit. So not quite a mid flex but close to it.
Stability: It’s not a damp ride by any means but I was still happy with how it rode over all. I wouldn’t go hard charge it through a choppy pow run to hit a drop.
Ollies/Pop: Off jumps it was a bit lacking but not so much that I was hating it. Just didn’t give me the super boost I would want. Flatland ollies and on to jibs it was the perfect amount to make it fun in this respect.
Butterability: That rocker really lets you flex the board deeply into presses and really swing it around. If there was a muffin on that mountain it was buttered, unless it was a fat chicks muffin top because that’s nasty.
Cruising: The rocker lets you roll it edge to edge and it felt fine initiating turns. I wouldn’t lay down some hard euro carves with it but if you needed to carve it was golden.
Jibbing: Now this is where it excelled the most. I liked it more than a WWW rocker. You could lock it into a press and know that you weren’t going to kick out. FS nose slides were the best on this board I was having so much fun doing those on every jib I hit.
Rider in Mind: The skate influenced gangster that will still hit a 25 to 30 foot kicker.
Personal Thoughts: This is a top contender as a deck I will pick up next season. I had a blast riding it,especially in the 152.5 size it rode like a 156. The rocker is done right and for anyone that doubts that T9 is making a comeback ride this deck you’ll see.
What They Say:
Ground breaking, or breaking no new ground? It all depends on your perspective. It’s fun to make up new marketing angles based on the “rocker revolution”, but at Technine we’ve been riding reverse camber snowboards since their debut in the early 80’s. Our annual old school day is filled with the Skidwell’s and Barfoots that quickly turn the sessions into jib-butter-fest-wheelie comps. Why? Because it’s really, really fun! Taking a loo back to make a step forward, we have built a Rocker specifically made to have fun in the park. From pressing boxes to sliding cold metal street rails, we have build the ultimate reverse camber for jibbing. On the Enforcer, we have build a single-radius reverse camber. Only 10cm of the middle point of the board is touching the ground, while the rest of the camber is above it. The result is a poppy board with a very stable nose and tail built for presses and having fun in the park. The added benefits are that landing spins is a breeze even if you come up short, and it also kills it in the pow because of the added flat provided by the rocker shape.
Binding Compatibility: I felt the binding was a tad bit too soft for my personal riding style. But it did work well with the deck no surprises.
Binding Adjustability: It has quick adjustment ratchets on the heel and toe straps so no problems with that. Heel cups were easy enough to adjust.
Straps: They were somewhere between the 390’s and the Formula’s. So not exactly middle of the road.
Highbacks: The wing was throwing me through a loop big time it’s been years since I rode a winged binding. It just seemed to hinder my range of motion. Definitely not something for me. But the concept is sound and their way of building them is better than some of the others that are coming out.
Binding Flex: Soft straps, stiffer highback and some where in the middle with the base plate.
Ratchets: No qualms about these at all they locked me in and released like butter.
Rider in Mind: Chris Bradshaw jib kid snow gangsta’s that carry Gats and wear quadruple XL Tall T’s.
Personal Thoughts: I really couldn’t get into the swing of things with this binding. It just didn’t seem to work with my style of riding as well as it could.
What They Say:
All New Scrub Hook Highback!! Pro Frame Heelcup Comfort King II Dual Density EVA Ankle Straps Baltimore Toe Strap Tool-free Quick Adjust Ladders Molded One Piece EVA Techbed Adjustable toe and heel ramps Cast-aluminum ratchets with custom rubber logo grips Adjustable Highback Rotation Flex and response tuned for Urban Crushing with a softer feel and ultimate Scrub Hook press leverage.