Board: Marhar Darkside
Camber Option: New Age Camber. Camber into a flat section with a micro rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 195
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Cold, icy, firm, fast, did I mention cold? conditions.
Flex: This board comes in at around a middle of the road flex. You have a little more play out in the tips where that micro rocker and flat section is then it stiffens up through the insert pack where it then gets softer between the bindings. The torsional flex is there but not overly abundant or lacking.
Stability: The only time this board was unstable was at mach 10 speeds on the icy downhill ski race course. The tips were flapping like a pelican about to take flight. Otherwise you get a stable smooth ride under foot with minimal chatter.
Ollies: Having camber this board has some snap but you need to load it up. It’s one of those boards that you have to be prepared to load it up and calculate when to pop. The snap is ample enough for sending side hits or popping onto an urban feature.
Pop On Jumps: This is where this board is most at home. Small to large jumps it’s got you squared away no problem.
Butterability: There’s a sweet spot way out on the tips right where that micro rocker zone is. Once you engage it you’ll lock in and be fine for playing around. This is a board with a decent amount of rebound so you have to be prepared for that.
Jibbing: It takes a bit more to land in a nose or tail press on this board so you’ll find yourself working for it. Having camber under foot it locks in perfectly for sliding sideways.
Carving: Carving is OK on this thing. The one thing I noticed was that you can feel where that flat to rocker section is when you really drive into the board, it tends to understeer or wash out. You’ll be locked in carving fine, push into it, and then notice your grip is lessening. With that said once you notice and dial in where it’s limitations are you’ll be able to compensate as a rider and not drive it as hard.
Rider in Mind: Someone that is on the more freestyle spectrum of all mountain.
Personal Thoughts: This board has a feel to it that is reminiscent of other boards of this caliber. You can hop on it and feel like you’ve ridden it a 100 days and know how it’s going to perform with a minimal amount of adjusting. I was a bit disappointed with how it handled deep aggressive carves at the last minute, but overall that limitation is fine since it’s not a board designed for that.