Board: Libtech Orca
Camber Option: C2x. Shorter reverse camber zone between the feet, larger camber zone under foot.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Storm rolling through with high winds, low visibility, cold temps, pockets of knee deep snow, otherwise a couple inches scattered about on the groomers.
Flex: I would classify this as a directional middle of the road freeride flex. Meaning softer nose that stiffens up progressively towards the tail. There’s a decent amount of torsional flex but not an over abundance.
Stability: So this board was super stable in chop, ice, rutted out terrain, and everything in between. It’s not the liveliest board I’ve been on, but it wasn’t dead either. This was a board you could push it into something and know that it wasn’t going to wash out.
Ollies/Pop: With the unique shape of this board and the abrupt upkick on the tail you could really pop with this board. It did take a bit more effort than other decks of this caliber but the end result was well worth it.
Butterability: That nose acts like a giant spatula in fresh snow. You do have to get your weight out way over the nose to really engage it. The tail is a bit stiffer so doing slappy wheelies and what not you have to put a bit more effort into it.
Carving: Here’s where this thing just shone through. You can get this board on edge and rip a turn. Push into that tail and slingshot out. It grips well and always feels locked in due to the magnetraction.
Rider in Mind: Powder hound that’s going to be going across a groomer from time to time.
Personal Thoughts: So I’d heard how hyped this board was and have seen that it’s a deck that’s been sought after. There’s a good reason for it, this thing does not suck. It’s definitely moved up into my top 5 volume shifted pow boards. It rides like a cross between the Yes Optimistic and the Telos Backslash, which is a huge compliment. In all honesty I’d want to ride this as a twin for park. It’s a board that you feel stable on and don’t have to worry about it washing out or not being able to handle any type of terrain you put in front of it.
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