Board: Marhar Lumberjack X
Camber Option: New age camber. Camber into a flat section then a small rocker into the tip kick.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mix of bluebird skies and some clouds, warmer temps, and slushy chunder snow to perfectly groomed runs that were firm and fast.
Flex: This board is somewhere around a middle of the road all mountain flex. You have a stiffer section from the middle through the inserts and then a softer section out at the tips. There’s a decent amount of torsional flex to let you play on this board.
Stability: This board is stable, but a lot of that comes from the width. The tips are playful and soft which means at high speeds you’ll see some flapping and feel some chatter. While under foot it’s more stable and doesn’t get bucked around in rutted out terrain.
Ollies: There’s some solid pop in this board. When you load up that camber section and believe me you will have to load it up it utilizes that flat section as a springboard. When that happens you’ll notice how much snap this board has. If you’re lazy and don’t do that, the pop is just OK. It’s a board that you have to know the flex points and where the spring is to get it to do anything.
Pop On Jumps: This board can handle jumps. It’s wider, it’s got camber, and it wants to pop. I didn’t hit anything too big due to the time of the year at the Basin but it got the job done and I know it wouldn’t suck on larger features.
Butterability: One of the big things about the regular Lumberjack is how buttery it is. This board retains that. You can really get out over the tips and lock in to a press and feel it just want to plow through everything in its path. It’s not as easy to engage but it still have that same buttery feel as its rocker counterpart. There is some rebound in it so be prepared to snap out of any butter or to have your weight over those sections to manipulate it.
Jibbing: That added width makes it easy to jib with. You have a nice flat section in the nose and tail that is optimal for locking into presses. When you get sideways that camber section hugs the feature and stays locked in.
Carving: Having camber under foot changes how this board drives. It’s a bit more aggressive than the rocker Lumberjack but not by much. It still transitions smoothly from edge to edge even if it lost some of the nimbleness of the rocker. What you do get is a board that on edge you can push into the camber and drive off the tail. This board rips a hard carve and lets you really dig in without booting out as it’s 29cm’s wide under foot.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a medium volume shifted camber dominate all mountain freestyle board.
Personal Thoughts: I wasn’t sure how this thing would ride with camber. It’s one of those things where you know how it was designed and built to have rocker and then to switch it out that changes the dynamics of it. For this it increases the edge hold and drive from the center, it retains the butterability in the tips but now gives you pop out of them. Essentially it just makes this board a tad bit more powerful but still retaining the playful nature of it.
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