Board: Niche Crux
Camber Option: Camber Dominant Hybrid. Camber 2.0 with the flat section in the middle.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Overcast skies, flat light, wind, heavy wet snow falling at times, wind, frozen groomers, perfectly fine groomers, and death chunder.
Flex: This board comes in just below a middle of the road flex. You have play in the tips, slightly stiffer right at the insert packs, then softer between the feet. There’s an abundance of torsional flex that really lets you twist this board.
Stability: Keep those knees bent and be prepared to feel every vibration with this shred stick. There is no dampening in this deck.
Ollies: With minimal effort you can load this board up and it will pop. There is a ton of snap and rebound in it which makes boosting off sidehits, cat tracks, push mounds, and small children amazing.
Pop On Jumps: This board sets up easily and just exaggerates what the lip of the jump can do. It’s a board that’s easy to pop with and will boost you. I will say that due to the flex pattern bigger jumps might be a slight issue.
Butterability: The nose and tail have such immense sweet spots you can lock into a butter and just swivel and sizzle. There’s no holding back. So bend, flex, twist, and do whatever you want.
Jibbing: This board is great at pressing and sliding on features. It locks in and hugs rails with minimal rebound. Slow speed or high speeds its got you covered.
Carving: This board rolls from edge to edge with ease and doesn’t let up. You can drive hard into the center of this board and get it to slingshot out of carves or you can be laid back and let it do some more mellow arcing carves. This board does have some limitations due to its freestyle nature so be prepared to tone it down from time to time.
Rider in Mind: Park guy that will ride around the resort looking for things to jib or bonk.
Personal Thoughts: I really dug this board. The camber profile isn’t overly aggressive and it has a lot of snap and pop. It sets an edge easily and while it’s not the dampest board out there it didn’t wash out. If I were doing park laps all day, this would be a solid go to.