Board: Ride Kink
Camber Option: Twin Hybrid Camber. Traditional camber with a very minimal rocker in the tip.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Overcast skies, little wind, warmer temps, chunder snow, slushy snow, icey snow, and everything in between.
Flex: This board comes in as a stiffer jibstick. That means it’s not a limp noodle. What you get is play in the tip and tail that’s highly abundant, it stiffens up under foot just a bit, and then more play in the middle. The torsional flex is super prevalent.
Stability: You’re going to feel everything in this board. Go sideways to speedcheck and hit some firm snow, you’re feeling it. Going fast and the nose starts flapping, you’re feeling it. It’s a lively deck, not damp.
Ollies: Oh there’s some nice snap in this board. The camber profile coupled with the flex pattern is easy to load up and this board has pop. Yes there is rebound and you will feel a minimal amount of fight when you load it up, but it’s going to well worth it. Go find some sidehits, cat track gaps, rollers, and other things to pop off of.
Pop On Jumps: This board for being more jib oriented does not suck at jumping. It’s got that easy to engage pop which helps when coming off the lip. Yeah big jumps probably aren’t going to be its jam, but that small to medium stuff it’s got you covered. This board is just fun for throwing around off various features.
Butterability: Want camber and want to butter? Here you go. Yeah the camber profile will fight you a little bit as you butter but that’s nice because it gives you rebound to pop out of revert butters and all its variations. The sweet spot in the tips locks in and holds with very minimal effort.
Jibbing: Slow or fast, this boards got you covered. You can jib anything in your path. Yeah it’s got camber so if you have never jibbed with that you’re probably going to die, but if you did learn how to jib with camber then you understand it will give you pop out of any feature. It locks into nose and tail presses with minimal effort. It’ll hug a rail, tube, or box with ease.
Carving: So the one thing that happens to most jib sticks is they tend to lose the ability to turn. This board does not. It rails from edge to edge with ease. When you’re on edge and you drive into the center of the board it will turn aggressively. Short quick set up turns or long hard drawn out carves, either of them have you covered.
Rider in Mind: Rail rat that will jump and occasionally rip a turn.
Personal Thoughts: It’s been a hot minute since I was on the Kink and I can remember the dark days of it not being camber and instead being some variation of rocker, reverse, and what have you. Now it’s back to being camber dominate and it does not suck. This board is everything I would want in a park board and more. If you like to jib, butter, and occasionally jump but want camber, here you go.
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