Board: Salomon Huck Knife Pro
Camber Option: Quad Camber. An aggressive camber 2.0 with a very minimal rocker right before the upkick in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Mix of sun and clouds, low wind, firm snow, icy snow, slushy snow, perfect corduroy, and warmer springlike temps.
Flex: This board has a true middle of the road park flex to it. Sure it’s a bit stiffer than the regular Huck Knife, but not by much. You have an area in the tips right after the upkick that is a bit softer then it ever so slightly stiffens up to before the insert packs, then stiffens up through the middle. There’s a decent amount of torsional flex to this board but not so much that it’s overwhelming.
Stability: This board is fairly smooth and stable. You do get a little flap out in the tips and can feel some vibrations there as well. Underfoot it doesn’t get bucked around or feel like your knees are taking a hammering from a jack hammer.
Ollies: This board has some insane snap to it. The upgraded internals on this board just give it primo pop. The camber profile while more aggressive is still easy enough to engage. You do have to load it up just a tad and be a bit calculated to get pop, but at the end of the day it gets the job done superbly.
Pop On Jumps: This board is only amplified when you put a lip in front of it. There’s pop and snap which will help boost you to the moon.
Butterability: The sweet spot in the tips is way out there. This means you’ll be leveraging your weight way out over them to get it to lock in. When you do the board flexes easily, if you don’t then you’ll notice that there’s a lot of rebound and fight in it. Basically know the board you’re good, don’t know the board be prepared to muscle it around.
Jibbing: A little speed is your friend with this board when you go into rails, tubes, boxes, and features. Yes there is that sweet spot in the tip and tail and you can basically sit on top of it to lock into a press, but there’s some rebound and fight. If you utilize speed it accentuates this so much more. When it comes to getting sideways it hugs features and you don’t feel like the camber is inferior or trying to buck you off.
Carving: On ice this sidecut was shit. It just doesn’t engage and feels like you’re on a saucer sled trying to get it to lock in. But in soft snow or slush it holds its own. This board can drive into a carve and push through anything in its path. What I did find this board excelled at was medium level carves where you’re not aggressively driving into the board nor being really fast and quick setting up for something.
Rider in Mind: Higher end freestyle rider.
Personal Thoughts: Well it’s definitely a beefed up Huck Knife, which is nice if you’re looking for that sort of thing. What you do get with this board is a deck that you can be fairly aggressive with and push it to the limits or be a little more laid back. The sidecut doesn’t do an effective job of carving or giving edge hold on ice which is a disappointment, but in softer snow it makes up for that. Which you would expect from any board.
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