Board: Stone Dirty Fish
Camber Option: Hybrid Camber
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, warmer temps, hot powder, with heavy wet snow falling.
Flex: This board is just a bit on the stiffer side under foot. The nose is soft and lose, but right where that rocker meets the camber zone it stiffens up drastically and progressively gets stiffer towards the tail. There’s a little torsional flex but it’s not enough to really twist the board aggressively.
Stability: This board is super lively. You feel everything with it. At speeds the nose flaps drastically and that energy is shot right back into the front foot. In rutted out terrain this board gets bucked around a lot. When going through lumpy terrain you feel everything right under foot.
Ollies/Pop: There’s some solid snap in this board. That wider profile coupled with the minimal swallow tail gives you a flat section that is prime for popping off of. You do have to load the board up and it requires that you be a bit more calculated to get it to engage and snap. There is rebound and you will feel it.
Butterability: That nose creates an optimal platform for buttering. Come in, pop a 180, press into it and watch how it holds and then gives you the rebound to snap out of it when you’re done.
Carving: This board is quick edge to edge, but it lacks a bit of drive due to the torsional flex. It’s a board that once on edge you have to center flex it to drive the energy back off the rear foot and get it to snap out of a turn. Short quick turns or medium to long drawn out carves are where this shines. It’s those tight deep hard carves that it just doesn’t want to initiate. And while on edge you will feel everything it cuts through so be prepared to keep your knees bent and absorbing the shock.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants a volume shifted powder board.
Personal Thoughts: The first thing I’m going to tell you is don’t trust the reference stance on this board. I did and it just seems like the front insert pack is put before the flex point to drive this board so you lose the ability to transition smoothly. Once I slammed the inserts all the way back it changed the ride of this board drastically. It became a board I could maneuver a bit more. The float is there due to the volume shift, but it’s a super lively board that you will feel everything with and I mean EVERYTHING. This board just causes every little bit of chatter to resonate right into you. It’s almost like a shockwave effect.
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