Board: Telos DST Carbon
Camber Option: Hybrid Pow Camber. Mellow traditional camber with enlarged rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird early spring laps. Snow that was creamy to slightly corn off the groomers and mild wind.
Flex: This board has that pretty atypical middle of the road flex. You do have some play in the nose then it stiffens up through the inserts to the tail. There’s a moderate amount of torsional flex.
Stability: This board isn’t very damp which means you feel micro vibrations and every undulation in the snow. At speeds the tips will flap a bit and that does resonate back under foot. Stomping spring drops you feel that impact.
Ollies/Pop: This board has great pop. The camber zone is easy to load up and creates a leverage effect with the rocker to get the board to boost. There’s next to no preload on this board.
Butterability: Didn’t even really try, sure you could, but that’s not what this board is about.
Carving: So if you’ve seen the DST review you know that board rips a carve. This board is the lighter version of that and as it has more carbon you can really load this board up to get it to slingshot out of a turn, and it will! There is a lot of energy in this board that when utilized right will reach your edges and drive this board through tight quick turns or long hard drawn out carves. This board is a beast on edge.
Rider in Mind: Someone in search of the lightest carving board they can find.
Personal Thoughts: I won’t lie I’m definitely a regular DST guy, the carbon isn’t enough of an upgrade to make me want it. Yeah it makes the board lighter, but you sacrifice some of the dampening and a few pounds isn’t going to make or break me. Otherwise this board does rip turns and is fun for charging around the mountain.
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