Board: Telos DST
Camber Option: Hybrid Pow Camber. Rocker at the tips and mild camber in the middle.
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 skies, no wind, heavy snow off the groomers, and perfect groomers.
Flex: There’s no way of putting it lightly, this board is stiff. It’s got an aggressive flex to it which a unique flex point behind the front insert pack. You’ll notice that when you lean back and push into it. Overall though this board is just aggressively stiff whether you’re talking about the tips, center, or torsionally.
Stability: This board does an OK job of absorbing chatter. You’ll notice right away that micro vibrations are lessened when they go through the board but are still there. It’s the bigger ones that you feel though. This board has so much energy in it that it has to go somewhere and that somewhere tends to be towards the center of the board and then the tail.
Ollies/Pop: While you don’t have to aggressively load this board up to get pop out of it, it will snap. It’s light on the feet which means you’ll be popping harder than you think with it. The one thing to note is that all the energy in it has to go somewhere and that somewhere tends to be the middle through the tail which creates a rubber band effect to how it snaps.
Butterability: Why even bother, they call it a freeride board and it is.
Carving: Alright lets get into this. The board rolls from edge to edge with the smoothest of motions, it wants to be on edge. While on edge it grips and stays locked in. That unique flex point behind the back binding is where you will aggressively drive this deck and cause it to change the arc of the carve if you want to. I found myself doing full loop carves in the tightest radius I’ve been on in a long time. This board does not suck for tight quick carves or the long drawn out ones that make you hold on for dear life. This board is a carving board disguised as a free ride board.
Rider in Mind: Someone that wants to hall ass and leave a trench in their wake.
Personal Thoughts: I honestly wish I hadn’t mangled my knee last season so I could ride this board. It carves beyond exceptionally well. It’s a board that has so much power and energy in it that it just drives carves like no other. Off the groomers in uneven terrain it just wants to plow through everything in its path and the pop is there when you need it but not overwhelming. This board is what other companies freeride boards want to be.
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