Board: Marhar Archaic
Camber Option: Hybrid Camber. Flat between the feet, camber under foot, and rocker in the tip and tail.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: A mix of clouds and blue skies, warmer temps, zero wind, an inch or so of fresh snow on top of frozen chunder.
Flex: This is your quintessential middle of the road all mountain flex. You have play in the tips that’s abundant, stiffer under foot where the camber is, and then a little bit of give between the feet with a fair amount of torsional flex.
Stability: This board is damp under foot but lively in the tips. This means you’ll notice some chatter out there that does mildly resonate back underfoot. In rutted out terrain this board plows through everything and doesn’t buckle.
Ollies: The snap is very skate like with its initiation but it’s not the poppiest deck out there. You’ll notice that it has an OK amount of snap to get what you want done, but it’s not so mind blowing you’re power ollieing over fat skier kids and over slow signs.
Pop On Jumps: There’s enough snap in this board to hit a jump and not worry about it. The lip definitely does more of the work but it gets the job done.
Butterability: So the tips got softened up this year and that means you have an even more ample platform to lock into a press. With that said get weird, lock in on the nose or tail, swivel around, pop out of the butter and continue on your way.
Jibbing: The sweet spot in the tip and tail is HUGE. It locks into nose and tail presses with ease and still has enough rebound to pop off the end of any feature. Getting sideways it tends to favor the camber sections more than the flat section when it locks in. You’ll notice that the board drifts a bit more towards the front or back foot.
Carving: This board rolls from edge to edge with a predictable nimbleness. It’s when it’s on edge that the Attack Arc sidecut kicks in and grips under foot. With the softening of the core you lose a bit of drive off the tail to push it through a carve. That means that while you can lay a carve over it isn’t as aggressive as it has been in the past and sort of relegates itself to more middle of the road or mellow carves.
Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle rider.
Personal Thoughts: I’m not sure softening up this board was in its best interest. It was pretty dialed before but now you just have a board that’s a bit more freestyle focused vs being all mountain freestyle. That loss in drive off the tail gives this board a bit less power and it lessens the snap as well, but it ups the buttering and jib factor of the board.
Comparable Boards: Rossignol One LF, Arbor Coda, Libtech Terrain Wrecker