Board: Yes 20/20
Camber Option: Camber with Powder Hull 2.0. A more defined shaping in the nose and tail with traditional camber throughout.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, a little wind at times, cooler temps, left over powder that was light and blower, and firm fast groomers.
Flex: The overall flex is just past a middle of the road. You do have your standard softer tips and then a stiffer middle section with a noticeable amount of torsional flex. There are defined flex points just outside the inserts where the PH ends.
Stability: The width, camber, and flex of this board all come together to make this board surprisingly stable for being a twin. Now with that said you don’t really get much chatter at speeds in the tips which is nice as you won’t feel it under foot. In rutted out and variable terrain the best way to describe this board is like a excavator running over loose stone and gravel. Sure it plows through it but you can feel it crunching underneath and that’s how this felt. It just felt like it was crushing the snow underneath.
Ollies/Pop: The thing to note with this board that is it is camber which means you have to load it up. But that’s an obvious statement and I want to delve a little deeper into this. If you don’t load this up flat based you lose power because you have this immense section of the core that is built with the Powder Hull 2.0 shaping and that takes away from its integrity. This means that if you’re on the toe or heel it’s kind of sloppy and not precise. But if you load it up flat based it acts like this torsion fork putting the power all the way out to the contact point and giving insane pop. So in short you have to be precise with how you engage this board and stay flat, doing so will net you amazing results because otherwise it sucks.
Butterability: While the overall twin flex of this board gives softer tips, they’re still stiffer than those in similar boards. This means you have to get your weight out and push into it harder than you think. That makes you work for it on this board. Sure it will lock in and you feel it but it has a lot of fight and rebound. And when you get sideways if the snow is firm and uneven you can feel the Powder Hull catch and yank you around.
Carving: It’s a powder twin so don’t expect this thing to rail turns. With the Midbite it steers more under foot and you can lean in hard on either your toe or heel edge and it will turn and stay locked in. But it’s when you’re driving the board that it doesn’t feel like it has as much power as you could get from it and it won’t let you really lay it over, you can lay it over, but there’s limitations. In short this board is great for slashes due to the 3D shaping but carves aren’t its strong suit. Short quick carves or those ones where you’re just leaning in and it’s doing a long arc from one side of the trail to the other are what it is best suited or.
Rider in Mind: Freestyle focused powder rider.
Personal Thoughts: They mellowed out the Powder Hull shaping on this board and it doesn’t seem as hooky as the previous versions I’ve ridden. But with that they stiffened the core up just a bit and that makes this board a little more powerful. While it’s fun and wasn’t a board that was hard to ride it still felt like it wasn’t as good as some of its contemporaries I’ve ridden. It has its place but I don’t think the wide range of riders will gravitate towards it with the price and the 3D shaping.
Comparable Boards: Marhar Lumberjack X, K2 Party Platter, Jones Mind Expander Twin
Recommended Bindings: Union Strata, Burton Cartel, K2 Formula