Board: Yes Basic
Camber Option: Camrock 444
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Overcast skies, ice, chunder, death cookies, firm fast snow more ice, and low to moderate winds.
Flex: This has your standard middle of the road flex. The rocker section has a bit more flex to it and at high speeds you will notice some flap coming from it but most of that chatter is dissipated by the time it hits the camber zone. The torsional flex is highly abundant which aids with how it turns.
Stability: The camber section has the most stability in this board. You notice right away that it has a smooth damp feel to it. Meanwhile the tips get some chatter at speeds and you notice it flapping especially in uneven terrain. Overall it’s stable where it counts which is underfoot but keep those knees bent just in case.
Ollies: The camber section has an exceptional amount of load to it which gives this board its pop. You do have to put a little effort into getting it to load up but once you do it rebounds and you’re air born. With it having rocker in the tips this acts like a springboard when the camber is loaded and you notice a slight delay before it engages.
Pop On Jumps: The biggest jump I hit should have been considered a roller, but even still this board popped off the lip with relative ease. It did what you would expect it to do and that’s all you can ask. Small to medium jumps are more this boards strong suit but it can still handle going to the big line if you’re suddenly feeling like pushing it.
Butterability: There’s a sweet spot right outside where the camber meets the rocker towards the tips. When you get your weight over it this board locks in and holds a press and lets you get weird on snow. The camber section will fight you a little bit but it’s not so much that you have to man handle the board the whole time.
Jibbing: Slow or fast it doesn’t matter this board locks into a press and holds well enough. The nice thing is at the end of the feature you can let the camber section take over and give you the pop off of the rail, box, or tube. When you get sideways it cradles and holds due in part to the camber section without clapping out.
Carving: The nice thing about this board is the Underbite right at the insert packs. When you roll from edge to edge you’re not trying to lock in out at the tips where the traditional contact points are but instead right at your feet. This allows for more ankle movements to direct how it turns. When you have it on edge you can be laid back or drive your knee into the center of the camber to get it to steer more aggressively. Short quick carves to medium mellow ones are where it stands out, but when you really want to lay it over you can and not have to worry about the tail folding. Is it something you can do every time? No, but it’s there if you need it.
Rider in Mind: Progressing rider that wants a board that they can do it all with and not outgrow.
Personal Thoughts: While the name says Basic, this board gets everything you need done even if you know how to ride. Now imagine that for someone that’s progressing and doesn’t know any better. It’s a very approachable board to get what you need done whether riding your first pow day or your 1000th blue groomer lap.
Comparable Boards: Rome Warden, Arbor Element, Capita Outerspace Living
Binding Recommendations: Now IPO, Burton Mission, Union STR