Board: The Y
Camber Option: Camrock 2-4-2.
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 blue skies and clouds, cooler temps, firm fast corduroy, pockets of deep light to heavy snow, and some chunder for good measure.
Flex: This board is slightly on the stiffer side making it just past middle of the road. It is a full directional flex meaning softer nose progressively stiffening up to the tail. There’s a noticeable amount of torsional flex but not so much that it overwhelms you.
Stability: For the most part this board is smooth and stable. There’s a tiny amount of chatter in the nose in rutted out terrain and at high speeds but it pretty much stops before it hits the front foot. In rutted out terrain this board just plows through everything with ease.
Ollies/Pop: Loading up the camber section and getting it to activate on the rocker is easy and takes next to no effort. When you do this the pop engages and it’s there but it’s not mind blowing, but then again why would it be, that’s not what this board is for.
Butterability: The nose is going to be the optimal section of this board to do a butter on. It’s got that longer set back, rocker, and slightly softer flex. So pop a 180 and land on it or get sideways and press hard into it. And believe me you do have to press a bit harder than you think to get it to fully lock in. With the tail it’s all high speed wheelies.
Carving: Now this is what this board is known for. It has a smooth, fluid, and nimble transition from edge to edge. It engages out at the tip but steers more outside the front foot and inside the back foot. This changes the power dynamic of it and lets you push more off the tail while keeping that backfoot steering you do more underfoot. It’s a board that you can set on edge and just forget as it sails from one side of the trail to the other. When you lay it over hard and get deep and low it has power to keep you pushing it through the turn and no matter how much you put in it doesn’t wash out or try to change the angle of the arc of the carve. Short quick carves to deep hard ones it has you covered.
Rider in Mind: Resort ripping freeride carver.
Personal Thoughts: I feel this board was just a hair stiffer than the last time I rode it but not to the level the Optimistic is. This makes it a bit more versatile and stable when charging. It still retains its powder float, ease of entry into turns, and ability to lay a trench though. Overall it’s a great board for what it is and it just wants to let you rip the resort.
Comparable Boards: Rome Stalefish, Ride Superpig, K2 Instrument
Binding Recommendations: Now Pilot, K2 Formula, Ride C-8