Board: Marhar Invasion
Camber Option: Flat with rocker in the tips.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Frozen snow, ice, chop, chunder, frozen groomers, warm temps, slushy groomers, choppy slush, and typical spring like conditions.
Flex: The nice thing about this board is that it has a familiar feel to it. Almost as if you have ridden it. While it does have a middle of the road park flex you get more play in the tips which have an immense sweet spot created by the rocker section, then the flat area is stiffer. The torsional flex is abundant and lets you ankle steer this board with ease.
Stability: At high speeds you get flap in the tips due to the amount of rocker it has. This will reverberate slightly back underfoot, while this board is damper than others in this category it’s not fully lifeless which gives it some rebound and playfulness. The center section is the most stable obviously.
Ollies: This deck has 100% skate like pop to it. That means no need to load it up, just roll back onto the tail and let it spring you. The snap is easy to engage and it lets you boost. So send those cat track gaps, side hits, or rollers because you’re getting into the air.
Pop On Jumps: For being flat to rocker it actually does well on most jumps of varying sizes. Just with bigger features be aware that you need to land flat based and centered or you will wheelie out. The lip does a lot of the work with this board unless you really want to power snap off the end of it. Even when you do that, it still isn’t a deck you’re going to get super boosted with, but you will get comfortable air.
Butterability: The sweet spot is so huge due to the rocker zone so you can just press into it till your hearts content. This board just lets you get weird in any way shape or form on snow and you never have to worry about it fighting you.
Jibbing: Here’s where this board shines. It just sits in a press without any fight and lets you hold it to the end of the feature then as you release it, it just springs a little off the end. While the center is flat on this deck it still cradles around the feature and hugs it perfectly.
Carving: The edge to edge roll on this board is quick and smooth. You can just transition from toe to heel with very minimal effort utilizing all your ankle steering. When you crank it on edge it actually grips and while it does lack some power out of the tail it still has enough to spring you back up out of a deep carve. Where it stands out for carving is in those deep and tight carves as you zip around features or obstacles in your way, but it doesn’t completely suck if you need to lay it over hard.
Rider in Mind: Skate styled park guy.
Personal Thoughts: The only reason I rode this board this year was to update this review, the boards solid. It’s a comfortable ride and feels like a deck you’ve been on for a while. The flat to rocker profile gives it so much area to press and play on. Overall it’s a great deck for what it is.
Comparable Boards: Rome Gangplank, Public Display, Ride Zero
Binding Recommendations: Rome Vice, Ride C-6, Burton Malavita