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2018 Interior Plain Project Honalee Snowboard Review

Board: Interior Plain Project Honalee

Size: 154

Camber Option: Traditional Camber.

Bindings: K2 Indy

Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 188lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Grey overcast skies, a mix of OK to bad visibility, high winds, snow that was firm to icy in spots, and above average temps that started to dip into colder ones as the day progressed on.

Flex: Coming in at just around a middle of the road flex you’ll find yourself riding a well balanced deck. The tips have response yet you can flex them where you need to be till about halfway between the tip and the start of the insert packs. It stiffens up from just in front of the insert pack through the middle. There’s an OK amount of torsional flex which helps to drive the board.

Stability: This board is stable yet lively. That means while you do feel the contours in the snow and some chatter it’s not going to buck you or wash out.

Ollies: First and foremost traditional camber will give you snap. Then when you add in a sweet spot that isn’t hidden you get a board that will boost. Loading this board up you’ll be popping rollers and snapping over slow signs with ease.

Pop On Jumps: Here’s where this board is at home. Whether you want to send it big or keep it mellow this board has you covered. The snap is easy to initiate if you know how to ride traditional camber and the board itself is designed to know how to suck up a tranny to boost you.

Butterability: This board has snap and will fight you as you butter it. So you’ll want to bring your A game and know how to balance your weight over the tips. That being said the secret is go faster than you think and work it harder, but once you do this board will butter for you.

Jibbing: The sweet spot in the tips is easy enough to find to lock into presses. Having traditional camber it hugs rails and jibs as it slides sideways. While not the softest board out there which will cause you to work for it, it’s jib friendly enough.

Carving: The sidecut on this board is great. It’s easy enough to initiate short quick turns or long drawn out carves. It grips on edge with ease and won’t keep you locked in till the point of no return. If you press the board through the middle you can change the arc of curve without the board trying to fight you.

Rider in Mind: All mountain freestyle rider that wants traditional camber.

Personal Thoughts: I might be a bit biased as I own an older version of this board, but it’s great. It’s a deck that’s not for everyone, but for those that want traditional camber and something that they can charge with it’s a great choice. The pop, flex, and sidecut culminate in a deck that’s well balanced for park riding or charging the resort.

Check out the past reviews of the 2017 and 2016 Honalee.

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  • Caleb Smith says: July 24, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Would the 154 or 158 be better on this board for mainly jump focus (medium to large and some XL every so often) 175 lb size 10.5 Burton boot?

  • Caleb Smith says: July 26, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Does this deck ride slightly shorter because of the elongated tip shape? Seems like it would have a slightly shorter effective edge for it’s over long length?

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