Board: Yes Standard
Camber Option: Camrock. Camber between the feet and rocker in the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies, frigid temperatures, high winds, low visibility at times, firm fast snow.
Flex: This board has an around the middle of the road flex. It’s that right mix of freestyle fun and all mountain charging. The tips are playful enough to press but still have that precision you would expect from a board that has a set of powder inserts. The torsional give is abundant enough to center flex and steer the board from the mid-bite contact point back if you want or locked and loaded.
Stability: There’s a little bit of chatter and flap up in the tips when charging but the good thing is this doesn’t resonate back towards the inserts and up into the legs. Think of it as damp yet very lively.
Ollies: Snap is the name of the game with this board. The sweet spot for boosting off the camber zone on this board is immense. It has that pop you know and want whether you’re really loading up or being more lazy.
Pop On Jumps: When hitting the flattest jumps on Earth it’s good to know that the board has the pop you need to make it to what resembles a landing. This board can be in the air and doesn’t fight it.
Butterability: The rockered tips coupled with the shape of the board give a nice sweet spot for pressing and playing around. The board has a little fight in it but not enough to wear you out or hinder you from being able to really drive your weight into the board.
Jibbing: Would I jib on this board all day? Probably not, but it’s got that perfect amount of flex that you can lock into a rail or two if you want. My suggestion, go a little faster if you want it to press a bit harder.
Carving: So the sidecut on this board wants to rip into a groomer like your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving. The mid-bite contact point works and is most prevalent when you’re center flexing the board causing the nose to lift up. That added bite into the snow really helps. The sidecut and flex of this board is just so well balanced that any type of turn initiation comes with ease.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants a twin that has the option to set it back. They’ll ride the park, ride some groomers, get into the pow, rip a tree line or two. It’s for the guy that needs a quiver of one deck.
Personal Thoughts: As I said to my friend when we finished up riding for the day “I could see this as my daily driver if I had a smaller size.” It was that well balanced of a board. It’s got just the right amount of flex to really push this board through a hard turn yet still be playful enough for hitting a rail or two. Overall I’m kind of pissed I haven’t ridden this deck sooner.
Comparable Boards: Dinosaurs Will Die Brewster, Gnu SPAM, Nitro Suprateam
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