Board: Mind Expander Twin
Camber Option: Christenson Surf Camrocker.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negatie 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, average temps, a couple inches of fresh on top of frozen crust, old pow, sugar snow, perfect corduroy, and a little chunder.
Flex: This has your standard run of the mill all mountain freestyle flex. Slightly softer in the tips then stiffening up midway back to the insert packs and progressively getting stiffer to the dead center of the board where there’s a flex point that is softer. This also matches the torsional flex which is there but not crazy flexible.
Stability: Last year I rode this board in a 154 and that would have been my size for a deck like this but this is a board you want to slightly size up. Going to the 158 it was more stable. You do get a little chatter in the tips and that resonates underfoot. On a groomer you feel every variation in the snow and that kinetic energy goes right up into the bindings. In really rutted out terrain if you’re straight lining this board will get bucked around.
Ollies: The camber section is easy to load up and activate the rocker section which helps you springboard off pillow poppers, sidehits, and little launchers. It’s not the snappiest thing out there but it’s easy to engage and relatively perfert for what this board is.
Pop On Jumps: If you want to hit a jump, hit a jump. It’s a board that you can be laid back and let the lip throw you or you can pop off of. When you pop you get a little more air time but it’s nothing substantial.
Butterability: The rocker in the tips coupled with the slight 3D shaping and softer flex all work together to let you butter this board however you want. When you’re pressing hard you can feel the camber section activate which will help you spring out of it. This thing is a pow butter dream.
Jibbing: It locks into presses and holds them with a little bit of fight. When you go sideways it cradles the feature and lets you slide. Wouldn’t be my first board for hitting rails but it can handle it.
Carving: So by sizing up I got more rigidity in the tail and underfoot. This changes how I feel this thing carves. It lets you lock in and push it off the tail from the center of the board which is nice for when you want to lay it over. The 3D shaping slightly helps with the edge to edge transmission so it remains fluid and smooth. There’s a nimbleness from underfoot that is due to the torsional flex allowing you to really twist this board. If you want to lay it over lay it over, but if you’re just looking to swoop around people in your way and remain on edge this is where this board excels.
Rider in Mind: Twinnish loving powder hound.
Personal Thoughts: Once I sized up to the 58 this board rode so much better. This really isn’t something to downsize on due to the flex of it. Now riding something that was way better it holds an edge well on a groomer, floats great in open powder as well as being nimble in tight trees. Overall it was a blast to ride.
Comparable Boards: Bataleon Party Wave Twin, Amplid DADA, Libtech Orca
Binding Recommendations: Jones Mercury, Bataleon Blaster Asym, Union Strata