Snowboard Iskola

Board: Spring Break Powder Twin

Size: 159

Camber Option: Surf Rocker Twin. Camber through the middle of the board till just outside the inserts then it turns flat and finally you have the surf rocker.

Bindings: Rome Black Label

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Steamboat Springs

Conditions: Cold temps, sunny bluebird skies, zero wind, ten plus inches of fresh snow on top of the hardest, firmest, deadliest icy chunder snow you’ve ever encountered.

Flex: The best way to describe this board is that there are two flexes to it. The flex on a groomer and the flex in powder. On a groomer this board has an ever so slightly stiffer than middle of the road flex through the middle of the board just out past the inserts then it gets softer in the tips. There’s some torsional flex and you notice that when on edge. Now in pow the way to describe it is a playful buttery flex because that Surf Rocker takes over and you can roll up on the tip or tail and get optimal float while still retaining stability through the mid section. This makes it super playful in fresh snow.

Stability: The width of this board can’t be ignored as well as the camber profile. This is what gives this board its stability. Only when charging through frozen rutted out terrain do you notice any real chatter. Sure there’s the typical chatter to be associated with something that has this much tip and tail kick but that doesn’t resonate back to the inserts.

Ollies: What’s so nice about this board is you have so much surface and such a long tip kick to push off of when you pop. This makes it easy to snap at the last minute while still being able to load up the camber section. When loading the camber section on a groomer you notice the load and the rebound is solid but it’s not so overwhelming you’re fighting to load it at all times.

Pop On Jumps: It gets the job done and it is camber dominate so what you put in is what you will get out of it. The nice thing is the width just gives so much stability to landing.

Butterability: Think about how much rocker this thing has in the tip and how wide it is. Sure the camber will fight you a bit but you have such a giant area to play with that getting your weight out over it lets you finesse any variation you want to do.

Jibbing: A little speed and you’re going to be pressing and sliding however you want. Once again the surface area of this comes into play and it makes it versatile. The camber profile will hug and balance on any feature while the rocker in the tips makes it easy to press into a feature but you still retain its rebound.

Carving: This board isn’t the most gnarly twin for carving on and that’s fine, it’s a pow board. It rolls from edge to edge and will lock in and allow you to do short mellow carves or really long swooping ones. It’s nimble enough edge to edge to make sure you maintain control. When really trying to rail it you end up center flexing the board to the point the front half of the board loses its edge hold and you’re locked in mainly under your back foot. This will give it some serious power and you can slingshot out of the carve but it requires so much more work than its worth.

Rider in Mind: Powder loving guys that want a twin or a sasquatch that can’t find a twin wide enough for them.

Personal Thoughts: This board is stiffer than I thought it would be and far more stable. Which made for it being a smooth yet lively ride. When on a groomer it rides so different than it does in pow. Everything activates differently in deeper snow and having 10 inches to try it out in that made it highly noticeable. The only thing I felt it slightly lacked in was edge control but having a size 10 and being on the 159 it was more or less too wide for me and the 56 would have been the better option. But for someone with a size 11 and up boot they shouldn’t have that issue.

Comparable Boards: Marhar Lumberjack, Ride Warpig, K2 Party Platter