Snowboard Iskola

Board: Telos Caldera

Size: 156

Camber Option: Centered Camber with a long nose rocker.

Bindings: Rome Black Labels

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Overcast skies with pockets of blue, low wind, average temps, 5 to 7 inches of fresh snow on top of frozen chunder or perfect corduroy that quickly turned into lumpy runs as the lower mountain got tracked.

Flex: This board is softer than you would think. It comes in with a middle of the road playful freeride flex. You get a ton of play in the nose and tail, with the nose having slightly more than the tail. The center is a bit more stiff but still has a ton of torsional flex.

Stability: If you don’t hit any ruts or chunder this board is super stable. The second you get into rutted out terrain the softer flex takes over and this board does get knocked around. You feel everything in it so keep those knees bent.

Ollies/Pop: The centered camber is easy to load up and this board has some solid pop. It snaps with ease and launches higher and further than most boards in this category. Hitting sidehits or popping pillows are a breeze. It even launches in the terrain park if you’re looking for powder landings on a powder day there.

Butterability: With the softer flex and that rocker in the nose you can butter this board. Getting on the tail and going sideways takes no effort and this board never feels hooky there. Popping a 180 and pressing into the nose takes little effort and the board does not fight you at all when you lock in but retains the snap out to get you back around and on your way.

Carving: This board is quick edge to edge but when you really drive it then it hits its limitations. It’s a board that while the sidecut is dialed the flex pattern does get knocked around and so on a powder day when the resort gets tracked it can kick out on a carve. I had no problem setting it on edge and steering it through a turn. What’s nice is even with that immense rocker it still rides like an almost camber dominate board due to the way the camber profile is centered. If you don’t charge it hard and stay light on your feet you can rip a carve no problem.

Rider in Mind: Resort powder rider that wants a more payful powder deck.

Personal Thoughts: The flex on this thing reminded me of my Telos Ranquet. It just felt like a more tapered and powder oriented shape but with the same flex pattern. It’s playful where it counts which makes getting it on top of the snow super easy. In lumpy tracked out conditions this is where it lacks and it just gets knocked around, it’s too lively for its own good.

Comparable Boards: Endeavor Archetype, Amplid Aloha Vibes, Libtech MC Wayfinder 2

Recommended Bindings: Union Strata, Burton Malavita, Bent Metal Joint