Snowboard Iskola

Board: Telos DST Carbon Ultralight

Size: 158

Camber Option: Hybrid Pow Camber. Mild twin camber with enlarged rocker in the tips. It’s camrocker.

Bindings: Rome Black Labels

Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy

Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10

My Weight: 200lbs

Resort: Copper Mountain

Conditions: Mix of blue and cloudy skies, colder temps, some wind, a light dusting of snow on top of firm fast corduroy, and pockets of light to heavy pow off the runs.

Flex: Well this board is stiff but still reactive and responsive. The overall flex comes in on the higher end of the smooth and consistent freeride flex. You do have a bit more play in the tips due to the rocker then the middle of the board is where the stiffness really comes into play. There is some torsional flex but not an overly abundant amount.

Stability: This board is smooth and stable. It plows through chop and chunder with ease and doesn’t get bucked around. At high speeds you get a tiny amount of chatter in the tips and most of that is a result of the rocker and less of the core construction of this board.

Ollies/Pop: This board has some solid snap in it. The camber section is easy to load up and that longer rocker section takes over as a platform to pop with. It’s a very skate-like pop but with a lot of reaction to it. You notice right away that this board can boost with ease.

Butterability: Well the shape really lends itself to buttering when you couple it with the camber. Now with that said you do still have to muscle it around and you will feel the camber fight you. So prepare yourself to work for it but what you put in more than gives you back the reward of a solid butter.

Carving: This board rails turns. I can’t state that enough. This is a board that just wants to carve. It is very nimble edge to edge and has a quick turn initiation. When on edge you steer it from inside the front foot and outside the back foot. This lets you dictate how you carve with it and whether you drive it hard or mellow. Do you need to be on top of it at all times? No, but you definitely need to have some sense of understanding this is not a mellow board but it’s not one that demands full attention.

Rider in Mind: Hard charging freeride guy.

Personal Thoughts: This board is just so superb with its edge control and how the flex pattern works with the camber profile. It’s a deck you can charge with and not worry about but still be laid back when you need to be. It also has one of the smoothest rides I’ve been on in a long time.

Comparable Boards: Jones Aviator, Nitro Pantera, Ride Berzerker

Recommended Bindings: Rome Cleaver, Ride A-10, Jones Drives