Flow Jewel First Impressions
Due to the complete lack of women's hard good reviews, I wanted to give a quick first impression of the Flow Jewel 152 I just got in the mail!! (This is my first review, be nice). I will be riding the board this weekend so there will be more to come. My stats: 5'8", 160 lb, size 7.5 burton boots, this will be my 6th season riding and I would consider myself an intermediate/advanced all mtn rider and a beginner park rider. Im on the ice coast so i ride a ton of groomers but I like to dip into the trees whenever possible and I would really like to progress more in the park this season. I have been riding a NS circuit 148 (mens board) which I actually loved but was just too small and totally flexed out after 3 seasons.
So, first impressions: The Jewel is of average weight, the graphics are really impressive, and it had wider tips than I had expected. It seems to be pretty beefy and I hope it can take a beating (my NS was a tank, I have no idea how Flow's durability stacks up). It's a true twin, and at 5'8" I used the second widest twin stance option, so taller girls could definitely ride this. The I-Rock camber is not very noticeable to the eye, but if you lie the board down and really get down next to it you can see the camber sections underfoot. The RC in my NS was much more pronounced visually, but the circuit is a softer board so that might have something to do with it.
I strapped in to the Jewel in my basement and did some carpet boarding. I was instantly in love! It is torsionally soft and presses are easy, but I can really feel the carbon in the tips stop me mid-press and allow me to pop the thing to the moon. Much poppier than the NS, and definitely stiffer. I will report back after riding this board, but it seems to be the freestyle oriented, all-mtn slayer I was looking for. Feel free to ask me any questions, there will be more to come for sure.