my impression of the differences between an all mountain board and Park/freestyle
I just replaced my old hand-me-down board with a Sierrascope and was amazed at how much of a difference it made. The old board is a mysterious Sims board from like 10 years ago or something. It was actually given to me with K2 clickers, so it's pretty old.. the board itself was very hard and heavy. I suppose it's for all mountain carving and is really not a trick/freestyle thing at all.
I would suppose an all mountain board would be good if going fast and carving hard ice is what you like. I noticed that my old board held an edge better and handled better under high speeds. On the other hand it also catches edges way more and so you get way more scorpions. Probably not so bad or small kickers but again because it catches edge so easily it requires a more controlled landing.
Before I tried the Sierrascope, I didn't really get the concept of a flexy board. I understand that the flex would help with pop... but it turns out it also opens you up to being able to ride on the tail/nose which leads to a bunch of cool things you can do.
The strange thing about the Sierrascope, or probably any other reverse camber boards is that it feels a lot like a skateboard. So if you're a skater I think any rocker board will you back right in the comfort zone. so that's pretty much the biggest difference between a regular camber board versus a reverse camber. Imagine that the bottom of the board is slightly curved upwards and that your contact point is the bottom of U shape. Obviously that's a exaggerated shape but what that does is it raises the edge above the snow a little so that it gives you a little "play". And what that means is you catch edges way less, and are also able to control the board without the edge slowing you down. the downside to this is that it's harder to carve hard ice and it's also harder to maneuver a high speeds. (it feels slippery because) also because of the flex, you use a little bit more leg muscle to exert control onto the board. (because you can't use the stiffness to control it)
The U shape's effect is profound.. it's to the point of being able to go down the hill, with pretty good speed.. but completely facing sideways. Try that with a camber board and you'll flip with the tiniest inconsistency in the snow. Not that you'd want to go down the hill facing sideways, but basically it will allow you to land at imperfect angles and still recover, end up in a strange pose after a trick and still not catch an edge, etc..
all in all, I'm not sure if it's because the Sierrascope or if all reverse camber/rocker boards are the same, but these boards are way fun than stiff all mountain boards. it's funny because this is one of the cases were hardware actually matters in that the construction of the board limits or enables you to do certain things. But anyway these were my thoughts having just switched to a reverse camber board for the first time. I wished someone explained it like this to me earlier, so here it is..
Last edited by magronbass; 02-28-2010 at 11:55 AM.