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Review: 2011 Zion Whoa Man
Looking for a different company I stumbled upon Zion snowboards. After talking to him about possibly repping his company here in the Midwest he sent me a board to try. So here is my review. I want to say i have only ridden probably 5 boards overall so dont call me an expert.
What they say: The WHOA! MAN SERIES is designed to be a forgiving and super fun Jib/Park board and all around buttery funstick. This board is designed to work well with guys and girls, we call it our unisex line. It is built with a no-nonsense, no-gimmick attitude, using solid materials that are durable, yet forgiving. This series uses our HD22 Glass System which is a heavy duty yet light weight glass to better handle all the jibs you can throw. If you are looking for an all around fun board that won't beat you up when you make mistakes, this is the board for you. The graphics that you see on this board come straight from the mind of the one and only Tad Carpenter. Tad is an amazing artist and friend of our lead designer. We are very stoked to be working with him. This series is available in 142, 147, 152, 155, 157 and 159 in regular camber and 148, 151 and 154 in rockered camber.
Retail Price: $325
Rider info: Weight: 180lbs Height: 6'3" Boot size: 13 Angles: -15/15 Type of rider: Park rat Bindings: ride contraband
Board specs: Size: 155 / WAIST 25.6 / NOSE AND TAIL 30.3 / EFFECTIVE EDGE 120.0 / SIDECUT 760 / STANCE 20-25 INCHES
Where i rode it at: Ive put probably more than 10 days on this board and ive ridden at keystone, breckenridge and perfect north slopes
On snow photo:
My preconceived notions: He didnt have a bigger size for me and i was worried about the waist width on this 155. It was the smallest board I had ever ridden and it being small for me i figured it would be a noodle since it is a park board anyway. Also i love reverse camber but they didnt have any left.
Flex: felt softer than my parkstar but that didnt seem to have an effect on charging down the hill.
Pop: This was either me just coming off a reverse camber board or it could have just been the board, but it felt like this board had alot of pop for a board i thought was going to be a noodle. I had ridden a k2 parkstar the year before and i felt like i was able to get more pop off this board. It also seem like this board had a ton of camber just from looking at its profile.
Butterability: This board was pretty easy to butter for a cambered board could hold tail butters pretty easily. I didnt detune the edges enough the first couple weeks so i did catch a bunch of edges getting myself used to being back on a cambered deck.
Edge to edge: Once again it might just be me coming off a wide model but this board was very quick side to side. Probably because its width was only 25.6 but still it was very quick and i loved it. I also felt it easier on hand rails because i felt like i could center the board on rail much easier. Also Id like to note I dont think ive washed out much on this board even in the midwest. The edges came pretty sharp and I didnt think to detune them untill part way through the year.
Pressing: Its probably just me not knowing how to press right but this board was harder for me to get a press than my parkstar. I think i would have been happier on a reverse camber board.
Rail riding: I had forgotten to detune my edges and at first was unhappy with how catchy the board was on rail. I then remembered to detune it and I haven't had a problem since then.
Stability: I keep hearing the talk about park boards not being able to charge. Maybe it was just me but I havent had any problem charging on this thing. Ive gotten it up to around 35 mph without much problems, but it could be that im just used to park boards but I also have found my parkstar feels more lose than this board and the parkstar is suppose to be pretty stable. Not to mention that all zion boards are built to handle the whole mountian.
My thoughts: I really like this board for a camber board. It seems pretty durable too. I ride alot of rails and so far this board has held up better than my delaming parkstar. I feel live given this board a pretty good beating with how many falls ive taken in the park and it still looks fine, no delaming that I can see. One word of advice for this board for those who are hitting rails: detune your edges!!!! Personally I think i would be happier with one of their reverse camber board but for a cambered board i like this thing. One of my favorite parts of the board is the graphics, i get tons of complements on the top sheet and i have to admit it looks awesome.
I'd recommend this board to a park rat who wants to have a board that can do other stuff too. Because so far this board seems like it can take a beating
hopefully i should be getting their ryan paul model by next year so hopefully i can review that too
here is a video of the reverse camber whoa man in action. not me.
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