Review: 2012 Smokin' Superpark CTX
I used just about everybody's format- if you'd like me to remove something or cite your name just let me know! This is my first review so please tell me if I missed anything and feel free to ask any questions.
I'll keep this updated, currently it's mostly first impressions. I rode this at a local Michigan hill. Conditions were icy/wet corn snow. Stayed in the park(20~ footers, ollie-ons, assorted boxes/rails) and rode down some "blacks"(comparable to a Double blue in Park City).
Board: 2012 Smokin Super Park CTX, 148 CM
Bindings: 2011 Rome 390
Boots: 2010 Rome Libertine(8.5 mens)
Stance: 21.5", 15/-15.
Skill: Intermediate both freeriding/park
Board Stats and Techs
Size: 148 CM
Effective Edge: 113.25
Magne Traction - Same as Mervin, Mervin let Jay use the technology.
Clash Rocker(Rocker between the bindings, Camber outside the bindings)
Variable Density Fiberglass Layup
Park Flex - "Our most popular flex pattern, park flex is a versatile core profile that is designed to be lively, responsive, and stable while maintaining a fun playful pressable characteristic. Soft enough to press it out, stable enough to stomp big."
Flex: Probably a 5/10
Board is meant to be able to slay the park, and be perfectly ride-able outside of it too.
First board I've rode with hybrid camber, and I've never rode rocker so the first run or two was kind of awkward but after that I got right into it and headed to the park. This board is VERY forgiving. For example I landed a rail with a 5' ish drop on the landing on my nose while leaning forward and somehow my board balanced itself out and I rode off.
It has a very nice medium flex, and just as the park flex tech told, it's soft enough to press but stable enough to stomp big. Simply by lifting your foot you can get a decent press, and if you lean it'll raise a lot more. As far as jumps go, at least up to 25 feet which is as big as it gets around here, this board will stomp it with ease. And with the squirly landings once again the Superpark is very forgiving and somehow kept me up on the jump landings when I landed odd. No edges caught. Ollie ons felt easier than ever and some nice presses went down.
This board was also the first time I rode magnetraction--WOW. The edge holds extremely well with a very good grip that probably couldn't be obtainable in ice without the magnetraction.
As far as non-park went, we really don't have the steeps around here to judge it too well but it rode very nicely on the steepest trails we do have. I was probably going in the 30s and the board seemed perfectly stable and carves were done with ease.
Overall so far I'm beyond impressed-this is by far the best board I've rode. I've yet to find the board's weakness and am beginning to doubt it having one. I didn't hear of Smokin until last week and since finding them and reading reviews I didn't hear a bad thing about them. Handmade in the Lake Tahoe area by snowboarders for snowboarders. They're against the big corporate image(Buck Ferton lawls) and as cliche as it sounds they really don't seem in it for the money. The warranty is incredible with a 3 year warranty plus Bummer Replacement(Break the board and know it's your fault and they'll sell you another for the price it took to make the board). No buyers remorse by any measure and I hope this board lasts me years. And if not, I'll buy another Smokin.
Thanks for reading. I'll continue this review and in the mean time ask me whatever and I'll be happy to answer if I could.
Last edited by AlexS; 03-08-2012 at 04:31 PM.