I rode the Kitchensink this past Sunday at Kirkwood. Conditions were thicket cement powder with some areas of light fluffy snow.
POP: The tail is stiff so accessing the pop takes some work and effort but once you get it right it pops hard. Flat land pop is a lot tougher than pop from a jump/bump/hip/etc which in those conditions this board will sail you.
Spinning This board rivals my Rome Mod Rocker for spinning, just get on edge and load then release and the board will drive you hard into a spin. Flat land 180's and 360's were a breeze and when you spin off hits it spins like a dancer on a pole coming down. I was expecting the board to be catchy on incomplete spins but I was wrong, the board was extremely forgiving as long as you are an intermediate/advanced rider.
Speed/Base Has a great fast base but nothing spectacular but to be honest I was completely satisfied with it. I was passing up my friends riding Lib's/Gnu's with sintered bases. I also want to note that I ran over a fair amount of trees & rocks with no noticeable damage and that includes the edges as well so this board is tough from my observation from one day.
Carving I'll be honest, I'm not much of a charger and usually just straight line runs including those I hike and only carve to regulate speed. With that said this board relit a passion for carving. I found myself railing groomers as hard as I can in a carve and this thing just held strong and never once felt like the edge would wash out. Also, from the stiffer tail you can really feel the board drive you out of a carve, it actually made me miss camber....
Powder At medium to high speeds it floated great but not excellent, you still had to pull up on the nose from time to time and keep your weight focused back, no severe leg burn was noticed. At slow speeds... it feels like a camber board but with a slightly better float due to the nose and buttercups. Bottomline if you want that effortless float keep your speed up or look for something different if you're still learning to ride powder. For me i'll take the trade off with all the other advantages this board has.
Stability This board is like an old child hood friend who gots your back through thick and thin, especially the type of friend who can beat everyone else's ass. The only way I can put it is this board is solid as long as you trust it. It lacks the overly stiff and freeride feeling most boards have that one would put all hope into getting out of tough situations so once I realized this board will handle anything in it's path I opened her up and was blown away by the stability. One great example is there was a group of riders we caught up with off-piste who stopped to examine an area before dropping in with some decent sized drops and hips, I was feeling so damn confident on this board I gave a 2 second glance and continued straight to a hip that led to a drop then into a small firm pillow line and this board slapped the mountain around. The other group when they caught up were giving compliments on the line I just took.
Dampness This is the other area this board lacks in, it's damper than a burton (everything is damper than a burton IMO) but it's not where close to the dampness you'd get out of a Neversummer/Smokin/Mervin/etc. Just expect at the end of the day to have some sore feet, a case of beer and a hot tub. This thing rides like a Porsche GT3 that's meant for a circuit racing, you'll get a lot of feedback but at least it's not a damn rice rocket sitting on bump stops (Burton).
Riding Switch felt fine to me, no issues.
Jibbing Waste of money if you want a board for jibbing, way better options out there. I can definitely see how it would be a great jump line board though.
My Final Thoughts An excellent choice if you want a somewhat aggressive board to attack the whole mountain with a freestyle orientation looking for natural hips/jumps/drops/rollers to pop and spin off of. I would not recommend for a dedicated anything deck (park/powder/freeride). I'd also recommend it to a groomer rider who wants the power of camber in carves but also wants some catch free forgiveness, I'd also recommend the Flow Quantum to that same person.
Here is how this board would fit into my quiver:
- Groomer/Park/spring time board = Mod Rocker
- Highspeed assaults where you absolutely need a solid deck for chunder poundings/rough terrain/thick powder = Neversummer Heritage
- Take both of those and combine them with the lack of dampening and excellent float you have the Kitchensink.