Review: 2011 Status Uno
I picked this up dirt cheap off the Status website. It was on mega clearance being a 2011. I ordered the 161, I'm usually between 200-215 lbs. and wanted something that I could try painting this summer and just as a beater board. This seems to be pretty close to a Never Summer SL. I know they are made in the same factory and the specs seem to be pretty much identical.
So, first impressions. Build quality looks top shelf. The fiberglass is all very uniform, no bubbles or any visible defects. The base and edges are fitted really well and the same with the p-tex sidewalls. I put on a pair of K2 Uprises I had sitting around and just strapped in on the carpet. The thing that caught me first off was that torsionally this board is pretty soft but stiffer front to back. On the Status site they had this board listed a 4 flex and it seems to be pretty accurate. For my reference the last four boards I've been riding (and their factory flex ratings) were a Smokin' MIP 158 (flex 5), Never Summer Heritage 160 (flex 5.5), Smokin Mailorder Bride 159 (flex 6) and an Arbor Westmark 156 (flex 5ish). This could bring on an entire rant about flex ratings between and even within companies but I will leave that for another time.
I put about 15 runs on my little local hill on it today in very soft spring conditions. And I have to say this is one of the most fun boards I have been on. The torsional give made turn initiation a breeze and even in slow heavy slush it got edge to edge faster than any board but my Westmark. It is a really solid ride, not much chatter at all. You can feel that Never Summer dampness in this deck for sure. The few icy patches in the shade or where it had been scrapped down it handled well too. it wasn't as good as the Mailorder Bride with it being flat camber with Smokin's more mellow magne-traction, but I never had an oh crap moment with it. It does come with vario-grip and I found on my Heritage that while good it is a step bellow mag and grip-tech (Arbor) when really firm or icy. I hit a couple medium kickers and it felt super stable on the way up the lip and really planted well on the landings. I don't do rails but did hit a couple flat boxes and handled them just fine. I will however post an update when it hardens up later this week.
Thus far I would say that for anyone looking for a nice board on limited funds, especially if you want something other than traditional camber and different sidecut tech then the Uno would be a very solid choice.