For the TL;DR folks: this was the first C-R-C board I've ridden, felt odd to me on first few rides. But after more sessions with it, really got to enjoy this lightweight machine. Fun directional board esp for carving, but can also handle it well when pushed harder.
- 8.5 Burton Rulers
- 2015 Union Force (Medium)
*Got to try with Union Atlas bindings. A much better pairing compared to my Forces imo, making it a lot more responsive. Would advise to pair with bindings in this stiffness range. So much more fun.
- Ontario, Canada (Ice-coast)
Main riding preferences
- carving hard, relatively fast, euro carves, etc.
- hitting natural features, kickers, hips, etc.
Nicolas Muller is my fave rider all time and with this being his very first pro-model, only made sense to add this beaut to the quiver lol.
*A lot of this review is explained in comparison to my Burton Flight Attendant and my own two cents
First time owning a board with rocker in the middle (tho very mellow, still noticeable compared to my Burton FA) so it was a slightly different feel for me at first, especially when 1-footing it. But after giving it more sessions, I've gotten really comfortable with it and enjoy this board, esp for those days when I feel like just carving around.
This board feels really light as advertised by GNU, but don't be fooled as this board can rip. Never once felt unstable at high speeds when I'd push this board. If you enjoy throwing down some euro carves etc, this stick welcomes it. So much fun carving around with it; whether it's mellow runs with my lady or ripping around with my boys, it can handle it no prob.
My switch riding isn't at the level that I'd like for it to be yet, but it was still enjoyable for a directional. A bit more junk in the trunk than the twins I've been accustomed to riding. But overall more fun than on the FA in this respect, which at times feels like I have a big ass tail causing me to put in a bit more work in switch.
It's pretty quick edge to edge, so manoeuvring around moguls, trees, ppl, etc isn't too much of an issue. Chunder? Rides thru it well and didn't feel unstable riding thru it, minimal chatter at most.
Not as powerful as my Burton FA, but I imagine its due to the more aggressive camber in the FA. Can still give you decent pop, given you have good popping/ollie technique. Also, takes a little more effort with the landing gear as I don't feel as stable when landing on it compared to the FA. Could be due to the lightweight nature and flex, also.
Speaking of its lightweight nature, it's much easier to swing this board around when attempting any rotations on jumps (1's, 3's, etc). Especially compared to the FA, which feels a tad bit heavier. This was def an aspect that I had a lot of fun with.
Holds up in the Ice Coast, though magnetraction more mellow on the Mullair.
Being a novice jibber, I mainly just hit boxes and tubes. Did ok, but def not it's forte. Much better boards suited out there for this type of riding.
Living in the east coast, don't get to see that heavenly stuff as often as those in the west so can't really say much for this yet. But riding it in certain areas with thicker piles of natural mixed with man-made it felt great, surfy and super fun. Once I get it in legit deeper stuff, will update. Will be going to BC this season, amped to try it there.
All in all, between my 2 directional boards this is my more playful one. But by no means is this board a softy, this board can rip if you choose to. Just like the pro rider it's made for, appears to be light and nimble. But reveals it's power when you push this board to go harder/faster. A fun board for its type, in my humble opinion.