Well, here is where I will finally share some thoughts on this board since my season is now pretty wound down. First off, I really enjoyed riding this board in the majority of the conditions I rode it in. It handles steeps, trees and powder just fine. It handles jumps and drops quite well also. Where I felt it didn't perform up to it's ability was in the slushy spring snow. I'll get to that shortly. First though, let's talk about what it does well, and why I feel it does it well.
This board rips the steeps and charges through crud in a way that I didn't even realize was possible until I got on it. I mean, this is what it was designed for. If you need a stiff, damp board for hard charging steeps, pow, and groomers with some park jumps and natural drops thrown in for good measure, then this board will certainly serve you well. The Heritage is a board that I found always wants to be pointed down the fall line. It doesn't like to traverse, it likes to go. This board is pretty stiff, and definitely damp. Neversummer says it has a flex rating of 6, but I'd give it more like a solid 7. It really is stiffer than I originally expected. What I noticed about the stiffness is that it makes the sweet spot for ollies a little harder to find, but once you get it dialed, it will boost you pretty good. This was most evident on park jumps. Neversummer rates the dampness as a 7 and I'd say they were pretty spot on with that one. It eats up chop and crud so that you as a rider don't have to. The edge to edge response on this board was impressive as well, especially since it's a wide, and that's where a wide usually lacks. I really had no issues with making quick short radius turns in the trees, and high speed quick turn on groomers. You know, the kind that come up from dodging little kids and their skier parents.
It also handles switch well due to it's twin tip and tail.
Now, where I felt this board struggled was in the spring slush. The reason I think it struggled in it is due to the stiffness. In spring slush, the inherent nature of the board to want to point straight downhill combined with the stiffness of the board made it hard to keep the board from wanting to dig in and throw you "over the bars" on every little turn. Also, since it's fairly stiff, it didn't take to going up and down over the big springtime bumps that form up as well as my Proto HDX did. It just always wanted to send me flying off of them unless I really reminded myself to keep super loose. However, on the spring park jumps, it was great because you really only needed to point it and go to have enough speed to clear whatever gap was in front of you. And the stiffness made it plenty stable. Of course, freestyle park riding is not what this deck was made for, but it is serviceable. Just don't try to jib it. It feels completely dead underfoot and is super twitchy on boxes. I always felt sketched hitting them, and never got comfortable with it. I didn't hit any rails with it. Perhaps someone with better jibbing skills than me would feel different about it, but I kind of doubt it.
So, to wrap up here, the Heritage X is the wide version of the Heritage. They both have the same tech in them, just one is built for bigger kids, like myself. I would definitely recommend this board to someone looking for a freeride deck that can charge groomers, and be more than serviceable in pow, while still allowing them to get their freestyle on. The carbonium topsheet is beautiful to look at and makes a stomp pad completely un-necessary. When the pow gets chopped and turns to end of day crud, this board is till fun to ride since it just cuts right through. One thing I think would benefit this deck would be the addition of the low rise tip and tail, and the extended transition, like my Proto HDX has. This board is a little bit task specific to be a true "quiver killer", but it sure comes close. All in all, it's a fun board to ride.
If you have questions, feel free to ask, I'll answer them as best as I can. Next on my review list is the Proto HDX, but I'm not done riding that one quite yet. The snow isn't gone out here in the PNW.