158 cm Custom Flying V
Never rode reverse camber before.
Where do i begin. Well, i noticed an immediate difference as soon as i strapped in my leading foot and pushed my way towards the lift. Right from under your feet you can feel how the board wants to spin about its waist...something that u dont feel on a cambered board.
At the top of the hill, i strap in my other foot and proceed my way down. First impression.....this board had no fucking brakes
Something that im all too familiar with when riding a brand new Burton board. Their factory wax is durable, and really really fast.
As im trying to fight off the speed and really get the feel of the board, i immediately notice how its begging for you to make it turn from one transition to the next. Cross under turns never seemed so much easier and effortless.
Every so often i stopped my cross unders, and did some skidded turns...this board picked up speed as fast as my Custom X.
Fast Forward to my 3rd or 4th run when i finally got more comfortable with the boards mechanics, i began jumping off of some natural features. My first jump shocked me because i didnt realize how much damn pop was in the that tail, I never felt that much pop before on any of my other boards, not even the stiffer ones.
Later in the day, i began riding switch. As with any other soft board, riding switch is a lot easier and forgiving, but with an RC its just makes it significantly easier. This board really made me feel comfortable in not eating any shit. I began doing 180s off of small features along the trails and was really surpised that i landed clean, i always had a hard time spinning my boards around, but with this one it was a lot easier. I guess part of it being easier is the fact that i got a board thats 2-3cm shorter than what i always rode one, and not to mention that it being RC between your feet, helped in initiating the spin.
Once i got done playing around with the board at slower speeds, i decided to open up the throttles a little on this warm Vermont slushy day.
I point my board straight down, lean forward and off i go. As im picking up speed rather quickly as mentioned before, i begin transitioning from one edge to the next. The RC really wants to do this especially when ur weight is slightly over either edge. Response is excellent and the handling as well. I then shift my weight directly over the board and began to flat base my run. The control was right there where you wanted it to be for a catch free ride. One thing i did notice was that the stopping power was not there. I did try on numerous occasions to slam the brakes, but i felt like i was going to lose control and that my effective edge really didnt dig deep enough to stop me in time. I guess what do you expect from a soft board that is RC
'11 Cartels EST that i brought for my Supermodel X have been quickly swapped, adjusted and placed on the FV. Bindings are extremely responsive when need be and extra comfy. Half of the time i felt like i was riding without them. Riding over crud and slushy snow, the dampening was right there for an extra smooth ride. The board and bindings go hand in hand together. The Flex of the 2 are equally matched and you dont have one overpowering the other for a really enjoyable ride.