Board: Flow Merc
Camber Option: EZ-Rock. A mellow reverse camber between the ft, camber beneath foot, after which a flat part earlier than the upkick within the suggestions.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: A mixture of gray skies and blue poking by means of a haze that saved the solar at bay. The temps have been heat and the snow was the consistency of agency jello.
Flex: This board is someplace between a newbie rental board and mid stage jib board with snap. That makes it have loads of play within the suggestions, however stiffer beneath foot, after which loads of give/torsional flex within the center.
Stability: This board is steady on completely groomed runs, get it into variable terrain and your knees shall be doing the work. You can really feel a good quantity of chatter at speeds as effectively.
Ollies: You can load up the camber zones and actually get it to spice up. It makes facet hits and rollers enjoyable and thrilling to hit. It’s not the snappiest deck on the market nevertheless it has it the place it counts.
Pop On Jumps: This board can deal with small to medium jumps with ease. It’s acquired the snap the place you want it and the forgiving flex to soak up a lip in case you’re not totally dedicated to popping.
Butterability: The suggestions are nice for locking into lengthy drawn out presses. This board is supposed to butter however not hook up.
Jibbing: As with buttering this board locks in and is straightforward to snap on or off a characteristic. It slides sideways effectively and does what you want it to do.
Carving: The sidecut is straightforward to provoke however if you wish to push it you may. The one factor to be careful for is pushing it too arduous and having the board wash out on a deep carve. This occurred to me on multiple event.
Rider in Mind: The not complete newbie that’s working their manner as much as being a stable intermediate rider.
Personal Thoughts: This boards by no means dangerous to trip for somebody of my stage. It does what it must do and makes no apologies for being on a price-point. It’s enjoyable and that’s that. I’d positively suggest it to somebody that’s simply beginning out however has the bug to quickly progress.
Check out the previous critiques of the 2013 and 2015 Merc.
Comparable Boards: Arbor Formula, Yes Basic, Salomon Pulse
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This board was loaned to us for evaluation from Flow Snowboards advertising and marketing division.
*Disclaimer this board didn’t change for 2018 so we carried the 2017 evaluation over.
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