Snowboard Review: 09-10 O-matic Sweet
28 Feb, 2009
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the O-matic Sweet with Technine Nines and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: Probably the best graphics I have seen and just a good around board.
Flex: All around the flex was midway between stiff and soft which made it good for everything riding. I found it relatively stiff on the nose and tail, making it a little harder to press but good for pop. Between the bindings it rode softer, easy to torsionally flex it and really get good response from sharp turns.
Turning: I found the board really responsive edge to edge, easy to maneuver into turn initiations. The sidecut allowed for quick short radius turns and those felt the most fun with the board. The longer radius spread out high speed turns didn’t feel as stable but I wouldn’t expect that from this board either.
Stable: The most unstable feeling I got was in the bindings to board. Longer turns weren’t as stable as taking turns slower and more short radius. Over bumps, it cut through some cruddy spots and held an edge when I wanted to go faster on sharp turns down cat tracks. Good dampening over that choppy stuff.
Pop: The board had good pop, easy to pop off the tail with it. A little harder to tail and nose press with.
Switch: It rode the same switch as it did regular for me, it was really easy to swing around into switch riding, no catching of edges.
Overall Impression: The sweet definitely goes by it’s name, I didn’t expect it to be a hard charging board but for making the mountain your playground it was fun to ride. It’s a good all around board for someone looking to go more into freestyle.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The combination of bindings to board didn’t suit the board at all and I was really let down by that because I liked the board but didn’t like the bindings with it.
*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.