Snowboard Review: 08-09 Monument 777
14 Apr, 2009
Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Bluebird skies with hardpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the Monument 777 with Rome Shifts and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: A board to ride everywhere on the mountain
Flex: It was a good medium flex, not a soft buttery board but not a stiff charging board either. All mountain ride and handle park to mountain flex. Good torsional flex which made it great for quick turns through the trees and handling a variety of conditions.
Turning: The 777 was easier to flex torsionally, especially in the trees riding it could maneuver quickly edge to edge and absorb bumpy terrain very well. Good response edge to edge, I didn’t find myself waiting for the board to be on edge and really was best with shorter quick radius turns. Longer radius turns were harder to pull out and it felt better with shorter turns.
Stable: The bamboo sidewalls held an edge when riding the halfpipe, gripped the snow. When dealing with bumpy terrain and trying to go fast, I didn’t feel as stable but when the runs were groomed felt fine with making turns. It’s not a board meant for charging, more playful fun and take your time on the mountain. When doing snow sprays, this board was perfect and I got Dave a couple times without losing my control on the board.
Pop: I just played with the pop over some rollers in the mini park at Breck and small ollie’s.
Switch: I did minimal switch riding on it but I didn’t encounter any issues with it.
Overall Impression: The day before I was riding the light, stable monument board and with the 777 I went to the board that was quick for tree riding, good response edge to edge for quick turning and a fun ride. It still still light and had good edgehold on the snow so I found it just fine for resort riding, groomers and the park riding I tried.
In terms of 08-09 to 09-10, just the graphics are being changed…should be the same ride for 09-10
Shay’s Honesty Box: This board was more my style of board I’d ride everywhere, it wasn’t anything insane but just an overall good ride with few limitations. I did eat shit on it in the quarterpipe but that’s my own fault since I never ride quarterpipe.