Snowboard Review: 09-10 Unity Reverse

22 Jul, 2009

Location: Keystone, BC

Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the Unity Reverse with Union Forces and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: Unity put out a board that handles the mountain and has a little rocker on nose and tail.

Size: 155cm

Weight: average

Flex:  The origin was one of the stiffer freestyle boards in my opinion and the reverse takes from it but with the rocker in the nose and tail, gives it a softer easy lifting flex there and between the bindings a stiffer flex, torsionally.  

Turning:  The reverse held turns really well, I didn’t notice any problems with how Unitys rocker rode when it came to turning and it felt more like a cambered board when turning, held an edge and an arc of each turn and initiated turns with ease.  The stiffer torsional flex made the sharper short radius turns more of an effort and the longer turns were perfect on it.  

Stable:  The reverse is definitely one of the harder charging boards I rode during the demos, the flatness between the bindings and then rise on the tip and tail allow it to be stable, without feeling like the rocker is too much.  It actually felt better when it was just on the nose and tail, harder to catch when riding but you could still ride fast with and it wouldn’t throw you off.  Rode just as hard as some cambered boards.

Pop:  Even with a stiffer flex overall, there was still a lot of play to the nose and tail of the reverse, it was pressable and good pop when going off rollers, not insanely poppy.  

Switch: I didn’t encounter any differences when riding switch.  It’s set up as a true twin with the same ammount of mm rocker in the nose and tail.

Overall Impression:  What I liked best about the reverse is it’s not insanely rocker, it’s Unity take to rocker giving it enough to help when you need it but still being a Unity snowboard, charge the mountain kind of board.  It handled well, on icy spots and freeriding, it didn’t need any adjustment because the rocker was so minimal but it’s also not a just take it to the park kind of board.  

Shay’s Honesty Box:  The reverse is based off the Unity Origin which I’ve ridden in the past, definitely a stiffer freestyle board by Unity but I like it a lot better with the rocker, it’s barely noticeable and when you need it, it gives you the fun, lift that reverse offers for park or pow.  I can see people liking this board because it’s not an insane difference or adjustment from camber but still give the perks that come in handy.  

*This Review was done in February 2009, please be aware that products may change.

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On-snow Photos
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  1. B-rad
    July 22, 2009

    HA HA! loving the green bindings. Looks like you will be able to do a christmas theme lol! Anything different with the forces this year?

  2. jonny
    July 22, 2009

    Shay – how did this measure up to say something like a the Libs for 2010 you rode? Unsure if you road a phoenix or not for next year…

  3. July 22, 2009

    B-rad, definitely the green forces are rad for next year…so bright! I really liked them but next year I’m trying the Force SL’s as my binding. Here’s the review of the Union Forces for 09-10, they got new ratchets.

    Jonny, definitely comparable to the 08-09 phoenix I rode but with different amounts of rocker. Lib’s rocker is in the center between the feet, then flat. Unity’s is flat between the feet and rocker outside of the bindings to the tip and tail. The phoenix rode a bit more playful with the rocker in the center, while Unity’s was more freeride with theirs.

  4. A. Nony Mouse
    July 22, 2009

    Nice to see Unity copying K2 with their rocker and originally copying Capita with the BSOD skull and Flat Kick name (no mention of that anymore).

  5. July 22, 2009

    BSOD skull is way deathlier. This one has more teeth which makes it more friendly.

    Ah yes the copying, personally we can go around in circles to see who is copying each other but as long as the boards don’t ride the same I don’t consider it a copy. Did Unity ride like Flat Kick, no different flex, cores, designs…totally different boards. Did Unity ride like K2…nada again completely different.

    No one ever put a patent on camber as far as I’m aware and I think reverse camber should be the same way.