Snowboard Review: 09-10 Smokin Vixen DTX
16 Sep, 2009
This review was done at the Transworld Good Wood test as I tagged along with the test and tried out boards.
Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Smokin Vixen with Union Force’s and my Rome Vamps size 8.
First Impression: Despite the smaller size, it held up for the mountain without sacrificing good edge hold.
Flex: The Vixen was on the softer flexing side but had a stiffer torsional flex between the bindings and softer nose and tail which meant it was still up for charging without feeling chatter under the bindings and had good dampness underfoot for absorbing some cruddy conditions. The nose and tail were softer, making it easy to press and butter in the park. The Vixen I rode had Dirt rocker which is a flat section between the bindings and gradual reverse camber from the bindings to tip and tail. The Dirt rocker was barely noticeable, rode very similiar to camber for carving but with the extra bonuses of rocker, easier to press.
Turning: This was where the Vixen excelled for the all mountain freestyle board, it was still able to carve with and felt really stable and responsive edge to edge. I was expcting some rigidity from it, but it was still a forgiving ride. When I took it in the halfpipe, the mtx held an edge on the icy walls and was the most fun board in the halfpipe on response edge to edge and being able to feel stable.
Stable: With the MTX, the Smokin had no problem on the icy conditions of the day including the halfpipe. It held an edge and despite it being described as a freestyle deck, handled speed when freeriding on the groomers.
Pop: This board had pop and snap to it, without needing adjustment. In the pipe I felt really confident on it and played with popping 180’s out of the bottom of the pipe. Off the rollers, it felt stable landing and not difficult to pop off the tail of the board with.
Switch: I encountered no problems with riding switch on it, it rides just as it should a true twin and with the centered stance there wasn’t any adjustment to taking it switch including switch in the halfpipe.
Overall Impression: When I took out the Vixen, I had no worries on how it handled. Easy board to ride but still capable of freeriding with, torsionally stiffer and still had a lot of play in the nose and tail. It wasn’t the best day for conditions, icy hardpacked and the mtx had no problem with holding an edge and making freeriding stable.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The Vixen was the last board of the day and ultimately the most suitable board for me, just handled the whole mountain. I had no complaints on the Smokin Vixen and it totally won me over. It never felt like I was riding a 153cm by the way it rode and definitely the 156cm would suit me better.
*This Review was done in April 2009, please be aware that products may change.