Snowboard Review: 10-11 Technine Re-enforcer
06 Apr, 2010
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked snow conditions that softened up during the day with bluebird skies.
Setup: I rode the Technine Re-Enforcer with Technine Elements bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: This is much better than I expected, a Technine board that I’d actually ride.
Flex: Despite the re-enforcer being a softer more playful flex, it was consistent in the flex pattern. Torsionally and longitudinally felt the equal in both. Easy to manever and torsionally flex the board but longitudinally handles the mountain like a stiffer medium flex board. I give them credit for making a reverse camber that rides like a longer board in how it handles, the 152 didn’t feel like a 152 on the mountain. The Re-enforcer is a reverse camber described as a single radius reverse camber , only 10cm of the middle point of the board is touching the ground and the rest of the camber is above it.
Turning: The Re-enforcer was very predictable in how it turned, the radial sidecut made it so there were no surprises down the mountain just one radius to turn on and hold each turn in. I found it very capable on holding carves, you can lay it down on this board if you want to or just it for an easy ride down the mountain. It handled short radius and long radius turns just fine, I didn’t find one more capable than the other when turning.
Stable: This is where the board surprised me most, it’s meant to be a softer jib board from Technine (which means it could be way soft) but it actually handled the charging down the mountain when you needed it. It rates 3 on their flex which means a medium flex and I’d even say in my own personal book it was a 5 for it’s ability to carve and get into turns without folding. The only spot I didn’t notice it as stable was on the really icy patches where it didn’t hold an edge as well.
Pop: I unfortunately didn’t play with the pop too much other than just a couple ollies on the snow and definitely nothing to really judge how it handled for pop. It was playful when it came to flat spin butters and presses. No problem with pressing and buttering this board, the reverse camber helped make that super easy to play around with on the nose and tail of the board.
Switch: The re-enforcer is a true twin and handled like a true twin, no problems riding switch on the board and was easy to manuever around. I didn’t find any weird transitional spots on the board.
Overall Impression: The Re-enforcer is meant to be the reverse camber jib weapon from Technine but what it actually is, is a fun ride that can handle the mountain despite the jib title. It’s a friendly, playful board that you can take from the park to powder making the whole mountain a park. It definitely impressed me on the conditions and was a very predictable ride which for a reverse camber board, you don’t get as often. It definitely handled the terrain like a bigger board which was great for the size I was riding.
Shay’s Honesty Box: It’s been years since I rode a technine board and the last time I wasn’t a fan at all. But the Re-Enforcer completely changed that for me and ended up being one of the most liked board of the demos. It really impressed me in the handling and just a board I could ride anywhere with no limitations, I enjoyed it so much and trusted it that I rode the board without highbacks on a couple runs.
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Technine Re-Enforcer description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.