Snowboard Review: 10-11 Ellis Street
15 May, 2010
Location: Steamboat, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers with some soft snow on top, overcast to bluebird skies.
Setup: I rode the Ellis Street with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: First time riding an Ellis snowboard and not a bad ride at all
Flex: I wondered how this board would ride with the mix of cores, poplar and bamboo as the main components. At the end of the day it was a consistent flex, stiffer and more powerful than I expected. It had some softness between the bindings but overall the flex of the board felt like a stiffer park flex throughout the board longitudinally and torsionally. The mix of the cores gives the board good pop and more stability than you’d expect on a park/street board.
Turning: The street was a mellow ride down the mountain and the tri-radial sidecut let the rider control the carving. It could be a mellow easy turning board but it could also rally on edge once you got more into the turn. The conditions were hardpacked and it gripped the snow no problem once in a carve. I noticed some slowness edge to edge but it’s a wider board than I need so I understood it wouldn’t be as quick with my boot size and the width.
Stable: Despite the name, the street was actually a very capable board for freeriding and outside of the park riding. The street gripped some icy/hardpacked snow very good and I never felt like it was too soft to handle the rest of the mountain. It was good being back on camber for the added stability when riding. The street is also wider than I needed so that helped stabilize the board during the ride.
Pop: Good pop and an all around easy ride, the flex wasn’t as buttery as I was expecting but it totally made up for it with a fun poppy board. I could press and butter but it wasn’t that soft or easy.
Switch: The street is a true twin with a twin flex so felt the same regular and switch riding.
Overall Impression: The street impressed with it’s handling on the mountain but also that as a park board it was a fun poppy ride. I liked that the rider controlled the turns, whether you wanted easy skidded or hard carves it was capable and you could power it into either.
Shay’s Honesty Box: This was my first time riding an Ellis snowboard and I always try to get on the smaller companies to review. In this case it wasn’t a disappointment to get out on the mountain on the Ellis street/park board and it was a good ride for my progressing park skills but even better that it handled the mountain. It was on the wider side which helped make it a more stable board down the mountain for me, but also more width than I need.
On Snow Photo
Ellis Street description
(unfortunately do not have a full catalog image at this time)
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.