Snowboard Review: 10-11 Forum Holy Moly
09 Aug, 2010
Location: Breckenridge, CO
Snow Conditions: Mixture of hardpacked to slushy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Forum Holy Moly with my Union bastardized bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: I was told this was a love it or hate it board but I’m actually in the middle of the road on this board…never knew what this board would do on the mountain.
Flex: The holy moly felt softer between the bindings making it an easy board to get on edge and into turns but with a slightly stiffer nose/tail flex. Overall the flex was middle of the road, it wasn’t a stiff board but wasn’t a soft board for the mountain. The combo platter technology gives it rocker and camber.
Turning: The holy moly has buttercup which is what they call when the contact points are lifted up off the snow, it makes it so when you don’t catch the edges easily on the mountain which was nice. When it came to fully engaging the edge in a carve, once on edge it felt fine in turns. It was easy to get on edge with the torsional flex, easier to turn with but overall shorter quicker turns felt more comfortable than the longer drawn out turns with more speed.
Stable: I expected more stability with the rocker/camber combination but sometimes the mix isn’t quite there. The holy moly didn’t have the entire stability that some others have. Freeriding felt decent on it but it didn’t feel under control when riding which is hard to describe, it just felt like you never knew what it would do to you down the mountain.
Pop: It wasn’t the poppiest board of the day but it wasn’t the deadiest board of the day either. It was really middle of the road for playfulness. I kind of expected more from a park freestyle board to be more playful on the mountain. I personally liked the board when it remained on the ground but I also could have missed finding the sweet spot with it. The slightly stiffer nose/tail made buttering not as easy but still doable on the board.
Switch: The holy moly is a twin board and I didn’t encounter any struggles when I rode switch with it. Fairly easy to maneuever into switch riding.
Overall Impression: The tech describing the holy moly is pretty funny with names but in terms of how the board rode it was your typical snowboard. It had pop, it turned and it featured rocker/camber so you had a board that could handle some freeriding and park. I think the holy moly can truly be a holy moly kind of ride but it’s not quite there yet.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I was surprised on what I thought about the board, I didn’t think it stood out from other boards but I didn’t hate it either. It was an average ride down the mountain, nothing special but also not a good match for me.
On Snow Photo
Forum Holy Moly description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.