Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Quantum
02 Jul, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs.
Setup: I rode the Flow Quantum with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: This board is why I don’t review graphics. The graphics aren’t for me but it’s the board from Flow that I’d ride all the time.
Flex: Overall a stiffer freestyle/pipe board with a softer torsional flex so you have quick response edge to edge and a stiffer flex underfoot to the nose and tail that helps give it stability on the mountain. The Quantum features popcam which is a three phase camber that gives the board a traditional camber pop, under the feet is traditional camber that is flat between the bindings with more mellow tips for a forgiving ride.
Turning: The Quantum is quick to engage and get into short radius responsive turns with the first radius and then with the second radius that gives you a more stable drawn out carve after you engage and continue to ride through. It makes it quite the board on edge, gripping the hardpacked conditions and yet it doesn’t feel overly aggressive. It’s still forgiving to the rider.
Stable: When it comes to boards for pipe riders, you expect stability especially on edge. The Quantum didn’t disappoint with the handling on turns and carving up the mountain, once it’s locked into a turn…it’s locked in. Going through bumps and slop on the mountain, it’ll cut through without feeling bounced around. On Forest Trail landings, it was smoothe and consistent.
Pop: Good powerful pop on the quantum that makes your ollies go higher than expected. Especially for me taking it through park, it was just a blast to take off the jumps and into the pipe because it made it that much easier for the rider. Bit harder to play with on butters.
Switch: The quantum is a true twin and rode the same switch for me as it did regular.
Overall Impression: The Quantum is Lago’s board, built to be a stiffer freestyle/pipe destroyer but built to handle the whole mountain. The pop cam 3 phase camber gives it a traditional camber feel combined with powerful pop.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I received a handful of Flow Snowboards to demo and review, all of which had their own qualities depending on the rider’s needs. I found the Quantum to be the board of the bunch that I’d ride all the time. It did the job, it was a stiffer freestyle board and I found it to be one of my favorite’s to ride in the spring slush conditions.
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Flow Quantum description
Review Disclosure: Flow is loaning me this snowboard to demo/review. I have every intention of returning it to Flow Snowboards after reviewing it.