Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Verve
24 Jul, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs.
Setup: I rode the Flow Verve with my Union Team and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Freestyle fun – that’s the Verve snowboard
Flex: The Verve has a softer freestyle flex to it. Torsionally it’s not as soft but that helps give it more stability on the mountain and handling on carves. It’s softer on the nose/tail so you can really get the playful butters but a stiffer flex between the bindings so you hold the board into carves. Overall despite being a softer park board, a lot of the qualities of the board make it great for handling the whole mountain. The Verve features EZ Rock which is a super mellow reverse camber combined with a convex base.
Turning: Once you initiated the turns, the Verve was locked in and held tight on edge grip to the conditions. It wasn’t as responsive for quick turns but once you did engage the edge, it held long radius turns very well down the mountain. I felt really comfortable riding it, especially when conditions were brutal tough and the board held an awesome edgehold.
Stable: The Verve got some pretty sketchy hardpacked icy conditions with ice chunks on the mountain at 7:30am and surprisingly the board held its own. Down the hardpacked, the Verve did very good with speed and stability. I wasn’t expecting it to handle as well and it exceeded expectations for edge hold.
Pop: Good playful pop on the Verve. Since the flex between the bindings was stiffer and the nose/tail was softer, it was more stable on landings and very playful to press/butter your way down the hill.
Switch: The verve rode just like a true twin without any adjustments.
Overall Impression: The Verve is one of Flow’s freestyle park boards but it’s also an incredibly good board for riding the mountain and extremely good edgehold for those icy/hardpacked conditions. The softer flex helped make it a very playful board but with key components to make it rideable everywhere else.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The Verve is that ideal park lapping board and it definitely did me good during the spring time. I was really amazed with how the board did on some shitty riding conditions, it saved my ass.
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Flow Verve description
Review Disclosure: Flow is loaning me this snowboard to demo/review. I returned it to Flow Snowboards after demo’ing it.