Snowboard Review: 11-12 Flow Infinite
14 Aug, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked groomers to softer slushy runs.
Setup: I rode the Flow Infinite with my Union Team bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Solid freeride board – just wish it wasn’t spring conditions to ride this board.
Flex: Longitudinally the Infinite felt stiffer with a more forgiving torsional flex on the board. The nose seemed a tad softer and a stiffer tail that you could rally through turns with. Overall the board is medium-stiffer for flex. The Infinite features Pop-Cam, a three phase camber that pops like a normal camber board but with a flatter profile at the tips and between the feet to smooth out the roughest terrain while increasing grip. The Pop-Cam is a mellow profile so you don’t feel like you are riding a crazy reverse camber board that can’t handle the mountain, this board can handle the mountain with the Pop-Cam profile.
Turning: If you want responsive and aggressive turns, the Infinite definitely performed for that type of riding and functionality. The board was quick to engage and definitely made you rally turns like a race car, holding speed consistently through the turn and finishing out fast. The best turns were the long drawn out S turns because the board just held them so good, shorter turns were good but I loved just making S lines on this board.
Stable: The Infinite got a mix of hardpacked and soft slush conditions which neither were an issue on the board. On the hardpacked, the Infinite was good on gripping through turns and in the softer slush, the board cut through the bumps like it was nothing. Good dampening and never felt bounced around.
Pop: The stiffer flex made it very stable on jump landings and it was good pop, not overly poppy but it held up for just cruising through the park. For most park riding, I’d prefer a smaller size so the 159 was definitely bigger than what I’d normally take in there.
Switch: The Infinite is slightly set back with a directional shape so some adjustment to riding switch on it.
Overall Impression: The Infinite is an ideal choice for freeriders looking to cruise, charge and carve up the slopes. It’s a more aggressive ride so definitely meant for a freerider who has turns down and wants the next level of progression. It’s quick engagement and handles the mountain just the way you want it.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The Infinite is definitely a winter dream ride for hauling down the mountain, it’s a more aggressive dominant freeride board. I wished I was able to ride it during the winter season with more terrain and take it into the trees and powder but it got late spring conditions to try it out on.
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Flow Infinite 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.