Snowboard Review: 11-12 Dinosaurs Will Die Genovese
30 Jan, 2012
Location: Heavenly, CA, Northstar, CA and Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to soft conditions.
Setup: I rode the DWD Genovese with Union Atlas Team bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: Flat Camber makes this board really handle everything you throw at it.
Flex: Pretty consistent flex, it’s on the stiffer end for a park board which is why it handles the rest of the mountain so great. Overall I consider a good medium of the road board for flex, softer torsional flex to get quicker response out of and quite even flex longitudinally on the board. Presses/butters are capable but not as easy as a park or reverse camber board. The flat camber is pretty rad, has mellow camber so it’s not completely flat.
Turning: Easy to engage on edge but definitely more aggressive when you start locking in each turn. Quick to turn, responsive and made for really fun short radius turns. On the longer turns, easier to draw out each S turn down the mountain. Super secure on edgehold, the flat camber really helps with that.
Stable: This is where the Genovese excels the most. The flat camber really allows the board to not lose stability like a reverse camber would, with flat camber you still have a consistent flex and great edgehold on the icy cruddy stuff. I’ve been riding this board so often at Mammoth because of how it handles the rest of the mountain outside of the park, speed is no problem and edgehold is has dialed in.
Pop: Watch out park dinosaurs, the Genovese is easy to load up into an ollie and gets good pop for parks. I really liked that I could butter and play around on the board without having to lose stability on the rest of the mountain. On jumps, stable landing and pretty forgiving on boxes for not catching edges.
Switch: The Genovese is a twin shape and I didn’t notice any different when riding switch on how it handled.
Overall Impression: The DWD Genovese is Sean’s board and just like Sean’s riding, it’s built to ride everything and destroy dinosaurs along the way. Really it has one of the most talked about bases when I carry it because people are blown away by the “Dinosaurs Will Die.” But overall it’s a board that can handle the park, jumps and then take it to the rest of the mountain for groomers to pow riding.
Shay’s Honesty Box: This time was my first time riding the DWD Genovese and instead of riding it a couple times and giving it back, I rode it a couple months and still haven’t given it back (sorry Sean). I really like the flat camber, it allows the board to handle the cruddy icy conditions at Mammoth but still let it be rideable in the park when I headed up to Northstar or Heavenly. It’s become a favorite snowboard.
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Dinosaurs Will Die Genovese Description
Review Disclosure: I received this board from DWD to test and review.