Snowboard Review: 12-13 Flow Rush
16 Apr, 2012
Location: Winter Park, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to softpacked groomers.
Setup: I rode the Flow Rush with Flow Minx SE bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: Augmented Base Technology actually works on the Rush.
Flex: Softer nose and tail on the Rush so you have some playfulness but with a stiffer flex underfoot in the binding/camber areas of the board. The torsional flex is softer allowing for easy engagement and the longitudinal flex is in the medium range. The Rush features I-Rock which is a reverse camber with a convex base for a natural feel on rails and stability in variable conditions. So it’s a mix of rocker with convex base to camber to flat.
Turning: Easy to engage and initiate into turns with a very mellow disposition then it allows for more aggressive carves once you are into each turn. It makes for a really fun combination of riding, mellow engagement to aggressive carving later on. Good grip overall from the board.
Stable: The Rush excelled at stability. Smooth easy ride down the mountain and handled any conditions that it came across. The ABT was noticeably helping the board on choppy/bumpy snow. Good grip on the icy spots and good bump absorption in the rough spots.
Pop: I took this board out at the end of the day and didn’t take it into the park, just playing on rollers which wasn’t much of a test for pop on the board.
Switch: The Rush is a true twin snowboard and rode like a true twin snowboard.
Overall Impression: The Rush is a next level board from Flow Snowboards. It’s built for the smoothest ride and delivers on it. The ABT technology with the silicone pad helps absorb terrain and make the ride down the hill even better. All around it’s a super fun all mountain/freestyle board that really can handle the mountain riding.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I wasn’t sure what to think about the ABT technology…aka what I call the boob board. It’s basically a silicone pad under the base that helps smooth out the ride and absorbs any choppy/bumpy terrain. The funny thing is it does help absorb the bumps so you don’t feel them. I took the board out at the very end of the day during the cruddy bumpy snow conditions and got a good test of the board handling.
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On Snow Photo
Flow Rush Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Winter Park, CO.