The Dinosaurs Will Die Wizard Stick has a twin feel between the feet but some set back inserts and a chopped tail making it a very versatile board for most conditions you want to ride. Also the pointy tip and chopped tail give it a unique look and it’s a great ride for the price. The 2017-2016 Wizard Stick comes in a size 158 as well.
Conditions: about 1 foot of slush, firm fast snow, some hard snow and a little bit of stuff in between. Really good Sierra snow with groomed runs and 1-1.5 feet of fresh powder off piste.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Burton SLX,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Genesis, Flux DS, Union Contact Pro,
Set Up: set back all the way about 22.5” wide 15 front -6 back. Centered about 23” wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt closer to the lighter side of normal
On Snow Feel: Very stable and fun between the feet and it makes it very easy to flat base and one foot off the chair.
Powder: This has a nice pointy nose with a good bit of rocker and a good set back for very good directional powder float. Unfortunately I didn’t get any powder but I did get ultra warm slushy snow that in some places was about 1ft. It powered through that like it would power through thick sierra snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Very fun and quick edge to edge for someone of my specs. You can really snap it back and forth. It’s not super springy out of the turn but it’s very easy to turn if you know what I mean. It’s very easy to handle in tight spots and medium to wide radius turns aren’t bad either. It’s not a carving specialist but the camber between the feet can carve well. You can carve up hill easy if you want to.
Speed: For my weight and the board size the Wiz did pretty well. It’s not going to blow minds but has a nice glide to the base and it handles chatter rather well. If you are lighter (not 200lbs like me) the board will handle speed better. I would have been happier if there was a 157.
Uneven Terrain: It’s not a chunder buster but it can power through a wrong turn down a mogul run or help you zig zag in and out of rutted up end of the day powder too.
Edge Hold: I had some hard snow days around the Lake and this offered up solid edge hold that kept me confident to ride more like I would. It’s not like magnetraction but it can handle harder snow pretty well for more of a powder board.
Flex: Nice mid flex feel that was easy to butter.
Switch: I thought this would be more difficult switch but if you ignore the seriously blunted or shall I say chopped tail you find that it’s not really different from riding regular except there is less weight on the front end. It is a twin that was just chopped in the tail so it was easier than some directional boards I rode.
Jibbing: Not a jib specialist but it wasn’t bad hitting a box or two and if the mood strikes then it’s not bad.
Pipe: There was no pipe for testing this year near me but by the way it rode I wouldn’t hesitate to take it in there.
Jumps: It didn’t have the snap of the Kwon when it came to an Ollie but it was proficient enough to have fun. It’s also fine hitting kickers and very forgiving when it comes to landings.