The Gentemstick Spoonfish is a pretty small snappy little powder board that took a little time to get use to but in the end provided a fun ride.
Conditions: Decent Spring Conditions with hard snow in some places with soft to slush in others.
Riders: James, Matt
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Rover,
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up: Set back 15 front -3 back probably around 21″
Approximate Weight: Felt light but it’s tiny so I’d say normal because I’m more about how it feels relative to it’s size.
On Snow Feel: Ok this is a very little board. You would think it’s going to be this twitchy washy ride but it’s not. It’s very quick edge to edge but I’ve felt less comfortable on 154’s over this little 141. What a fun little quiver ride. It was stable and super easy to one foot and flat base off the chair. I thought there would be a learning curve like with the Rocket Fish HP or Rocket Fish but there was none at all. After a few turns I was at home with this board underfoot and having a blast.
Edge Hold: Really good edge hold and it gripped hard snow without a problem.
Flex: Pretty stiff but still ok to butter off the tail.
Turn Initiation: Super snappy and quick. If you like quick (but not twitchy) turning this this is going to tickle your taint. It’s so easy to be in tight spots and will dart in and out faster than most boards. The thing is wider radius turns aren’t as interesting because it turns in such a tight circle.
Skidded Turns: Pretty easy to skid a turn but it’s happier on rail.
Carving: Ok this was interesting and I felt like I needed to get smaller to lay it out but it works. Very fun to carve up groomers and way more that what I expected for a board of this size or shape. I personally liked the 152 better for this but it still was very doable and it didn’t wash out if there was enough pressure on the tail.
Powder: No powder so I’m not sure how a little 141 fish would be in the really deep stuff but if it’s any where near as good in slush as it is in powder then I hope to try it then.
Speed: Not a bomber but way faster than you would think for this size. You can pick up real mountain speed on this little buddy.
Uneven Terrain: The size and turn initiation make this weave in and out of bumps better than almost any board I tried but I think it would buck me around If I hit a big tracked up section at higher speeds on a powder day like it did when powering through messy snow at higher speeds at the end of the day.
Pipe: Yeah it was fun and very doable as long as you plan to surf the pipe. I did nothing big in there as I’m older and broken in many places but it carved pipe walls very well and it was fun to slash the coping.
Jumps: Nice pop off the tail and it’s great for directional air.