The Loaded Algernon has a little of everything that many prefer for an aggressive all mountain board and we all had a good time with this board. We found out later that this demo board was more heavy than the production models so disregard the weight issues we had in the review. So is it light? No but it’s not heavy like we thought. Nothing changed for 2017 vs. 2016 and it’s still a very recommendable aggressive mountain ride.
Size: 157 and 154
Conditions: Really good soft mid to end of the day snow where the groomers kept their composure in a lot of places on the mountain. Good snow that was a little firm in the morning going to soft and uneven snow mid-day. Pretty much every day we rode it except one had good snow and the bad day wasn’t that bad. Just some icy patches here and there. Got about 1.5 to 2 feet of thick Sierra Powder too.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Amber Jean and a few others
Boots: Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD, Burton SLX, Burton AMB, Burton Imperial
Bindings: Burton Death Falcon, Union Atlas, Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X, Burton Diode
Set Up: Close to centered 22″ 15 front -12 back. A little set back. approx 22.75″ wide,Centered, 15 front and -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt Heavy on the Demo board but the others felt normal. It’s not made to be light but instead made to be reliable and good in chunder.
On Snow Feel: The Loaded Algernon fit’s more of the modern aggressive rider who wants that camber feel but more float and a little less catch. It’s got a good amount of camber that goes past the bindings and then there is a mellow rocker that gives you a mostly camber feel. Also you can see how well it blends in with a wood bench near the Gondy.
The ride has some consequence to it but not as much as if this was all camber. It’s still not a board you really want to skid turns on and it’s for those that like to make tiny thin lines when they turn. Still it’s very easy to one foot and flat base. It’s got that all conditions consistency between the feet that many riders will appreciate.
Powder: The loaded Algernon floats very well and it had no issues staying above 2 feet of semi-thick wind affected Sierra snow that really challenges your ride to stay afloat. The Loaded Algernon has 6 inserts centered and then 2 set back inserts per binding (8 total) so although there aren’t exact specs from Loaded my guess is 2 extra set back inserts per binding could get to approximately -1.5″ back on effective edge. But if you are a 22″ stance width you could get back -7.5″ on board which is really far back. At about a 22.75″ stance width I can get back -6.75″ on board which is more than many freeride boards I own and about the same as the Burton Flight Attendant. So even with this mostly camber ride the bigger nose and massive set back on board makes for some easy float. So that combined with a little more rocker in the nose and a bigger nose it’s got float that counteracts the camber. In some thick leftover 1′ powder the Loaded Algernon even floated very well with a centered stance.
Turn Initiation: Even with the mellow Death Falcon binding that weren’t the best fit we still had fun turning this board and it was rather quick edge to edge. With the Cartels, Diodes and Union Atlas it was much faster. Short radius turns are very fast and fun and if paired with a good binding it would snap even better edge to edge.
Skidded Turns– Not for the rider who mostly skids their turns. That’s how you can get into trouble with this board but it’s got enough rocker in the tip/tail for you to not have to always be on your game. The tip/tail are pretty forgiving compared to camber but have more consequence than many other hybrid shapes.
Carving: Super fun to lay into a hard carving turn and you can really feel that extra camber spring out of the turn compared to many hybrid camber boards. We could carve all day on this ride.
Speed: Fast damp and stable for bombing. Very fast for it’s size and a very fun board. Very little chatter in the tip/tail.
Uneven Terrain: When we said we could carve all day on this board we meant it. Even though this is on the stiff side it’s forgiving in uneven snow. It’s the kind of board that can turn quickly through bumps and hammer through chunder.
Edge Hold: Really good grip in the snow we had and it’s got the kind of edge hold that works with everything really well but starts to loose it’s hold in ice.
Flex: Not super easy to butter and it takes some work.
Switch: Not perfect but pretty easy each way.
Jibbing: No thank you….or in other words fuck that. Too stiff for my taste. Jimbo would jib with this but this stiff flex is a confidence drainer
Pipe: I could lap the pipe with this all day.
Jumps: Nice pop for the weight and we all liked how it popped with an olllie. Centered or close to centered the Loaded Algernon will pop well, approach a kicker with stability. Even though the Nose is longer than the tail it’s still very doable for landing switch. Not as good as a twin but pretty good for an all mountain board.
So all in all this is a great choice for those looking for that camber feel with less catch and a lot of float. It’s a great take on modern aggressive mountain riding. You can ride centered on groomer days but then set it way back on powder days and get float similar to many freeride boards out there.