The Smokin Superpark is Smokin’s flagship do anything kind of board. It sits in between the Lib Tech TRS and Gnu Riders Choice in terms of ride. It’s a fun board that can handle all of the park very well. While it didn’t have that special thing that the TRS and Riders choice do it’s still a good board that many might like if they are looking for something that rides in between those two boards.
Riders: James, Peter and Kyle
Conditions: Hard sierra snow with some softer spots here and there.
Boots: Burton Ion, DC Judge and Nike Kaiju.
Bindings: Union SL
Set Up- about 23″ wide, 15 front -15 back centered
The Smokin Super Park is a good board. It didn’t blow our minds but it felt it had a good all around feel and comfortable ride to it. We felt the Superpark was like a combo of the TRS and Riders choice but was lacking some of the refinements that Mervin created over years of developing their boards. Smokin is pretty new as a company but they make pretty good boards. While we preferred the TRS and Riders Choice over the Superpark but I’m sure it could be argued the other way too. All in all this is a pretty good ride and not a bad choice if you want to own something different.
On Snow Feel: Hybrid rocker is loose between the feet like most hybrid rocker boards. It’s a fun to go out and treat the mountain like the park and of course it’s a pretty good all rounder in the park too.
Powder: It has an all mountain freestyle float. What do we mean by this? It’s a great twin powder ride. A centered stance doesn’t give you float that a set back stance will but it’s a compromise to get a board that ride’s switch well powder. This is just short of the bigger super nose powder twins that are out there.
Turn Initiation and Carving- Easy but not effortless for turn initiation between the feet which we all liked. It has just the right amount of response. Some hybrid rocker boards can make it soo easy that it’s no longer fun to turn. This makes it easy but still gives you some pleasure in making a turn. Short radius turns are fun and pretty easy so any quick adjustment in the park will work just fine. Wider radius turns are fun and pretty easy. Carving is acceptable but not great. This isn’t really the fault of the super park but more of a hybrid rocker thing than a short coming.
Speed: The Superpark is more about the park but it has enough speed to handle the mountain and has a bit of an all mountain freestyle feel to it.
Uneven Terrain: you can slow down and deal with bumpy snow pretty well.
Approximate Weight- It’s on the heavy side and has that same sturdy feel that most Mervin boards have. Feels like it will last for a long time.
Edge Hold: Nice grip here and the Mervin Magnetraction is there. Even with the edges de-tuned the hold would be good which is pretty amazing if you think about it. It has that same overly grippy feel in soft sticky snow but that’s a common problem with magnetraction side cuts of this style.
Flex: It has a solid medium flex that if it was a camber board it would be pretty hard to butter but the hybrid rocker gives it a much more easy board to bend and play around with .
Switch: Easy to ride either way as are all true twins.
Jibbing- The Superpark feels more at home launching off kickers and in the half pipe but it can play around on rails and boxes if that’s what you’re occasionally into.
Pipe: Really fun here and just a bit short of being excellent. Very forgiving and great edge hold. You can make a moderate carving drive between walls too. All in all there is a solid ride in the pipe.
Jumps: There is good spring in this board if you like to Ollie. It doesn’t spring as well as the riders choice but it’s pretty fun here. Definitely on the better side of the spring scale. Jump runs in the park are a lot of fun and this is a fun dedicated jump board. It’s forgiving and good for jumps of all sizes.