The Smokin Vixen is one of those snowboards that is fun to ride, well built and a little off the beaten track.
Conditions: Really good snow with only a few places even borderline hard.
Riders: Mary, Kristi
Boots: Salomon Synapse,
Bindings: Flux TT
Approximate Weight: Felt normal bordering on heavy.
On Snow Feel: Like most Smokin hybrid rocker boards this has a pretty stable feel in good snow but when it gets hard it can get a little loose between the feet. It’s a fun playful ride similar to how many Mervin boards ride but with their own Smokin twist. It’s a nice mountain twin as well as a fun park ride.
Turn Initiation: Nice quick and easy edge to edge and short/quick to wide radius turns are fun.
Flex: Not hard to butter even though it had a medium flex.
Edge Hold: Smokin’s mellow magnetraction is very similar to Mervin’s .5 MTX which is really good in softer snow because it doesn’t grab but when it gets hard it can still hold an edge.
Powder: Nice good float for a twin and it does a good job when it gets deep. It’s all you need if you plan to ride switch a lot in powder but if you like to set your board back for directional float then this isn’t going to hang with boards that have a set back stance and a similar camber profile.
Carving: Mary is a really good carver and she felt this could hang. It didn’t blow her away but it could definitely carve.
Speed: Smokin boards are pretty damp and handle speed better than you would think for a board with the tip/tail raised off the ground.
Uneven Terrain: Smokkin boards (including the Vixen) have a unique feel on snow in uneven to bumpy terrain. These boards are pretty damp. Some complain they are too damp and feel a little hard while others really appreciate this feel.
Switch: Almost perfect either way. The only thing we have found easier is Asymmetrical boards.
Jumps: Nice pop for an ollie and it is more than comfortable lapping jump parks of almost any side.
Jibbing: Not bad for a board with this flex and it will soften up over time. When it does it will be an even better jib board than it’s rated now.
Pipe: There was no time in the pipe but it seems like it would be a fun but forgiving ride.