The Thrive Accomplice is a continuous rocker board for park oriented mid/wide footed riders. It can handle a regular size foot like mine but you definitely want to reference their sizing guide before choosing a board. They ride big for their size. So for a regular size foot rider I’m on the small end for the board I tried and would of had more fun with a smaller size. That being said I could still get a taste of how the Accomplice rides and I liked the flavor.
Size: 156 & 152
Conditions: Hard snow in the morning moving to soft snow mid day and then moving to slush early afternoon. Sadly these were pretty much the conditions every day we rode these.
Riders: James and Jimbo
Boots: Burton Hail
Bindings: Burton Genesis, Union Contact Pro, Salomon Hologram
Set Up: 23″ wide, 15 front -15 back and centered.
On Snow Feel: This continuous rocker ride almost felt like a flat to rocker board and while not completely stable it worked well. Maybe the wider waist worked in it’s stability favor. The over all feel was light and snappy.
Powder: No Powder but I can’t see how this could be bad in powder with the continuous rocker profile going on here.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Easier than the Relentless but still more than you would think for my size 9 boots. I would be much happier on the 152 or even the 148 as it would still have a bigger board feel but be much easier to turn and throw around. You really want to go with the size recommendations on their site. Carving was a bit washy but that’s expected for a board with continuous rocker.
Speed: The mid/wide on a size 9 boot made this continuous rocker board a lot more fun than you would think at higher speeds but it’s still no bomber board.
Uneven Terrain: Very easy in the bumpy slush and what little uneven terrain I came across.
Edge Hold: Not bad for it’s simple side cut. The edges held well in the firm snow in the morning. The snow was medium bordering on hard and it held good enough. I even took out the Arbor Westmark the same day to compare it to and the edge hold was not quite the same as the Westmark but very close for having no additional bumps in the side cut. They do a good job of making a traditional side cut hold in firm bordering on hard conditions.
Flex: The board felt medium in flex to my size 9 feet but to a bigger foot it would feel more med/soft. Still I had no problem buttering and pressing and it was very easy.
Switch: True Twin so perfect either way.
Jibbing: Pretty easy to jib but for me it would of been much easier if I was on the 148 or 152. The 155 was a little too big and sluggish for me.
Pipe: No pipe but it wouldn’t be bad as long as the pipe wasn’t too icy. It’s not going to drive from wall to wall as good as a board with some camber in it but it will be forgiving.
Jumps: I liked the pop of the Renegade better but this popped well between the feet for an ollie and I’m pretty sure the smaller sizes would be much more fun to spin. I liked hitting some small kickers with it and it could easily lap the jump line in the park.
All in all this is a fun board for the right sized foot and I like the lively feel of this ride. Can’t wait to ride this board again in a different size.