Vew-Do Indy 2013 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
So there are two major Balance Board companies that we have encountered and extensively demoed. There are The Indo Boards and the VooDoo Boards. Both offer good balance training but the Vewdo Indy we have seems to work better when it comes to retaining muscle memory for snowboarding.
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In addition to snowboarding a lot of our crew surfs and some skate. For some reason, the Indo Board has been what we came across and used but I only encountered a Vewdo board once. So one of The Good Ride readers (Nicolas) felt it was strange that the Indo Board was up but the Vewdo wasn’t. He connected me with someone from Vewdo, a board was sent and Voila! Now we have both and actually prefer the Vewdo Indy for keeping our snowboard muscle memory.
Now there are many boards in the Vewdo line and this is a little more advanced than others. If you are just getting into this you might want to consider the Pickle Nub or Butter Nub because if you aren’t familiar with this type of training it could end in a fall or two.
The Vew-Do Indy’s board is smaller like the size of a skateboard and about the width of a normal snowboard stance. The wood feels solid and the board looks nice. The tip/tail turn up just like a skateboard and the flat between them is about 23″ which is about the average snowboarders’ stance which is good. Below the board is a plastic track that feels very sturdy and is attached very well so it looks like it won’t break. The Track connects to a groove in the middle of the one piece roller. The one-piece roller tapers at each end so it looks like a cylinder with 2 Cones at each end.
Training from a snowboarders perspective
The VewDo Indy’s wood roller is fast and much faster underfoot than the plastic with rubberized tracks roller that the Indo board offered. On carpet it’s fine but when it’s wood on wood (insert joke here) it’s very fast back and forth. The plastic track has stoppers so you just don’t shoot out of the groove and fall on your ass. Rocking back and forth takes some getting used to for a novice but if you are familiar with balance boards then it’s going to be the same as the others in terms of getting proficient. Rocking back and forth on the Indy or holding it still seems to fire almost all the muscles as when you snowboard. On a good winter, my back leg gets stronger than my front so its not too hard to isolate one leg on the trainer and give it a little more of a work out than the other.
So because of the tapered roller and the track you can lean into it similar to how you do when transitioning from edge to edge on a snowboard. It seems to keep your muscles in the arches of your feet, calves, and shins that are used when snowboarding. It keeps you in better shape than the other balance trainers we have encountered when using the cylinder. It accomplishes the same thing that the inflatable accessory would do for the Indo-board when simulating edge to edge transitioning but at a lower price.
You can Ollie with this board but landing back in the track for an average rider like myself and the other Good Riders is very difficult. This is probably our only complaint. When it comes to spinning around it’s easier and more fun than the indoboard here too. It kind of simulates how you would butter a snowboard which is good training too.
So all in all the Vew-Do Indy is a pretty solid board for keeping your balance and snowboard strength up in the summer or downtime. It’s not a perfect snowboard simulator but it’s as good as it gets and it’s really fun. Thanks, Nicolas for recommending this board to us and getting us in touch with Vew-Do.
Vew-Do Indy Past Reviews
Here is a demo of how the Vew-Do Works and how it relates to snowboarding and other balance sports.
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Vew-Do Company Information
Vew-Do Indy User Reviews
A friend of mine had this product. I decided to purchase two of their products for myself as well as two more as Christmas gifts. While I like the product, the customer service ended up being terrible. I requested that the second board that I purchased for myself be shipped with a different rock/roller as I saw no point of having two of the same thing. I was instructed to put it in the notes on the order, which I did. When the wrong product arrived, there was no apology or effort to correct the issue, only the implication that I was somehow not intelligent enough to place the order correctly. Had two of the boards not been gifts, I would have returned everything. There are other similar products on the market and I would encourage anyone looking to try elsewhere. As far as the product itself, the quality seems to have diminished since my friend purchased his Vew-do Sk8t. It is not terrible, but definitely not the same quality as the older one.
Great Indoor Trainer, Really Helps
The Indy is built tough and will last year after year. Don't worry about the board worry about your ability. I've used the Indy for four years now and can honestly say it really helps. I can say that emphatically because this year I let one of my managers who's beginning this winter borrow mine since the summer to help get his balance and form in better shape for snowboarding. I expect most winters to be a little sore at first, but day seven and my whole lower body is just killing me this year. I would hike up nearly 3000ft of elevation twice a week before the snow hit in anticipation of hitting the backcountry & Splitboarding this year. My legs are in way better shape this year and yet I'm sore like my first year. The Indy must have kept all those smaller balance muscles in shape through the previous summers and I can seriously tell the difference it makes.
Nothing indoor can completely prepare you for snowboarding, but keeping your board feel and balance goes a long way. What I like about the Indy is the ability to get on edge and rock back and forth kinda like you would when carving though nowhere near as extreme an angle. I do spin and Ollie it but mostly I'll just turn on the T.V. and rock away. For Ollieing and doing tricks I just strap into my short jib board and set up a plastic box or short 1/2 log on the carpet for pressing. The roller that comes with the Indy is the most aggressive and most advanced in their line as is the Indy board itself because its center is elevated. Vew-do has other easier Rocks (wood rollers) that you can purchase if your just beginning and you can move up incrementally as you progress. That's what I did and it's a lot less expensive then moving up progressively through their boards.
In addition to the Indy as far indoor trainers also look at the Goofboard (https://www.goofboard.com) it's geared more for surfers, but it's fast rail to rail action will give your Calfs a mean workout. I love using it as I watch T.V. as well. I let my manager borrow this one as well and he's hooked. I haven't got either board back.
As far as more realistic summer training if you live near hills or mountains look at the Freeboard skate board or even better, if you can find one, a Flowboard as it can simulate the more extreme angles of snowboard carving. Longboard skateboards also help if you live where it's flat. Plus if you get a cool looking Kona wood one it'll give you an opener when stopping at the female watering hole (coffee shops). Wear protection if hitting hills and mountain roads though, asphalt hurts. I love surfing also but honestly I find it's more of a upperbody work out paddling out for five to ten minutes for only a three second ride.
Hope this helps and thank you James and the Good Ride crew. Your honest unbiased reviews and advice though the years has really helped and I always direct people to your sight when they're looking at buying new gear.