The D-Day Chris Roach takes a directional set back shape that says Freeride and they gives it an all mountain freestyle flex that allows you to butter and play around without compromising the ability to pick up some speed. A big thanks to P3 of Mammoth for letting me demo this.
Size: 158 for demo at P3
Conditions: Windy….really windy with hard snow in some places and good snow in others. Then got better as the day went on and it was mostly good snow.
Riders: James, Jimbo,
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set Up: about 22.75″ wide 15 front -9 back
Approximate Weight: Felt normal enough. Not super light or super heavy.
Flex: Really easy to butter for a Freeride board and it’s got an all mountain freestyle flex.
Sizing: It felt like the 158 was just about right for our specs. If they made a 161 that might work better but they don’t
On Snow Feel: To us the D-Day Roach looks like it has a bit of rocker in the nose to the point where we would call it Directional Camber. D-Day calls this full camber but when we look at it there seems to be a good bit of early rise going on in the nose. Still it’s its pretty locked in and has more of an old school camber feel going for it compared to most hybrid camber boards with rocker in the tail as well as the nose. It’s got two personalities It’s got the soul of a mountain freestyle board but the carvy directional shape of a freeride board. What’s cool about this is there doesn’t seem to be too much compromise in either category. Here is a pic of the board on a flat surface to get an idea about what seems like a bit of early rise in the nose going on.
Edge Hold: There is pretty good grip going on here. It’s not as good as some boards with a little side cut disruption going on but it’s fine for the hard patches we came across.
Turn Initiation: Very quick and easy to turn edge to edge. We had Union Atlas bindings which are pretty responsive but even with a less responsive low cost binding this would turn fast.
Skidded Turns: It’s not easy to skid turns if you are an intermediate so even though it has an entry level price point and a more forgiving flex. The almost all camber profile still has a lot of that old school catch to it.
Carving: There is a good carve to it and even though it has a softer flex for a Freeride board there is still a fun spring out of each carve.
Speed: It’s not a super bomber but it can handle a good amount of wide open big groomer run speed without becoming a chattery mess.
Uneven Terrain: We didn’t have bumps but you can tell with the flex, it’s somewhat damp feel and the fast turn initiation there would be no problem weaving in and out of a messy crowded Saturday afternoon run.
Powder: First off there is a 6″ set back on board when set all the way back at a 22″ stance width which is pretty good for most freeride boards You can get a little further back with mini discs like 6.6″-6.75″. If you combine that set back with the taper and early rise the D-Day Chris Roach has a lot of directional float. It’s great for those that see deep and thick like we do in the Sierras. We love boards like this for powder because it’s got that camber pop off the tail and lot’s of directional float in the nose. We didn’t get this in any powder whatsoever but I’ve ridden enough boards like this to know this will be champ in the deep deep.
Switch: Very doable but there is a noticeable difference with this set back tapered directional shape.
Jibbing: There is enough flex here for it to be done but it’s not ideal by any means.
Pipe: The D-Day Chris Roach seems like a pretty fun directional pipe board. The pipe we could ride was messy with some snow wind loaded in on one side giving it a bump so we only took one run. Still it held a good edge and climbed the walls very well.
Jumps: Great pop off the tail and the spring out of a turn is equaled with it’s pop off the tail for ollies. It’s not an ideal all day kicker line spinner but great for most that want great pop off the tail to make the most of natural features.
So all in all the D-Day Chris Roach is one hell of a good board for this price point. It can get surfy, carvy, buttery and likes a good bit of air too. So if a Freeride shape with a playful Mountain Freestyle flex appeals to you then the D-Day Chris Roach is a great call. Especially if you are on a budget.