The D-Day D-Dayve is a pretty much full camber mostly twin ride that isn’t for everyone but for some it could be really fun. Full on camber like this is catchy and has reasons it’s been out of favor lately but its also got some good things going for an accomplished technical Aggressive Mountain Freestyle rider. Also a big thanks to P3 of Mammoth for letting me demo this.
Size: 158 that’s for demo at P3 in Mammoth
Conditions: Pretty windy weird day with good snow in some places and hard snow in others.
Riders: James, Jimbo,
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings: Union Atlas,
Set Up: Centered about 22.75″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt pretty normal
Flex: On the medium side but not the easiest board to butter.
Sizing: The 158 felt a bit big for my specs and if they make a 155 I’d like to give that a go to see. Not really sure about this board since it’s not on the D-Day site but it seems like it’s almost a mid/wide.
On Snow Feel: This is pretty much all camber which means its pretty locked in and not for the beginner/intermediate rider. Its for those that know how to ride well and know that if you get off your game there is an edge just dying to catch and send you flying into the snow. So it’s got all of the good and bad associated with traditional camber. Dynamic pop out of a turn or from an Ollie but catchy and mean if you fuck up.
Edge Hold: Really strong edge hold for a side cut without any newer tech in it. It’s good in harder snow.
Turn Initiation: It felt like it was too wide for my boots and a bit on the medium side when it came to getting a board to turn quickly edge to edge but it worked well for Jimbo’s size 11’s when it came to making quick turns. There is all that good traditional spring out of a turn that so many of us old schoolers still love. Once I got it over on edge it was a pleasure to make medium to wide radius turns. If you like to turn and know how to do it well then the DDayve could work well for ya.
Carving: It’s got a good carve to it for those that like to take it regular or switch.
Skidded Turns: Not ideal for skidded turns and it requires some attention to not catch an edge. A bad choice for beginners or intermediate riders and don’t let the low price point fool you. Not that D-Day is trying to trick you. It’s just that many boards at this price point are usually for beginner/intermediates so it’s actually good to see low cost for advanced to expert riders.
Speed: Good speed here. Nothing over the top here but pretty standard for aggressive mountain freestyle riding.
Uneven Terrain: We didn’t really have any uneven terrain to speak of but what little we tried off piste was really hard bumpy nasty stuff. To us it felt like the Roach, even though its an entirely different board, was the better call if you want to weave in and out of bumps.
Powder: Going to be far from ideal here. You can get about 3″ back on board with a 22.5″ stance width which is pretty good for a board that’s close to a twin. However it’s all camber or almost all camber profile is going to make this sink pretty easy. I’d rather be 100% center on a board with a good bit of rocker in the tip/tail than on a 3″ set back camber board like this.
Switch: Really good going fakie or regular. It might not be a perfect twin but it’s a good choice for those that ride switch as much as they do regular.
Jibbing: Jimbo could jib with it but it’s camber profile and stiff flex (for a jib board) made me want to keep away from jibs as I’m a pretty weak jibber. Even though Jimbo could jib He wasn’t all about lapping the jib park with it and would of liked another board instead.
Pipe: Felt a little big in the pipe for me and my specs. I didn’t spend a lot of time but the run or two I took made me feel like it was not quick enough for me and not as easy to throw around. Still it carved the pipe wall well and I think if you have bigger feet than I this would be fine.
Jumps: Great pop from tip to tail so it can lap a kicker line in the park all day or turn the mountain into a park. The flex has a nice lively spring to it that both Jimbo and I liked for turning as well as a little air.
The D-Day D-Dayve summs up the joy and pain of well made camber boards. It’s catchy and sucks in powder but man it pops so well out of a turn or off a kicker.