The D-Day Death Card is a super fun low cost snowsurfer that’s got a fun tapered off the tail ride along with a directional camber feel. These days I usually get a vid review but this day I ran into the D-Day guys, got caught up in the moment and just got on this board. I thought I would get on it again but never did. So here are my thoughts after a morning on the D-Day Death Card like I use to do years back without vids or pics and just in good ol word form.
Conditions: Pretty good Sierra snow with some hard spots but overall pretty good.
Boots: Burton SLX,
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set Up: About 23″ wide 18 front -6 back and a little set back on the inserts.
Approximate Weight: Felt pretty normal and well built….especially for a $400 board.
Flex: It felt a bit on the stiffer side compared to the Chris Roach but still not super stiff either. Felt like it was medium to medium stiff and I don’t remember it being easy to butter.
Sizing: The 160 felt about right for my specs
On Snow Feel: Felt very surfy and off the tail and the board likes a lot of weight on the back foot to keep the tail from washing out. It’s got a powder board look to it but that camber and edge hold makes it very furn to surf groomers with as well. It feels pretty locked in from tail to past the front binding and it seemed like it had a camber profile very similar to the Chris Roach with some early rise before the nose then camber on the rest of the board.
Edge Hold: Very good edge hold when the back foot is weighted enough. It’s got that grip that makes you more comfortable in hard snow but not completely care free. In the hard patches it held an edge really well as long as I wasn’t laying it over hard on edge.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick on groomers but not super quick. I think in powder that wider nose and tapered tail will make the board turn really fast and it will do well in trees/tight spots but on groomers it was quick and easy, when turning correctly, but not super quick.
Turning Experience: Making medium to wide radius turns are super fun with the D-Day Death Card and this board is all about turning. It’s got a fun spring out of each turn.
Skidded Turns: Not super easy to skid turns when you want to and it’s not for an intermediate or beginner rider.
Carving: Now if you get a lot of weight and lay it back as you lay it over on rail the D-Day Death Card responds really well. If you like carving on Twins or double ender shapes then this will take a change up in the way you approach a carve. However if you like a nice surfy carve this will be a blast and in good snow I could really lay it over on rail.
Speed: It’s pretty fast even though the board seems to prefer turning than straight lining.
Uneven Terrain: I prefer the Roach for a crowded messy Saturday afternoon but it’s not bad. The nose is kind of wide so it’s not perfect for weaving in and out of bumps.
Powder: This is all about the deep deep no matter where you go or how thick or deep it gets. The tail sinks way down and that wide ass nose makes this hard to bury. Even though there isn’t much set back on side cut there is a ton on board. I don’t know the exact specs but it seems further back on board than the Roach. So that, some early rise rocker in the nose, a super wide nose and super tapered tail make for a board that will float well in powder. I’ve ridden boards like this and they just float.
Jibbing: nofucking way for me.
Pipe: I’d rather be on the Roach in the pipe but this could be fun for slashing a wall or two.
Jumps: Nice pop off the tail for directional air.
So all in all I’d like to spend more time on this ride and get to know it better. As it stands now this is a very recommendable low cost snowsurfer for those that live for powder but still want to carve up groomers as well.