|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's, < 8, 8-10|
|Camber Profile||Traditional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Heavy|
|On Snow Feel|
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Decathlon Serenity 100 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Decathlon Serenity 100 is a true camber board that is directional (10mm of set back) and has a medium/stiff flex to it. It is very stable getting off a lift or when riding with a flat base. This board has nice edge hold on hard to icy snow. And likes to make turns on groomers and a little off piste.
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How This Review Happened: This board was sent by the company to us for an extended demo, and we sent it back after.
Conditions: Nice groomers, hard-pack, a little soft snow in the trees, some scraped off crud also in the trees.
Boots: Vans Ferra
Bindings: Union Milan
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back 21″ wide
Approximate Weight: Felt medium to medium heavy.
Flex: Medium to stiff, felt pretty stiff tip to tail, but medium when I was flexing it torsion-ally.
On Snow Feel: Super stable board with nice contact with the snow, easy to get off the chair on. (It holds a straight line really well)
Edge Hold: The traditional camber keeps the edge connected to the snow. Icy conditions are pretty easy to handle with the Serenity 100, and the stiffer flex also keeps it stable too.
Turn Initiation: It takes a bit more effort to turn this traditional camber board. The directional nose helps keep it in the fall line, but I found this board to be medium fast to initiate. It seems it would be good for a beginner who already knows how to use edges and turn toe to heel. But not someone who is just learning.
Turning Experience: This board was more fun to turn when I was going medium fast on groomers. It holds and edge really well and is very stable. At slower speeds it is a little more difficult to release the edge from the snow.
Skidded Turns: The Serenity 100 prefers to be more locked into a turn due to the full camber profile. So skidded turns are medium easy with this board. They are doable but not as easy as a board that has a little rocker on the nose and tail.
Carving: I was able to carve with this board without a problem. The stability of the flex, combined with the full camber profile makes carving pretty fun. It can hold an edge really well in a carve turn.
Powder: I rode this in a little sluff in the trees, not really powder. It was OK but for deeper snow, I don’t think it would float that well. It is directional, but the full traditional camber profile won’t want to float very well in deeper snow.
Speed: It was easy gain speed on this board, and on groomers it was super stable going fast.
Uneven Terrain: It did OK. Not my favorite when it got bumpy because it was harder to skid the board around in smaller turns.
Switch: It rides switch pretty well, you don’t really notice the difference between the nose and the tail to much.
Jibbing: A little stiff and aggressive for jibbing for my taste.
Pipe: There wasn’t a pipe available, but I think this board would be pretty fun in the pipe, it has all the right components of a pretty good pipe board. Just won’t be very forgiving if you are learning tricks in the pipe, better for someone who has a pretty good understanding of riding the pipe first.
Jumps: Pretty fun and stable on jumps. A lot of pop and snap off the lips. It is fun on jumps, but not for beginners. If you are learning tricks or learning spins the true camber profile, mixed with the medium to stiff flex won’t be very forgiving.
Overall I think this board would be good for a rider who knows how to use their edges already, and wants a stable board that likes to make medium to large radius turns on groomers, and explores off piste some of the time. This board felt happiest on blue terrain and even snow, it likes to carve, and likes to turn when going medium fast down the hill.
They have it as a beginner learning board on their website and I think it would work for someone wanting to progress from green to blue/black terrain. Or for someone who wants an all mountain board that is nice and stable. If you are still trying to learn how to turn from toe to heel, this board would be a bit aggressive in my opinion. Also the price point is very friendly ($169) for someone making their first snowboard purchase, or just wanting an affordable snowboard.
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