|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's, < 8, 8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Heavy|
|On Snow Feel|
Decathlon Serenity 500 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Decathlon Serenity 500 is a set back camber board that has a medium stiff flex. It likes to ride on intermediate to advanced terrain and likes to ride pretty fast. This board comes with an elongated nose, taper, and 15mm of set back to help with powder riding.
Just make sure that the bindings you pair with this board are the traditional size disc bindings and not the mini disc bindings. It only has inserts for traditional size.
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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.
Days: 3+ for extended demo
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: It felt medium heavy.
Flex: They have it listed as a 3/5 on their scale. I felt it was somewhere in the 6/10 range, it was solid and difficult to butter, but not extremely stiff.
On Snow Feel: Pretty locked in on snow. Riding flat based was super solid. Getting off the chair is pretty stable except for it takes a little extra effort to get the board to skid to a stop with the full camber feel.
Edge Hold: Great edge hold. The positive camber with contact points outside of the feet helps to keep you connected with the snow. I think it would be fine in most hard snow/icy conditions. Maybe just under a board that has the extra help of Magna Traction or other types of disrupted side-cut.
Turn Initiation: It felt medium fast to me in turn initiation, just because at slow speeds it was a little more difficult to get it on edge, but at medium to fast speeds it was pretty quick to get on edge.
Turning Experience: Pretty fun to turn on groomers and carve as long as you were going medium fast and above. A little more difficult to turn when riding slowly. But holds a nice edge and has good rebound into the turn when you are riding a little more aggressively.
Skidded Turns: Does ok with skidded turns, but prefers to be more locked into an edge with the positive camber profile.
Carving: Pretty fun to carve, very stable at higher speeds, and holds the edge well.
Powder: Didn’t really have powder, just some soft snow. But for being a positive camber board it would do pretty good because of the 15mm of set back, the drawn out nose, and the taper in the tail.
Speed: Has a nice damp ride when riding fast, and holds it speed pretty well. It felt very stable when I was riding fast.
Uneven Terrain: OK here, not my favorite when the snow off piste was hard or bumpy, but if it was powder and bumpy it would probably ride well. I think it is made for groomer and powder riding, not necessarily your every day hard pack off piste riding.
Switch: It is a pretty directional board that has taper so it feels a little weird riding switch. Not as weird as riding a swallow tail backwards but not as good as a true twin or even a directional twin board.
Jibbing: Not an ideal jib board, pretty stiff and directional for this.
Pipe: I would ride this in the pipe if I had a smaller size for me. It would hold an edge pretty well and has plenty of pop, but would be a little aggressive of a feel for learning tricks or playing around.
Jumps: Not bad at straight airs on jumps, has a super stable feel and great pop. It’s not playful enough to feel good about messing around and learning new spins or landing weird because it is not very forgiving.
Overall : The Decathlon Serenity 500 might be good for someone who sees harder pack snow with some nice groomers. Someone who likes to ride fast and carve on normal snow days, and wants a board that can ride in powder when it snows. This board would be ideal for an intermediate to advanced rider.
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