The Dinosaurs Will Die Kwon is a lively fun somewhat aggressive mountain friendly twin that we had a fun time on. It’s the kind of twin for those that like to ride the whole mountain. There was an instant attraction to this ride that didn’t fade the more we rode it. It’s the kind of board I’d like to have in my quiver and it’s a great price for the kind of board you get. Not much has changed the last couple of years.
Size: 159 & 156
Conditions: Soft snow to hard snow
Riders: James, Mike, and a few friends not on the site.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail, Nike Lunarendor,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Flux DS, Flux TT, Union Force
Set Up: Centered, about 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Feels like it’s on the light side of normal.
On Snow Feel: The Kwon is the kind of hybrid camber that has camber underfoot going to a little flat that then has a decent amount of rocker. It’s got a stable catch free feel that makes it feel easy to one foot and flat base like camber but not catchy like camber. The 156 and 159 have different personalities for my specs. Both are lively fast twins but the 156 felt more playful and more forgiving where the 159 felt more aggressive and chargy.
Turn Initiation: Even the 159 felt good to turn edge to edge but it wasn’t super quick. The 156 is super snappy and quick edge to edge. Both had a nice pop out of every width turning radius from small to wide and it’s a very fun board to turn.
Flex: The tip and tail are a little more forgiving but the middle is more on the medium/stiff side. The 159 requires a stronger rider to get the tip/tail to bend as much as more playful boards but the 156 was a very easy butter for me.
Edge Hold: Like my ramble on the video the board has nothing special going on with the side cut but it holds an edge well in most of the conditions you want to ride in. It’s not the best when it comes to harder snow but it holds an edge and keeps you from sliding out. It performs really well in medium to slushy snow. It’s the kind of board that you can go up first chair and deal with hard snow in the morning but then thrive when it starts to soften up and get fun.
Powder: Both seasons I tried this board in sucked and there were only a few powder days so I didn’t even get a little bit when I had the board. I did get some slushy snow with the 159 in the late afternoon and it was ok. I didn’t feel like it was a board I’d like to be on in really deep powder but it felt like I could handle over a foot without a problem. The 156 I have feels like it has a little more rocker than the 159 and it seems like it would float well for a centered stance twin.
Carving: The 159 was a very fun twin to carve with. The DWD Kwon had a nice spring out of every deep nipple scratching carve I layed into and it’s a very fun board to carve with. The 156 didn’t quite have the magic that the 159 did but it was still very fun to rail a turn. That being said I was ok trading a little carving ability for the ability to butter and play around with such ease.
Speed: Nice fast twin. It felt like a nice balance between feeling lively and not feeling ultra damp/dead under foot. You can pick up some good speed with this board and especially so for a twin. It’s also got a good glide to it.
Uneven Terrain: This handled uneven snow pretty well and even with the wider waist 159 I could negotiate bumps pretty well when I had to.
Switch: I think this might be a true twin. I’m not sure if the nose is a little taller than the tail but the ride is pretty much the same either way. I had no problem riding switch and liked to do so.
Jumps: The DWD Kwon had a nice snap off the tail or tip when it was time for an ollie. It popped off familiar features better than most boards and although I only hit small to medium kickers you could tell that there was a lot more left in the ride for those that want to go big.
Jibbing: This wasn’t a board I felt confident jibbing on and maybe if you are a better jibber than I you could have fun on this but 10 times out of 10 I’d rather be on the Rat.
Pipe: The Kwon seems like it would be a fun pipe board. I had no time on the pipe with it but I really wanted to get in one on it. Based on it’s carving skills it seems like it would drive really well from wall to wall.
All in all The Dinosaurs Will Die Kwon is a really fun all mountain freestyle ride that I think a lot of all mountain freestyle to borderline aggressive all mountain freestyle riders will enjoy.