|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Manufactured in||Dubai by SWS|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Lobster Halldor Pro 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Lobster Halldor Pro has a really unique ride that butters as easy as it pops. If you can take a few days to get to know how to use TBT you might have a time. This seems to have a lot of similarities to the Evil Twin.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Conditions: Pretty hard to rough to good spring conditions.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 15 front -15 back. Centered.
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty normal.
Sizing: The 159 felt pretty good for me but I think I would have liked the 157. Jimbo needs a wide. We could see that this 159 had a little more get up and go than the 157 Evil Twin we had. They have similar specs so we could see how you might go one size bigger for better mountain riding and ride the normal size for more park/freestyle oriented riding.
Flex/Buttering: The159 Lobster Halldor Pro had an easy butter to it. On top of that, it had as much pop on an ollie as it buttered easy. The medium to medium-soft, rubbery but poppy flex made the Lobster Halldor Pro very memorable. SWS’s core personality combined with this camber profile worked well together.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: So getting used to the Lobster Halldor Pro isn’t easy compared to most boards. The drastically lifted sides make for a very forgiving ride but it’s nothing like the other boards out there. At first, all you feel is this edgeless mess that only seems like it wants to spin. It doesn’t track well when one footing and flat basing. After a few days, we got used to it and that strange edgeless sensation starts to feel less weird. By the end of the extended demo, we had a good time with it but if we only had one day we would have left with a sour taste in our mouths. Once you get used to the turned up sides you find they have a pretty predictable feel in all conditions we rode them in.
Edge Hold: I was really expecting no edge hold but the more we learned to pressure our foot weight in the center and press hard the better it held. The Lobster Halldor Pro isn’t something I would like out on hard to icy snow though.
Turn Initiation: By about day three I could turn this well enough to start having fun. It all came from riding the opposite I do with mellow hybrid rocker boards that need lots of pressure towards the tip/tail. Instead, it needs the pressure to the center of the board and then it starts to turn pretty quick without feeling super washy.
Turning Experience/Carving: I couldn’t really get into a super hard carve but by the end of the demo it did more than I thought I could than the first day.
Powder: We didn’t have any powder but you could tell this would float well for a twin with the boat like hull of a nose/tail.
Speed: Pretty good speed but mostly at home in the park. The Halldor Pro has good but not great mountain speed. It could point it well for a few hundred yards but not a whole run.
Uneven Terrain: This rubbery personality on the Halldor Pro served us well in uneven snow. There was a lot of messy soft to bumpy hard spring snow too. It’s not ideal for powering over large bumps or serious chunder at high speeds but at slower speeds, it bends right over em.
Switch: Pretty great either way.
Getting Air/Park: So usually a hybrid shape of this flex won’t have this kind of snap into the air the Lobster Halldor Pro. It was really cool that it could pop hard off a jump just like it could easily butter. Not sure about sending it on a massive kicker but it did small well for us. Same for going medium and it felt forgiving. It took me a few days to feel comfortable with how it tracked to a hit though. We didn’t have much of a park left at the time of the season but you could see how this forgiving camber profile might kill it on jibs. Even soft spring pipe was fun to ride.
So the Lobster Halldor Pro isn’t easy at first to ride like other boards. However, if you can get past those first few days you might really want a TBT board like this in your quiver. We were stoked to get to know the Halldor Pro over an extended demo.
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