The Pathron Legend is a pretty well made well priced all mountain board that doesn’t sell in the US but is a good choice for a European on a budget.
Conditions: Medium to Medium/Hard snow, soft packed powder with some tracked powder on the sides.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Burton Diode, Flux SF, Burton Cartel, Union Force,
Set Up: Set back -20 and centered, 15 front -15 back, 15 front -6 back 23″ wide
Approximate Weight: Felt normal and maybe a bit on the heavier side of normal but nothing bad.
On Snow Feel: The Legend has a very stable directional groomer loving ride that makes it a very fun all mountain board for the price. It’s very easy to one foot off the chairs as well as handle easily a long flat cat track. It felt very much like many good flat to rocker boards I have tried. Yes I know this has a little bit of camber between the feet but .25 of a mm is more like flat camber than hybrid camber. I’d love to see a few mm of camber going on instead.
Powder: No powder in this early season. but with the set back and the rocker in the tip would make for pretty good directional riding. My only real complaint is the stance width set up on the board is a bit wide so it’s harder to move up and down on the board. It’s not as wide as the Draft but it’s wider than most american boards I ride. I guess in Poland everyone is pushing a wide stance but not really so much here.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Pretty fun edge to edge but not necessarily quick when it came to tight turns. It took a little more work. It was not bad making a harder carving turn and although it didn’t have that spring out of the turn like many boards do with more camber it held without ever washing in good snow. For $319 I was actually expecting less so I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was to pick up speed into a carve and make moderate turns. It’s a very fun turning board for the price.
Speed: Pretty damp and I should of waxed the base. I was just too lazy. If I did it probably would of held it’s speed really well. It’s an easy board to pick up speed with and straight line.
Uneven Terrain: When conditions got bumpy mid day the Legend didn’t do a great job but it wasn’t bad either. With a good shock absorbent binding it will do fine for most.
Edge Hold: Pretty solid edge hold that borders on handling hard snow. It grips well enough for most conditions you want to ride. It would be nice to see a little more going on in the side cut but it’s better than many flat to rocker boards I have tried.
Flex: The flex is pretty med/stiff but still you can slow down and get a little flex out of the tip/tail.
Switch: Not perfect switch but that is what I expected for this directional ride. It’s much better riding one way but you can still mix it up and ride switch without it being awkward in most situations.
Jibbing: I didn’t jib with this. It felt too stiff and not quite the board I would prefer for sliding on hard things.
Pipe: No pipe but if there was I would of liked to take a lap or two with this. It seemed like it would be a fine board for directional pipe riding.
So all in all this was a well built solid riding board for the price. It didn’t blow my mind but I was pretty surprised to find out the price after I rode it. I would of pegged it as an average $400 something priced board. This could do well for many riders on a budget.