|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Pathron Sensi 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Pathron Sensi is a fun playful all mountain freestyle ride at a good price. This isn’t available in the states but I think many Europeans might have a good time with this if they are on a budget.
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Conditions: Medium/Hard Snow mixed with soft snow. One day with some tracked leftover powder on the side with perfect groomed powder. Really good groomed snow.
Boots: Burton Imperial, Burton Hail
Bindings: Burton Malavita, Flux DS, Flux TT
Set Up: Centered 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Felt Normal in weight
On Snow Feel: Nice and stable between the feet that is easy to one foot and flat base. It felt a little looser than the Draft and Legend and had less flat to micro camber. Pathron actually has a micro camber of 0.25mm but that is just too small to really call it hybrid camber. It’s more like flat to rocker for me and feels more that way on the hill. After that, there is a moderate rocker making it catch free and fun.
Powder: Pretty easy float that wants to stay up in powder and it wasn’t bad for a twin with a centered stance.
Turn Initiation and Carving: pretty quick and easy edge to edge. Shorter radius to medium radius turns was the most fun but the wider to carving turns weren’t bad either. Carving held ok and wasn’t bad. No real spring out of the turn but it felt better than most true flat to rocker boards.
Speed: It’s not a bomber like the Legend and Draft but it sure can handle mountain speed.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good in uneven terrain and it doesn’t pass through the shock of slower speed bumps like some boards can.
Edge Hold: Pretty good edge hold bordering on something that can hold an edge in snowment but it’s no real ice board.
Flex: Felt like a nice medium flex with rocker that plays into nice butter ability and it was easy to butter.
Switch: perfect either way.
Jibbing: Pretty easy with the jib park. I didn’t go big and I’m not a strong jibber but this boosted my confidence.
Pipe: No pipe but this could be pretty forgiving and not terrible wall to wall.
Jumps: The Sensi had some nice snap to it and popped pretty well off natural features around the mountain. It’s also pretty stable approaching the smaller kickers I hit.
All in all the Sensi felt like a good do everything freestyle board that performed better than it’s the american price tag. It’s not sold in the US but I’m sure this could make All mountain Freestyle oriented European’s on a budget pretty happy.
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Versatile freestyle board at a bargain price
I bought the 154 Pathron sensei as I wanted a cheap freestyle board to help me progress that side of my riding. I am not really into jibbing so I went for a the Sensei which I consider a FS board suited for all mountain.
I found the Sensei to hold an edge very well at all speeds and in all conditions including steep icy blacks and I never felt I was losing my edge. Turn initiation was easy and being smaller than my normal 158 I felt it was very nimble and at speed tiny movements made a big difference.
I found the flex was enough to start trying nose and tail presses and the three stage rocker meant it was forgiving enough to avoid too many falls as I progressed. I also noticed that the camber was very small however it had good pop and I found ollies easy and spins much easier then my bigger board.
Being a true twin it is easy to ride switch and I even found it good in Powder at the rocker and flex helped to keep my tip out and keeping the weight on my back foot was easier then my bigger board even though I kept the stance central.
I have reviewed the Sensei in more detail here: http://snowboardingholidays.net/gear/pathron-sensei-snowboard-review-freestyle-board-at-a-bargain-price/
Overall I would recommend this board to anyone on a that wants to dabble in freestyle riding while maintaining all mountain performance and in particular anyone on a budget.