The Smokin Awesymmetrical is a board that actually does live up to it’s name if you like equal time in the park and on the mountain. The first 2 times we rode this it was pretty fun but the 2017 model really got us all off. I defer to Kyle and Peter here and say it’s a great All Mountain Freestyle ride.
Conditions: Very good mid winter Sierra snow with only a few bad patches here and there.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Kyle
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton AMB, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Force,
Set Up: Centered, approximately 23″ wide 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Felt normal and very middle ground.
Flex: The 2017 Smokin Awesymmetrical felt a lot different than the past models we tried. It felt medium in the tip and tail but almost soft between the feet. It’s super easy to butter and I’ve never felt the bend point so prominently between the feet before with any board. It’s very easy to butter.
On Snow Feel: Even though this is hybrid rocker the board we tried did not have exaggerated bends between the feet or the tip/tail and it almost felt as stable as some hybrid camber boards with minimal camber between the feet like the Nidecker Camrock profile, some Rossi boards and all of Slashes Camrock boards. Wood is a hard thing to keep consistent so our demo model could be drastically different than a production model you buy. Your’s could be much higher off the ground in the tip and tail and feel more loose between the feet. Regardless I’d say on average the board feels pretty stable for a hybrid rocker.
Edge Hold: We love this mellower mag similar to Mervin’s .5 MTX with boards like the Gnu Space Case and only Peter wanted more. It’s perfect for not grabbing in soft snow and holding in medium to hard snow pretty well. You will want more grip if you consistently ride Ice and hard snow but for most this will be perfect.
Turn Initiation: Really quick and easy edge to edge. It’s a fun board to turn for sure and we felt it had a good feel for just turning around the mountain despite such a soft flex between the feet.
Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid turns and it will flatter an intermediate rider who isn’t making correct turns very well.
Carving: It’s not a stellar carver but you can rail it pretty well for the kind of board it is and it’s still fun to do so.
Speed: With the soft flex between the feet we thought this would be a chattery mess but instead it held it’s composure very well on the hill and could definitely be a board to ride the mountain as well as the park.
Uneven Terrain: With some messy patches we found it had a really easy way about it. It isn’t the dampest of boards and you really feel the wood core but it’s an easy board to weave around messy bumps made by a crowded day of riding.
Powder: There is good float for an asymmetrical twin. This board is meant to be ridden centered and perfectly duck to get the most out of the Asymmetry and that applies to powder too. Even if you wanted to set it back for more directional float you probably won’t get it back much or at all depending on your stance width. So yes it floats great for an asym twin and it’s a good choice for those that ride fakie in powder but you can do a lot better if you like to set it back and surf powder.
Switch: Perfect either way and we love the Smokin Awesymmetrical for this. It’s like all the other Asym boards. They make turning easier if you are set up duck and centered and there fore make switch riding better.
Jibbing: Really good jibber for a mountain freestyle board and we couldn’t believe how well it handled any jib in the progression park we tried. Usually a board of this design compromises with jibs to be good on the mountain, hitting kickers and the pipe. The Smokin Awesymmetrical only compromises a little bit to do so making it a very balanced do anything park ride.
Pipe: I could lap the pipe all day with this ride. So could all of us. We felt very comfortable in there.
Jumps: The soft flex in the middle makes it less of a recommendation for those that go super big but for us this was a great board to ollie and hit average sized kickers with.
So not sure if we tried a really broken in board this time or if Smokin changed the flex up since the first time we rode this board but we like it. So you will have a ride like this right out of the wrapper or down the road when it’s broken in. Either way it’s worth it. Yes there are better boards for those that spend more time on the mountain like the Yes Greats and NS Proto Type Two but this is the best for those that truly spend equal time in the park and on the mountain.
The Smokin Awesymmetrical is a fun twin that takes the idea of the Gnu Forest Bailey Space Case and mixes it up a bit to make it more of it’s own asymmetrical or Awesymmetrical board.
Conditions: One day with some groomers, light snow and powder off piste. Mainly Good Sierra snow in the morning that started to get slushy and thick mid day.
Riders: James and Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Burton Malavita, Salomon Defender
Set Up: Centered about 23″ wide 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Feels medium to bordering on heavy.
On Snow Feel: The Awesymmetrical offers up a ride that feels more like a combo between EC2 BTX and C2 BTX. It felt a little more stable between the feet than some C2’s I tried and a little less stable or about the same as some EC2 BTX models I tried like the Forest Bailey Space Case. it felt pretty stable between the feet but occasionally got loose like most hybrid rocker boards do in the few harder patches of snow that I encountered. I’m calling this a freestyle ride but it definitely could be an all mountain freestyle ride as well. It felt like a fun playful board.
Powder: No powder but the ease it handled slushy snow made me think it will plane well in powder for a twin with a centered stance.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Pretty easy edge to edge and almost snappy. It’s not super quick but definitley quick and playful. Carving was pretty good but nothing out of the ordinary. The tip/tail didn’t wash on more aggressive turns. All in all turning was fun with this board.
Speed: Pretty stable for a twin and it offered decent mountain speed. Its nothing to write home about but it’s pretty fun for cruising the mountain and it has all the speed you need in the park.
Uneven Terrain: The groomers and even parts of the park got pretty torn up with the softer snow and the Smokin Awesymmetrical did a solid job navagating through bumpy pushed around runs.
Edge Hold: There is pretty solid edge hold here that borders on excellent. I personally like the more mellow magnetraction that Smokin has for where I mainly ride because it handles softer snow very well without being too grabby. This kind of magnetraction handles a wider range of conditions better than the more aggressive magnetraction. If you ride in harder to icy conditions then you want the more aggressive magnetraction.
Flex: Felt pretty middle ground and like all Mervin boards it probably works it’s way to med/soft after some time on it.
Switch: This is the next level of perfect for riding switch for most duck stance snowboarders. Asymmetrical side cuts make switch even easier than true twins It’s the kind of ride that inspires confidence and makes you want to ride switch more.
Jibbing: I didn’t really jib much and I hope to get Kyle, Jimbo and Peter on it for more jibbing but from what few jibs I hit I liked it well enough. Didn’t blow my mind but it was good enough.
Pipe: Had a couple passes in the pipe and it moved from wall to wall well, held an edge in the one icy side and climbed the soft side just fine too.
Jumps: There is pretty good pop going on here with the Smokin Awesymmetrical. It’s got a fun spring to it and I had fun popping over the little bumps in the snow as well as hitting small to medium size kickers with a few passes in the park.
All in all I think this is a fun board that many could like and it’s a nice alternative for those that like the Gnu Forest Bailey Space Case but can’t find the right size for their feet. I liked the graphics better with the Awesymmetrical but the ride a little better with the Space Case. I’d like to spend more time on this board with our crew to get to know it better.