|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Beginner - Advanced|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's, < 8, 8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Telos Blunt 2022 - 2021 Review by The Good Ride
The Telos Blunt is a true twin, all mountain freestyle board. It comes with a soft (men’s) flex that felt medium to me. The Blunt has a hybrid rocker profile and likes to dabble all over the mountain.
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Fast Forward Codes: 00:00 Intro 00:19 Sizing 00:30 Camber Profile 00:49 Flex 00:59 Butters 01:16 On Snow Feel 01:54 Snow Conditions 02:18 Turning Experience 02:47 Carving 03:12 Waist Width 03:47 Steeps 04:09 Off Piste 04:25 Powder 04:43 Park / Freestyle 05:35 Overall / Who Is This For?
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo.
Conditions: Light powder on top of crust, off piste choppy snow, ice, hard pack groomers.
Riders: Steph (Weight 108lbs, 5’4″, 7.5 Women’s Boot Size)
Boots: Vans Ferra Pro (7.5 Women’s)
Bindings: Union Milan(Med)
Set-Up: 20″ Wide Stance, 15, -15 degree binding angles
Sizing: 140, 143, 146, 149N, 149, 152, 155, 158, 161, 164
The Telos Blunt comes in a wide array of sizes which is awesome. However it still felt like it was a men’s specific flex and waist width to me. So if you are a lighter rider maybe think about sizing down. Or if you get your correct size the Blunt will feel a bit more all mountain oriented as opposed to freestyle, depending on what you are looking for. It would also be a good fit for a heavier rider, or for someone who has a larger boot size and wants a wider board.
Camber Profile: The Blunt comes with a hybrid rocker profile. It has rocker between the feet and positive camber under the feet. The rocker is prominent enough that when laid on a flat table, the Blunt‘s nose and tail are slightly lifted off the table. So when riding on snow it is a pretty catch free ride.
Flex/Pop/Buttering: When I flex the Blunt I feel like it is the equivalent of a women’s medium flexing board. It is described and rated as a softer flexing board on their website. But because it is a men’s flex, I felt like the Blunt had a more all mountain flex then a freestyle/playful flex.
Buttering wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t really easy for me either. I could lift the nose and tail off the snow with minimal effort. But it took more energy to get it all the way up on the nose or tail.
The pop on the Blunt is pretty good. You get the positive camber zones under your feet, so you get some energy back when you load the board.
Speed: The Telos Blunt felt fine for me at higher speeds. I’m a rather lightweight rider, so I feel that the wider waist width and the flex helped it to stay stable for me. If you are a heavier rider, it might feel a bit different. But for a hybrid rocker board it felt pretty stable.
Off Piste: I found the Blunt to be pretty maneuverable off piste. I rode it through some very variable snow and it handled pretty well. From time to time I could feel the wider waist width slowing the response down a bit.
Edge Hold: The Blunt holds a good edge in medium to hard snow. It did ok in ice, but the lack of sidecut disruption puts it lower than hybrid rocker boards that do have some disruption.
Turning Experience/Carving: Turning the Blunt was ok. It wasn’t super inspiring as far as turning goes. This board likes more skidded turns than high edge angle turns. It can consistently make turns in a lot of different terrain types. But I wasn’t able to get too much back from it wen carving a high edge angle turn down groomers. It likes the medium to small radius turns, and is quick to turn because of the rocker between the feet.
Powder: Because of the rocker between the feet, the Blunt seems to float pretty well for being a true twin board. You get a little extra directional float if you set it all the way back, but not much. It will float better than a board with a positive camber profile, and less than a board with a full rocker profile. And you will probably want a powder specific boards for deep days. But for a true twin it does ok in the powder.
Park/Freestyle/Switch: The Telos Blunt is a true twin board, so it rides switch great. It it catch free, so it is easy to spin it around in circles and mess around. It felt solid for me on jumps. I got more pop and energy out of the board off jumps than I did in a normal ollie. It has nice stable landings as well. It wasn’t my favorite board for jibbing, but I think that comes from the flex feeling bit stiffer for me as a lighter rider.
Overall / Who Is This For?
The Telos Blunt might work well for a rider who likes riding switch all over the mountain. Likes to dabble in different terrain types, but also takes laps through the park. Or it would work well for someone with a bigger boot size looking for a mid-wide board. It is a stable ride that allows for catch free turns all over the mountain. It could fit a wide variety of ability levels as well.
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