|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Manufactured in||USA by Venture|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
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Venture Odin 2014 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
Venture usually has 4 boards in their line but in 2011 they dropped their ultra powder board called the Euphoria and went down to 3. For 2012 Venture brought back a 4th called the Venture Odin.
2013 Venture Odin
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The Venture Odin has some similarities to the old Euphoria but more differences. The bottom line is this is a great board with solid float. It’s a very off the tail surfy kind of ride.
It has that powder shape similar to the old Euphoria but has a lot less of a set back (-40mm vs -75mm) and less of a taper (11mm vs 21mm).
This is still a surfy ride but no where near as surfy as the old euphoria.
It still has more taper and setback than the Storm for those who want a little more of a surfy ride but it’s no Euphoria. To us with the Flat/Rocker tech you really don’t have to be that far back on the tail to get the same float so this is a good call.
It’s got an easy stable ride and a lot less consequence than camber boards.
One thing is turning with this board is fun but not as fun and springy as it could be if there was some camber between the feet near the back foot. With a little more spring out of the turn this could be a practically perfect Freeride board.
Venture seems to hide in Colorado and doesn’t even market to the rest of the US which sucks but they make some really good freeride boards. The detail in the craftsmanship is exceptional and their split boards seem to have some of the best construction I’ve seen.
The 2014 and 2013 are very similar.
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This board really surprised me. My current rides at the time were the NS Raptor X and the Jones Hovercraft, 161-160cm. While the Raptor has great float, it was not quick turning in tight situations in the powder, as it is more prone to carve turns in powder. I was happy with the Hovercraft at the time in powder, but I got itching for a bigger powder board. I like wide boards and I was initially disappointed that Venture only made the 27cm waisted Odin in a 174...but I thought what the heck, it'll be fun making the first few runs in big open powder fields at the first of the day before I have to go start hunting powder in the trees. I was initially thinking it was going to me more of this kind of specialty board...till I rode it. I have not rode the Hovercraft since. While it is much bigger then the other boards, it rides about the same size. It's rocker shape makes it feel much smaller and even more narrow then it is. Riding this board, I charge faster, it's size gives it a lot of stability, yet I can snake it through the tightest trees and at a faster speed then my other boards. I love this board. It can maneuver like a 160, but has the speed/float and stability of a 174. Low angle powder is way faster now, and amazingly so are tight trees! Big drops? Huge landing platform. Talk about hovering, the "hovercraft" does not know hovering compared to this thing. The last surprise was how well it can carve a groomer...it blows the Hovercraft away, (though the Raptor still bests it by far in carving) I ride it with my stance all the way back on the front foot and about the middle on the back foot and I was not expecting it to hold in a carve like it does. And it feels so quick edge to edge for how big it is.
Negatives: I consider this board to be very heavy. A board this shape with a carbon build would be sick.