"All Mountain Godsend"
- Name: 2010 Academy Team
- Skill: Advanced
- Use: Groomed,High Speeds,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Park,Powder,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
- Pros: Very Poppy, Not Too Heavy, Impervious Body and Base, Beautiful Graphics, Razor Edge, Stiff but not too stiff
- Cons: Razor Edges are bad for jibs, Takes work getting used to, As another review said, not a beginner board
I bought this board after hearing many good things about Academy boards from my local mountains. I bought the 152 with Flux Super Titan bindings. When I purchased this board with explicit intent of being a high-level jump/freestyle and high speed/bump board. First off, I'd like to comment on the beautiful graphics, makes you feel bad for putting bindings on it. The base of this board seems almost bullet-proof, after multiple scrapes an the edges of boxes and rails, the based has only minor scuffs and scratches. Naturally, as I bought this board knowing it was a directional twin, I tested the pop off the tail right of the bat, I was impressed immensely (and nearly fell overdoing it). Next I tested basic pop off of a jump, it was noticeably powerful. After that, I tried a few rails and(wooden) wall-rides. Lets just say the edges were way too sharp (amazing on ice though). Then, for my last test, I bombed a few groomers and bumpy runs: the chatter was next to non-existent. As a summary, I would say this thing is a great all-around board, but this is not my first pick for a jib stick. Perhaps a smaller model would be more efficient for jibs, but I prefer reverse camber. This board is definitely not a beginner board largely because of its too-stiff-for-beginners flex pattern. I would recommend this board for anyone looking for a board that will stand the test of the entire mountain: from high speeds, to jumps, to rock hits in the back country.