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Atomic Board Flex Rating: 8: Atomic's Flex Ratings go from 2 (soft) to 8 (stiff), so this board is one of the stiffest that Atomic makes. Stiffer boards have higher top speeds, better stability at speed and better stability through bumpy/choppy terrain--but softer boards are easier to learn on and easier to do terrain park tricks with. At a rating of 8, the rider using this board would be a very good snowboarder, capable of riding anywhere on the mountain and doing so with a good bit of speed.
Atomic's Pop Rocker FR is Atomic's off-piste camber shape. While not completely reverse camber, the amount of this board that is rockered is more significant than any of the other Pop Rocker versions. The longer rockered section in the nose means that this board will have exceptional float in powder and choppy snow, and the flat camber underfoot will provide a stronger edge hold than a reverse camber ride.
1 Degree Power Bevel: This minimal edge angle allows for quicker edge to edge transitions than more exaggerated bevels. This edge bevel is built for speed and stability, but not for beginners, as you are more likely to catch an edge.
7200 Sintered Base: The stone ground finish of this base, along with the 7200 level Sintered material improves glide, and is typically found on intermediate and above level boards. This is often called a UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) base.
Truth3 Lightweight Wood Core: The Truth3 core is made of specially chosen, high-density Poplar along the edges and the inserts, and specially chosen low density poplar in between. This makes the board strong and beefy where it needs to be, and superlight where it doesn't.
D4 Sandwich Construction: This type of sandwich (full sidewall) construction sandwiches 4 layers of glass in between the poplar woodcore sections. There are definitely more complicated ways of describing this technology, but it would be hard for both of us to understand. Basically D4 construction means this board is extremely lively and poppy, so when you load it up with a turn, its going to accelerate you out of the turn.
Kinetic Core FR: This core feature means that the tip of this board has "space-age material" in the nose along with the lightweight poplar core. Atomic hasn't indicated precisely what material we are taking into space, but it is an extremely light metal foil that will store energy make the tip lighter than the tail. Having the tip lighter than the tail is significant for powder boards, as letting the tail sink will naturally raise the tips and give you more flotation.
Tapered Shape: This board does not have symmetrical twin-tips, or even a pointed (directional twin tip), the tip of this board widens and flattens out (like a lot of new-age powder skis) so the board was meant to be ridden primarily in one direction. Of course you can ride switch with this (or any snowboard), but for the best performance in powder and choppy stuff, the tapered end is going to be your friend. So many parenthesis in this one, thanks for sticking with it until this last sentence.
Triadic Progressive Sidecut: A sidecut of this shape allows the rider to ease into wider turns without hooking, then make the turn as tight as desired as the rider accelerates through the middle of the turn and come out of the turn without losing much (if any) energy.