Although most snowboarders have the reputation of being park rats, it’s simply not true. In fact, a majority of snowboards are built with the entire mountain in mind. That’s why Atomic felt that it was necessary to create two Atomic freestyle snowboards
, to satisfy the needs of snowboards that spend most of their time in the terrain park.
To the outsider looking in, all terrain park features and tricks are the same, so it would seem that only one type of board is necessary for park riding. However, if you found your way to this page, then chances are you’ve spent some time in the park and know that this is simply not true. In fact, every different rider has a different style, and there are characteristics of their equipment that plays a role in this. That’s why Atomic has two totally different park boards available.
The first board is the Atomic Axum
. This Atomic freestyle snowboard is the stiffer of the two, with a flex rating of 6. This makes it the appropriate choice for riders who want to go as big as possible, over the biggest features that their mountain has available. Not only will the board be more stable in a situation like this, but it will also provide enough support to help riders land tricks that maybe they shouldn’t have. In order to push the board in this direction even more, Atomic popped a Sintered 7200 base on the Axum
, allowing it to be super durable, and super quick. Put simply, this is the board of choice for riders who want to go bigger than their friends and really push their limits.
On the other end of the spectrum are the terrain park enthusiasts who like to get really technical without necessarily sending themselves over the park’s biggest jumps. For riders like this, the Pivot
is the perfect choice. This board features a soft flex of 4, along with a reverse camber profile. These two features add up to a board that is super malleable (or soft if you prefer), so the board can be contorted into all kinds of press, butters, switch-ups, and whatever else you can imagine. On big jumps, this board might wash out on landings, but it’s perfectly suitable for mid range jumps, and excels at finding transition in the most unlikely of places.
For more information regarding Atomic Freestyle Snowboards, see the chart below!