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LUMBERJACK

mens lumberjack zero camber sideways rocker powder freestyle snowboard

Flex: Middle of the road flex from the tip to the tail and torsionally.

Stability: The wider chassis of this deck makes it highly stable in varying snow. On groomers you might feel a little bit of vibration in the tips due to the shape, but that is very minimal. It’s not an overly damp board but it’s very lively.

Ollies/Pop: This board has serious snap and that’s not just off a firm snow. I found myself popping out of deep snow with ease on this deck. It just wants to boost off the tips due to the wider shape.

Butterability: The tip shape and wider platform are designed for doing pow butters. It’s one of the easiest things to initiate on this board and will make you look like a rock star. They come around so effortlessly you won’t even know you’re trying to do one.

Carving: You would think that a board this wide and designed for powder freestyle might suck on a groomer. You would be wrong! This board can rip a carve as well as a quick set up turn with ease. This adds to the benefits of this deck.

Rider in Mind: Someone that’s going to rip a wide open powder bowl, hit a log jib or three, and then jump off a small cliff. The end of the day might come around and they’ll be on a groomer just ripping a carve.

Personal Thoughts: This board is a versatile weapon. The powder hull shape funnels snow and the camber profile makes it a blast in pow. This thing is designed for destroying powder. Whether you’re riding wide open alpine bowls or tight tree runs this board will rip a hard turn with ease in fresh snow or a groomer. 

Flex: A bit softer than I expected, though not too soft. The Lumberjack name just had me expecting a much firmer ride, but it’s actually pretty playful with an overall medium flex that’s neither too stiff nor too noodle-y.

Ollies/Pop: Marhar does a great job marrying the flex, carbon, and bamboo contributing to above-average pop. This board has a zero-camber profile all the way to the contact points, which coupled with the wider tips help create a consistently stable platform for ollies and popping off and over stuff.  

Playfulness: The Marhar Lumberjack is pretty playful, and although I think it’s built for navigating your way through tight glades in deep snow, the softer flex and rockered nose & tail lends well to buttery shenanigans and if you were so inclined, you could take it through the park without much trouble.

Handling: While it’s wider than most (and meant to be ridden down a few sizes), the Lumberjack is surprisingly nimble and even short radius turns are manageable without having to manhandle the board. Although the Lumberjack can absolutely rip carves where the extended contact points help keep you engaged through the arc of your turns, it seems geared more towards pillows and pow than groomers where the rocker shape and easy float will excel. The Marhar Lumberjack has a pretty lively ride, plenty of board feel underfoot. Float is pretty much effortless on this. In icier conditions I would prefer something else, but with a bit of snow on the ground the Lumberjack demonstrated a propensity for easy float. The sideways rocker is not my preference on hardpack but it does contribute to an overall playful ride.

Personal Thoughts:  The Marhar Lumberjack is meant for the rider who seeks out all types of natural terrain, though it is the sort of snowboard that pretty much anyone would be able to ride. Although it’s not specifically intended as a park-oriented board in my opinion, the flat-rocker shape and flex should be OK for lapping the park any day of the week. Mild all-mountain flex and sideways rocker is super forgiving, and downsizing on this board means that this 152 rides more like a 160 but with reduced swing weight it’s a lot more agile than your typical 160. The end result is a super playful and easy to control snowboard which should excel in the deeper stuff, but still be comfortable carving groomers or lapping the park.

ARCHAIC

mens archaic hybrid rocker camber all mountain snowboard

Flex:A true middle of the road flex with playful tips. The torsional give on this board is abundant, which you will notice when you center flex and twist the board.

Stability:This board is highly stable in varying terrain. It was also damp but yet still lively. This made it ideal for charging through a chunder field and not worrying about getting bucked.

Ollies/Pop:Having dual camber zones helps with the pop. Loading up takes next to no effort so you can concentrate on sending it. This board is equally at home on a jump. Everything from small to bigger features.

Butterability:The small amount of rocker in the tips coupled with the camber profile and flex make for a fun day of buttering the muffin. The blunt shape gives a great flat spot to lock into ground presses and play around. Locking into a nose or tail press is a breeze. The flex pattern and the blunt shape work exceptionally well for it. Sliding sideways on any feature whether a box or rail it locks in perfectly and executes the slide with precision.

Carving: Marhar’s Dual Arc Edge sidecut gives you extra contact points where you need it underfoot. This allows you to really set an edge and rail a deep aggressive Euro-carve or if you’re feeling mellow just a long drawn out turn. Over all this board is at home gripping and ripping on the groomers.

Rider in Mind:The all mountain rider that wants a bit of camber and some rocker in their board. Also the guy that’s going to go from hitting the park, boosting a roller, to riding some trees and hunting for powder.

Personal Thoughts:This board is always a fun thing to ride. It takes next to no time to get used to and you can just hit anything in its path with ease. The versatile nature of this board makes it ideal for being a well rounded quiver killer.

Flex: The Marhar Archaic has a stiffer flex both lengthwise and torsionally. There’s play through the tips and then stiffens up through the camber zones.  The Archaic is responsive and snappy on edge-to-edge transitions.

Ollies/Pop: The Marhar Archaic has always impressed me with its pop and stability, it’s one of those aggressive freestyle boards that is equally capable sending it deep off cat tracks or park jumps.

Playfulness:  The Archaic isn’t the most playful board in Marhar’s catalog but the hybrid camber profile and slightly softer tips will let you have a little fun without being overly aggressive. However, it’s a bit more demanding of a board to take it to rails and jibs so if you’re looking for a primarily rails/park board, I think most riders would prefer a different stick.

Handling: So snappy!! The Marhar Archaic has great rebound and can rip you through quick, short-radius turns but holds an aggressive edge through longer, drawn out carves as well. Thanks to the Attack Arc which adds contact points over the insert packs, edgehold through even the icier conditions is great. Damper than some of Marhar’s other offerings, the Archaic is a beast when it comes to variable conditions, where it has that bombproof feel and stability to let you push it.

Personal Thoughts:  The Marhar Archaic is truly an all-terrain slayer; crazy good pop and edge hold, and the stability to charge through just about any conditions that Mother Nature will throw at you. Whether you’re laying trenches on corduroy, or seeking out fresh lines through the glades, the Archaic will get the job done for you. Intermediate to advanced snowboarders will best appreciate the Archaic, beginners should probably stick with something a little more forgiving instead.

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REGENT

mens regent reverse camber rocker all terrain freestyle snowboard black

Flex:A true all mountain freestyle middle of the road flex. A bit more play in the tips, stiffer under foot, and then softer again between the feet.

Stability:The board is stable but not damp. This means you will feel some chatter underfoot from the camber and core profiles.

Ollies/Pop:This board is designed to snap and send you to the moon. You can skate pop it or really load it up and boost. Either way you’re going to be sending it. Pop On Jumps: Small, medium, large, or dare I even say extra large are all doable. I would keep it to the small to medium range ideally. This board has the pop to compensate for a bad lip of a jump if need be.

Butterability:High speed pow butters were fun on this board as well as just playing around in the flats. This board gets the job done with some snap to spare. Presses are a breeze on this board as it locks in perfectly and gives you the snap you want out. Going sideways it doesn’t slouch either.

Carving:The Dual Arc Edges really lets you dig in and rip some corduroy or firm snow. When not chasing pow on this stick I was ripping carves and having a blast. Short quick turns or long drawn out ones, it didn’t matter.

Rider in Mind:Someone that wants a fun playful deck that can do it all.

Personal Thoughts:This board never disappoints. It knows how to rip a turn well, snap an ollie over an obstacle with ease, and still be playful and forgiving enough to enjoy anything in front of it.

HALF BREED

mens halfbreed zero camber park snowboard

Flex: The Marhar Half Breed has a more freestyle oriented, mid-soft flex and this goes lengthwise and torsionally so it’s pretty easy to bend this board to your desire. Softer from outside the camber zones through the nose and tail with a bit more rigidity between the feet.

Ollies/Pop: Marhar snowboards are consistently on point when it comes to pop, and the carbon/kevlar layup in the Half Breed is no exception to this. You’ll have plenty of ups to get on the bigger park features and street rails.

Playfulness:  Whether you’re buttering the flats or doing more technical switch-ups on handrails, the lifted edges on the Marhar Half Breed give you a hangup-free ride. Basically this board is mad playful and very poppy, so you can pick your line with confidence whether you’re focused on ground tricks and side hits or park domination.

Handling: The Half Breed really surprised me a bit because it seemed to shine in areas where freestyle boards are often a little bit lacking. The Half Breed can lay a pretty decent carve, and for a park/freestyle oriented board it was surprisingly stable through the crud, while still allowing plenty of feel under foot for locking in the park features. Marhar’s Attack Arc sidecut works well to let you handle the hardpack. This board handles easily at lower and moderate speeds, and making those quick last-minute adjustments and setup turns in to park jumps or rail features will come easily with its softer flex

Personal Thoughts:  Possibly the most fun board I rode at Test Fest this year. The Half Breed strikes a good balance between park playfulness and all-mountain capability. The shape of this board with sideways rocker and mellow zero-camber profile, combined with the softer flex makes the Marhar Half Breed versatile enough for all skill levels: sure it will be forgiving enough for beginners, but it’s also a great platform for upping your freestyle game, and can hang elsewhere on the mountain, too.

LIFTEM

mens liftem zero camber sideways rocker all terrain snowboard red

Flex:This board is playful yet snappy. You’ll notice the most flex in the tip and tail with it being a bit more stable through the mid section. The torsional give has just enough to let you really center twist the board if you need to.

Stability: Not the most stable board on the planet, especially if in chunder and death cookies. On groomers you’ll be fine for mild to medium aggressive cruising, but pushing it to the danger zone you might want another deck.

Ollies/Pop: This board has some serious snap. I consistently found myself going how did I get so high when popping of side hits and rollers. The pop is very skate like meaning you don’t have to set up early to boost you can just snap it and go.This board is great for small to medium jumps, but anything over 30 feet you’re going to want something a bit more stable and with less rocker.

Butterability:Ah the joys of having a 3d base and a fun jib oriented flex. I spent the day just buttering away and doing tailblocks on the sides of runs. This board can do any butter variation with ease and keep going. Nose press, tail press, board slide it doesn’t matter. This board does them with such ease you can just keep doing your thing and not worrying.

Carving: Would I rip aggressive early morning carves on a super steep run that has icy conditions? No, but I wouldn’t hesitate to set an edge and see what happens in hero snow. This board will carve when you want it to and be mellow as you need it with set up turns. Long hard carves or short quick ones the transition edge to edge is great.

Rider in Mind: Someone that’s more park oriented and wants a softer more jibby deck that can handle the mountain.

Personal Thoughts: The tweaks may have been minor to this board, but they were just right. The pop is increased, the snap out of a carve is increased, and dare I say the fun seemed to be increased. Over all this board is a hit from Marhar and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to East Coasters as well as Midwesterners.

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