Expert level freerider
Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
"Easy float, let me hike, surf and play any terrain. I don't like a powder board to be too flexible, because I want to lay some trenches on the groomers too. When the snow starts falling in the evening, I get happily nervous for the next day."
My favourite freeride snowboards:
1. Jones Carbon Flagship
2. Nitro Mountain
3. Jones Flagship
To all my reviews
Long turns in powder and on piste
Flow Maverick (160) is a freeride board I was able to test in fantastic snowconditions. Both on and off-piste I could charge hard and test the behavior of the Maverick perfectly. At 160cm it was a bit on the short size for me, but still long enough to slay powder in long turns. The stability is very good which gives confidence to go faster and faster. For me the Flow Maverick is a good long turn freerider with as a bonus fine carving skills on piste. Not for the short turning and switching you want in a forest, but in open terrain I would take it anywhere. Combined with the good floatation, the Maverick is a 4.5 star freeride board for me.
Good pop and damping
The Maverick is nicely balanced snowboard. With a nice pop and damping it feels home in most circumstances on the feet of better boarders. Although the Flow Maverick is not extremele stiff, it does demand the rider to put energy in. Your reward is clear, thrash the crud, powder and piste on a stable ride. Without extremes, the Maverick is a balanced freeride snowboard to me. The torsional stifness is fine enough for nice edge hold when carving on piste. With the stability the Maverick has I really liked to speed up. In powder that speed makes it feel so good as you can surf down in any amount of powder.
Flow about the Maverick
"LUXURY FINISH BLENDED WITH SOUL SURFING POWDER PERFORMANCE
"The boards of choice for backcountry heroes like Mike Basich and Shin Biyajima. This directional powerhouse is stiff, responsive and has a tapered shape for the ultimate all-mountain sessions. The camber profile holds an edge and supplies plenty of power and response in all conditions. The Maverick features our PREMIUM KUSH-CONTROL technology that consists of 3 unique urethane features strategically placed in the base, sidewall and topsheet to create the smoothest and strongest boards on the hill. Three-phase S-Camber with a floating rockered nose for powder. Traditional setback camber under the feet and flat between the bindings for added grip on ice and better float in the pow. Pow-Cam delivers the ultimate powder experience and carving performance.", says Flow.
Burton Flight Attendant: for a relaxed ride instead of power all the way.
Flow Solitude: easier to ride, more forgiving.
Rossignol XV Magtek: good float, high level all-mountain board with focus on freeriding.