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Flow Solitude

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Flow Solitude 2017 freeride snowboard test in Alpbach, Austria

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 158, 161, 164
Waist width (mm): 25, 25.5, 25.9


Characteristics:

Terrain: 30% piste - 70% off-piste
Discipline: big powder lines
Snowboard level: advanced - expert
Stability: very good
Edge switch; needs effort
Floatation: very good
Character: look for powder

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Freeride snowboard Flow Solitude 2017

"Float and surf at speed"

Freeride snowboard Flow Solitude 2017

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Alex's review: Expert freerider

Expert level freerider
Alex's rating of this snowboard:

4 stars


Considering his boarders profile:

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Reviewer Alex

"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."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 12
 SpeedLevel 13
 Length:181 cm
 Weight:77 kg

 


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1. Jones Carbon FlagshipFreeride snowboard Jones Carbon Flagship

 

2. Nitro MountainFreeride snowboard Nitro Mountain 2017

 

3. Jones FlagshipFreeride snowboard Jones Flagship 2017

 

To all my reviews

 

Big powder line board


Flow's Solitude is a powder focussed freeride board. Back in the Flow snowboard assortment in 2016 from being left out for a couple of years. Especially if you are a good boarder that wants to make long turns and speed up in the backcountry, the Solitude is a good match. It floats fine in any amount of fresh snow. The Flow Solitude is not playful and that pays off when you ride the groomers. It demands effort to get it on the edge, from that moment it carves nicely on its edge. No playfulness, no forgivingness, but racing down the Solitude keeps its stability. All together a serious snowboard for advanced till expert boarders. Especially because it doesn't forgive and needs effort and skills to ride well. But then you have a great freeride board. And Flow build the Solitude such that you can sow it into a splitboard. I have no idea how many will do that, but it is a cool feature.

Prepare to spend energy

The Solitude demands that you spend that build-up adrenaline in your ride. It is a tough board and you'll only be rewarded when you treat it correct. I like boards like the Flow Solitude, put in energy and the reward is in G powers, surfy feeling in powder snow and speeding down at Mach2. As it is a big turn board and not playful at all, you don't want to take it through tight forests for example. That could be a bit more balanced for me personally. A 4 star rating from me.

Flow about the Solitude

"SIDE-COUNTRY AIRLINER WITH ALL-MOUNTAIN PERFORMANCE

The Solitude is an all-mountain directional board with a tapered shape for great control and ease of use in all conditions. The setback stance allows for effortless float in deep snow or allows you to let it loose on groomed runs. Find your Solitude in the Solitude.The Solitude 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.", says Flow.

Related snowboards

Burton Flight Attendant: somewhat easier and more comfortable board .
Völkl Squad Prime: stiff and fast, officially a freestyler.
Rossignol XV Magtek: good float and stiffer, high level all-mountain board.

 

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Freeride snowboard Flow Solitude 2017

"Float and surf at speed"

Freeride snowboard Flow Solitude 2017

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Comments  

# Eric 2016-10-20 19:23
Thanks for the review. I very much enjoy the info you contain and the style of review. In regards to the Flow Solitude, I am 5'10" 190 lbs dripping wet. As much as I hate to admit that I have been riding since the early 90's, I come from the old school camber style of riding, I am use to using my legs to make a board turn. I mostly ride bigger mountains (Mammoth Mountain pass holder). As an all-around board, would the 161 be enough board or should I consider the 164? Should I be concerned that the 164 would be too wide? Lastly, do you know the difference between the Solitude and Maverick? I would appreciate any advice you could provide?

Thank you.
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# Yellow Gentian 2016-10-22 13:39
Hi Eric,
Personally I would go for the 164. Better for bigger lines and higher speed. If you want it easier to turn short etc the 161 might suit you better. I haven't tested the Maverick yet, so I am not able to compare them. Unless your feet are extreme small, I wouldn't worry about the width difference.
Alex
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# Eric 2016-10-23 17:25
Thank you!!! My feet are 11 so this advice helps tremendously and reinforces my thoughts. Pray for Snow (and surf)!!!
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