So I decided to go with the T2. The more that I thought about it the more I wanted to try something with a little more all mountain performance. That’s not to say that I don’t like the jib board, far from it. To be honest I’m not entirely sure that I’m going to prefer the T2; all I know is that it’s going to be a different ride, and I’m just going to have to try it and find out. Besides, I’ve still got the Kink, damaged as it may be.
Earlier this year I took both the Kink and a 158 Rome Anthem to Meribel. I rode each of them during the week to compare. I remember preferring the Kink, mainly because I was jibbing around a lot and it was fun. But I also remember thinking that the Anthem was simply an excellent board, it felt so good to ride: fast, solid, stable, aggressive and lots of pop.
That’s why I decided to go with the T2. It’s stiffer than a pure jib board and a little more aggressive. I had it laid down on the floor in the shop next to a 55 Ride DH and the differnce in side cut was noticable. So it should bring me some of the qualities that I liked in the Anthem: stability, speed and pop. However, unlike the Anthem it is purely freestyle orientated, having a shorter and twin-tipped design.
On reflection, I probably would have gone down a size… but I hadn’t build the snowboard size charts yet so hadn’t thought about it enough.
At the last minute I contemplated the DH or the Agent, yet the T2 prevailed; it’s the board that I’ve been drawn to. In the end I opted for last season’s model rather than this year’s “Eero” T2. Nothing against Eero of course, it’s simply that the old one came with a sweet discount and I have a tendency to go through boards at a fast rate…
Now, I’m heading to France next week, so please pray to the snow gods for me!