They say timing is everything, and APO certainly couldn’t have picked a better year to give team rider Sage Kotsenburg his first pro model. The American became a household name in his native land when he scooped the first gold at the recent Winter Olympics – the first ever snowboard slopestyle medal to boot – and his victory will surely make the APO Iconic snowboard one of the most sought-after sticks of the coming season.
Unsurprisingly, Mr. Kotsenburg’s ride of choice is designed for high-end park slaying with its true twin shape, sintered base and classic camber profile. Extra pop comes from carbon strips laid into the nose and tail – in an ‘X’ shape just outside either binding, and a ‘V’ right at the tips. The core is a little thinner between the bindings, reducing the weight a little without compromising the board’s flex or strength. That topsheet graphic was designed by Sage’s brother Blaze, and the ever-amiable Park City shredder is as happy about that as he is about all the tech that APO has put underneath it. There’s also a more all-mountain version of the APO Iconic available, built for Sage’s teammate Eero Niemela, and a female-specific version designed by Spencer O’Brien.
“I mostly rode this board in the park, as that’s clearly where it belongs. I found it solid and undemanding without being flashy, capable for the task at hand without standing out massively in any particular way. It’s a little skittish, and would definitely take a bit of getting used to, but I’m sure with more time you could get the best from it.” – Joe Cavanagh