One look at its pro team – Joe Sexton, JP Walker, Simon Chamberlain Darrell Mathes and the like – should give you an idea of what Stepchild is all about. If you’re still scratching your head, consider the fact that their range includes models like the Parkrat and the Jibstick (and, at one time, the Powder Sucks).
Yes, what this brand does best is freestyle weaponry for the park and the streets. The Stepchild Latchkey Rocker is no exception, although has slightly better all-mountain credentials than most others in the line. Some of the weight has been taken out of the core for 2014/15, even with the addition of Kevlar stringers running the full length of the deck. They’ve also managed to print the graphic – a very Stepchild-esque play on Hooters waitresses – directly onto the fibreglass, negating the need for the top layer used in previous builds. Like most boards of its ilk it has an extruded base that won’t require too much maintainance, even if thrashing handrails is your thing. Our tester took the rockered version out, but it also comes in traditional camber with a slightly stiffer flex.
“Stepchild boards are always lots of fun, both in terms of graphics and how they ride, and the Latchkey has become my favourite in both areas this season. It’s a little stiffer than last years’ version, but it’s still pretty soft. It wouldn’t be the first thing you’d choose for hitting sketchy off-piste lines, but it performs really well as a ‘resort’ board. Definitely one of the most fun boards that I tested and you’ll love it if you spend your time lapping the pistes with your mates, riding the park, jumping off side-hits and generally having a hoot.” – Adam Hoskins