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Lobster Eiki 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes148, 151, 154, 154W, 156, 
  • Flex: 3
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Price: £399 / €460
  • BUY ONLINE

The Eiki Pro screams jib weapon, and fair enough, you just have to take a look at Eiki Helgason riding and you can see exactly what it’s been engineered for. It’s one of the softest boards on the market and it’s perfect for getting those flatland tricks down and for effortless pressing and buttering around.

Despite the super soft tip to tail flex, it’s not all loosey goosey, it has carbon stringers running directly underneath the bindings to give you a better edge to edge response. It stiffens the board up marginally directly underfoot to deliver you more control.

“Perfect for freestyle progression, it’s a massive confidence boost when you want to expand your trick repertoire”

Like all Lobster boards it’s tip to tail full camber, this is gonna translate to explosive pop as the board is essentially always spring loaded. Despite being a jib stick, the camber allows it to still ride piste without too much trouble, it’s not the board for smashing icy black runs but you can still get around from A to B.

It utilises Jib 3BT which has a super wide flat section down the centre for added balance and stability when hitting rails and boxes. It has bevelled edges outside the bindings, which make for a wildly forgiving ride, no need to stomp landings anymore, you can afford to be pretty sketchy and still get away with it. Perfect for freestyle progression, it’s a massive confidence boost when you want to expand your trick repertoire. 

The Wallie tips are blunted for reduced swing weight and rounded up to give you a little more leeway as you’re boosting it off hard features. Ideal for park rats, stuntin’ in the streets and buttery madness.

Tester’s Verdict

Luke HulmeTignes Spirit Snowboard Shop

“The Eiki Pro by lobster definitely emulates the rider its for. It’s a full jibbing, flatland and urban destroyer. I only had a small window to give this a go and it was in truly horrible conditions. We got a few fun laps in but on the third lap the worse thing possible for ridding happened (the word starts with R).

“It’s a full jibbing, flatland and urban destroyer”

By the fourth laps we were soaked, and cold. Even though it was short and sweet I really enjoyed riding this board. It performs well doing what it’s aimed at doing. For me I really felt this was the exact same board as the Bataleon Wallie, which I got to ride in conditions that didn’t remind me of getting into cold shower.

Some thoughts from my Bataleon review below: Buttering on this is so so easy, you can hold your presses for outrageously long times, and link loads of flatland tricks together. You get so much whip out of this board, spinning out of butters or off hits is a breeze. The edge hold is decent for a board clearly made to not catch on rails and on landings. Although not the normal type of board I would ride I really enjoyed riding it. It’s so fun for playing around on and doing things that never get boring to a snowboarder. It is full of tech and isn’t just a noodle. It’s is a high performance jibbing board. If you are all about urban, jibbing and butters or you are looking for a board you can progress on… this is a great option for you.

In my opinion, all you have to choose between this and the Bataleon Wallie is the top sheet/ base design and colour. For me it’s this board’s hands down.”

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