- Price: £390 / €450
- Lengths: 148, 151, 154, 154W
- Flex: 3
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: True Twin
The first thing you’ll notice about the latest Lobster Eiki Helgason Pro snowboard is the flattened ends. This deck shares a lot of the same DNA as sister brand Bataleon’s new model, the Bataleon Wallie, albeit with some Icelandic flair thrown in.
"The centre section of the base is the widest you’ll find on any 3BT board, so when pressing you’ll feel comfortably locked in"
Those ends are perfect for when you’re getting airborne off a hard feature, giving you more stability than the rounded equivalent. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it’s a nice touch, and it doesn’t interfere with more conventional riding so there’s no downside.
Eiki’s stick is a soft-flexing park board with the ‘Jib’ calibration of Triple Base Technology. The centre section of the base is the widest you’ll find on any 3BT board, so when pressing you’ll feel comfortably locked in. At the same time, the side sections are raised just enough to prevent an edge catch, and you still get all the poppy goodness of a camber profile.
While it’s a fairly soft-flexing board, two carbon rods (one under each binding) run between the edges. These give the Lobster Eiki Helgason Pro a little more response when charging at speed, yet still lets you twist the board through the waist without impediment. The base is slightly better quality than that of the Wallie, too.
Combine this with the Switchback Eiki Helgason Pro bindings, and you’ve got an enviable freestyle setup.
“Don’t take this board too seriously and it will be sure to put a smile on your face. The shortened length and 3BT give this board a loose, skate-like feel, which is awesome for pressing and buttering, lapping the park and jumping off anything and everything.
The Eiki Pro is incomparable to anything else I’ve ridden, which makes it awesome for people looking to add a new dimension to their quiver. I would also recommend it to people just starting out, as it was smooth, forgiving and reasonably priced for a board with a sintered base.
Serious park riders should know that it isn’t the most stable when sending it off large booters. Check out the Halldor Pro if that's your game!"