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Lobster Eiki Pro 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: €430
  • Category: Park/Jib
  • Ability Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 148, 151, 154, 156W, 157
  • Flex: 3/10
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Profile: 3BT Camber
  • Base: Extruded
  • BUY DIRECT FROM LOBSTER

The Helgason bros will be celebrating ten years of Lobster snowboards in 2021. This season’s six-strong offering caters to every kind of freestyle riding, from XL park lines to backcountry booters. Compared with Halldor’s stiffer signature deck, Eiki’s pro model is the most jib focussed in the line. This is what you get when one of snowboarding’s most infamous street riders puts their thinking cap on and designs the perfect tool for the job.

With a flex rating of 3/10, it’s the softest deck available from Lobster. This makes it very easy going in nature and potentially well suited to riders looking to progress their all-mountain skills, but tt’s especially suited for more experienced riders looking to get creative with jibbing, flatland, rails and boxes.

“This is what you get when one of snowboarding’s most infamous street riders puts their thinking cap on and designs the perfect tool for the job”

The true twin shape, biax laminates, poplar and beech wood core and the extruded base have all the hallmarks of a classic blunt weapon, designed for chucking in and out of features. The construction is super durable, backed up by urethane Flex Sidewalls that help dampen some impacts and provide much of impact resistance along the rails. You only have to look at Eiki’s 84 attempts on this street rail to get a handle on the kind of abuse you can throw at it.

Both Halldor and Eiki’s pro models are the only two snowboards not to features Lobster’s new 3D Nose and Tail profile. Instead, Eiki’s opted to stick with the Jib 3BT profile. There’s a low camber running from tip to tail which adds a little extra pop and snap along the board’s length, but the key tech happens at either end. The base is split into three sections – a wide, stable centre base and two smaller, slightly uplifted sidebase sections around the contact points.

From a jibbing point of view, it’s your golden ticket to fast tracking creativity and progression. You have the benefits of a full camber profile while eliminating much of the twitchiness and risk of a dreaded hang up on the metal. Where some critics have found Triple Base a little sluggish between edge changes, Eiki’s snowboard has two carbon stringers under the inserts to provide some response when your putting in you setup turns.

Clearly, this isn’t a snowboard going after a big share of the snowboard market with its construction more tailored to a specific slice of the pie. In the jib scene, however, it’s a real force to be reckoned with.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

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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