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Lobster Halldor Pro 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

Surprise surprise, Halldor hasn’t been dropped from the Lobster team. Not only is he still one of the finest riders around, he’s also a co-owner. So we’ll continue to see plenty of the Lobster Halldor Pro snowboard, and that’s no bad thing.

It’s a little stiffer than brother Eiki’s Braindomness-friendly pro model, as well as Lobster’s Jib Board and Park Board, so if you like to push the boat out a bit then this would be the one to choose. There’s triax fibreglass for a more torsionally solid ride, and carbon stringers at the inserts that increase the board’s edge-to-edge response. If you’re headed towards a park jump or backcountry booter at top speed, it’s got your back.

“There’s triax fibreglass for a more torsionally solid ride, and carbon stringers at the inserts that increase the board’s edge-to-edge response”

It’s not all about the big stuff, though; thanks to the Triple Base Technology, it’s a bit more of an all-rounder than it looks at first glance. The raised sections of side-base at each end make it less likely to hang up on rails and boxes, and so easy to butter. When you’re in the powder, they help keep the Lobster Halldor Pro afloat by displacing the snow to either side – not a lot, but enough to give it an edge over other true twins.

As usual, you can match it with the Switchback Halldor Pro bindings, which (obviously) are made to work with this board like a hand in a glove.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copseyonboardmag.com

“Halldor makes snowboarding look hella fun, but an equally important aspect of his riding is how goddamn hard he sends it. This board is built with the latter in mind perhaps more than the former.

“Freestyle riders who charge and hit bigger features would suit this best”

It’s stiff, aggressive and powerful – not prohibitively so, but certainly more than I thought it would be – and as such you need to be on your game to feel comfortable on his pro model. This board needs to be put on its edges to get the most out of it, but with its 3BT featuring SideKick technology you still get the catch-free, easy-turning, buttery ride that base profile is famed for. It’s just that you need to put in a bit more effort unless you’re going all in.

On jumps this extra stiffness means it can suck up big stomps with no problems, and there’s a ton of pop for you to go full send on your Lobster flip attempts. Freestyle riders who charge and hit bigger features would suit this best.”

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