- Price: £440 / €500
- Lengths: 152, 154, 157, 159W, 162W
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Directional Twin
While both Helgasons aren’t shy of bombing around the whole mountain, most of their wares out of Lobster Snowboards are aimed at the freestyle purist (see the Park Board and Jib Board). The Lobster Sender, however, is aimed at the all-rounder who still favours freestyle whatever the terrain.
"The Lobster Sender is aimed at the all-rounder who still favours freestyle whatever the terrain"
The Lobster Sender has the same Triple Base Technology as Halldor Helgason’s pro model, but the carbon rods are focused on the nose and tail rather than under the feet. Each end of the board has two stiffeners that run alongside the centrebase section, and down to the nearest set of inserts. When you need pop, they’ll help you no end, but the middle of the board remains more flexible for an easier ride.
The rest of the core is mostly a combination of poplar and paulownia, but there’s also bamboo along the sidewalls to make it bomb-proof. The sintered base can fairly shift you along, and it’s made to withstand plenty of abuse too.
The twin shape and 3BT profile mean that the Lobster Sender is perfectly happy in the park, but when you want to push yourself in the backcountry, this is ready for whatever you throw at it.
“Want a board that’ll send you to the moon? Putting two massive wedges of carbon in the nose and tail will do the trick, and as a result this thing soars off whatever transition you just left behind!
"Average-sized side hits become launch pads and after a few laps you’ll start re-scaling the mountain in your mind to suit the board"
Average-sized side hits become launch pads and after a few laps you’ll start re-scaling the mountain in your mind to suit the board. This is one of the rare instances where a board really lives up to its name.
In keeping with that, it’s definitely not an entry-level board - its core stiffness coupled with the looser feeling you get from triple base does take a bit of getting used to, and an inexperienced rider might find themselves getting caught out from time to time. But if you’re a true sender, who cares! It’s worth it for the extra metre of pop you’ll be getting.
Now hold my beer..."