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Lobster Shifter 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: €380
  • Category: Park/Jib
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 148, 151, 154, 156W, 157
  • Flex: 4/10
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Profile: 3D Camber
  • Base: Extruded
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As the most affordable option in the Lobster lineup, the Shifter is a true twin park snowboard designed for buttery smooth jibbing and side hit creativity more than full-blown XL kicker lines. This Shifter isn’t a speed demon designed for sitting in cruise control, nor is it catering for those who like to get off the beaten track and into the backcountry. But riders who like to mix things up and go between first and fifth gear – and spend plenty of time in reverse – will find a solid daily driver in this snowboard.

While the likes of the Stomper or Cream disguise their park performance in a directional twin outline, the Shifter is uncompromising in its park DNA. Tucked inside that true twin shape is tough as nails poplar and beech wood core, sandwiched between easy flexing biax laminates. There’s a touch of carbon, too, but the single stringers under the inserts won’t affect the torsional or longitudinal flex. Instead, they provide a little underfoot dampening for heavy knocks and flat landings. The undercarriage features the Super Slick extruded base, also commonly found in many of Bataleon’s jib and park focussed decks.

“The Shifter is a true twin park snowboard designed for buttery smooth jibbing and side hit creativity more than full-blown XL kicker lines”

This all has the makings of a bombproof bulldozer of a jib vehicle. The urethane infused Flex Walls, which feature on all Lobster decks, add a bumper-like element of protection to the sidewalls, so you don’t need to be too precious about dinging the board on rail features.





A full tip to tail low camber runs through the Shifter and provides the pop and edge hold that you’d expect, although the profile is far less aggressive than the likes of the Sender. The Sidekicks also still feature just outside the widest part of the nose and tail, providing smoother turn initiations, more mellow handling through crud and a more forgiving, less catchy ride.

The change for this season comes with Lobster’s new 3D Nose and Tail design. The nose and tail bevel out around the edges but, unlike in Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology, it takes place beyond the contact surface area. You’ll only feel this right at the ends of the board, where buttering and pressing become virtually impossible to hook-up on.

“The change for this season comes with Lobster’s new 3D Nose and Tail design”

The Shifter is less fussed about compensating for any limitations and, instead, focussed on proving itself as one of the most fun park and jib boards that money can buy. And not exactly a fat fistful of cash either. For dome, street and park riders who know what they want to ride, chances are the Shifter wants to ride it, too.

Tester’s Verdict 2019/20

James Blogg Ultimate Snowsports

“The Sender – a directional twin, all-mountain board that’s meant to charge hard and fast… I wasn’t really feeling it though!

“It did feel quite loose and playful which was courtesy of the TBT”

From the moment I strapped this board on I just didn’t get along with it. It didn’t feel stiff or grippy enough to convince me of its freeride credentials and I couldn’t seem to make it feel like it had much life to it – I found it didn’t hold an edge that well and this wasn’t reassuring when I really cranked it into carves. In all fairness, this was the first time back on a 3BT board for a while, and for those who are full converts to this kind of profile, you’ll probably take to to it a lot more easily than I did. In my mind, where 3BT is at its best, on more park focussed boards, where you can bend and jib the board any way you like and get away with murder!

It did feel quite loose and playful which was courtesy of the TBT, but I can’t help but think this is also what let the board down from its hard-charging potential.

There’s a lot of options out there for a freeride directional twin. For sure, 3BT works well in the powder, but I wasn’t really feeling this one back on the pistes, for my money, boards that fall into these categories perform on both sides of the ropes.”

Tester’s Verdict 2018/19

Chris Sturgesssnowfit.co.uk

“While my days of hitting big kickers and launching down handrails are behind me (well they actually passed me by!) I do like to play around on side hits, try flatland tricks and generally just have fun on my snowboard. The Sender allowed me to do just that.

“The flex in the middle allowed me to dick around without ever feeling like the board was about to bite me in the arse”

The extra carbon in the nose and tail kept the board stable at high speed and offered loads of pop when you wanted it, while the flex in the middle allowed me to dick around without ever feeling like the board was about to bite me in the arse.

If it’s an all-mountain freestyle board you are after, then you have to check the Sender out.”

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