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Lobster Stomper 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

When you’re the boss, you can do what the hell you want. That’s why Halldor Helgason (co-owner of Lobster Snowboards, along with his brother Eiki) took the basic design of his pro model and gave it a tweak to create a new beast; the Lobster Stomper snowboard.

Like the Lobster Halldor Pro, the Lobster Sender features a true twin shape, lightweight core with carbon rods for extra pop, sintered base and Triple Base Technology. All of these are great for confident freestyle riders who favour the big features, yet also (like Halldor) appreciate the properties of 3BT.

“3BT has won over many a park rider. It enhances the performance of any twin-shaped board in powder, too”

Offering the precision of camber when you want it, but a larger margin for error when you don’t quite nail the landing, 3BT has won over many a park rider – and it enhances the performance of any twin-shaped board in powder, too.

Unlike the Halldor Pro, the Stomper has a large carbon beam that runs from one set of inserts to the other, and it foregoes that board’s edge-to-edge carbon stringers too. That – combined with the use of biax fibreglass rather than triax – means that it may be a little less responsive when turning, but the trade-off is that it can be loaded up better to really blast off any lip or transition.

“The carbon beam can be loaded up to really blast off any lip or transition”

Once airborne, you can really make the most of that light wood core. Then after the 3BT-assisted landing, you can use the rapid base to make a beeline for the next park feature. Rinse and repeat as many times as you like, or take the Stomper elsewhere to make the most of its all-mountain characteristics.

A few subtle changes can make for a very different ride, so the Lobster Stomper has more than earned its place. If it sounds like the right one for you, then don’t delay.

Tester’s Verdict

Danny McCormickwhitelines.com

“This was the first time I’d ever ridden a board with a Triple Base profile, and as expected it took a few runs before I had fully adjusted to it. Once I’d accommodated for the slightly looser edge-to-edge transfers, it felt like I had a Bruce Lee nunchuck under me.

Any which way I wanted to flick the board, it was more than happy to comply – and even on the times I either gave it a bit to much whammy or not enough, it was super forgiving. No doubt that was down to the 3BT.

“Once I’d accommodated for the slightly looser edge-to-edge transfers, it felt like I had a Bruce Lee nunchuck under me”

I found it just a little too soft to be considered a solid comprehensive park board, and that while the 3BT was fun it didn’t always feel the most stable. However it was nimble under foot and took minimal effort to press or butter.

So if you’re not that fussed about hitting the money booters or pipe all day, and just want to have a board that’s really fun for a mid-sized park or goofing around on the piste, the Stomper is a great choice.”

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copseyonboardmag.com

“If you like the shape of the Halldor Pro but are put off by its more aggressive nature, get tuned into the topsheet’s iconic Icelandic imagery and get on the Stomper.

“Nothing short of pure twin-tipped freestyle fun”

It’s effectively the same shape as Halldor’s board (minus the ‘SideKick’ raised sections of edge at the widest points), but the biax glass and a single carbon stringer lend it a more mellow feeling. In fact I’d say that unless you regularly hit the bigger kicker lines, you’ll be better off on this board. It’s nothing short of pure twin-tipped freestyle fun that you don’t even have to think about to ride well.”

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