- Price: £160
- Sizes: S-M
- Flex: 4
They say: Performance evolution.
We say: A step up from the Cadet, this has a fully cushioned foot bed and injected aluminium buckles, which make it look pretty G. Its mid-soft flex is aimed at park rats, but most riders should be able to rock these without too many problems.
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- Building boards since: 2004
- HQ: Auburn, CA, USA
- History lesson: Founded by a crew of riders who “believe in quality first”, Academy has grown slowly overseas, but it rapidly became a household name in the states, with a team that featured the likes of Chad Otterstrom. Right from the beginning the idea has been to support the growth of ordinary riders alongside team shredders. For that reason (and also, probably because it fits neatly with their name) Academy give out a series of scholarships to talented snow lovers each year to help them through college. Nice guys then!
- Ridden by: Frat-boys on company scholarships, and US-based park rats who know their Tyler Flanagans from their Scotty Jameses.