This year’s Holy Moly II is basically an overhaul of the original so I’m not sure why they stuck with that name rather than call it something else. I didn’t ride the original so I can’t make a comparison to that, but here’s how the very last “best park board in the world” stacks up.
Shape: True twin, camber between the inserts with extended flat zones outside
Bindings: I think they were Forum Republics
Stats: Dave 6′ 210 lbs stance at ~24″ regs, 15/-15
Conditions: hardpack, semi-firm groomers not a patch of ice to be found anywhere, well groomed boarder-x course, beginner park features about 30 degrees.
Overall flexwise it was about medium maybe a bit firmer, torsionally there was some give to manipulate the board and slightly softer towards the nose & tail. It’s camber so expect an adjustment period if you’re used to riding loose reverse cambers.
The Holy Moly Deuce delivers pretty good pop and this was the bright spot in this board. The carbon booms give you a bit more spring and the extended flat zones give you a good platform for ollies and nollies.
As park boards are concerned this was not really an overly playful board, something about it being a little on the stiffer side maybe, you can jib, press and butter this board but buttering definitely is not its strong suit.
The Holy Moly II’s Edgehold did not seem to be lacking like on some freestyle boards, which I attribute to the camber, you could work this board to carve if you wanted. Dampening was really minimal so you get good board feel in the park but outside it’s definitely going to chatter on you at higher speeds and in questionably snow conditions.
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Summing it up:
Seems more geared towards “all mountain freestyle” than straight park riding but not quite versatile enough to really be a true all mountain freestyle deck, but some things just didn’t come together, like they just couldn’t make up their mind and tried to make it do everything. For an experienced park rat who digs camber, it’s an OK all-around park board; not really versatile enough to ride all-mountain but it can kinda get the job done if you are limited to a quiver of one.