Marhar Snowboards are handcrafted in Michigan using almost entirely locally-sourced materials, they’re a company that I got to know at last year’s Test Fest and it’s been cool to watch them grow as a company and also to sample some more of their boards. The Throwback is their take on reverse camber, all new for the 2013 season.
First impressions: We hooked up with the guys from Marhar at our early-season meetup at Crystal Mountain, they were slinging boards out the back of a Jeep, some familiar offerings but the reverse camber Throwback was new to their lineup as an all-mountain board.
Shape: true twin all reverse camber
Bindings: 2011 Ride Delta MVMT
Stats: Dave 6′ 210 lbs stance at ab out 24″ regs, 15/-15
Conditions: overcast, mid-20’s early season snow blowing man-made and some natural cover
Flex: The Throwback is a bit firmer mid-flex in the center of the board but softer nose & tail. Torsionally stiff enough to give you response but not so stiff it’s like trying to steer a 2×4.
Ollie/Pop: In the pop department I think Marhar’s “mustache rocker” hybrid camber on their other boards does a better job. The Throwback could do it but it was harder to find the sweet spot with the softer tips and reverse camber.
Jibs/Playfulness: It’s not perfect for jibs or spreading butter like Parkay but it is center reverse, so for an all mountain rig it can get the job done if you work it a little bit.
Handling: handled well at lower speeds and longer lazy carves like a Sunday driver, it was responsive edge to edge but lacked the ability to really lay into aggressive carves. Damp enough to take on higher speeds but there’s the issue of not excelling at the harder carves. Like many reverse cambers, expect some sketchiness on the hardpack & ice, but for general cruising it’s stable and easy to ride if you’re not trying to push it too hard, and you get that familiar surfy-feeling ride from reverse camber. I’m thinking this would be a nice powder board but I’d like to see one of these directional with a beefed up stiffer tail.
Pricing: Somewhere around $399 I think. Marhar Snowboards are available direct, or through local shops across Michigan.
Summing it up: It’s a bit more stable/damp than some of their other boards and the reverse camber gives some playfulness without being a park-specific board. If I had to pin this board somewhere I’d say intermediate pow stick or beginner/intermediate all-mountain. Although you can ride it in the park, it’ll be best suited for riders who are out to cruise the slopes at non-breakneck speeds, whether corduroy or off-piste.