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Wanna press a box to angles previously unknown? How about buttering a nollie on a tractor tire the size of a minatour? Perhaps even a button that boosts speed to prevent the punishing pain of landing on a knuckle? Well this board has two out of the three I just mentioned, and while it doesnt have the easy button that the office chains do, the sintered (the extruded bases younger and tougher brother) base does give you an edge in speed over the average park and freestyle board. Speaking of edge, add the legendary mongoos-claw-like Magna-Traction (instead of an even elliptical sidecut, it looks kinda like a wiggle worm) to the recipe and one is likely to have no excuse when it comes to snow conditions.
This particular model is uber flexy, and can be detuned a ridiculous amount to eliminate to embarrasing hangups that come from the edge to rail match-up. Did I mention it is a reverse camber board. That translates to less edge catching, and float that could make rootbeer jealous in the powder.
As it is not a perfect world that we live in, there must be a drawback or two to this stick. The biggest and most prevelent that you're likely to run into is the lack of pop due to its lack of camber. There is also a little instability when hitting those larger booters, 50' and up. This is because of the super soft flex. The fellas and skirts over at Gnu thought about this however and made the waist of this board a lil bit bigger to compensate.
Overall, like all mervin boards I have ridden, I say hurrah to the board. Perfect board that can take you anywhere in the park, hell, anywhere on the mountain for that matter. I ride this and a lib-tech and I havent been able to ask anything of this board that it wasn't willing to try from Hidden Valley to The Canyons.

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Riding this board is like entering a cheat code against the mountain. strap in, A, B, A, B, select, start; and you're off. For starters, the base is wicked fast. You will read reviews that say this thing cooks, but in truth it doesn't cook; it roasts. In terms of flex, one can ride down the mountain in a back butter a hold it at speeds that are unreal. It welcomes charades, and willlingly takes on the shape of a banana. The edge hold is supurb, in fact I dare you to try to get this sled to loose edge even at fanatical speeds. I double dog dare you. It simply can not be done. Even more suprising, is that with all this, Arbor found a way to eliminate the effort needed to initiate, control, and land the smallest jibbers to the mind-altering overhangs; i other words, just like the distinguished Dr. Pepper, this boards pop comes complete with 23 lucious flavors. To be true, one pitfall is that this brute is a lil bit thin in the waist, so clowns need not apply. No larger than a 11 or 12 (and thats pushing it). This translates that the Element holds no P.h.D. in parks; i.e. boxes, rails, ect.. It will get the job done, just not as elegantly as a true park piece. So If you throw all these ingredients into the fire, mix in a crystal clear natural wood topsheet,(in your choice of Koa or the ellusive banboo) and you have a board; nay, a weapon with which to slay more mountains than the gods themselves.

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